CanyonChaserwrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles Bantam X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2015 on October 27, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I test rode and shopped around for well over a month before pulling the trigger on this one. But to be honest; this is my first proper full suspension and my first Santa Cruz, but I'm in seventh heaven with this bike!
First, I kinda wish I'd realized that I could have tweaked the build a little bit. Thats my fault, not anybody elses, because I totally would have added a dropper post. And the handlebars were crazy wide. The first few times I rode it, I couldn't even fit between tree's in aspen stands and have the bruised shoulders and hands to prove it. I had to cut a fair bit of width off the bars.
But beyond that, this bike is doing everything I ask of it. The 1x11 is extremely flexible from long, grueling climbs to asphalt canyon descents to catch the next trail head and even fast, flowy, Gravity Logic descents. Plus the Race Face Turbine Crank is bomber!
I really wanted to go with the single pivot because of simplicity, but what I really dig about the Santa Cruz design is, because of the shape of the swingarm, you get virtually no chain slap! Added bonus!
Overall, I don't think I'd change anything about the build, other than I sure do wish I'd added a dropper post. So learn from my mistake and add a dropper post, which makes this bike pretty much perfect for what it is.