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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bantam R AM Complete Mountain Bike

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Santa Cruz’s VPP bikes may garner most of the attention, but the California brand has been pumping out shred-ready single pivots for two decades now. And in case you’re wondering what “shred-ready” looks like, check out the Bantam R AM Complete Mountain Bike. With geometry based off the esteemed Solo, and a bulletproof single pivot chassis, it’s a trail beast that’s ready to take seasons' worth of abuse, and come back begging for more.

While the Bantam is a simple machine, don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s unrefined. Its burly aluminum tubeset will take a beating, without being unreasonably heavy. Like Santa Cruz’s VPP bikes, it runs on super-stiff collet hardware, which has the added benefit of being easy to service. Further enhancing the stiffness is a 12x142mm rear thru axle. The 30.9mm seat tube offers compatibility with dropper posts — should you choose to upgrade. And with its aggressive geometry, that may very well be the first component change on the list. Its tapered head tube makes room for a tapered fork — significantly improving front end stiffness, especially under braking. The result is a bike that’s simple on the surface, but will allow you to ride circles around people on much more expensive setups.

Santa Cruz’s R AM kit starts off with an Evolution series FOX FLOAT CTD rear shock, which is nicely matched by the RockShox Sektor Gold 130mm travel fork. The drivetrain is a Shimano blend, pulling the front derailleur and crankset from the Deore group, while the shifters and rear derailleur come from the workhorse SLX groupset. Stopping duties are handled by ultra-reliable Shimano Deore brakes. The cockpit consists of a Race Face Ride bar, stem, and seatpost, which is topped with a WTB Volt saddle. The wheels are handbuilt at Santa Cruz and consist of SRAM hubs laced with DT spokes to WTB rims, and they’re wrapped in Maxxis High Roller II tires for all-conditions grip.

The Santa Cruz Bantam R AM Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes, from Small to X-Large, and in the colors Black/white and Green/white.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
single pivot
Rear Shock:
Rear Travel:
125 mm
RockShox Sektor Gold RL
Front Travel:
130 mm
Cane Creek
Shimano SLX
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur:
SLX Shadow M675 SGS
24/32/42 T Shimano Deore
Bottom Bracket:
ISCG Tabs:
not included
11-36 t Shimano HG-81
Shimano HG-75
Brake Set:
Shimano Deore
Race Face Ride
Lizard Skin "494"
Race Face Ride
WTB Volt
Race Face Ride
Seat Collar:
Santa Cruz QR
front SRAM MTH 716, rear SRAM MTH 746
DT Swiss (2.0mm)
Maxxis High Roller 2
Tire Size:
27.5 in x 2.3 in
Recommended Use:
all mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry chart

Santa Cruz Bicycles


Geometry Chart


 Seat Tube
Effective Top TubeStackReachStand OverHead Tube LengthHead Tube AngleSeat Tube AngleBottom Bracket HeightChainstayWheelbase
S 16.3in


22.9in 14.8in 28in 3.5in 68o 73o 13.1in 17.1in 42.6in
M 17in 23in 23.2in 15.9in 28.2in 3.9in 68o 73o 13.1in 17.1in 43.9in
L 18.5in 24in 23.6in 16.8in 28.5in 4.3in 68o 73o 13.1in 17.1in 44.9in
XL 20in 25in 24in 17.7in 29.4in 4.7in 68o 73o 13.1in 17.1in 45.9in

Geometry Chart

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