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Santa Cruz Bicycles Nickel w/ FOX RL

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Bikes in the trail segment are destined for all kinds of rider, from thrill-seekers with a one-bike-quiver, to developing beginners, and even for endurance racers during a Le Mans-style start. So, to say that they need to be versatile is an understatement. To accomplish this lofty design ambition, Santa Cruz used the established geometry of the Blur LT, and developed a cleaver suspension design that mimics the feel of the complicated VPP suspension, only without the expense. The resulting all-rounder is the ready-to-rip, Nickel with Fox RL.

The Nickel features Active Pivot Point (APP) suspension. This is the result of Santa Cruz's efforts to the mimic the variable shock rate produced by its Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension, but in a simpler and more cost-effective single-pivot design. What's so special about that VPP shock rate? Riders of Santa Cruz's popular Blur will testify that it makes the first part of the travel plush and ultra-responsive to bumps, and the last part of the travel stiffer to avoid harsh bottom-out.

So, to achieve a similar variable shock rate in the single-pivot Nickel, Santa Cruz added two links connecting the swingarm to the shock. These two links are the crux of the APP design, and they allow the Nickel to provide most of the superior ride characteristics of VPP suspension. The Nickel gets five inches (125mm) of rear travel out of the accompanying Fox Float RL shock -- a light and adjustable unit with compression lockout and rebound adjustment.

Up front, you can pair the Nickel with a 120-140mm suspension fork. However, the head tube angle will slightly change depending on whether you go with a longer or shorter fork. With a 509mm axle-to-crown length fork, the Nickel has a 68-degree head tube angle that facilitates confident handling. The Nickel's geometry also features a long top tube that allows you to stretch out for long, seated climbs, and it also lengthens the wheelbase for descending stability.

Another thing to note about the Nickel frame is that it offers excellent mud clearance and room for most 2.35in tires. So, you can ride with confidence that you won't get bogged down in slop. The Santa Cruz Nickel has a 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 inch tapered head tube. You'll need to pair it with a 30.9mm seatpost and a top-swing, top-pull front derailleur. Keeping the Nickle ready for anything, it has cable guides for running a dropper seatpost.

The rear dropout accepts a 135mm QR only, and it has a 73mm bottom bracket shell.

The Santa Cruz Nickel with Fox RL is available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the colors Black, Chocolate, Lime green, Raw, Red, Sea bright blue, White, and Yellow.

Please note that US Santa Cruz dealers are prohibited from shipping Santa Cruz bicycles outside of the United States.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Suspension Linkage:
Pivot Type:
Recommended Fork Travel:
120 - 140 mm
Rear Travel:
152 mm
Rear Shock:
Fox Float RL
Rear Spacing:
135 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
1.125 - 1.5 in
Accessory Cable Stops:
seat dropper
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9 mm
Bottom Bracket Width:
73 mm
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
Compatible Components:
Shimano, SRAM
Measured Effective Top-Tube Length:
[size medium] 23 in
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 year on frame

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Unanswered Question

can i use Fox 32 Float 140 CTD ADJ Fit...

can i use Fox 32 Float 140 CTD ADJ Fit Fork 13 Oe, Wheel Size: 26? for my X-Small size frame santa cruz nickel

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Hello, you send this picture to Brazil?...

Hello, you send this picture to Brazil? Which carrier do you use here?

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Does it come wiht rear shock, if so which...

Does it come wiht rear shock, if so which one is it?


Nickel 650b conversion, yes we can!

    Built a 650b rocket with this frame, total build with nice components and 1x10 drivetrain is a touch over 26# and could easily be in the 25's with $250 worth of lighter components.

    Geometry makes for a very engaging and fun ride on moderate to technical trails, feels very light on its toes and I'm running a 140mm front fork.

    The bike is a bargain at anything under $1k for the frame, at the $699 price and with as much buzz as these are getting online in bike forums they will be gone soon.

    A well executed single pivot design works well, awesome bike, buy it.

    Nickel 650b conversion, yes we can!

    Does anyone know the geometry specs. Am...

    Does anyone know the geometry specs. Am 5'11" 31" inseam. Wanting to know if med or large would work. FOUND IT

    I am 5'10 and medium is just right. i am used to riding dh and i find the medium quite high already. if you like to enjoy dh get the medium. if you are more ofthe trail riding type then get the large. $699 is already a bargain. I got mine here at $809 just a little over a month ago grrrr

    Does anyone can help with the shipping box size?

    And the actual shipping weight for a small size frame.


    I'm 5'10" and I a prefer a large frame then I run a 70mm stem with 27" handlebars.


    Great Ride, Great Service

      Really enjoying this bike. Climbs great. I'm coming off an 09 Nomad which also climbed great but the improvement is noticeable. It's more jittery on the descents of course but still fast and fun. I would describe it as nimble. The 140 Talas is a great fit.

      I'm 6'1'' and picked up a large, fits well. The Float RL was a bit stiff out of the box but with some new air it felt better after the first ride.

      I'm running 2.35's and mud clearance isn't even remotely an issue. There's about 2.5 inches of room. The MRP MiniG2 SL Chain Guide went on effortlessly and makes practically no noise. Headsets can be confusing to purchase but for a tapered one, this worked great

      I live in Hawaii and still received free shipping. It was on my doorstep in 4 business days. Hucknroll kicks ass... Couldn't be happier.

      Great Ride, Great Service

      Are these 2011 model frames?

      Are these 2011 model frames?

      I ordered Friday and was told it was a 2012 frame.