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When taken to the trails the Santa Cruz Solo has done nothing but impress and you can see this from the amazing write up's from 'first look rides' by clicking on the review tab above!
- 5 year warranty for original owners.
- Lifetime bearings warranty for original owners.
- Lifetime crash replacement warranty for original owners.
Santa Cruz VPP Technology
In glaring contrast to Santa Cruz's disdain of acronyms, the letters VPP stands for Virtual Pivot Point, which doesn't do much in the way of explanation on its own, so here's a bit of back story and a quick description of what those letters mean for you and your bike...
The single pivot system that was used from the 1990s had some versatility, but when stretched to the extremes of light weight and long travel, issues with chassis flex and pedal kickback started to show up. Not being satisfied with compromise on any level, Santa Cruz started ended up with a set of patents that covered a variety of methods ranging but the core of this package of technology that's referred to as VPP, consists of two short links that rotate in opposite directions.
You won't find that on anything but VPP...
The counter-rotation causes the two links to rotate at different speeds as the wheel goes through its travel-in contrast to other mechanisms. In other words, as the wheel moves at one speed, the links are moving slowly, then more quickly, then more slowly, or any combination that is desired. Depending on which link the shock is connected to, the shock rate can be changed from a taut XC rocket to boulder-gobbling DH monster.
The shock rate change gives our trail bikes the feeling that there is more travel than their counterparts, while giving the suspension designers the ability to tune how the bike feels when you are hammering on the pedals (also known as anti-squat behaviour) to suit different riding styles, wheel size and drive-train configurations. In addition to all of that flexibility with the suspension behaviour, the two short links, combined with the simple and reliable collet pivot axles give the rear wheel a solid connection to the front, so the bike tracks through corners predictably, and stays on line when pinging off rocks.
It's a fundamentally ideal architecture for stiff and light construction without having to use non-standard shocks or compromising frame geometry. The level of refinement on the VPP suspension you see on the Santa Cruz Solo Carbon R AM 650b Mountain Bike 2014 is something they have been working toward every day of the last thirteen years. Every new bike is an opportunity to try new variations and fine-tune a bike to fit an exact balance. The cutting edge sharpens.
Santa Cruz Carbon Technology
The results of Santa Cruz's years of development can be seen with a cutaway frame, where you can see the entire structure of the frame moulded in one piece, with no foam or filler material left behind. The smooth interior is what gives compaction to the layers during curing.
Santa Cruz never use shortcuts like gluing the headtube end to the other tubes-to cut costs. Having the fibres continue through each joint makes the frame stronger and stiffer and lighter. Santa Cruz sum up their carbon technology as putting "Painstaking Research, Intensive And Thorough Testing, Rigorous Attention To Detail, Careful And Laborious Fabrication, Constant Evolution And Accrued Applied Knowledge" into anything that looks good on a downtube.