Santa Cruz Jackal DJ/MtnX

4.85/5 (39 Reviews)
MSRP : $819.00


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For most of us, it all started with a BMX bike. We made the progression through the years through cycling's different genres until we found our way to mountain bikes. But there was something about the feeling we got soaring through the air on our BMX bike. We'd look for most anything to jump -- dirt, rocks, toys, the family dog, and despite Mom's protests, even our friends.We've grown up a bit since then, but the fire still burns. Bikes have grown up too, and the completely redesigned Santa Cruz Jackal is now years ahead of all others. A 26" dirt jump specialist, it's designed to do everything that you can't. Yet.The most noticeable difference in the Jackal is its dramatic weight loss -- 1.7 pounds less than the 2008 version -- and Santa Cruz did so without compromising one iota of toughness. It lost the "hump" atop the top tube providing far greater standover clearance (about 3" worth), and oodles more room for aerial spins.The Jackal's rear dropout is indicative that it's a labor of love for Santa Cruz -- super adjustable, it's designed to run with gears, or as a mono-cog, allowing you to microadjust chainstay length and tension to suit your needs. Slack 68.7? head and 71.7? seat angles paired with dramatically more compact 15.3" chainstays make the Jackal easy to throw around. And, because it's built super tough, you can run it with any fork from 80-160mm of travel (or rigid of course.) The Santa Cruz Jackal is powder coated in your choice of Black, Lime, Liquid Blue, Red, White, or Yellow. It has a 1-1/8? head tube, and a 30.9mm seat tube. The bottom bracket shell is 73mm wide, and should you choose to run it geared, it uses a 34.9mm dual-pull front derailleur. The dropout is adjustable to optimize chain tension. The frame weight is 4.8lbs (2.180kg). It has a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.US Santa Cruz dealers are prohibited from shipping Santa Cruz bicycles outside of the United States.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lukas cartwright a Weekend Warrior from The Dalles, Oregon

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2010

Strengths:    i riding bikes faster.

Weaknesses:    i can't jump high.

Bottom Line:   
i grew up with bmx. when i was 15, i joined mtb. i am 6'2' and bmx is too small for me. my dad brought me a 2007 K2 attack 2.0 x-large for my 15th birthday. it has few problems now. i need get new good bikes. so i will get more enjoy riding it wild. i have no money. i really want new hardtail and downhill bikes

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Favorite Trail:   hardtail and downhill bikes

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $570.00

Purchased At:   1,000

Bike Setup:   my dream bikes are santa cruz jackal and v-10.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marshalleames a Racer from lafayette CA USA

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2009

Strengths:    Jumping!!! very low, stiff, bomb prof dropouts, short chain stays. good looks


Weaknesses:    nothing,

Bottom Line:   
I grew up riding hard tails and have never been so stoked on a frame like this. I am barley 6'1" and ride a long(L). It fits me better than any other hard tail. I have only been riding it for three months and have already come to a conclusion. Nothing can beat it. Before this bike I owned the older jackal and was convinced that this was the one. The weight of it wasn't to bad when set up with a single, but it still didn't feel perfect. Santacruz really nailed with the 09. The weight was cut and the length was shortened, enabling it to flick around easier. Plus the look is awesome. This isn't just a pros bike. It will be perfect for anybody to build up, especially those who want to gain more skill in jumping and pump tracks. This bike will be my go to bike for slalom and 4x this season.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Its too unique to be similar.

Bike Setup:   fox f series 100mm, formula k24, wtb trail wheels vulpine tires devo seat, thomson, xt cranks, mrp g2 36 ring, xo drivetrain, funn bars,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jacobosapien a Weekend Warrior from Mexico

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2009

Strengths:    One of the lightest in it's category, the dropouts are very useful, very stable and strong enough (210lbs rider), super short chainstay, classic design (new jackal), I'm stopping to suck thanks to the frame.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I bouth the frame to practice trials riding, so i will change to rigid fork and longer stem, but i'm amazed how easy it is to manouver with the bike, before this bike i couldn't perform track stands or or going over park benches. Jumping, this is incredible too, the first time i lifted it i got scared cause i didn't expect to as high as i did. No flaws design.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $680.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Old jackal

Bike Setup:   Single speed, thomson stem and post, ir tires, cheep-o wheels and handlebar, raceface cranks, dk pedals, hayes brakes, zocchi fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mathew Moore a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2009

Strengths:    This thing is super strong and super fast. I bought it as a frame only, resprayed it and built it custom. I'm in love with the drop outs, the bulge at the front and also how beefed up it is.

Weaknesses:    Maybe a bit heavy compared to other frames but its not supposed to be for girls

Bottom Line:   
When i was looking for a frame, all others seemed to be skinny little flimsy frames and they were all looked the same. Now this has character, and tons of it, no other dj frame is so overbuilt like this one with such a lush shape. I love this bike, shame they changed it for 2009.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Fox Vanillas, King headset, x4 stem, pro2s on ex721, diablous cranks w/e13, xo, formula 1 brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kurtis (SKABS) a Weekend Warrior from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2008

Strengths:    the frame!!!! so super uber strong. anything i hit and land sketchie it takes it like a dream.

Weaknesses:    no chain guide out of factory but got a bottom bracket chain guide put on

Bottom Line:   
kick a$$ bike with a few upgrades right off the bat but over all a real awesome bike that can be transformed from just a dirt jumper to a free ride hadtail

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Favorite Trail:   everywhere

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   united cycle

Bike Setup:   kenda "k- rads", mavic "deetracks", shimano "hone cranks and BB", shimano "deore draler" e-13 "bb chain guide" king earl pedals, avid mech brakes "original ones, fox 20mm "van R 160mm "fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by carter01 a Downhiller from london

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2008

Strengths:    superbly balanced and strong, also It's true the Jackal looks very nice in the flesh, way better than photos,

Weaknesses:    not sure- perhaps more expensive than alternatives, some of these are obvious but here goes ,quite heavy(necessary), you cant fit a front derailleur - not that many would want to( check the seat tube out)

Bottom Line:   
the frame is strong and hence fairly weighty, but sc have balanced this weight superbly - it flys and is very nimble in the air, you can push the frame around easily, reasuringly strong for landings, lively handling yet stable enough to forgive some mistakes - easy to manual, and wheely, I felt comfortable on this frame straight away

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Favorite Trail:   Uk bike park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Similar Products Used:   cannondale chase, spooky bandwagon, diamond back something

Bike Setup:   the long 2008 (with the crossbar hump) jackal (im 6 ft 1 and I think the size is perfect for me - but i prefer a slightly larger frame due to long legs!),cheap forks stance static but they are springed for me and they are light- fine for the money, sram drive, funn hubs and rims, e13

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Huckfinn a Downhiller from Los Angeles, CA 90025

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2008

Strengths:    geometry, looks, and solid build/feel

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is great!!! I would recommend this bike for anybody doing DJs. The frame has perfect geometry, and I was very happy with the components...which was a pleasant suprise after reading all the reviews about the Dirt Jumper 3 fork. It may be a little heavy, but don't be a wuss. This isn't supposed to be a xc bike, it's for DJs. Now go out and buy one!

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Favorite Trail:   Kenter Whoops

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $660.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist.com

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse 4.5 Mavrick

Bike Setup:   Stock with Animal Steve Hamilton petals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by htmafia from Tahoe

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2008

Strengths:    One tough ass frame. Great geometry.

Weaknesses:    dropouts loosened up a bunch at first but once it was set it hasn't loosened again.

Bottom Line:   
Super low standover height. Easy to get your feet over for no footed cans and tailwhips. Short chainstay. Extremely easy to manual. The wheelbase is just right. You can do barspins and Xups without having to take your front foot off. I've wrecked it a bunch and other than the scratches you'd never know. No dents, no cracks. Just bruised ribs, sprains and concussions. With the right components you can have a bike that is indestructible

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona Shred, Black Market Mob/Riot, Specialized P2

Bike Setup:   Jackal frame, pike 426 coil forks, AtomLab Pimp wheels, Saint cranks and some other stuff that doesn't need to be too strong.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mild beast a Downhiller from Donkeycrest, Ca, USA

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2008

Strengths:    IT'S STRONG. That's it's first strength. The geometry is very good. Great standover. The bike leaps off jumps (I still get the back tire on my ass). This thing handles like a razor sharp stilleto; just slices through any turns, dirt singletrack or city streets. It has a very short wheel base, so it is NOT so good on rough DH courses. But if it smooths out, very nice.

Weaknesses:    HEAVY. I recommend buying the frame and building yourself. Comes with really really stupid tires (some WTB knobby deals.. horrid). Mine is set up as a single speed now, which is how this bike s/b setup, imo. It comes with E13 crap, so I had to get an E13 chain guide. What a P.O.S. The chain popped off relentlessly and at the worst times. Of course, you can't stuff it back on there without tools. HORRID.

Bottom Line:   
Set this up as a single speed. It's too much of a pig to even think about taking this UP a hill or XC. Get rid of the knobbies. Great on DJ's. I like it on the street, but I'd prefer a lighter rig.

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Favorite Trail:   CITY STREETS

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   T.J. Frisbee's

Similar Products Used:   The P series Specialized bikes, Giant DJ bikes, others.

Bike Setup:   SS. No chain guide. E13 bash guard. Alex rim + Atom Lab hub in the back. Hookworms for traction.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dimitri a Downhiller from SB&palm springs

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2007

Strengths:    everything this bike is as solid as my Super 8 DH bike

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this bike will with stand anything from the BMX track to DH trails. dont settle for anything less its worth the money

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Favorite Trail:   all santa barbara trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   joels bike shop in thousand palms

Similar Products Used:   none come close


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by arlo grossman a Downhiller from easton

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2007

Strengths:    the fork is one of the most bad ass part on the hole bike the head set is amazing and the two bolts in the back are pritty beefy and the bump in the top of the frame looks really cool.

Weaknesses:    the seat ond seat post arint the best but hay whet can you do.

Bottom Line:   
this is the strongest bike in the world ita a great bike and beats eney p.3

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Favorite Trail:   split rock

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $940.00

Purchased At:   bike barn

Similar Products Used:   the p.3.

Bike Setup:   i like the geometry of the fram it really keeps your wait in one place and the back derailer is out of the way.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joss r a Racer from wigan

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2007

Strengths:    Bomb proof! very sturdy and brillianly engineerd!

Weaknesses:    hardly anyfing but most probably the mech brakes but ther not bad.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is an exelent ride and performer this is an all round bike and it is a brilliant at everything i think sanat cruz have made the bike to perfection very very very impresed. you definatly get your moneys worth!the person should be into freestyle. the person that shouldnt buy it is someone that cant acsess a gud biking place.

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Favorite Trail:   blackcomb whistler

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   n/a

Similar Products Used:   kona hardtails, trek hardtails and club roost bikes.

Bike Setup:   e thirteen bash gaurd,sproket and chain stay. maunitu stance forks. dmr. sram. wtb. flnn wheels and headet. dmr tyres. more.....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pete from calgary

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2007

Strengths:    Very stiif frame super solid. The frame weighs 4.8 pounds even go 2 the santa cruz site and check. Comes with good components.

Weaknesses:    When I bought it had mechanical discs but I upgraded to advid juicy 3s

Bottom Line:   
Buy the bike if you want the money... you most likely will never break the headtube..the frame is bomb proof and it comes with good components.Its easy to wheekly and manual. god for bunny hops.Smooth landing onm jumps.. very stiff even on hard landings. good for tricks. cool low frame.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   specialized p3 kona cowan cannondale chase 1

Bike Setup:   stock except the brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John from California United States

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2007

Strengths:    Frame is extremely strong, orange paint job looks cool, and does not chip very easily. Bottle cap opener built into the disc side drop out, replaceable drop outs. Solid feel to it.

Weaknesses:    Heavy frame around 6.5 or 7 lbs.

Bottom Line:   
Great frame, if your not worried about weight this frame is the way to go.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona Cowan, Scott Voltage, Cannondale Chase, Marin Rocky Ridge, Santa Cruz Chameleon

Bike Setup:   Orange Jackal, Deemax F&R, Pike 426, Holzfeller Cranks, Bars, Stem, Pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Taylor Shamshoian from Santa Cruz, California, USA

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2006

Strengths:    Awesome geometry, indestructable frame, whole bike looks sick, from the best company in the whole world, I could go on forever.....

Weaknesses:    I had to put a chainguide on it, Santa Cruz should stock it with one. Also the bike is pretty heavy, and the seat post is pretty short.

Bottom Line:   
This is by far the best hardtail I have ever ridden! Santa Cruz really did the geometry right, the bike is super easy to manual, jump, j-hop, etc and yet is insanely stable on downhills. The parts spec is really good (except the lack of chainguide) although I did get a new fork because I wanted more travel and adjustments, however the DJ 3 fork is definately a good choice for dirt jumping. I ride this bike at local dirt jumps, off drops, down trails, at skateparks and am thoroughly pleased at how well it takes it all. Although it is made for DJ it takes freeride really well, and I also race downhill (also a little dual slalom/4X) and it is perfect! I have had this bike well over a year now, I ride back and forth to school and work and put on countless hours of riding and have not had to replace any thing. The Pike I put on is a perfect match for the bike, I would definately recommend one. Santa Cruz is by far the best bike company, they are all about quality. Overall one heck of an awesome ride, really works for any kind of riding! Totally recommended to anyone who can't afford full suspension but like to ride like they have one! This bike takes anything you can throw at it!

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Favorite Trail:   UCSC Trails, esp. Z's

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Scotts Valley CycleSport

Similar Products Used:   None can compare!

Bike Setup:   Stock except for E-13 chainguide and Pike 426 fork.

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Pump track bike: SC Jackal vs. Specialized P.3 vs. Banshee Amp

I'm looking to get a bike for the pump track in the +/- $1,500 range (complete). I won't be doing any DJ (too old for that s#!%), so this is for pump track duty and farting around on flat ground doing wheelies and such. I'm on the tallish side (6'0 and 34" cycling inseam). Any thoughts on which ... Read More »

A boy's Jackal

Well it is my boy’s birthday tomorrow and I got him a new bike. [ATTACH=CONFIG]780087[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]780089[/ATTACH] Now dad rides a mountain bike and the lad said he wanted a mountain bike for his birthday – I tried to tell the wife, it’s not my fault! He has been on a couple o ... Read More »

Santa Cruz Jackal Stolen PDX 2/14

Glossy black size L. Rock through window, taken from back seat of truck last night. No visit to Lumberyard for me. Here's the build in case anyone sees a match... FORK: Fox 831 BARS: SPIKE 777 EVO 50mm Rise CRANKSET: Shimano Zee BRAKES: Shimano XT TIRES: Maxxis Holy Roller 2.4 GRIPS: Deit ... Read More »

noob chain guide question: MRP lopes on 1x9 SC jackal

posting here because of the higher traffic, and experienced locals :) so i have a 2010 santa cruz jackal w/ a 1x9 drivetrain. i hadn't been running a chainguide of any kind, but started to lose my chain here and there (my LBS also recommended one for trail riding). i bought the MRP lopes c ... Read More »

2012 Santa Cruz Jackal singlespeed love

Looks so smexy. Well done SCB, I'm coming back to the fold! I would like to see the rest of the 2012 colors, so far I only see the Seabright Blue, black and possible a lime green on the netz. The singlespeed dropout sold me on it! :thumbsup: [url=http://reviews.mtbr.com/santa-cruz-bicycles-a-guide ... Read More »

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