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Sanitas Bikes Tap Root is a Tempting New USA-Made Titanium Hardtail

Sanitas Tap Root Hero(Photos/Sanitas Bikes)
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A little over a year ago, I did a story about Colorado’s Sanitas Bikes. The article covered their new at-the-time Root, a classic titanium-framed hardtail mountain bike. Well, the news is, that they’re at it again with their latest offering, the new Tap Root Hardtail. The Tap Root is a Hardtail with clearance for 2.6″ tires, that is at home on mountain singletrack, an XC race, or a bikepacking adventure.

Sanitas Tap Root front end
(Photos/Sanitas Bikes)
Sanitas Tap Root front 120mm fork

To start, Sanitas claims that the Tap Root is the most versatile model in their lineup. It uses modern geometry and can be set up with a 120mm travel fork. The Tap Root’s sliding dropouts come standard and provide added versatility by being able to run whatever drivetrain you want. That means gears, singlespeed, traditional derailleur, or direct mount derailleur.

The Tap Root is Handmade

Sanitas Tap Root seat cluster Meticulous welds
Meticulous welds

While the Tap Root frames are not custom and are offered in only stock geometry, they are still built by hand in Durango, Colorado. The stock geometry comes in six sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL), making it easier to find something that fits.

The frames are built with size-specific T3A/2.5V straight gauge tube sets, delivering a lightweight, strong frameset. The Tap Root framesets are also adorned with external brake and shift cable routing, along with internal dropper post routing.

Sanitas Tap Root 34t 1x chainring

Down at the bottom of the frame is a T47 threaded bottom bracket shell and chainstay yoke that allows for the use of up to a 34t 1X front chainring. It does this and still allows for 2.6″ tire clearance. Tap Root frames come with a standard satin finish with options for either brushed logos or black or white vinyl decals.

Sanitas Tap Root down tube logo

Tap Root Frame Details

  • Recommended Use: Mountain Single Track, XC Racing, Bikepacking
  • Stock Geometry available in Six Sizes
  • Tire Width: 29 x 2.6”
  • Headtube: 44mm Straight Taper
  • Bottom Bracket: T47 English Thread
  • Rear Hub Spacing: 148 x 12mm Boost
  • Cable Routing: External, Internal Dropper Port
  • Brake: Post Mount Disc, optimized for 180mm Disc Rotor
  • Seatpost Diameter: 31.6 mm (internal dropper routing)
  • Dropouts: Sliding with standard derailleur inserts
  • Single Speed Specific or Direct Mount derailleur inserts are offered upon request
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime


Sanitas Tap Root geo chart

Sanitas Tap Root Retail

Retail: $2750 Frame Only, $5,950 for complete SRAM GX or Shimano SLX build

You can purchase the Tap Root frame only or you can choose to have it built up with either SRAM GX or Shimano SLX mechanical drivetrains.

You can also enter to win a Sanitas Tap Root, in their Ultimate Bike Giveaway 2024. You have until May 26 to enter, with the winner being selected on May 27th.


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Doc Sarvis
Doc Sarvis
12 days ago


12 days ago

Not mentioned in the article, but it looks like it’s the seatstay is bolted to the drive side dropout mount which will allow the use of a belt drive.

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