This Santos has a rich history. It was originally designed for the city: Santos Urban Bike, or SUB for short. An unconventional looking bike to smoothly guide you through traffic. From the early start, our riders found it so agile yet comfortable that they made more and more miles on it. They took it out of the busy streets, through the suburbs, into the forest, over the hills and across the borders.
They came back with enthusiastic stories and further requests. We continued to develop, adapt and add. Amongst others: a choice of wheel sizes, wider tires and the addition of disc brakes. This is how this new SUB gradually came into existence. Just as durable and strong, but with extra genes from our all-terrain and touring bikes. So the SUB is ready for the city, a bikepacking trip or a cycling holiday. One bike for all. And E-bike ready too.
Build it up the way you want it, choose a cool color combination and you have your own unique Santos!
Fast and agile
Originally designed as Santos Urban Bike. An unconvential city bike that guides you smoothly and safely through heavy traffic.
This new version of the SUB still is. And at the same time so much more!
Try it yourself. Ignore the admiring glances. Take that small street packed with tourists, cycle over the slippery wooden bridge, across the double tram tracks and the hectic roundabout. Along the busy parking lots. Straight out of town, into the quiet forest.
Ride like the wind
Like some extra power? Then choose the e-bike version of the SUB. Ideal if you want to cover longer distances. Or for just a little extra help on that steep bridge.
This SUB has a solid, durable mid-engine, made by German company Pendix and fine-tuned with Santos software for an extra long range. It's easy to operate. With one handy button on the battery you can choose from 3 modes: Eco, Smart or Sport.
You can also cycle with the battery switched off. Or remove the battery completely. Just as easy.
On an adventure
The SUB loves the city but also likes to take you on an adventure! Over rugged terrain without a pre-mapped route; sleeping bag and tent. The strong frame and the Santos Adventure fork offer you plenty of space.
Choose nice and wide 70 mm tires with studs. In this way, you also retain a lot of grip and control with packing. And you can drive comfortably and easily on unpaved paths.
So pack some stuff after a busy week at work; attach them to the frame, handlebar or seat tube and go for it!
Going on a cycling holiday with the SUB? Of course you can! With the versatile, strong frame of the SUB, you have every option to transform it into a real travel bike.
Put one Santos TwinRack front carrier and a Santos AdventureRack rear carrier, suitable for large bags and wide tires. Choose mudguards, a Santos-hold-it-all and go out into the wide world.
And when you're ready for it again after the holidays, you remove the bags and the SUB is your stubborn city bike again.
Carefree riding, low maintenance
If you want to cover many carefree kilometers, choose the reliable and user-friendly internal gears from Rohloff with Santos belt drive. It makes the SUB 'low maintenance' and suitable for all weather conditions.
The Rohloff hub has 14 gears and is available in 6 colors.
With the right belt and sprockets, your bike's drivetrain is super durable. The SUB has this durable Santos belt drive. That means fixed rear pads (so your rear wheel is always straight) and Gates belt drive with extra strong CDX-EXP sprockets. This way you can make many silent miles. A real joy.
Choose what suits you best
The hydraulic rim brakes are strong and durable. With a special wheel on the brake lever you decide whether the brake bites aggressively or allows a friendly long stroke. Renewing your brake pads is also a piece of cake: you are done within five minutes without any tools.
The hydraulic disc brakes are the strongest brakes with the most power. This gives you even more control, on wet roads and long descents.
Not exactly sure what's best for you? You can test both systems at a Santos dealer.
The SUB is designed with the future in mind. It's E-bike ready, which means you can electrify it now but also a later stage.
The SUB has a powerful engine and a large battery for a wider range. We build it modularly, so it can be adapted to your wishes, now and in the future.
Put a Santos TwinRack on your front fork and add a Santos AdventureRack rear carrier, suitable for large bags and wide tires. Choose mudguards, a Santos Hold-all and go on your next adventure.
After you return from your holidays, just remove the bags and the SUB is your comfortable and agile city bike again.
If you opt for SON lighting, you get a beautiful headlight with a wide, bright beam, which is so characteristic of SON headlights. The connection to the hub dynamo is plugless, which means the wheel can be easily taken out and put back in. We mount the light on a Santos lampholder, so it shines nicely over your front tire and remains neatly upright.
The SON lights are available in 6 colors, just like the corresponding hub dynamo and rear lights.
Curious about all the details about the frame, geometry, drivetrain, brakes and Santos Only parts? Then go to all specifications.
At Santos we like to listen first to what you have in mind. Then we’ll start building the best Santos especially for you. Below you will find a number of tools to guide you through the decision making process. Depending on your (technical) knowledge, you can use these tools yourself or go through them together with a Santos dealer. He can advise you on all the important details.
Is it the SUB that appeals most to you? Or maybe one of our other bicycles? To get your thoughts clear, you may use the Santos step-by-step plan. This plan is currently only available in Dutch, but we hope to publish an English version soon. You don’t need to fill it in, it is meant as a guideline for when you get in touch with us.
Convinced that the SUB is the bike for you? Then you may want to use the Santos customizer as a guideline to make choices about the drive, the brakes and the entire assembly such as the handlebars, the saddle and the tires. Use this tool to see the many options of custombuilding and to get a rough idea about pricing.
You can visit our factory or one of our dealers. Our factory is located just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam airport. Our dealer network is mainly based in the Netherlands and Belgium. You can also make a video appointment. We then "walk" you through our factory and show you frames, models, colours and accessories. We can ship worldwide.