When Santa Cruz introduced Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike. Equally at home in the Trans-Provence as it was on The Ridge, updating and improving it was going to be no small feat.
The most visible upgrade is the completely new VPP® link arrangement. The lower link tucks neatly above the bottom bracket, fully-recessed and protected from impacts. Meanwhile the box-section upper link now mounts cleanly to the top tube and enhances lateral stiffness as a result. Shock rate’s been refined in the process too, delivering greater small bump sensitivity and a more progressive mid-stroke.
Geometry has also evolved subtly to meet demand from riders for a bike of this ilk. The seat tube angle’s been steepened, placing the rider right above the cranks and perfectly in position to lay down the power. Meanwhile a one-degree slacker 66 degree head tube angle combines with a 20-25mm longer top tube and shorter chainstay length to create an evermore rally-ready geometry than its predecessor.
This alloy version of the Bronson differs just slightly from its carbon brethren: Santa Cruz opted against including ISCG tabs, as one-by drivetrains have rendered them mostly unnecessary, and they made the switch to an integrated headset like you'll find on the Hightower and Tallboy. These decisions shaved a bit of weight from the frame, which otherwise includes all the features you'll find on our C and CC-level carbon frames, but in an attractive, strong, aluminum package.
|Fork||Rock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air|
|Shock||Rock Shox Monarch RT|
|Rear Dérailleur||SRAM GX 1x11|
|Chainring Size||32 Tooth|
|Crankset||Race Face Aeffect AL|
|Bottom Bracket||Included w/ crankset|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1150 10-42|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide R|
|Brake Rotors||Avid Centerline; 180mm|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing|
|Bars||Race Face Chester, 785mm, 35mm clamp|
|Stem||Raceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Front Hub||Novatec D541 Torque Cap; 15x110mm|
|Rear Hub||Novatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h|
|Rims||Race Face AR27|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3|
|Seat Post||Rockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Race|