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When Santa Cruz introduced the 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 ever more rally-ready geometry than its predecessor.
This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger and more expensive carbon fibre. Using this material in key places allowed Santa Cruz to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
'When it comes to finding the ideal balance between geometry and the amount of suspension travel, the designers at Santa Cruz have hit the sweet spot with the Bronson' - Pinkbike.
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This is an Ex-Demo bike and shows signs of use. It has been serviced and will be ready to ride with no servicing or parts required. Please see details for full specification. Image used for illustration only, more images of actual bike will follow. Please call or e-mail for more information.
- 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
- 150mm (6") VPP™ suspension
- 27.5" wheels
- Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
- Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
- Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
- Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
- Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts
- Full carbon frame and swingarm
- ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
- Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
- Sizes: S, M, L, XL
- Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
- Threaded Bottom Bracket
- Shimano XT 1x drivetrain
- Fox 36 Float 160mm RC2 fork
- RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost
- Shimano XT brakes
- Hope Tech Enduro wheels
|Frame||Full carbon frame and swingarm, 150mm (6") VPP™ suspension, 148mm Rear Axle Spacing|
|Fork||Fox 36 Float 160 RC2 Kashima|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float X Factory EVOL|
|Shifters||Shimano XT M8000 SL (right hand only)|
|Derailleur (Rear)||Shimano XT M8000 GS RD|
|Brakes||Shimano XT M8000|
|Crankset||Shimano XT M8000 32T w/BB 165,,|
|Cassette||Shimano XT M8000 CS 11-42|
|Hub Front||Hope Pro2 Evo|
|Hub Rear||Hope Pro2 Evo 148x12 BOOST|
|Rims||Hope Tech Enduro|
|Handlebar||Renthal Fatbar Lite 20mm rise, cut to 720mm wide|
|Stem||Renthal Apex 35mm reach|
|Headset||Hope 2F tapered|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Race|
|Seatpost||Rockshox Reverb Stealth|
|Number of Gears||11|