When we 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.
By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fiber, we were able to put performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. The stiffness, durability, and strength are identical between the two materials, but the C-level carbon weighs in at about 280 grams more than the top-end, CC carbon.
A Shimano XT/SLX 2x10 drivetrain has the good on the climbs and the descents. With RaceFace components and a WTB saddle you're set to rally.
|Frame||Santa Cruz Carbon C, 150mm travel, 148x12mm thru-axle|
|Fork||Rockshox Sektor Gold RL 150mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer|
|Headset||Cane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing|
|Rims/Wheels||WTB STi23 TCS|
|Hubs||SRAM MTH 716|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR2|
|Chain||KMC X10.93, 10sp|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano M617D, 2x10, Side Swing|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT M8000 GS|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano SLX HG81, 10sp, 11-36|
|Shifters||Shimano SLX M670|
|Handlebars||Race Face Ride 760mm, 35mm clamp|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Stem||Race Face Ride, 35mm clamp|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Deore M615|
|Brakes||Shimano Deore M615|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Race|
|Seat Post||Race Face Ride 31.6x400mm|
|Accessories & Extras||Inclues Stan's NoTubes sealant for tires|