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 SRAM GX 1x11 drivetrain has the goods on the climbs and the descents. Shimano brakes keep the fun under control and thoughtful add-ons, like a Reverb Stealth dropper post, ensure that your love affair with the Bronson is more than skin deep. With RaceFace components and a WTB saddle, you're set to rally.
|Frame||Santa Cruz Carbon C, 150mm-travel, 148x12mm thru-axle|
|Fork||Rock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air, 150mm-travel|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing|
|Rear Shock||Choose from drop down menu|
|Rims/Wheels||Easton AR 27|
|Hubs||SRAM; Front: MTH 716; Rear: MTH 746|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR2, tubeless: 27.5x 2.3|
|Crankset||Raceface Aeffect SL|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM XG1150, 11-speed: 10-42|
|Handlebars||Race Face Chester, 785mm, 35mm clamp|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Stem||Raceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp|
|Brake Levers||Shimano SLX M675|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX M675, Shimano RT66 180mm rotors|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Race|
|Seat Post||Rockshox Reverb Stealth, 150mm-travel (125mm travel on size small)|
|Accessories & Extras||Includes Stan's NoTubes sealant for tires|