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 the demand 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 even 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 fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
And, the 2 x 11-speed Shimano XT drivetrain is your ticket to the best show on two wheels. Toss in a Reverb Stealth dropper post, a slick Santa Cruz carbon handlebar, and RaceFace components, and you're ready to roll with the big boys and girls.
|Frame||Santa Cruz Carbon CC, 150mm travel, 148x12mm thru-axle|
|Fork||Rock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air, 150mm travel, 110x15mm thru-axle|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float Factory EVOL|
|Rims/Wheels||Choose from drop down|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR2, tubeless; 27.5x2.3|
|Crankset||Race Face Turbine SL|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano XT M8020 Side Swing|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT M8000 GS|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano XT M8000, 11-speed: 11-40t|
|Shifters||Shimano XT M8000 SL|
|Handlebars||Santa Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Stem||Raceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp|
|Brake Levers||Shimano XT|
|Brakes||Shimano XT, Shimano RT86 Ice-Tech 180mm rotors|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team|
|Seat Post||Rockshox Reverb Stealth, 150mm travel (125mm travel on size small)|
|Accessories & Extras||Includes Stan's NoTubes sealant for tires|