The Bronson – redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike.
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.
The 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’ve 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 the C and CC-level carbon frames, but in an attractive, strong, aluminum package.
By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fiber, Santa Cruz 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.
This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as the 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.
- 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
- 150mm (6″) VPP™ suspension
- 27.5″ wheels
- Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
- Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts on the C and CC models
- Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
- Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
- Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
- Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
- Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
- Threaded Bottom Bracket
- ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
- Direct mount rear derailleur option
- Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Bronson Alloy RockShox Monarch RT – $3290
Bronson CC (Carbon C) RockShox Monarch Plus RT3 – $4790
Bronson 2 Alloy with R1 AM build: RockShox Monarch RT/FOX Rhythm 150 – $5490
Bronson 2 Alloy with S AM build: RockShox Monarch RT/RockShox Pike RC 150 – $6990
Bronson 2 C with R1 AM build kit: RockShox Monarch RT/FOX Rhythm 150 – $6490
Bronson 2 C with S AM build kit: RockShox Monarch RT/RockShox Pike RC 150 – $7750
Bronson 2 CC (Carbon C) with XT AM build: RockShox Monarch Plus RT3/RockShox Pike RCT3 150 – $9690
Bronson 2 CC (Carbon C) with X01 AM build: RockShox Monarch Plus RT3/ RockShox Pike RCT3 150 – $10490
Bronson 2 CC (Carbon C) with XT AM Enve build: RockShox Monarch Plus RT3/RockShox Pike RCT3 150 – $12690
Bronson 2 CC (Carbon C) with XX1 AM build: RockShox Monarch Plus RT3/RockShox Pike RCT3 150 – $11690
Available on any model at XT level or above: + $2750
Pricing current at time of publication. Please give us a call or email to check current pricing and availability. Or better still, call in to the shop to see for yourself!