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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2015

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Manifest destiny.

It was only a matter of time before 27.5” wheels carved their niche into the mountain biking landscape. We’ve mused plenty on their ideal blend of characteristics, relative to their 26” and 29” siblings, but here, in the Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame, is arguably where this balance finds its finest manifestation, evidenced by the repeated success of the Bronson under the Santa Cruz Syndicate race team and countless other racers topping podiums in multiple disciplines. For 2015, the Bronson gets some new colors, but it's otherwise an identical machine to the 2014 version.

At the heart of the Bronson is a highly refined VPP suspension platform that's been optimized for mid-sized wheels. It's a suspension platform that's widely beloved among riders in-the-know for its blend of pedaling efficiency and trail-erasing smoothness. VPP employs two aluminum counter-rotating links to achieve this balance. But, you may be wondering how it works? Well, the upper-link provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point. This yields a vertical wheel path, which you'll notice in the form of a firm feel during acceleration. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the lower-link activates, moving the axle path rearward. The rearward axle path enables the rear wheel to travel out of the way of impacts. So, the ride remains smooth, not jarring. You'll also find the same collet-style pivot hardware that's become standard for Santa Cruz's suspension bikes. This means that your pivots stay tight and are easily serviceable at home if ever necessary.

Santa Cruz's industry-leading Carbon CC construction is on display here, as well. Both the front and rear triangles are constructed as a whole, rather than bonding them together from sub-assemblies. Not only does this save weight, but it also means that the Bronson is as strong as possible. This is because the fibers remain uninterrupted by seams. In fact, if you were to cut the Bronson in half, you'd find that the inside of the tubes have the same perfectly smooth finish as the outside. This is a result of a construction technique that maximizes the compaction of the layers. The benefit is that it's lighter, because any excess epoxy is squeezed from the frame prior to curing. Accordingly, Santa Cruz finds that this provides the ideal degree of compaction, further enhancing frame strength.

The rear shock is FOX's FLOAT CTD unit features the ultra-durable Kashima coating. While the distinctive gold color is eye-catching, the Kashima coating's true benefit is that it's both harder and smoother than standard slider coatings. This equates to a longer wear life, as well as smoother suspension action. FOX's CTD adjustment scheme makes it easy to find your perfect setting, whether you change settings dozens of times a ride, or just set it and forget it. With a nearly locked-out feel, Climb mode provides the most damping. However, it still provides a bit of cushion for unexpected hard hits. Meanwhile, click the damper into the Trail mode, and there's ample low-speed compression in order to keep the bike riding high in the travel, great for just cruising along in most conditions. Lastly, Descend mode provides the lightest compression damping for a plush ride, ideal when you want to let 'er rip.

The Bronson utilizes a 44/56mm headset for compatibility with tapered forks. The rear dropouts accept a 142x12mm thru-axle rear hub, which keeps the frame stiff under power. The 73mm English threaded bottom bracket shell ensures a creak-free crankset and easy service. The frame requires a 30.9mm seatpost and a 34.9 front derailleur, and it's only compatible with 27.5-inch (650b) wheels.

The 2015 Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Dark Green/lime green and Satin Black/magenta.

  • 150mm travel
  • 27.5in wheels
  • FOX Float CTD Kashima shock
  • CC-level carbon fiber
  • VPP suspension design

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT CTD with Kashima
Rear Travel:
150 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm English
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9mm clamp-on
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm
Rear Axle:
142 mm thru-axle
Claimed Weight:
5.3 lbs
Recommended Use:
all mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

sizing chart

Bronson size by rider height


Geometry chart

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S 16.02in 21.81in 22.99in 14.76in 28.27in 3.54in 67o 73o 13.62in 17.28in 43.62in
17.01in 22.99in 23.39in 15.87in 28.78in 3.94in 67o 73o 13.62in 17.28in 44.84in
18.5in 24.02in 23.39in 16.85in 28.86in 3.94in 67o 73o 13.62in 17.28in 45.87in
XL  20in 25in 24.09in 17.64in 29.49in 4.72in 67o 73o 13.62in 17.28in 46.93in

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Very impressed

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The bike is light. It is smooth. It handles surprisingly well. Bought the bike with the Monarch Shock, which has great small bump compliance and handles the big hits with ease. The bike climbs well with the VPP suspension. Adjusting to the 27.5 wheel size, which is a nice compromise between the 26in and 29in wheel size. This bike will stay in my quiver for a while.


Unreal bike

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Was surprised by how well this bike pedalled up hill, I knew it would descend like a beast (and it does, especially with the 160 Pike) but was not expecting the pedaling ability. Would recommend this bike to anyone as an all around bike as long as they like fun bikes.


Perfect Trail Bike!!!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

This is one of the most versatile trail bikes I have ever ridden. Having come off a slacker, longer travel bike, this thing is a rocket ship up hills. I have a 32 tooth chainring, and a 160mm Pike and it still feels like an XC bike climbing. The downhill is super smooth, I put a 785mm bar on the front, which makes this thing super stable.

I would highly recommend this bike if you are looking for a slightly longer travel trail bike, without having to sacrifice climbing and overall handling.

Super stoked!!

Perfect Trail Bike!!!

Fast is fun!!!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

As more of a roadie, I'm always impressed with how much fun and how versatile modern MTB's are. The Bronson is no different. Going fast is always fun. This bike helps you go fast with it's confidence inspiring geometry, more than sufficient travel and relatively light weight. The climbs are enjoyable too as I never felt like I was wasting energy.

Flowy downhills, moderate drops and clearing doubles and triples, the Bronson offers high performance in shovel loads.

Give me a shout if you'd like to discuss the Bronson as your next bike. 801-389-7247 ext 4647

Fast is fun!!!
Avg. ride time: 5h 29m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Jumpy and playful bike!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I bought this bike primarily because it was on sale and I wanted to try it since I had all the parts. The bike i compared it to is my HD3. I will admit this bike doesn't climb as well but excels in a few items. Mostly in descent down rocky stuff as it felt more confident and vpp felt more smooth and bottomless. The bike also did well jumping. But I felt the build and bike was too burly for my trails built as is (pike, wide tires etc) so I decided to hold on to it for park riding next year and maybe some races if im not too lazy

One thing also is how quiet and smooth carbon is on descents. Quality of the frame and attention to detail is great, no issues installing BB or headset. DT Swiss axle is very nice and easy to use. Frame came with a checklist from Backcountry, a grease gun, a SC garbage bag?, carbon grit grease and grease. Very happy with the transaction.

Jumpy and playful bike!
Avg. ride time: 2h 53m per week
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2015 Santa Cruz Bronson, best bike ever!

    "Brett" with Competitive Cyclist totally hooked me up on my 2015 SC Bronson. The bike arrived in MINT condition and no adjustments needed at all. On my 1st ride I noticed how easy everything was, very smooth and solid. I've put over 100 miles on it and absolutely no complaints. My 1st ride:

    2015 Santa Cruz Bronson, best bike ever!

    What is the weight of this frame?


    Fun and Fast!

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I have had the opportunity of riding this bike several times and love it. For a long travel bike it is extremely efficient on the trail, climbs well and rips downhill. Probably its best attribute is its balanced feel on the trail-from front to back and never noticed the suspension bottoming out. The suspension has a very controlled feeling and makes the ride quality buttery smooth. Whether you are racing or joy riding its definitely a bike that will leave a smile on your face and i highly recommend it.

    I work for CC and if you have any specific questions please feel free to contact me direct. I can be reached at (801)736-6396 x 4074 or

    Waht size frame is everyone going with? I am stuck in the medium/ large area...

    Im 5'10" and ride a large frame with shorter stem

    What size should i go? Im 6'1 ft tall. Thanks