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Description

Not-so-heavy metal.

On paper, 27.5-inch wheels make lots of sense, but it took a few seasons for them to find their place in 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 Bicycles Bronson 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. Now, 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.

Certainly, the carbon fiber version of the Bronson delivers the model's purest performance, but the alloy version here showcases the latest and greatest of Santa Cruz's expertise in the manipulation of aluminum, delivering a frame that's only slightly heavier than its fibrous friend. Butted and hydroformed tubes take optimized shapes that came to be as the result of countless test-riding hours and computer model simulation, resulting in, among other things, excellent standover height and a tapered head tube for steering precision. On the whole, handling and lateral stiffness are superb. Were it not for the scales or the ring from the flick of your fingernail, you'd likely never notice that this here Bronson is born from metal.

The squishy bits are part of the reason, too. The rear shock is FOX's FLOAT CTD unit, featuring 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 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.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aluminum
Suspension:
full suspension
Pivot Type:
VPP
Rear Travel:
150 mm
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT CTD with Kashima
Recommended Fork Travel:
150 mm
Rear Axle:
142 mm thru-axle
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Headset Included:
no
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9mm clamp-on
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm English
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG 05
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm
Cable Routing:
external
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
yes
Recommended Use:
trail, all-mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

Geometry chart

Sant Cruz Bicycles

Geometry Chart

 

Bronson
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
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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