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Santa Cruz BicyclesBronson
27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike
$3,499.00

Item # SNZ00JF

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Description

Reinvigorated for all-mountain domination.

When the Bronson was originally released in 2013 many riders were still skeptical of the so-called "tweener" 27.5-inch wheel size. However, the controversy over 27.5-inch wheels was soon squashed by the introduction of the Bronson, seeing just how darn capable these bikes were everywhere from lengthy rides in the mountains to enduro race courses and even blasting a few laps at the local bike park. So when Santa Cruz announced they completely overhauled the Bronson 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike with  their "new" plus-sized tires, a longer, more aggressive geometry for the ever-increasing capabilities demanded by riders, and lower-link driven shock inspired by the latest Nomad, we gladly listened and took note, seeing their expertise and foresight in designing mountain bikes far surpasses the skeptical attitudes prevalent in much of the mountain bike world.

One of the biggest changes to the third-gen Bronson lies in a longer, slacker geometry that pushes it deeper into the gravity end of the riding spectrum. However, this redesign doesn't significantly alter its all-around versatility, meaning it's still great for the rider that desires the monster truck plushness of a slack, long-travel rig while having fun on trail systems with big climbs and high-speed descents. To be specific, Santa Cruz lengthened the reach by approximately 15 millimeters per size for a more confident, comfortable feel at higher speeds, plus a one centimeter lower standover height for a better fit with shorter riders. The head tube angle drops from the previous generation's already slack 66 degrees to an even slacker 65.4 degrees in its highest setting, complete with a flip-chip that slackens it out even further to a bike park-friendly 65.1 degrees. These were numbers that you'd only see on a freeride or mini-DH bike just a few years ago, meaning you'll have tons of confidence bombing those technical descents littered with steep drop-offs and nasty rock sections.

Another significant change to the latest Bronson lies in a reconfigured VPP suspension platform. Instead of relying on upper-link driven design, the third generation Bronson enjoys the increased bump compliance and glued-to-the-trail traction you'll experience with a VPP suspension driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's inspired by the latest Nomad. This lower-link driven VPP suspension platform is something that's reserved exclusively for the Bronson, Nomad, and V10, seeing the need for increased bump compliance, better support, and higher levels of traction for all-mountain, freeride, and downhill disciplines. To best match the increased performance capabilities of this lower-link driven VPP, Santa Cruz spec'd a Super Deluxe shock for a more supple feel that tracks to the ground noticeably better and resists heating up on those scintillating descents over thousands of vertical feet.

The last major change implemented on the third-gen Bronson is the introduction of Santa Cruz's "new" plus-sized tire, which is simply adding a slightly larger 2.6-inch tire for all the benefits in traction, bump compliance, and support afforded by plus-sized rubber, but without the major downsides of running wider 2.8 and 3.0-inch tires. By redefining the usability of plus-sized tires, Santa Cruz offers levels of plow-anything confidence to the masses without the negative attributes of traditional plus-sized tires, namely being the added rotational weight on climbs, overly vague handling feel, and tendency to squirm while cornering and braking hard. If you'd like to run a true plus-sized tire, the newest version of the Bronson will gladly accept 2.8-inch tires with its flip-chip accommodating this wider rubber.

This particular Bronson is offered with an aluminum frame for those aggressive riders seeking something that's a bit more economical, but without significantly altering its riding characteristics. The alloy frame is practically identical to carbon models in geometry and specs, meaning you'll reap the benefits of trickled-down technology in terms of dialed handling and high levels of overall strength. It's even backed by Santa Cruz's lifetime warranty, so you'll have added peace of mind while mobbing down rock gardens and dropping into aggressive terrain suited to a bike of this ilk.

  • Santa Cruz redefines their all-mountain masterpiece
  • Aggressive geometry is slacker and longer than before
  • Flip-chip slackens the head tube angle from 65.4° to 65.1°
  • 6in of VPP travel tames steep, rocky descents and big hits
  • Lower-link driven shock provides better traction and support
  • "New" 2.6-inch plus tires for plow-anything confidence
  • Alloy frame optimizes strength-to-weight while lowering price
  • SRAM NX Eagle offers an economical entry to the 1x12 drivetrain
Tech SpecsGeometry
Tech Specs
Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe R
Rear Travel
150 mm
Fork
RockShox Yari MotionControl RC
Front Travel
160 mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Crankset
SRAM NX Eagle DUB
Chainring Sizes
32t
Crank Arm Length
[XS - S] 170 mm, [M - XL] 175 mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket Type
BSA threaded
Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12-speed
Cassette Range
11 - 50t
Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset
SRAM Guide T
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
[front] 200 mm Avid Centerline, [rear] 180 mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar
Race Face Aeffect R, 35 mm
Handlebar Width
780 mm
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Ride
Saddle
WTB Silverado Race
Seatpost
Race Face Aeffect dropper
Wheelset
WTB ST i35 TCS 2.0
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Front Axle
15 x 110 mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148 mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF DC/EXO/TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C/EXO/TR
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.6 in
Recommended Use
enduro
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame
Geometry

150mm Travel Fork // LOW

 
XSSMLXL
a Seat Tube
14.57in14.96in15.94in16.93in18.11in
b Effective Top Tube
21.3in22.6in23.54in24.45in25.83in
c Stack
23.07in23.43in23.82in24.17in24.69in
d Reach
15.16in16.34in16.89in17.91in19.09in
e Stand Over
27.24in27.56in28.23in28.15in28.15in
f Head Tube
3.94in4.33in4.72in5.12in5.71in
g Head Tube Angle
65.165.165.165.165.1
h Seat Tube Angle
7575757575
i Bottom Bracket Height
13.39in13.39in13.39in13.39in13.39in
j Bottom Bracket Drop
0.55in0.55in0.55in0.55in0.55in
k Chainstay
16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in
l Wheelbase
44.65in45.94in46.89in47.83in49.29in

150mm Travel Fork // HIGH

 
XSSMLXL
a Seat Tube
14.57in14.96in15.94in16.93in18.11in
b Effective Top Tube
21.3in22.6in23.54in24.45in25.83in
c Stack
22.99in23.35in23.7in24.06in24.61in
d Reach
15.31in16.5in17.17in18.07in19.25in
e Stand Over
27.32in27.72in28.39in28.39in28.35in
f Head Tube
3.94in4.33in4.72in5.12in5.71in
g Head Tube Angle
65.465.465.465.465.4
h Seat Tube Angle
75.375.375.375.375.3
i Bottom Bracket Height
13.54in13.54in13.54in13.54in13.54in
j Bottom Bracket Drop
0.39in0.39in0.39in0.39in0.39in
k Chainstay
16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in
l Wheelbase
44.65in45.94in46.89in47.83in49.29in
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27.5's get it done

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27.5's get it done

Right from the start let's get this straight, I'm going to be comparing the Bronson to my Ibis HD4. These two 27's crush the dowhills and work really well in the turns. The main difference in my opinion is the rear linkage. The VPP linkage for the Bronson is nice and subtle over the small bumps, but I feel when climbing it simple runs into a ledge then decides it wants climb up and over. The DW link on the HD4 feels like it will climb over the edges better. If you are to ride both bikes down the road and pedal over a bunch of 2x4's the Bronson will feel a bit smoother if you like to stay seated in the saddle and just smash over it.

Overall this is a great ride, that you can spend the day pedaling around just keep in mind that it's more suited for pointing it down the mountain rather than up it.


Pros:
Lifetime frame warranty
Crushes the downhill
Sweet colors

Cons:
While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
Limited aftermarket shock options
Pedal efficiency climbing square edges and rocks

Rider Details:
5'9"32" inseam / 172 lbs
Size Ridden Large

27.5's get it done

good

    Bike was exactly as described. Assembly was easy. Would do it again. Just need to fine tune the shifting.
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