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  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon 27.5 R Complete Mountain Bike Detail
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon 27.5 R Complete Mountain Bike Detail
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon 27.5 R Complete Mountain Bike Detail
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Santa Cruz BicyclesBronson
Carbon 27.5 R Complete Mountain Bike
$4,399.00

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Description

Bronson Carbon 27.5 R Complete Mountain Bike

Ever since the initial release in 2013, the Bronson has been regarded as one of the best all-mountain bikes out there due to its hard-charging trail manners balanced by playful versatility. Equally as capable conquering big days in the alpine backcountry as it is ripping laps at the park or dabbling in enduro racing, the Bronson has been a longtime favorite of ours for more aggressive terrain, or if you're simply looking for a trail bike with a bit of extra travel. The newest version of the Bronson (now in its third generation) receives a new lower-link VPP design inspired by the Nomad, longer and slacker geometry that's also adjustable, and compatibility with up to 2.8in wide "plus" tires in order to meet the increasing versatility riders demand from a modern mountain bike. With these changes, the Bronson Carbon 27.5 R Complete Mountain Bike is ready to tackle big terrain with even more speed, confidence, and of course, fun.

The most noticeable difference with the new Bronson is the transition to a lower-link VPP design like the one found on the Nomad and V10. The bike maintains the same 150mm rear travel as previous generations, but the lower-link VPP allows a more linear suspension curve for better sensitivity throughout the stroke, resulting in better small-bump absorption while retaining good mid-stroke support and smooth bottom out progression. The revised suspension maintains the same efficient pedaling and climbing performance of previous generations, but increases traction on rough trails and descents, letting you push your limits with more confidence than ever.

The Bronson also sees some significant changes to geometry that push it further into the enduro spectrum. The reach and wheelbase are longer and the head tube is slacker, providing more stability during high speed sections of trail and long, technical descents. The geometry is also adjustable via a flip chip in the linkage, allowing you to tune the handling to suit the trail at hand. Of course, Santa Cruz understands that pedaling prowess matters on an all-mountain bike, so they balanced the long and slack geo by steepening the seat tube angle to 75.3-degrees in the high geometry position and 75-degrees in the low position. This puts the rider in a better position for putting power down to the pedals and combined with the inherent efficiency of the VPP platform, the bike tackles tough climbs very well for a bike with six inches of travel.

The last major change is the increased tire clearance on the frame. The new Bronson can accept up to a 2.8in tire. This version comes with a 2.5 up front and 2.4 in the rear for more precision and lower rolling resistance, but if you want the extra rock-crawling capabilities and plushness of the high volume plus tires you have the freedom to do so. For 2.8in tires, it's advised that you run the geometry flip-chip in the high position.

Lucky for all of us, one thing that hasn't changed is the bombproof construction of Santa Cruz's carbon frames, which is a good thing if you're after the legendary strength and unwavering stiffness of their renowned carbon layups. This particular Bronson benefits from the Carbon C layup, which makes for a resoundingly stiff frame for swift acceleration and unflappable composure while sending it across rough terrain. It's backed by Santa Cruz's excellent lifetime warranty, so you'll have extra peace of mind while riding particularly fast on your favorite stretch of trail and shuttling downhill laps on the mountain pass.

  • Santa Cruz's revered all-mountain bike gets a redesign
  • 6in of smooth yet efficient travel confidently slays any trail
  • New lower-link VPP suspension improves plushness and sensitivity
  • Longer, slacker geometry for improved stability on fast descents
  • Steeper seat tube angle keeps things pedal-friendly on the climbs
  • Adjustable geometry via flip chip suits a wide range of terrain
  • Clearance for up to 27.5 x 2.8in "plus" tires
  • Carbon C frame offers legendary strength and stiffness
Tech SpecsGeometryWeight
Tech Specs
Frame Material
carbon fiber
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe R
Rear Travel
150mm
Fork
RockShox Yari MotionControl RC
Front Travel
160mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle (12-speed)
Front Derailleur
n/a
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle (12-speed)
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
SRAM NX Eagle DUB
Chainring Sizes
32t
Crank Arm Length
[x-small - small] 170mm, [medium - x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket Type
BSA threaded
Cassette
SRAM PG-1230 NX Eagle (12-speed)
Cassette Range
11 - 50t
Chain
SRAM NX Eagle (12-speed)
Brakeset
SRAM Guide T
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
[front] 200mm Avid Centerline, [rear] 180mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar
Race Face Aeffect R
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Ride
Stem Length
50mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Race
Seatpost
Race Face Aeffect dropper
Wheelset
WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR
Tire Size
[front] 27.5 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.4in
Pedals
not included
Recommended Use
enduro, trail
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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Weight

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31lb 8oz

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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