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Santa Cruz BicyclesBronson
Carbon 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike
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Bronson Carbon 27.5 S Complete Mountain Bike

Ever since its initial release, the Santa Cruz Bronson has consistently been one of our favorite mountain bikes. Excelling at everything from all-day missions on rugged singletrack, to lift-assisted bike park days, and even a bit of enduro racing, the Bronson is the first model we think of when we're asked what makes a true all-mountain bike. Its well-balanced geometry, 6-inches of smooth VPP suspension, and stout carbon frame make for a bike that's just as happy plowing through chunky rock gardens as it is jumping over them entirely—boosting your confidence and the fun factor to level 11. Now in its third generation, the Bronson is more refined than ever, ensuring this bike remains among the top of the pack when it comes to aggressive trail machines.

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 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 been steadily trickling down through Santa Cruz's entire lineup, seeing the need for increased bump compliance, better support, and higher levels of traction that are demanded by modern mountain bikers. 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 ability to clear tires up to a whopping 2.8 inches wide, thanks to increased space in the rear triangle for the needs of modern wide trail tires. We've personally found the newly spec'd 2.5-inch Minion DHF up front and 2.4-inch Minion DHR II out back provide the best balance of all-out grip and plow-anything confidence, all without losing much in terms of rolling efficiency when you have to climb back uphill or accelerate from a dead stop. Running traditional plus-sized tires in the realm of 2.8 inches tends to have a negative effect with all the added weight, as well as having a tendency to feel squirmish under hard braking and cornering. If you're looking for even more traction than the stock setup, we'd recommend going for a set of 2.6's.

Lucky for all of us, one thing that hasn't changed is 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 poise while pummeling 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.

  • Let no trail hold you back with Santa Cruz's all-mountain bike
  • Aggressive geometry is longer and slacker than before
  • 6in of VPP travel tames steep, rocky descents and big hits
  • Lower-link driven shock provides better traction and support
  • Carbon C frame is impressively stiff and decidedly strong
  • Flip-chip slackens the head tube angle from 65.4° to 65.1°
  • One inch shorter seat tube for running longer dropper posts
  • SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain offers massive range of usable gears
Tech SpecsGeometryWeight
Tech Specs
Frame Material
Carbon C
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
Rear Travel
150mm
Fork
RockShox Lyrik Select+
Front Travel
160mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
SRAM Stylo 7K DUB
Chainring Sizes
32t
Crank Arm Length
[x-small] 165mm, [small, medium] 170mm, [large, x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket Type
English threaded (BSA)
Cassette
SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle
Cassette Range
10 - 50t
Chain
SRAM GX Eagle
Brakeset
SRAM Code R
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
180mm Avid CenterLine
Handlebar
Race Face Aeffect R 35
Handlebar Width
780mm
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length
50mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper
Seat Collar
36.4mm
Wheelset
[rims] Race Face AR Offset 30
Hubs
DT Swiss 370
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
Extras
downtube guard, shuttle bumper, rear shock fender, chainstay protector
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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31lb 1oz

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