Why We Like The Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon C R Mountain Bike
When we’re unsure of our trail regimen for the day, we reach for the Santa Cruz Bronson to get us through the big climbs and unfamiliar descents that wait for us up on the mountain. This 150mm travel trail bike features stable geometry and a 29in front wheel that helps us plow through bomb holes and stay upright over drops, while the 27.5in wheel out back allows for quick cornering and precise split-second moves. Having the best of both worlds sounds pretty good to us, especially knowing it comes with the legendary refinement and rugged reliability that Santa Cruz frames are known for. The revised wheels bring the mixed wheel size game into the park and enduro lineup, giving riders a bike that's nimble in the corners but rolls over the chunder all day long. The bike maintains the same 150mm of VPP rear travel as the previous generation, but the suspension has lower anti-squat values to help enhance the bike’s traction and overall smoothness.
This Bronson also sees longer and slacker geometry, but Santa Cruz didn’t go too crazy with it, and the bike still has that agility that riders loved about the previous model. Our favorite change is the chainstay length that varies per size, ensuring every size of rider gets the same balanced geometry and fit. The reach and wheelbase are longer and the head tube is slacker, providing more stability during high-speed sections and technical descents. Santa Cruz knows that pedaling prowess matters, so they incorporated a steeper 77.1-degree seat tube angle on a size medium to balance the long and slack geo. Combined with the efficient VPP platform, the bike tackles tough climbs with ease. The geometry is also adjustable via a flip-chip in the linkage, allowing you to tune the handling to suit the trail at hand. This particular Bronson benefits from the Carbon C layup, which uses a bit more material than CC frames but still accelerates quickly and offers unflappable poise when pummeling through rough terrain. The SRAM NX 12-speed drivetrain handles our shifting duties, while a pair of bombproof Race Face AR Offset 30 wheels keep us rolling through the gnarliest terrain we can find. The Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon C R Mountain Bike is ready to get rough and rowdy from the bike park to the enduro course.
*Due to a high demand in the global supply chain and bike industry since the start of the pandemic, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be of equal or better spec level. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- Mixed-wheel trail bike for park rats and big mountain pedalers
- 29er up front rolls over obstacles with ease
- 27.5 rear wheel preserves the bike's playful handling
- 150mm of VPP rear travel paired offers tons of traction
- 160mm RockShox Lyrik Select fork soaks up big drops and bombholes
- SRAM NX 12-speed drivetrain offers reliable shifting
- Carbon C frame offers excellent stiffness and durability
- RaceFace AR Offset 30 wheels provide compliance on gnarly terrain
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