Why We Like The Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon C S Mountain Bike
For days full of big climbs and unfamiliar descents, we throw a leg over the Santa Cruz Bronson. Built with the ultra-durable Carbon C layup, this 150mm trail bike features stable geometry, a 29in front wheel, and a 27.5in wheel out back—a combination that helps us plow through bomb holes, stay upright over drops, and corner quickly with precise split-second moves. Purpose-built for a mixed-wheel setup, the Bronson offers a way better ride than some of the scrappy mullet setups and allows us to rail through corners and roll through chunder all day long. With 150mm of VPP rear travel, and low anti-squat levels, the Bronson has endless traction on everything from slick rooty climbs to dusty downhills. A slacker and longer geometry provides stability through high-speed technical sections, while a steep seat tube angle optimizes our power transfer to carry us up the climbs.
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 reliable SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain offers crisp shifting in just about any weather conditions while the suspension duties are handled by a perfectly balanced combination of a RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ rear shock and Fox 36 Float Performance fork so we can crush through high-tech, gnarly terrain with confidence. A pair of Race Face AR Offset 30 wheels are laced to reliable DT Swiss 370 hubs for bombproof, fast rolling performance, while a set of SRAM Code R brakes let us stop on a dime when things start to get out of hand. The Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon C S Mountain Bike is the one-bike quiver for tackling everything from all-day missions in search of big drops to testing our luck on the local enduro circuit.
*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 slayer for bike park days and big mountain missions
- Carbon C frame strikes a balance between stiffness and durability
- 29in wheel up front rolls up and over obstacles with ease
- 27.5in rear wheel maintains playful yet precise handling
- 150mm of VPP rear travel offers traction on the climb and descent
- Fox 36 Performance fork offers 160mm of travel to soak up big hits
- SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain provides reliable, crisp shifting
- Flip-chip allows for geometry changes tuned to riding style
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