Why We Like The Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame
Positioned between the agile and playful 5010 and the big-hitting Nomad, the Bronson strikes a perfect balance for riders seeking a mixed-wheel bike that truly does everything well, and fast. Enduro racing, jumps, and gravity trails are well within its realm, but so are all-day pedal-fests deep in the mountains. That's why it's been a favorite of ours (and many other riders) since we threw a leg over the first generation way back in 2013. Now in its fourth generation, the Bronson is an ultra-refined package as you expect from a modern Santa Cruz, ready for us to build up our dream bike and hit the bike park or backcountry. Purpose-built to work around a 27.5in and 29in wheel combo, the Bronson offers a better ride than scrappy mullet conversions that have undesirable effects on the bike's geometry and handling. This brings mixed wheel size game into the park and enduro lineup, giving riders a bike that's nimble for railing corners but rolls through gnarly chunder all day long. 150mm of VPP rear travel and 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 tons of agility for tackling the toughest enduro courses. Unique chainstay lengths on each size ensure 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 technical descents. Santa Cruz knows that pedaling prowess matters, so they incorporated a nice and steep seat tube angle to balance the long and slack geo and transfer all of our power into forward momentum on the climbs. 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.
*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 enduro races
- Carbon CC frame offers legendary ride feel and durability
- 29in wheel up front rolls over almost any obstacle
- 27.5in rear wheel preserves the bike's playful handling
- 150mm of VPP rear travel made to pair with 160mm front fork
- Suspension kinematics are tuned for tons of traction
- Slack head-angle and steep seat-angle for better pedaling & descending
- Flip chip allows for geometry tuned to the trail ahead
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