The thrill of mountain biking. Sweaty palms, sunbaked necks, and high speeds. Few things are as exciting as reaching the summit of a mountain and shredding the descent. The go to for most mountain bikers has been the Santa Cruz Bronson all mountain bike, for its all around capability and strong value. The new for 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson A carries on the storied Bronson name, as a value-priced long travel 27.5″ mountain bike built to be your one bike to rule them all, thanks to revised suspension kinematics and superior trail capability.
The Santa Cruz Bronson A starts life with an aluminium frame and swingarm which weighs about one pound more than the carbon C frameset. That’s it; it offers the same suspension, ride stiffness, and durability as the bike that costs considerably more. It features their revised lower-link mounted shock placement and Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension kinematics. Shock rate has been refined to deliver greater small bump sensitivity and a more progressive mid-stroke, a complaint of previous generation VPP designs. They’ve also added a one-degree slacker 65.1 degree head tube angle, and a 10-15mm greater reach and shorter chainstay length. The revised linkage is now a one-piece design to make it much stiffer as well. Combined, these changes makes the bike feel much more confidence inspiring through bumpy corners, without the kind of bobbing one might feel in other full suspension bikes while climbing. Other features include a threaded bottom bracket, Boost hub spacing front and rear, a direct mount front derailleur tab, and cable routing for both an external or internal dropper seatpost.
For many people, a 160mm/150mm travel all mountain bike might seem like “too much bike”. It’s definitely more capable than a normal trail bike; it’s slack head tube angle means it requires a bit more weight on the front wheel in corners to make it grip. What’s surprising about the Bronson is how well it rides over a myriad of terrain. It’s VPP suspension means the bike floats over techy terrain without feeling disconnected. The rear shock is tuned for greater linearity (like a coil shock) over big hits, and it’s 27.5” wheels means it is more nimble than it’s long travel intentions insist. The Bronson A won’t easily keep up with it’s short-travel siblings on climbs, but the bike pedals well enough to keep the rear shock completely open without feeling sapped of energy.
The 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson A all mountain bike leads riders to ride faster and harder. It’s plenty light and feels great launching off of jumps, whether on the trail or at the bike park. Looking for serious bang for the buck in all mountain bikes? This is the ticket.
The 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson A is available in five sizes (XS-XL), two colorways ( and ), and two build kits, with a choice of 27.5″ (2.5″/2.4″ tires) or 27.5”+ (2.6″ tires) wheels:
- Santa Cruz Bronson A R/Santa Cruz Bronson A R+ – RockShox Yari MotionControl RC 160mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe R 150mm shock, SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t cassette, SRAM Guide T brakes, Santa Cruz AM Carbon flat bars, Rock Shox Reverb dropper seatpost. The R model comes with a WTB i29 TCS to SRAM MTH 746 hubs, while the R+ model comes with a WTB i35 TCS rim to SRAM MTH 746 hubs. It retails for $3,499.99.
- Santa Cruz Bronson A S/Santa Cruz Bronson A S+ – Fox 36 Float Performance 160mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe R 150mm shock, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t cassette, SRAM Stylo 7k crankset, SRAM Code R brakes, Race Face Aeffect R flat bars, and a Rock Shox Reverb dropper seatpost. It retails for $4,199.99.
27.5″ R models receive WTB ST i29 rims to SRAM MTH hubs, and Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″/Minion DHR tires 2.4″, while the Bronson S models receive Race Face AR 30 rims to DT Swiss 370 hubs. 27.5” R+ models receive WTB ST i35 rims to SRAM MTH hubs, and Maxxis Maxxis Minion DHF/Minion DHR 2.6″ tires, while S+ models receive Race Face AR 35 rims and Maxxis Minion DHF/Minion DHR 2.6″ tires.
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