Is a carbon fiber mountain bike better than an aluminum mountain bike? Honestly, it depends. Carbon is lighter and typically stiffer than aluminum, but aluminum can be built inexpensively without sacrificing much in performance. There will always be those who prefer aluminum mountain bikes, and Santa Cruz delivers with the Bronson long-travel bike. With consistent trail performance, a 150 mm suspension and lower-link VPP kinematics, this enduro-ready mountain bike is an ever-capable all arounder. The 2020 Santa Cruz Bronson enduro bike is the just-right bike ready for wherever your ride leads you.
The Bronson finds itself in its third generation, and all of it has to do with its reputation as an all-day ableist. This starts with Santa Cruz’s lower-link mounted shock configuration and VPP kinematics. Found on just about every other Santa Cruz around, this suspension promises a supportive mid-stroke, smooth bottom out, and just-right damping through rocky descents. This is paired to a reliable aluminum frame and rear swingarm with low standover clearance, excellent dropper post clearance. Out back there are also ISCG 05 tabs, a molded chainstay protector that matches the bottom bracket and downtube protectors, and clearance for up to a 27.5 x 2.8” plus tire. Yes, the Santa Cruz Bronson can take plus tires, a beneficial bit of versatility for any trail rider.
For many people, a 150mm travel all-mountain bike might seem like “too much bike”. It’s definitely more capable than a normal trail bike; its 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. The Bronson has always been playful and poppy, it’s just that this new one is better than ever at getting down the hill with pace.
The Santa Cruz Bronson A is available in four sizes (SM-XL), two colorways, and two build kits:
Santa Cruz Bronson R – RockShox Yari RC 160 mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Select 150mm shock, SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain with an 11/50t cassette, SRAM Guide T brakes, and a Race Face Aeffect dropper seatpost. R build kit receives a WTB ST i29 27.5” to SRAM MTH wheelset and Maxxis Minion 27.5 x 2.5” tires, R+ build kit receives a WTB ST i35 27.5” to SRAM MTH wheelset and Maxxis Minion 2.6” plus bike tires. It retails for $3499.
Santa Cruz Bronson S – RockShox Lyrik Select+ 160 mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ 150mm shock, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t cassette, SRAM Code R brakes, and a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. S build kit receives a Race Face AR 30 Offset 27.5” rim to DT Swiss 370 wheelset and Maxxis Minion 27.5 x 2.5” tires, S+ build kit receives a Race Face AR 35 Offset 27.5” rim to DT Swiss 370 wheelset and Maxxis Minion 2.6” plus bike tires. It retails for $4399.
All Santa Cruz models receive a lifetime frameset warranty, as well as a lifetime warranty for all pivot bearings.
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