When Santa Cruz introduced the Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike.
The most visible upgrade is the completely new VPP® link arrangement. The lower link tucks neatly above the bottom bracket, fully-recessed and protected from impacts. Meanwhile the box-section upper link now mounts cleanly to the top tube and enhances lateral stiffness as a result. Shock rate’s been refined in the process too, delivering greater small bump sensitivity and a more progressive mid-stroke.
Geometry has also evolved subtly to meet demand from riders for a bike of this ilk. The seat tube angle’s been steepened, placing the rider right above the cranks and perfectly in position to lay down the power. Meanwhile a one-degree slacker 66 degree head tube angle combines with a 20-25mm longer top tube and shorter chainstay length to create an evermore rally-ready geometry than its predecessor.
This alloy version of the Bronson differs just slightly from its carbon brethren: Santa Cruz opted against including ISCG tabs, as one-by drivetrains have rendered them mostly unnecessary, and they have made the switch to an integrated headset like you’ll find on the Hightower and Tallboy. These decisions have shaved a bit of weight from the frame, which otherwise includes all the features you’ll find on our C and CC-level carbon frames, but in an attractive, strong, aluminum package.