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Santa Cruz Bronson – 650B Enduro Racer in Carbon and Aluminum

April 14,2013

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Natural carbon Bronsons will be offered in a number of color graphic options and if you pop for the Enve carbon wheel option, you can get them matched to your bike.

Santa Cruz has been busy this season and secretive about its plans – the first of which is the Bronson 650B line. The six-inch-travel VPP design will be offered in both carbon and aluminum in a wide number of build kits (Shimano and SRAM) that range in price from $4150 to $10,419, so there is a Bronson suitable for both thousandaire and millionaire Enduro pilots alike. Most of the release is about the top-line Enve/SRAM XXI build, which is quite stunning. The new carbon frame is updated with all of the bits that were developed for the Talboy LTC – co-molded aluminum pivot bosses, and the simplified swingarm design. The lower rocker is still sturdy aluminum and all the main suspension bearings are adjustable.

Black Bronson

Billed as an enduro racing bike, the Bronson should put the mid-size 27.5″ wheels (650b) to the ultimate test.

Bronson Details:
• 27.5″ (650b) wheels
• 142 mm rear axle spacing.
• New molded rubber swingarm and downtube protectors.
• 2 x bottle cage mounts.
• Forged upper link.
• Forged aluminum lower link with angled grease ports: offset for chainguide clearance.
• Collet axle pivots: lock in place without pinch bolts.
• Angular contact bearings: all pivots.
• Direct mount rear derailleur hanger option: standard hanger comes as stock.
• Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts.
• Co-molded aluminum hardware on frame pivots: no bonding.
• Carbon ISCG-05 tabs.
• Routing for Reverb Stealth dropper post.
• 73mm threaded BB.

The Bronson

The aluminum-frame version is pretty sweet looking too. Geometry is adjusted for 27.5 inch wheels, so the 67-degree head angle is going to feel closer to 66 on the trail.

Bronsons will reportedly be the spearhead for the Syndicate’s push into the European enduro racing scene, where the Santa Cruz sponsored team plans to do some damage. Rumors have it that Santa Cruz, which has been cautious to enter new markets, has been testing the Bronson for an extended period, lending credibility to the notion that the mid size wheel is much more than a fad. If you remember, SC was reluctant to offer up a 29er, but when they did, it was an instant hit. We expect the Bronson to follow suit. Is there a 650B V-10 hiding in the new Santa Cruz factory? Syndicate riders say nay, but I am thinking, yeah.

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Bronson. Aluminum.

Bronson frames follow much of the new design improvements ushered in by the Tallboy LTC – a simplified swingarm design, sturdy aluminum rocker links, and adjustable angular contact bearings in the suspension pivots, but there are some new tricks, like internal dropper post routing and a direct-mount front derailleur (SC originally espoused that a clamp-type was best for those who ran and single chainring). Santa Cruz hinted that the Bronson was only the first of two big releases this spring. Sea Otter may hold another gem. we’ll keep you posted.

For more informaiton, you can check out this Pinkbike article here: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Santa-Cruz-Bronson-650B-Enduro-Racer-in-Carbon-and-Aluminum.html

For more information straight from the source, please visit http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/bronson-carbon/ 

Giant 2013 Defy Advanced 0 – $4399.99

Giant 2013 Defy Advanced 0

RIDE FASTER, RIDE FARTHER. AN ENDURANCE ROAD BIKE THAT CAN CONQUER TOWERING CLIMBS, CRUSH SPRINTS AND LOG BIG MILES

Race a gran fondo one week and a criterium the next. This bike was designed to meet the dual demands of hard, fast races and long, grueling rides. Its Advanced-grade composite frame balances weight, stiffness and road-smoothing comfort. The OverDrive 2 steerer tube boosts front-end stiffness and precision. The PowerCore bottom bracket turns your power into positive forward motion. Add in the RideSense ANT+ sensor for wireless data transmission, and you have the ultimate package for endurance road riding.

FEATURES

Key Upgrades (over Defy Advanced 1)

  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic componentry
  • Giant P-SL0 WheelSystem
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL
  • Color: Composite/White/Silver

SPECIFICATIONS

FRAME

Sizes XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL
Colours Composite/White/Silver
Frame Advanced-Grade Composite
Fork Advanced-Grade Composite, Full-Composite OverDrive 2 Steerer
Shock N/A

COMPONENTS

Handlebar Giant Contact, 31.8
Stem Giant Contact w/ Titanium hardware, OverDrive 2
Seatpost Giant Vector Composite
Saddle Fi’zi:k Aliante Delta
Pedals N/A

DRIVETRAIN

Shifters Shimano Ultegra Di2, Electronic
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2, Electronic
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2, Electronic
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra Di2
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 11×28, 10-Speed
Chain KMC X10SL
Crankset Shimano Ultegra, 34/50
Bottom Bracket Shimano, Press Fit

WHEELS

Rims Giant P-SL0 WheelSystem
Hubs Giant P-SL0 WheelSystem
Spokes Giant P-SL0 WheelSystem
Tires Giant P-SL1, 700×23, Front and Rear Specific, Folding

OTHER

Extras RideSense
Weight How much does this bike weigh? It’s a common question, and rightly so. But the truth is, there are no industry standards for claiming bike weights—and this leads to a lot of misinformation. Variances exist based on size, frame material, finish and hardware. And as bikes get lighter, these differences become more critical. At Giant, we believe the only way to truly know the weight of any particular bike is to find out for yourself at your local retailer.

FRAME GEOMETRY

SIZE B: HEAD ANGLE C: SEAT ANGLE D: TOPTUBE E: HEADTUBE F: CHAINSTAY G: WHEELBASE H: STANDOVER HEIGHT
Centimeters Degrees Degrees Centimeters Centimeters Centimeters Centimeters Inches
XS/43.0 71.0 74.0 51.5 12.5 42.0 98.3 29.0
S/46.5 72.0 74.0 53.0 14.5 42.0 99.0 29.7
M/50.0 72.5 73.5 54.5 16.5 42.0 99.5 30.6
M/L53.5 72.5 73.0 56.0 18.5 42.0 100.7 31.1
L/55.5 72.5 73.0 57.5 20.5 42.0 102.2 32.0
XL/58.5 72.5 72.5 59.5 22.5 42.0 103.7 32.8

Giant 2013 TCR Advanced 2 – $2699.99

Giant 2013 TCR Advanced 2

CLIMB FASTER, CORNER SMOOTHER, FEEL ONE WITH YOUR MACHINE. IF ROAD RACING IS IN YOUR DNA, THIS IS YOUR MACHINE.

Using lightweight, Advanced-grade composite material, Giant builds every TCR Advanced by hand with its innovative, race-proven Compact Road geometry. Lightweight, stiff and quick to accelerate, it features Giant’s OverDrive 2 steerer tube design for precision steering and handling. The MegaDrive downtube and toptube combination, along with the PowerCore bottom bracket, produce a razor-sharp, super-efficient ride quality that’s often imitated but never duplicated

FEATURES

  • Shimano 105 (39/53) componentry
  • Giant Connect SL handlebar and OverDrive 2 stem with Titanium hardware
  • Fi’zi:k Arione saddle with Manganese rails
  • Giant P-SL1 WheelSystem
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL
  • Color: Composite/Grey/Blue

SPECIFICATIONS

FRAME

Sizes XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL
Colours Composite/Grey/Blue
Frame Advanced-Grade Composite
Fork Advanced-Grade Composite, Full-Composite OverDrive 2 Steerer
Shock N/A

COMPONENTS

Handlebar Giant Contact, 31.8
Stem Giant Contact w/ Titanium hardware, OverDrive 2
Seatpost Giant Vector Composite
Saddle Fi’zi:k Arione w/ Manganese rails
Pedals N/A

DRIVETRAIN

Shifters Shimano 105
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Brakes Shimano 105
Brake Levers Shimano 105
Cassette Shimano 105 12×25, 10-Speed
Chain KMC X10SL
Crankset Shimano 105, 39/53
Bottom Bracket Shimano, Press Fit

WHEELS

Rims Giant P-SL1 WheelSystem
Hubs Giant P-SL1 WheelSystem
Spokes Giant P-SL1 WheelSystem
Tires Giant P-SL1, 700×23, Front and Rear Specific, Folding

OTHER

Extras RideSense
Weight How much does this bike weigh? It’s a common question, and rightly so. But the truth is, there are no industry standards for claiming bike weights—and this leads to a lot of misinformation. Variances exist based on size, frame material, finish and hardware. And as bikes get lighter, these differences become more critical. At Giant, we believe the only way to truly know the weight of any particular bike is to find out for yourself at your local retailer.
FRAME GEOMETRY
SIZE B: HEAD ANGLE C: SEAT ANGLE D: TOPTUBE E: HEADTUBE F: CHAINSTAY G: WHEELBASE H: STANDOVER HEIGHT
Centimeters Degrees Degrees Centimeters Centimeters Centimeters Centimeters Inches
XS/43.0 71.0 74.5 51.5 12.0 40.5 97.2 28.5
S/46.5 72.0 73.5 53.5 13.5 40.5 97.4 29.2
M/50.0 73.0 73.0 55.5 15.0 40.5 98.0 30.1
M/L53.5 73.0 72.5 57.0 17.0 40.5 99.2 31.0
L/55.5 73.0 72.5 58.5 18.5 40.5 100.6 31.7
XL/58.5 73.0 72.0 60.5 20.0 40.5 102.1 32.4

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