You know what’s hard about choosing what model of Santa Cruz suits you? It’s having to narrow down what kind of riding you want to do. But what if you don’t want to be pinned down by labels? What if you want to just be a mountain biker in the broadest sense of the word? What if you want to choose how you ride rather than what to ride? If this sounds familiar, then try a Bronson.
Our demo crew have a saying, ‘If in doubt, take a Bronson out’. The 150mm-travel bike can go deep on any landing and the VPP™ suspension design makes sure that there’s no wasted energy when heading back up for another go.
If you value style at speed or want to have fun feeling fast, then mixed wheels (29” up front, 27.5” out back) show that the spectrum is a loop not opposite points on a scale. The larger front wheel provides more traction and stability that’ll make you feel more confident squaring off the turns and diving for the inside lines. But a 27.5-inch tire in the rear means this bike still loves getting up on the back wheel and into the air.
From flat out on the trail to fully flat over a table, each generation of Bronson rider redefines expectations of what a mountain biker is.
FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 160mm
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
SRAM GX AXS Eagle, 12spd
SRAM GX AXS Controller
SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
SRAM Code RS
Avid Centerline 200mm/180mm
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Santa Cruz 35 Carbon Bar, 800mm
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips
i9 1/1, 15x110, 28h
i9 1/1, 12x148, XD, 28h
RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29" Rim (F) / RaceFace ARC Offset 30 27.5" Rim (R)
Reserve 30|HD 29", 28h (F) / Reserve 30|HD 27.5", 28h (R)
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5"WT, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR (27.5” tire on size XS)
Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO, TR
Reserve Tubeless Sealant
RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo
* Specifications are subject to change without notice