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BikeRadar.com Gives Initial Impressions on Santa Cruz Bronson 650b

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The Bronson is a bike that went through more iterations than most on its way to becoming a production model. Unless you’ve spent the past year living in a cave, you know that 650b (27.5in) wheels are shaking up the mountain bike market in ways that 29ers never did. The Bronson was caught in the middle of the wheel-size maelstrom midway through its development.

Santa Cruz Bicycles found themselves at a crossroads while developing the Bronson – the name refers to 104 Bronson Street, the company’s longtime headquarters, from which they recently relocated. Company engineers set out to create a new 26in model similar to the well-regarded Blur LT, which, according to Santa Cruz, was getting long in the tooth.

The new bike would have 150mm of rear travel (10mm more than the Blur LT); a slacker, 67-degree head angle; a slightly lower bottom bracket (13.6in/345mm); longer top tubes across the four sizes; longer chainstays (17.3in/439mm) to improve high-speed stability; and a steeper, 73 degree seat tube angle.

The nagging question was: what size wheels should it have?

The company experimented with 26in and 650b test mules and, in the end, 650b wheels were deemed the diameter du jour.

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The Santa Cruz Bronson is an all-mountain bike with 650b (27.5in) wheels and 150mm of suspension travel

Specs

  • Fork: Fox Float 34 CTD
  • Shock: Fox Float CTD
  • Wheels: ENVE Composites AM rims laced to DT 240S hubs
  • Tires: Maxxis High Roller 27.5×2.3in, Tubeless Ready, EXO casing
  • Crankset: SRAM XX1 w/34T chainring
  • Chainguide: e*thirteen XCX chain guide
  • Bottom bracket: SRAM GXP
  • Chain: SRAM XX1
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM XX1
  • Shifter: SRAM XX1
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR Trail, 180mm front, 160mm rear
  • Headset: Cane Creek 110
  • Stem: Thomson, 70mm
  • Handlebar: Easton Havoc Carbon, 750mm
  • Grips: Lizard Skin Peaty
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
  • Saddle: WTB Volt SLT Ti

If money were no object, our dream build would look very similar to what Santa Cruz offers for its top-shelf build. But for most of us, money is finite. Thankfully, there are more affordable builds starting at US$4,150 for the carbon Bronson and US$3,399 for the alloy version.

Pick three: strong, light and expensive. Enve 650b AM rims are a good match for the Bronson

Pick three: strong, light and expensive. Enve 650b AM rims are a good match for the Bronson

Early impressions

It should come as no surprise that the Bronson is a remarkable descender – the frame is stiff and the geometry is sorted. But what really surprised us was just how well-rounded the Bronson is; its climbing prowess is equally impressive. Admittedly, the lightweight 26.7lb (12.1kg) build helps in this department, but the Bronson’s geometry and suspension also play a significant role. Save for long fireroad grinders, there’s no need to flip the Pro Pedal lever from ‘Descend’ to ‘Trail’ or ‘Climb’; the Bronson handles climbing and trail riding just fine with the shock wide open.

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The lower of the two VPP links is exposed to the elements; Santa Cruz uses grease ports so owners can easily do a bit of preventive maintenance to keep their pivots smooth and silent

The VPP suspension feels quite refined, with very little pedal feedback. With a properly set up Fox Float CTD shock there is no discernible midstroke wallow – an unfortunate trait of some VPP bikes. The suspension does a commendable job of absorbing trail chatter, but performs better when tackling medium to large hits at high speeds.

The Bronson is available in carbon (shown) and aluminum

The Bronson is available in carbon (shown) and aluminum

Maxxis High Roller 27.5x2.35in tires provide plenty of grip and perform well over a variety of terrain

Maxxis High Roller 27.5×2.35in tires provide plenty of grip and perform well over a variety of terrain

The Enve rims are laced to DT Swiss 240S hubs

The Enve rims are laced to DT Swiss 240S hubs

Cables are routed along the top of the down tube

Cables are routed along the top of the down tube

The RockShox Stealth Reverb exits the seat tube just above the bottom bracket shell

The RockShox Stealth Reverb exits the seat tube just above the bottom bracket shell

Upfront there's a single 34-tooth XX1 chainring with a e*thirteen XCX guide

Upfront there’s a single 34-tooth XX1 chainring with a e*thirteen XCX guide

We look forward to putting the Bronson through the ringer at several enduro races this season. Check back soon for a long-term review.

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Santa Cruz Bikes offers a number of excellent kit and fork options for the Bronson. Please call Steed Cycles at 604-987-2168 and a member of the Steed Cycles Sales Team  will be happy to walk you through all of the options and recommend the right bike for your intended use.

Santa Cruz 2013 Tallboy LT Carbon

Santa Cruz 2013 Tallboy LT Carbon

We waved the carbon fiber wand at the new Tallboy LT, offering all the same features, and ended up with a frame that weighs 5.18 pounds with a shock bolted in there. That is not a typo. 135mm travel, VPP suspension, great big wheels, 142x12mm rear axle, ISCG05 mounts, plenty of beef where it counts, and the damn thing only weighs 5.18 pounds (this is worth repeating). That’s obscenely light for this type of bike. In spite of the feathery weight, this is still an aggressive all-mountain contender, and as such is stiff enough and strong enough to devour anything you throw at it without so much as a twitch.

BUILDER PAGE

http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/tallboylt_carbon/index.php

GEOMETRY

TALLBOY LT GEO

PRICING

Santa Cruz Bikes offers a number of excellent kit and fork options for the Tallboy LTc. Please call us at 604-987-2168 and a member of the Steed Cycles Sales Team  will be happy to walk you through all of the options and recommend the right bike for your intended use.

PRODUCT VIDEOS

Introducing the Tallboy LT carbon from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.

Devinci 2013 Dixon Carbon RX – $4599.99

Devinci 2013 Dixon Carbon RX

Unlimited potential best sums up the versatile performance contained within the Dixon framework. From winning the Air DH at Whistler Crankworx to Enduro racing excellence, this all-mountain machine slashes weight to climb with ease—while delivering ample agility, acceleration, and balanced stiffness across the bike. Both the Aluminum and Carbon Dixon feature Dave Weagle’s patented Split Pivot suspension that blends the best of suspension, braking, and acceleration for a buttery smooth ride marked by explosive pedal power. Tap the Dixon today for massive performance and a ride that screams pure stoke.

 

FEATURES

NEW CARBON FRAME

REAR HUB COMPATIBLE 10X135MM QR

TAPERED HEAD TUBE

SEMI-INTEGRATED HEADSET

MAXIMUM TYPE BEARINGS

INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING

SUPPORT ISCG

 

SPECIFICATIONS

http://www.devinci.com/bikes/bike_326_scategory_83

 

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FRAME GEOMETRY

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ST SA HA TT REACH CS WB BBH SOH HT
cm deg deg mm cm mm mm mm mm mm
S 42.0 71.8 66.2 564 37.6 426 1102 354 734 120
M 46.0 71.8 66.2 589 39.8 426 1128 354 760 130
L 49.5 71.8 66.2 614 41.9 426 1155 354 780 145

HI

ST SA HA TT REACH CS WB BBH SOH HT
cm deg deg mm cm mm mm mm mm mm
S 42.0 72.3 66.7 562 38.1 424 1100 360 740 120
L 49.5 72.3 66.7 612 42.4 424 1153 360 786 145
M 46.0 72.3 66.7 587 40.9 424 1126 360 766 130

 

PRODUCT VIDEOS

Santa Cruz 2013 Blur TR Carbon

Santa Cruz 2013 Blur TR Carbon

Introduced with the intent of either a) giving XC riders a bike that offered more steep terrain prowess without sacrificing weight or climbing performance, or b) as an XC bike for downhillers, or c) the much lighter but still very aggressive reincarnation of the dearly departed Blur 4X, the Blur TRc has found itself at home in all the above mentioned garages. 125mm travel, super light and stiff carbon fiber frame, VPP suspension, new school geometry pairing a snappy pedaling position with a rangy top tube and corner carving laid back head angle, these elements have all coalesced into a category defying bike that has also become the sweetheart of the growing Enduro race scene.

 

BUILDER PAGE

http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/blurtr_carbon/

 

GEOMETRY

Santa Cruz 2013 Blur TRc Geometry

 

PRICING

Santa Cruz Bikes offers a number of excellent kit and fork options for the Blur TRc. Please call us at 604-987-2168 and a member of the Steed Cycles Sales Team  will be happy to walk you through all of the options and recommend the right bike for your intended use.

 

PRODUCT VIDEOS

 

REVIEWS

Bike Rumor – February 2013
UNBOXED, WEIGHED, AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS – THE BLUR TRA, THE NEW BUDGET QUIVER KILLER FROM SANTA CRUZ

 

Santa Cruz 2013 Nomad Carbon

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Cooking up the Nomad carbon involved a pretty simple recipe: take everything people loved about the Nomad, shake it up and add carbon fiber. The result is a leaner, sleeker, and even more responsive Nomad. Supplanting the aluminum frame with carbon fiber reduced weight by 3/4 of a pound AND increased frame strength and stiffness dramatically. It is the kind of strength that makes life easy when it comes coping with 5,000 foot rock garden descents, cased gap jumps and drops to flat on a daily basis, or whatever else a true Nomad might encounter in his or her wanderings.

 

BUILDER PAGE

http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/nomad_carbon/

 

GEOMETRY

Santa Cruz 2013 Nomad Carbon Geometry

 

PRICING

Santa Cruz Bikes offers a number of excellent kit and fork options for the Nomad. Please call us at 604-987-2168 and a member of the Steed Cycles Sales Team  will be happy to walk you through all of the options and recommend the right bike for your intended use.

 

PRODUCT VIDEOS