Santa Cruz’s most notorious thriller, the Bronson is ready for action no matter the role. From flat out on the trail to fully flat over a table, each new generation redefines expectations of what a 150mm bike can do. The new lower-link mounted shock configuration opens up greater possibilities for maximum bump performance; plush and a barely-there bottom out when you’re going bananas on the bad boy bits of trail but very efficient when you need to get back up to the top to do it again. It’s like our most capable all-around bike just had a set of afterburners bolted on.
With 150mm of VPP travel on 27.5-inch wheels, the Bronson continually rides the sharp edge between agility and stability. Ideal for negotiating tech-gnar one moment and fast flowing terrain the next, the 160mm fork and 65-degree head angle ensure handling remains refined. Meanwhile, the redesigned, one-piece swingarm keeps the rear wheel tracking no matter how twisted you get. While Bronson’s build kit only offers options for “regular” 27.5, there is plenty of room in the frame to run up to 2.8-inch tires on plus rims if you so desire.
Refinements like bottle cage mounts inside the front triangle and super clean cable routing, combined with numerous build choices make the Bronson a stone-cold killer. Oh, and lest we forget, the legendary Santa Cruz lifetime frame warranty and lifetime pivot bearing replacement gives you the confidence to throw yourself into the kinds of trail situations that the bike makes you capable of.
The Bronson is the choice for those seeking a skeleton key bike to unlock unfamiliar trails with ease.