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Bronson

  • Slate Blue & Orange
  • Matte Carbon & Slate Blue
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Customizations:

Frame Color

  • Slate Blue & Orange
  • Matte Carbon & Slate Blue

Shock

  • Rock Shox Monarch RT
  • Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3

Fork

  • FOX Rhythm 150
  • Rock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air
  • Rock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air

ENVE Wheels

  • White
  • Grey
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black
  • Magenta
  • Light Blue
  • Lime Green
  • Burgundy
  • Mint
  • Emerald
  • Orange
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Mint
  • Tangerine
  • Slate Blue
  • No ENVE
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Build Kit Options

R1x

From $2999 USD

  • FOX Rhythm 150 Fork
  • SRAM NX Derailleur
  • SRAM Level T Brakes
  • Race Face Aeffect Cranks
S

From $3899 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air Fork
  • SRAM GX 1x11 Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide R Brakes
  • Race Face Aeffect AL Cranks

Overview

When we introduced Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike. Equally at home in the Trans-Provence as it was on The Ridge, updating and improving it was going to be no small feat.

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: we opted against including ISCG tabs, as one-by drivetrains have rendered them mostly unnecessary, and we've made the switch to an integrated headset like you'll find on the Hightower and Tallboy. These decisions 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. 

Build Kit Options

R1x

From $3599 USD

  • FOX Rhythm 150 Fork
  • SRAM NX Derailleur
  • SRAM Level T Brakes
  • Race Face Aeffect Cranks
S

From $4599 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air Fork
  • SRAM GX 1x11 Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide R Brakes
  • Race Face Aeffect AL Cranks

Overview

When we introduced Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike. Equally at home in the Trans-Provence as it was on The Ridge, updating and improving it was going to be no small feat.

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.

By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fiber, we were able to put performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. The stiffness, durability, and strength are identical between the two materials, but the C-level carbon weighs in at about 280 grams more than the top-end, CC carbon. 

Build Kit Options

XT

From $6199 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air Fork
  • Shimano XT M8000 GS Derailleur
  • Shimano XT M8000 Brakes
  • Race Face Turbine SL Cranks
X01

From $6599 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air Fork
  • SRAM X01 Eagle Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide RSC Brakes
  • SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon Cranks
XX1

From $7999 USD

  • Rock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air Fork
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle Derailleur
  • SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle Cranks

Overview

When we introduced Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike. Equally at home in the Trans-Provence as it was on The Ridge, updating and improving it was going to be no small feat.

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 CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.  

R1x
Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkFOX Rhythm 150
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT
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Rear DérailleurSRAM NX
ShiftersSRAM NX
Chainring Size32 Tooth
CranksetRace Face Aeffect
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1110
BrakesSRAM Level T
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 Series; integrated
BarsRace Face Chester, 785mm, 35mm clamp
StemRace Face Ride, 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubNovatec D711; 15x110mm
Rear HubNovatec D712; 12x148mm
RimsWTB STP i23 TCS; 32h
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRace Face Ride 31.6x400mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
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S
Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkRock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT
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Rear DérailleurSRAM GX 1x11
ShiftersSRAM GX
Chainring Size32 Tooth
CranksetRace Face Aeffect AL
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesSRAM Guide R
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRace Face Chester, 785mm, 35mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubNovatec D541 Torque Cap; 15x110mm
Rear HubNovatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h
RimsRace Face AR27
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
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R1x
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkFOX Rhythm 150
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT
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Rear DérailleurSRAM NX
ShiftersSRAM NX
Chainring Size32 Tooth
CranksetRace Face Aeffect
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1110
BrakesSRAM Level T
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 Series; integrated
BarsRace Face Chester, 785mm, 35mm clamp
StemRace Face Ride, 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubNovatec D711; 15x110mm
Rear HubNovatec D712; 12x148mm
RimsWTB STP i23 TCS; 32h
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRace Face Ride 31.6x400mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
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S
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon C
ForkRock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air
ShockRock Shox Monarch RT
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Rear DérailleurSRAM GX 1x11
ShiftersSRAM GX
Chainring Size32 Tooth
CranksetRace Face Aeffect AL
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1150 10-42
ChainSRAM PC1130
BrakesSRAM Guide R
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRace Face Chester, 785mm, 35mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubNovatec D541 Torque Cap; 15x110mm
Rear HubNovatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h
RimsRace Face AR27
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
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XT
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air
ShockRock Shox Monarch Plus RC3
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Front DérailleurShimano XT M8020 Side Swing
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M8000 GS
ShiftersShimano XT M8000 SL
Chainring Size24/34 tooth
CranksetRace Face Turbine SL
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano XT M8000, 11-40t
ChainShimano SLX M7000
BrakesShimano XT M8000
Brake RotorsShimano RT86 Ice Tech; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque CapIndustry Nine Torch Torque Cap; 110x15mm
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 148x12Industry Nine Torch 148x12
RimsRace Face ARC 27m60/40 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
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X01
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air
ShockRock Shox Monarch Plus RC3
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Rear DérailleurSRAM X01 Eagle
ShiftersSRAM X01 Eagle
Chainring Size32 Tooth
CranksetSRAM X1 Eagle Carbon
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1295; 10-50t
ChainSRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock
BrakesSRAM Guide RSC
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 40
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp
StemRaceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubDT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque CapIndustry Nine Torch Torque Cap; 110x15mm
Rear HubDT Swiss 350 148x12Industry Nine Torch 148x12
RimsRace Face ARC 27m60/40 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Silverado Team
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XX1
Customizations
Frame MaterialCarbon CC
ForkRock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air
ShockRock Shox Monarch Plus RC3
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Rear DérailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle
ShiftersSRAM XX1 Eagle
Chainring Size32 Tooth
CranksetSRAM XX1 Eagle
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteSRAM XG1295; 10-50t
ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle Powerlock
BrakesSRAM Guide Ultimate
Brake RotorsAvid Centerline; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 110 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsSanta Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp
StemRace Face Turbine R; 35mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubIndustry Nine Torch Torque Cap; 110x15mmIndustry Nine Torch 110x15
Rear HubIndustry Nine Torch 148x12Industry Nine Torch 148x12
RimsRace Face ARC 27m60/40 ENVE Rims with custom color options
SpokesDT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)
SaddleWTB Silverado SLT
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Frame Only Options

  • Carbon CC Frame & Rock Shox Monarch RT3: $2999 USD
  • Aluminum Frame & Rock Shox Monarch RT: $1899 USD

Model Info

Features

  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 150mm (6") VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5" wheels
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts
  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • ISCG05 tabs (carbon frames only)
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Tech Info

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurDirect to Frame
Headset/Headtubemixed taper 1.5" Lower, 1'1/8" upper
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length200mm
Stroke57mm
Fork Compatibility150-160mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.4"
Brake TypesDisc
Water Bottle Mounts2x bottle cage mounts

Geometry

All measurements reflect installation of a fork with a 544.4mm axle-to-crown height.

SMLXL
Reach405mm15.94"425mm16.73"445mm17.52"475mm18.7"
Stack586mm23.07"595mm23.43"605mm23.82"614mm24.17"
Head Tube Angle66°66°66°66°66°66°66°66°
Seat Tube Length395mm15.55"420mm16.54"460mm18.11"495mm19.49"
BB Height341mm13.43"341mm13.43"341mm13.43"341mm13.43"
BB Drop13mm0.51"13mm0.51"13mm0.51"13mm0.51"
Wheelbase1141mm44.92"1165mm45.87"1189mm46.81"1223mm48.15"
Chainstay Length432mm17.01"432mm17.01"432mm17.01"432mm17.01"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"
Top Tube Length573mm22.56"596mm23.46"618mm24.33"651mm25.63"
Seat Tube Angle74°74°74°74°74°74°74°74°
Standover Height727mm28.62"731mm28.78"734mm28.9"747mm29.41"

Sizing

S
5'0" — 5'5"
M
5'5" — 5'10"
L
5'10" — 6'1"
XL
6'1" — 6'6"

Detail Images

Support

Tech Info

Shock: Fox Float Performance

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)100 psi15-17 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)125 psi15-17 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)150 psi15-17 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)175 psi15-17 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)200 psi15-17 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)225 psi15-17 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)250 psi15-17 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)275 psi15-17 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)300 psi15-17 mm
280lbs (127kg)325 psi15-17 mm

Shock: Fox Float X Factory EVOL

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)120 psi15-17 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)145 psi15-17 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)170 psi15-17 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)195 psi15-17 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)220 psi15-17 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)245 psi15-17 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)270 psi15-17 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)295 psi15-17 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)320 psi15-17 mm
280lbs (127kg)345 psi15-17 mm

Tech Info

F.A.Q.

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting.  Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

Is the 148x12 derailleur hanger the same as the 142x12 hanger?

No, it's not. We had to make a new derailleur hanger to go with the new dropout. They look similar, but the easiest way to tell them apart is the finish. Our 142x12mm hangers have a bead-blasted finish, while the 148x12mm hangers have a smooth, machined finish. 

Should I grease the headset cups when I install them?

Yes, we recommend this. Do not use the Carbon Assembly Compound on the headset, as it will make it more difficult to remove from the frame.

What is the torque spec for the seat collar?

We don't provide a torque spec for the seatpost, because it really depends on what seatpost you are using. Some seatposts are slippery, and require more torque to stay put, and others are very thin- and can be crushed by overzealous tightening. Some are both slippery and thin... Make sure you use the Carbon Assembly Compound included with your frame, and use some common sense.

You will not damage your frame by overtightening the seat collar, assuming you have a 31.6 seatpost in there.

What Kind of Front Derailleur do I Need?

The updated versions of the Bronson, 5010, and Tallboy use Shimano side-swing front derailleurs. The names and part numbers are: 

Shimano XT M8020 Side Swing
Shimano XTR M9020D Side Swing

What kind of headset does this bike use?

We use a headset generally referred to as "mixed tapered". This is a 44mm internal upper cup, with an external 49mm lower cup. The SHIS name is ZS44/28.6 EC49/40.

What kind of rear brake adaptor do I need?

This frame uses a standard IS rear brake mount. Just pick your rotor size and order the correct adaptor to go from IS to post mount (all modern brakes).

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size seatpost do I need?

This bike uses a 31.6mm seatpost.  Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 4" (100mm).

Warranty & Registration

Lifetime Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for lifetime of the original, registered owner. In order to confirm that you are the original owner, please register using the form below at the time of purchase. Frames purchased prior to May 1, 2015 will be covered under the previously existing 5 year warranty. Warranties do not cover custom finishes. 

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: fill out the Warranty Bearing Replacement Form, upload a copy of your purchase receipt, and we'll get a new set of bearings out to you within 48 hours! 

Handlebars

Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warranted for a period of five years from the date of purchase. 

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement frame parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.

File a Warranty Claim

Something not right? Use our Warranty Claim Form to file a warranty claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

 

If you have any other questions, or would like to follow up on a warranty claim, contact our Warranty Department.