Bronson in Paydirt Gold
Bronson in Paydirt Gold
Bronson in Gloss Moss
Bronson in Gloss Moss

Bronson

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  • Geometry and Sizing
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  • Warranty

If in doubt, take a Bronson out

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.

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  • Proud owner of a Bronson? Find all the Rider Support info you need to keep enjoying it
  • Carbon CC Frame Only: $3699 USD
Key Features:
Available in:
Carbon C and Carbon CC
Wheel Size:
MX
Front Travel:
160mm
Rear Travel:
150mm

Geometry

Units

mm

XSSMLXL
Reach405mm430mm455mm475mm500mm
Stack594mm617mm626mm635mm649mm
Head Tube Angle64.7°64.7°64.7°64.7°64.7°
Seat Tube Length370mm380mm405mm430mm460mm
Front Center722mm757mm786mm811mm842mm
BB Height344mm344mm344mm344mm344mm
BB Drop10mm29/10mm29/10mm29/10mm29/10mm
Wheelbase1149mm1188mm1221mm1249mm1284mm
Rear Center427mm431mm435mm438mm442mm
Head Tube Length110mm100mm110mm120mm135mm
Top Tube Length536mm570mm599mm623mm653mm
Seat Tube Angle77.6°77.2°77.1°76.9°76.7°
Standover Height701mm709mm731mm729mm728mm

Units

mm

Units

cm

Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.

Units

cm

142 - 155cm
142 - 155cm

XS

155 - 165cm
155 - 165cm

S

165 - 175cm
165 - 175cm

M

175 - 185cm
175 - 185cm

L

185 - 196cm
185 - 196cm

XL

Veronique Sandler riding the new Bronson MX
Riding the Bronson in the forest
Digging at the dirt jumps with the new Bronson
Jumping the Bronson mixed wheel mountain bike
Veronique Sandler on mountain bike trails on the Bronson
Veronique Sandler riding the new Bronson MX

Design Details

Upper link and shock with 150mm of travel

Design Details

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150mm VPP™ travel

The 150mm-travel bike has enough travel to 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.

Mix of both worlds

The mixed wheel configuration of a 29-inch wheel up front provides traction and stability, while the 27.5" rear wheel allows for quick back wheel steering and lifting.

Geo to match

The Bronson's chainstay length is matched to frame size so every rider, no matter their height, gets the same balanced geometry and bike fit.

Coil or air

The Bronson frame fits all sizes and types of rear shocks.

Made to last many lifetimes

The legendary Santa Cruz fit, finish and quality construction put this into a league of its own. The frame, bearings and optional Reserve wheels come with a lifetime warranty and any service is easy to do with our Rider Support pledge.

Tough Carbon Frame

Why scrap a frame when a simple bearing service can make one last a lifetime? That's our stance on sustainability at least, and it's why our carbon fiber doesn’t just mean lighter, it means tough as hell, lifetime warranty and crash replacement support.

Bronson CC mixed wheel mountain bike in Paydirt Gold

Maintenance Information

Reserve Wheels

How to find your serial number

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