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Patience does pay off.

The Bronson 150mm travel was a move that took Santa Cruz into the realm on the 27.5inch bike. And while it would've been less expensive to hack and older 26inch model and stuff some big wheels under it, Santa Cruz wanted the entire platform to be specifically designed for what is quickly becoming an all mountain standard. Even better, it did it in a package that places it within the radar of affordable all-mountain bikes.

If Santa Cruz had merely looked to the Nomad to ride on 27.5s, you'd find that stand-over height alone would exceed 30 inches due to the 14.75inch bottom bracket. And while a 30 inch inseam isn't that odd, riding a bike with a top-tube that high leads to rather awkward 'protection' issue for your soft tissue. The Bronson, on the other hand features a 13.6inch bottom bracket and 28.8 inch stand-over height.

Additionally, the chainstay length of the Bronson measures at 17.3 inches placing it square in the middle of Santa Cruz's line. The combination of geometry has made it the ideal choice for Enduro events the world over.

With geometry finessed, Santa Cruz looked at frame construction. Hydroformed aluminum and its VPP suspension round out the design. The aluminum front and rear triangles are both shaped and butted so that areas where stress is higher received more material. Conversely, weight is reduced in the other areas so that the overall weight of the frame is unaffected. This design results in a frame that climbs to the top while being stiff, and durable enough to push the downhills.

The VPP rear suspension uses patented, counter-rotating shock links. When the sag is dialed in, it is highly responsive to small and medium bumps. When riding over larger obstacles, the suspension stiffens which helps it to avoid bottoming out. VPP is well-known for its durablity and efficient power transfer with minimal rear-end bounce. The rear shock is a custom-tuned FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution. The CTD designation means that features three presets: climbing, trail and descend.

A 150mm travel FOX 34 FLOAT CTD O/C fork complements the rear shock. It features an open cartridge damper for lower aeration. This detail means that your ride will feel more consistent throughout the full range of fork movement. This also means that your wheels will stay put on the ground providing more traction, More traction equals more speed.

It's equipped with a 15mm through axle and a 142 x 12mm at the rear. The wheels are comprised of Shimano M678 hubs that have been laced to WTB ST i23 TCS tubeless rims, and they've been cased with Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless Tires.

Turning the rear wheel is a Shimano Deore triple crankset, an SLX 11-36T cassette, and a 10-speed HG-74 chain. For gear selection, there's a SLX Shadow+ rear and a XT front derailleur that're controlled by Shimano SLX shifters. These shifters share handlebar real estate with Avid's powerful Elixir 5 hydraulic disk brakes, which have been spec'd with a 180mm front and a 160mm rear rotor. The handlebar is a Race Face Ride which is supported by a Truvativ AKA stem, and the seatpost is a Race Face Ride, as well, with a WTB Volt Race perched atop of it. The Bronson has guides for a seat dropper and ISCG05 tabs in case you want to make future upgrades.

The Santa Cruz Bronson R AM Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Gloss Black/blue and Gloss Grey/blue.

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes, this bike is ok.

Just kidding, it kicks ass!

I went from a 5 inch travel bike to this, and my biggest concern was climbing prowess. I'm happy to say it's a well balanced climbing machine, especially for the Enduro category. Part of this, I think, is the geometry. It's easy to keep it balanced on steep, loose, technical terrain - and I'm a decent tech climber (I enjoy it and try to climb everything I can). When you get off the bike, it's a light weight push to the top...

Downhill is equally fun and balanced. If you're used to way slacked out enduro or downhill rigs, then you may get thrown off a bit at first. I've read some reviews that riders feel like they're "pushed forward" when going downhill. That definitely isn't a position you want to be in, especially rolling down steep stuff. However, I've found that simply adjusting my riding a bit levels the bike out great, and rather than positioning weight all on the back tire (bad idea anyway), you can really keep that weight centered and still roll over plenty of gnarr.

Man, to put it less specifically, I just have a hell of a good time on this bike. I even use it for good ol' winter commutes and it charges Salt Lake City snow hills with ease. Great bike...

Just buy one. If you don't have the dough, save it or get a credit card. Don't steal - that's bad kharma.

Why is the brake set listed as Avid Elixir...

Why is the brake set listed as Avid Elixir 5 , but Santa Cruz lists the R AM build kit as coming with Shimano (Deore)?

Hi Ryan,

Unfortunately Santa Cruz's build specs are subject to change at any time. You have picked out a rolling change that they have made on this particular build. They started specing this bike with Avid Elixir 5's, but then moved to Shimano Deore brakes. Sadly, there is not an efficient way to tell specifically which brakes are on the color/sizes that we have currently. If you are interested in this bike, please feel free to contact our customer service department at 888-276-7130 and they will be able to assist with which brake spec we have in stock.

Hi! Could you send this bike to...


Could you send this bike to Austria?

Where can I buy this bike. in New...

Where can I buy this bike. in New YOrk??thanks a lot!!