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Kyle Livingston

Kyle Livingston

Gearhead

Ketchum, Idaho

Kyle Livingston's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Surfing

Kyle Livingston's Bio

After my college experience on the East Coast I ended up in the backwoods of Idaho, enticed by a craving for mountains and snow. During my six years in Sun Valley I was able to develop my passions for telemark skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, backpacking, hiking, camping and mountain climbing.

My time in Idaho was not forever and I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to use my experience in customer service to support my travels from Alaska to New Zealand and throughout Southeast Asia over the course of two years. Most recently I have settled in Salt Lake City, drawn by its proximity to the best mountains, deserts, and rivers of Utah.

Contact me anytime with questions about my reviews or if you are interested in me being your personal Account Manager and Expert Gearhead.
Phone: 801-736-4337
Email: klivingston@backcountry.com
Instagram: kandkoffroad

My Measurements
Height: 6' 1.5"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Inseam: 34 in.
Waist: 34 in.
Chest: 39 in.
Shoulders: 18 in.
Thigh Circumference: 24 in.

Kyle Livingston

Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife has tried a couple of the flavors of these and the Bison Bacon Cranberry is her favorite. She prefers these bars for protein because they are real food and aren't packed with sugar. The venison flavor, which we do not carry, is also pretty edible.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 2

My wife found her new summer go-to in these Patagonia Stretch All-wear 4 inch shorts. The Scorpo/Channel Blue is a great color/pattern that is fits right in on the boat. She reports that these are very comfortable, but that the size 2 is almost too big. She typically wears a size 2 or 26.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

As with all Filson Products, this Grab'N'Go Tote is extremely well made and attractive. Unfortunately, it is absolutely gigantic, making it unsuitable for anything besides perhaps Costco hauls. Truly not an around-town tote unless you typically carry around small pieces of furniture or medium sized dogs.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

My wife loves this high neck active tank bikini top. She reports it is exceedingly comfortable and that the high neck protects her decolletage from the sun (she said other ladies would know what that word means). The style is edgy, but she didn't have to worry about readjusting while playing beach volleyball or body-surfing. My wife's bra size is 32DD, and the size 6 fits well without any pit-overflow.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

3 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

I bought these bikini bottoms for my wife. The fit and look are great. Keep in mind that if you plan to use these in the waves, they are major sand traps. My wife plans to wear her Patagonia Sunamee bottoms when body-surfing, and to save her Seafollys for the lake/pool. She wears a size 2/26 and the 4 fits well.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

Slay the Sand & Stone
5 5

I had a chance to ride the Yeti SB6 in Moab, Utah at the biannual bike extravaganza known as Outerbike. Everyone there wanted to test the new SB5+ so the SB6 was easier to get my hands on. I have tested older models of this bike but with the updated Boost hub spacing, Eagle 1x12 drivetrain and forever evolving Switch Infinity pedaling platform this is by far the best iteration to date. This particular model is a Package Build put together by our Bike Shop and we can easily swap components to customize it just for you.
I rode Magnificent 7 on the SB6 which has a little of everything that Moab has to offer: smooth/buff berms, drops, slickrock, technical climbs and rocky, loose descents. I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the SB6:
Plowability - 9
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 7.5
Closest Competitors: Santa Cruz Bronson, Pivot Mach 6
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the SB6 or any other Yeti bikes. If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Slay the Sand & Stone
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a chance to ride the Yeti SB6 Turq in Moab, Utah at the biannual bike extravaganza known as Outerbike. Everyone there wanted to test the new SB5+ so the SB6 was easier to get my hands on. I have tested older models of this bike but with the updated Boost hub spacing, Eagle 1x12 drivetrain and forever evolving Switch Infinity pedaling platform this is by far the best iteration to date. And this particular XX1 Model comes with all the bells and whistles imaginable including some super stiff ENVE M70 carbon wheels. We rode Magnificent 7 which has a little of everything that Moab has to offer: smooth/buff berms, drops, slickrock, technical climbs and rocky, loose descents. I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the SB6:
Plowability - 9
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 7.5
Closest Competitors: Santa Cruz Bronson, Pivot Mach 6
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the SB6, Turq frames or any other Yeti bikes. If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Slay the Sand & Stone
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a chance to ride the Yeti SB6 in Moab, Utah at the biannual bike extravaganza known as Outerbike. Everyone there wanted to test the new SB5+ so the SB6 was easier to get my hands on. I have tested older models of this bike but with the updated Boost hub spacing, Eagle 1x12 drivetrain and forever evolving Switch Infinity pedaling platform this is by far the best iteration to date. The only thing you lose with this particular model is the Carbon frame is about 265g heavier than the Turq version. We rode Magnificent 7 which has a little of everything that Moab has to offer: smooth/buff berms, drops, slickrock, technical climbs and rocky, loose descents. I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the SB6:
Plowability - 9
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 7.5
Closest Competitors: Santa Cruz Bronson, Pivot Mach 6
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the SB6, Turq frames or any other Yeti bikes. If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Slay the Sand & Stone
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a chance to ride the Yeti SB6 Turq in Moab, Utah at the biannual bike extravaganza known as Outerbike. Everyone there wanted to test the new SB5+ so the SB6 was easier to get my hands on. I have tested older models of this bike but with the updated Boost hub spacing, Eagle 1x12 drivetrain and forever evolving Switch Infinity pedaling platform this is by far the best iteration to date. We rode Magnificent 7 which has a little of everything that Moab has to offer: smooth/buff berms, drops, slickrock, technical climbs and rocky, loose descents. I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the SB6:
Plowability - 9
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 7.5
Closest Competitors: Santa Cruz Bronson, Pivot Mach 6
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the SB6, Turq frames or any other Yeti bikes. If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Slay the Sand & Stone
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a chance to ride the Yeti SB6 Turq in Moab, Utah at the biannual bike extravaganza known as Outerbike. Everyone there wanted to test the new SB5+ so the SB6 was easier to get my hands on. I have tested older models of this bike but with the updated Boost hub spacing, Eagle 1x12 drivetrain and forever evolving Switch Infinity pedaling platform this is by far the best iteration to date. We rode Magnificent 7 which has a little of everything that Moab has to offer: smooth/buff berms, drops, slickrock, technical climbs and rocky, loose descents. I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the SB6:
Plowability - 9
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 7.5
Closest Competitors: Santa Cruz Bronson, Pivot Mach 6
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the SB6, Turq frames or any other Yeti bikes. If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Plowability Plus + Crushability
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There is so much to consider when buying a new mountain bike but 2017 is the year of Plus + tires. Out here in Utah, plus tires make a lot of sense considering the variety of our terrain between Moab, Park City, St. George and beyond. After demoing a lot of different bikes I landed on the Hightower 27.5+. My pup Jasper (pic below) and I could not be happier with the choice.
Long before I bought this bike, I demoed the Carbon S build highlighted here. I ended up getting the higher end Carbon CC frame, X01 Eagle components and ENVE M60 forty carbon wheels. I love the balance of the super stiff ENVE M60's and the low air pressure (~18 PSI) in the 27.5+ Maxxis tires. I feel like I can plow over anything and still have precise control around corners and berms. I will probably end up adding a Maxxis DHF on the front for the larger knobs on the outside of the tread. I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Hightower:
Plowability - 9.5
Climbability - 8.5
Maneuverability - 8
Wheelie Rating - 8
Closest Competitors: Yeti SB5.5, Niner RIP 9
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Hightower or any other Santa Cruz bikes. If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson. I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.
I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:
Plowability - 8.5
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 9
Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson (I did get the added benefit of the lightweight Carbon CC frame, ENVE M60 carbon wheels and Eagle 1x12 drivetrain). I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.
I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:
Plowability - 8.5
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 9
Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. It is pretty amazing that you can get a full suspension, carbon bike for this $3600 price! If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson (I did get the added benefit of the lightweight Carbon CC frame, ENVE M60 carbon wheels and Eagle 1x12 drivetrain). I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.
I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:
Plowability - 8.5
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 9
Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. I would argue that this Carbon S build is the best value out there or I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson (I did get the added benefit of some ENVE M60 carbon wheels and Eagle 1x12 drivetrain). I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.
I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:
Plowability - 8.5
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 9
Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson (I did get the added benefit of some ENVE M60 carbon wheels). I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.
I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:
Plowability - 8.5
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 9
Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson. I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.
I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:
Plowability - 8.5
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 9
Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson. I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.
I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:
Plowability - 8.5
Climbability - 7.5
Maneuverability - 8.5
Wheelie Rating - 9
Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.
https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike
See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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