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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike

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    Reinvigorated for all-mountain domination.

    When the Bronson was originally released in 2013 many riders were still skeptical of the so-called "tweener" 27.5-inch wheel size. However, the controversy over 27.5-inch wheels was soon squashed by the introduction of the Bronson, seeing just how darn capable these bikes were everywhere from lengthy rides in the mountains to enduro race courses and even blasting a few laps at the local bike park. So when Santa Cruz announced they completely overhauled the Bronson 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike with  their "new" plus-sized tires, a longer, more aggressive geometry for the ever-increasing capabilities demanded by riders, and lower-link driven shock inspired by the latest Nomad, we gladly listened and took note, seeing their expertise and foresight in designing mountain bikes far surpasses the skeptical attitudes prevalent in much of the mountain bike world.

    One of the biggest changes to the third-gen Bronson lies in a longer, slacker geometry that pushes it deeper into the gravity end of the riding spectrum. However, this redesign doesn't significantly alter its all-around versatility, meaning it's still great for the rider that desires the monster truck plushness of a slack, long-travel rig while having fun on trail systems with big climbs and high-speed descents. To be specific, Santa Cruz lengthened the reach by approximately 15 millimeters per size for a more confident, comfortable feel at higher speeds, plus a one centimeter lower standover height for a better fit with shorter riders. The head tube angle drops from the previous generation's already slack 66 degrees to an even slacker 65.4 degrees in its highest setting, complete with a flip-chip that slackens it out even further to a bike park-friendly 65.1 degrees. These were numbers that you'd only see on a freeride or mini-DH bike just a few years ago, meaning you'll have tons of confidence bombing those technical descents littered with steep drop-offs and nasty rock sections.

    Another significant change to the latest Bronson lies in a reconfigured VPP suspension platform. Instead of relying on upper-link driven design, the third generation Bronson enjoys the increased bump compliance and glued-to-the-trail traction you'll experience with a VPP suspension driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's inspired by the latest Nomad. This lower-link driven VPP suspension platform is something that's reserved exclusively for the Bronson, Nomad, and V10, seeing the need for increased bump compliance, better support, and higher levels of traction for all-mountain, freeride, and downhill disciplines. To best match the increased performance capabilities of this lower-link driven VPP, Santa Cruz spec'd a Super Deluxe shock for a more supple feel that tracks to the ground noticeably better and resists heating up on those scintillating descents over thousands of vertical feet.

    The last major change implemented on the third-gen Bronson is the introduction of Santa Cruz's "new" plus-sized tire, which is simply adding a slightly larger 2.6-inch tire for all the benefits in traction, bump compliance, and support afforded by plus-sized rubber, but without the major downsides of running wider 2.8 and 3.0-inch tires. By redefining the usability of plus-sized tires, Santa Cruz offers levels of plow-anything confidence to the masses without the negative attributes of traditional plus-sized tires, namely being the added rotational weight on climbs, overly vague handling feel, and tendency to squirm while cornering and braking hard. If you'd like to run a true plus-sized tire, the newest version of the Bronson will gladly accept 2.8-inch tires with its flip-chip accommodating this wider rubber.

    This particular Bronson is offered with an aluminum frame for those aggressive riders seeking something that's a bit more economical, but without significantly altering its riding characteristics. The alloy frame is practically identical to carbon models in geometry and specs, meaning you'll reap the benefits of trickled-down technology in terms of dialed handling and high levels of overall strength. It's even backed by Santa Cruz's lifetime warranty, so you'll have added peace of mind while mobbing down rock gardens and dropping into aggressive terrain suited to a bike of this ilk.

    • Santa Cruz redefines their all-mountain masterpiece
    • Aggressive geometry is slacker and longer than before
    • Flip-chip slackens the head tube angle from 65.4° to 65.1°
    • 6in of VPP travel tames steep, rocky descents and big hits
    • Lower-link driven shock provides better traction and support
    • "New" 2.6-inch plus tires for plow-anything confidence
    • Alloy frame optimizes strength-to-weight while lowering price
    • SRAM NX Eagle offers an economical entry to the 1x12 drivetrain
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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    aluminum
    Suspension
    VPP
    Rear Shock
    RockShox Super Deluxe R
    Rear Travel
    150 mm
    Fork
    RockShox Yari MotionControl RC
    Front Travel
    160 mm
    Headset
    Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
    Shifters
    SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
    Crankset
    SRAM NX Eagle DUB
    Chainring Sizes
    32t
    Crank Arm Length
    [XS - S] 170 mm, [M - XL] 175 mm
    Bottom Bracket
    SRAM DUB
    Bottom Bracket Type
    BSA threaded
    Cassette
    SRAM PG1230, 12-speed
    Cassette Range
    11 - 50t
    Chain
    SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
    Brakeset
    SRAM Guide T
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    Rotors
    [front] 200 mm Avid Centerline, [rear] 180 mm Avid Centerline
    Handlebar
    Race Face Aeffect R, 35 mm
    Handlebar Width
    780 mm
    Grips
    Santa Cruz Palmdale
    Stem
    Race Face Ride
    Saddle
    WTB Silverado Race
    Seatpost
    Race Face Aeffect dropper
    Wheelset
    WTB ST i35 TCS 2.0
    Hubs
    [front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
    Front Axle
    15 x 110 mm Boost
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148 mm Boost
    Tires
    [front] Maxxis Minion DHF DC/EXO/TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C/EXO/TR
    Tire Size
    27.5 x 2.6 in
    Recommended Use
    enduro
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

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    27.5's get it done

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    27.5's get it done

    Right from the start let's get this straight, I'm going to be comparing the Bronson to my Ibis HD4. These two 27's crush the dowhills and work really well in the turns. The main difference in my opinion is the rear linkage. The VPP linkage for the Bronson is nice and subtle over the small bumps, but I feel when climbing it simple runs into a ledge then decides it wants climb up and over. The DW link on the HD4 feels like it will climb over the edges better. If you are to ride both bikes down the road and pedal over a bunch of 2x4's the Bronson will feel a bit smoother if you like to stay seated in the saddle and just smash over it.

    Overall this is a great ride, that you can spend the day pedaling around just keep in mind that it's more suited for pointing it down the mountain rather than up it.


    Pros:
    Lifetime frame warranty
    Crushes the downhill
    Sweet colors

    Cons:
    While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end
    Limited aftermarket shock options
    Pedal efficiency climbing square edges and rocks

    Rider Details:
    5'9"32" inseam / 172 lbs
    Size Ridden Large

    27.5's get it done