Santa Cruz Bronson 2.0 GX 2017
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.
Frame Material Aluminum
Fork Rock Shox Pike RC 150 Solo Air
Shock Rock Shox Monarch RT
Rear Dérailleur SRAM GX 1x11
Shifters SRAM GX
Chainring Size 32 Tooth
Crankset Race Face Aeffect AL
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Cassette SRAM XG1150 10-42
Chain SRAM PC1130
Brakes SRAM Guide R
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 180mm
Headset Cane Creek 40 series tapered, cartridge bearing
Bars Race Face Chester, 785mm, 35mm clamp
Stem Raceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub Novatec D541 Torque Cap; 15x110mm
Rear Hub Novatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h
Rims Race Face AR27
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
Tubes Stans Sealant
Seat Post Rockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)
Saddle WTB Volt Race
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