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 CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
148mm Rear Axle Spacing
150mm (6") VPP™ suspension
Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts
Full carbon frame and swingarm
ISCG05 tabs (carbon frames only)
Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
Threaded Bottom Bracket
Frame Material: Carbon CC Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air Shock: RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Front Dérailleur: Shimano XT M8020 Side Swing Rear Dérailleur: Shimano XT M8000 GS Shifters: Shimano XT M8000 SL Chainring Size: 24/34 Tooth Crankset: RaceFace Turbine SL Bottom Bracket: Included w/ crankset Cassette: Shimano XT M8000 11-40t Chain: Shimano SLX M7000 Brakes: Shimano XT M8000 Brake Rotors: Shimano RT86 Ice Tech 180mm Headset: Cane Creek 40 Bars: Santa Cruz Carbon 800mm, 35mm clamp Stem: RaceFace Turbine Basic, 35mm clamp Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on Front Hub: DT Swiss 350; 15x110mm Torque Cap Rear Hub: DT Swiss 350; 12x148mm Rims: RaceFace ARC 27 Spokes: DT Swiss Competition DB 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 Silverado Team
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