Santa Cruz Bronson

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33.85, 33.41, 31.69, 31.23, 30.88 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Santa Cruz Bronson. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • Santa Cruz offers both aluminum and carbon builds of the Bronson.
  • The bike has internally routed cables. This gives it a neat appearance.
  • Molded tubing allows cables to stay in place, preventing them from rattling.
  • The bike has space for a water bottle.
  • Fantastic small-bump compliance is offered by the VPP suspension setup.
  • The VPP suspension setup and Maxxis Minion tires give the bike a planted feel.
  • A flip-chip allows riders to adjust the bike's geometry to a high or low position.
  • The VPP suspension setup and RockShox Super Deluxe R shock combined to excel on downhill runs.
  • Fox 36 Float Performance and RockShox Yari RC forks provide riders with excellent mid-stroke support.
  • The bike’s geometry puts riders in a centered pedaling position that allows them to accelerate quickly.
  • Experts agree that the Bronson exhibits minimal pedal-bob when climbing.
  • The Santa Cruz Bronson has clearance for tires up to 2.8” wide.
  • SRAM hydraulic disc brakes are extremely responsive, according to one expert.
  • A short seat tube allows riders to run a longer-travel dropper post.
  • The molded chainstay, downtube and shuttle guards protect the bike from trail debris.
  • Santa Cruz provides riders with a lifetime warranty on the frame of the bike.
  • The Bronson's threaded bottom bracket is easy to maintain.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The bike is expensive.
  • According to experts, the slack head tube angle reduced the Santa Cruz Bronson’s climbing efficiency.
  • The bike is not the most nimble in rocky terrain.

Bottom line

The Santa Cruz Bronson is a bike that excels on the downhills and accelerates quickly. The bike has a VPP suspension setup and Maxxis Minion tires that offer riders stability and control. SRAM brakes are extremely responsive on all builds of the Bronson. It isn't the nimblest over rocky terrain, according to experts. Neither is it the most efficient climber in its category.

Expert Reviews

83/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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Santa Cruz Bronson Review

The Bronson really shines on steep and technical trails, and the new rear suspension design makes for one of the better riding bikes I’ve been on in a long time.

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Riding Feels Good

Tested: Santa Cruz Bronson CC

Five years after being unveiled in 2013, Santa Cruz Bicycles presents its latest vision for their original 27.5” trail bike, the Bronson. Now in its third design cycle, this rowdy all-mountain bike has been meticulously refined with little room for improvement.

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Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon S 2019 Review

The redesigned Santa Cruz Bronson slays downhills and delivers adequate climbing abilities.

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Bike Magazine

Bible Review: Santa Cruz Bronson X01 CC

Some testers felt climbing efficiency has declined with this iteration of the Bronson, while others felt that it was still satisfactory for a bike of its travel and weight. The slackened head tube certainly prefers to be slammed downhill more than it likes to pick through tricky climbs, but quick power to the pedals will be rewarded with a nimble response.

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Review: Santa Cruz Bronson V3

The Bronson delivers a balanced blend of playfulness and plowability.

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User Ratings

100/100 based on 3 ratings
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