Bronson Carbon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike by Santa Cruz Bicycles
Santa Cruz's popular all-mountain bike, the Bronson, was quite instrumental at the time when the competitive trail market was emerging with 27. 5-inch wheels half a decade ago. Slight smaller than the Nomad but bigger than the 5010, it proved itself capable on everything from pedal fest in the mountains to enduros and even hot laps after work. The bike was so well received, by the cycling media and ourselves, that naturally we were nervous when Santa Cruz announced it had completely redesigned the Bronson Carbon 27. 5+ R Complete Mountain Bike with longer, slacker, and more aggressive geometry for progressing the modern trail bike and extending the capabilities for aggressive riders. Besides the geo changes, a new lower-link driven shock, inspired by the latest gen Nomad, hinted at where Santa Cruz was going with the Bronson and given its expertise and foresight in designing mountain bikes, were pretty sure this new rig sent alarm bells off in the mountain bike world and having thrown a leg over it and pedaled it on our favorite trails, we declare this bike an absolute riot. Built up with SRAM's new NX Eagle group and RockShox suspension, get ready to elevate your trail game. 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 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-...
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