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.
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- 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
- 150mm (6") VPP™ suspension
- 27.5" wheels
- 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
- ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
- Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
- Sizes: S, M, L, XL
- Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
- Threaded Bottom Bracket
|Fork||Rockshox Sektor Gold RL 150mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer|
|Headset||Cane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float Performance EVOL|
|Rims/Wheels||WTB STi23 TCS|
|Hubs||Sram MTH 716 15x100 Front, SRAM MTH 746 148x12 Rear|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion|
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR2 27.5x2.3 Front and Rear|
|Chain||KMC X10.93, 10sp|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano M617D, 2x10, Side Swing|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT M786 GS Shadow Plus|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano SLX HG81, 10sp, 11-36|
|Shifters||Shimano SLX M670|
|Handlebars||Race Face Ride 760mm, 35mm clamp|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on|
|Stem||Race Face Ride, 35mm clamp|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Deore M615|
|Brakes||Shimano Deore M615|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Race|
|Seat Post||Race Face Ride 31.6x400mm|
|Accessories & Extras||Specifications are subject to change without notice|