The Frame & Suspension
Starting with the basics, the Bronson CC frame features a carbon front and rear triangle with aluminum VPP linkage creating 150mm of rear wheel travel. The CC designation means it’s the ‘high end’ carbon fiber which will generally save you 250-280g per frame over the standard C carbon frames. Santa Cruz is proud of their carbon layup and builds and it shows in the final product which has a great ride feel, but also feels reassuringly stout.
Matching the 150mm of travel out back, Santa Cruz equips Bronson frames with a matching 150mm travel Boost spacing fork, this time a Rock Shox Pike. I’ve ridden enough Pikes to know that it’s an excellent fork – but for this review, I spent almost the entire time on the new Cane Creek Helm Air.