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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson Carbon XT Reserve Mountain Bike

Purchase - $8249.00

While the industry continues to debate between 29 and 27. 5-inch wheels, some of us choose to reap the best qualities of both wheel sizes with the Santa Cruz Bronson. A big wheel up front keeps us rolling swiftly through rock gardens, steep chutes, and drops, while the smaller wheel out back lets us corner on a dime and make split-second line changes or pull impromptu manuals and wheelies. This particular bike is kitted out with XT 12-speed componentry and Santa Cruz's esteemed Reserve carbon wheels, so there's no need to upgrade before we're hitting the trails and taking the top spot at our local enduro series. The fourth-generation Bronson has a frame that's purpose-built to work around a 27. 5in and 29in wheel combo, offering a better ride than scrappy mullet conversions that can have undesirable effects on the bike's geometry and handling. The revised wheels bring the mixed wheel size game into the park and enduro lineup, giving riders a bike that's nimble in the corners but rolls over the chunder all day long. The bike maintains the same 150mm of VPP rear travel as the previous generation, but the suspension has lower anti-squat values to help enhance the bike's traction and overall smoothness. This Bronson also sees longer and slacker geometry, but Santa Cruz didn't go too crazy with it and the bike still has that agility that riders loved about the previous model. Our favorite change is the chainstay length that varies per size, ensuring every size of rider gets the same balanced geometry and fit. The reach and wheelbase are longer and the head tube is slacker, providing more stability during high-speed sections and technical descents. Santa Cruz knows that pedaling prowess matters, so they incorporated a steeper 77. 1-degree seat tube angle on a size medium to balance the long and slack geo. Combined with the efficient VPP platform, the bike tackles tough climbs with ease. The geometry is also adjustable via a flip-chip in the linkage, allowing you to t...