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    Bronson vs BLT convert

    Just curious if anyone has ridden both. Considering SC used the old BLT frame to make the Bronson, I geeked on the specs and there seemed to be minor differences between the two in the geometry, especially in the XL that I ride. But I don't claim to be a bike designer. Maybe a few tweaks make a big difference. I converted my 2009 BLT to 650B and really like it, so naturally, I want to know how the Bronson rides, but don't want to spend a minimum of $4k to find out. Any help?

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    Geometry of both is worlds apart, not just minor. BLT is long travel xc, steep and short. Bronson is much slacker and longer. Try and ride anything, even in 26", with similar geometry. With it's dedicated longer offset 650b fork, the Bronson will not feel to different to a 26" bike with similar geometry. If anything maybe try a 26" bike with a 66.5 deg head angle to get a closer comparison.

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    bronson seems to have more of a tough stance.

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    Guess we have different definitions of "minor differences" and "worlds apart" but here's the actual specs for XL frames:
    BLT compared to Bronson: Seat tube, 20.5 to 20, Top tube 24.5 to 25, Stand over 30.1 to 29.9, BB height 13.8 to 13.6, Head tube 68.1 to 67, Seat tube 71.5 to 73, Head tube 5.5 to 4.7, Chainstay 17 to 17.3.

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    The BB height of the BLT is with 26" 2.25 tires and the Bronson with 2.4 650b tires . So Bronson is about 3/4" lower BB drop than the 26" BLT and close to 1 1/2 lower than a full 650B BLT. The wheelbase and front centre difference is HUGE 2". Add that to the 1 degree head angle from 68 to 67 and you have completely different handling. Add to that you will need to adapt to a shorter stem and wider bars on the Bronson with the longer ETT and slacker head angle.

    IMHO drop back to 26" rear[ very little advantage anyway] and add an angleset and you could lower your BB up to 1" and lengthen Wheelbase 1/2" and slacken out to 66.5 to 67 degree.Bronson suspension is also more linear so add as big an air can as you can to your shock.
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