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    SC Bronson Clydes

    Are any of you fellow Clydes riding a SC Bronson? I'm really looking hard at this bike but want to wait and see what Pivot releases besides the firebird in 27.5. If Pivot doesn't release a Mach 5.7C with 27.5 wheels I'm ordering a Bronson carbon. I did a demo on the Pivot mach 5.7C and loved the bike! I was within the shock specs with 275lbs shock and 135lbs fork.
    I'm 6' 295lbs and want to see what kind of pressures clydes are running on their Bronsons compared to their weight.

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    Pivot are bringing out the Mach 6. 650b wheels, 155mm rear travel

    Fresh Product: Pivot Cycles 2014 Mach 6 #froth | Flow Mountain Bike

    Don't know when, sorry.
    Looks awesome

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    This is the only thread in the Clydesdale forum with "Bronson" in the title... any bigger guys have this bike? Debating this vs. Tallboy LT

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    I skimmed that and it doesn't seem like people are talking about ride characteristics, just sizing.

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    I am 6'3" 230 and riding aluminum xl Bronson. Its a great bike so far. I have only been on it for 4 month now but so far so good. I'm still playing with my riding position with the bars, stems, and spacers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    This is the only thread in the Clydesdale forum with "Bronson" in the title... any bigger guys have this bike? Debating this vs. Tallboy LT
    I've ridden both on dirt and own a TallBoyC. If I was picking a bigger travel bike as a clyde I'd go with the TBLT over the Bronson. Why, as a clyde the bigger wheel helps you get up and over things which is a big deal. The Bronson riding position felt a but weird. The smaller wheels felt like I lost a gear on climbs. I also didn't like how the bronson felt on climbs. I climb a lot in my rides usually about 50/50.

    I rode a TBLT yesterday on a nice long ride on trails I ride my TBc on. The bile was fun, it felt a bit spongy on the climbs. It has a bit more slack then the TallBoy and I noticed it both on climbs and descents. I needed to more steering input then I normally do. On the committed descents the TBLT was great. I had the suspension dialed but for how I ride I just don't need all that travel. I don;t want the weight of the bigger forks either.

    I ride it all. If I had to classify my riding into a "bucket" I'm XC oriented. I do avoid gap jumps.

    The Solo/5010 was much more to my liking as a 27.5 bike FWIW.
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    Just for search sake, I'll throw out my experience with the Bronson. I didn't get to do more then a parking lot ride on either bike, but I had a chance to checkout an XL Bronson and an XL Nomad side by side.

    I really want to like a Bronson. Price on the aluminum version seems way more feasible to me in my current state then the price of a carbon Nomad. After sitting on both bikes, the Nomad has a shorter stem but felt much roomier then the Bronson did with a longer stem. Position for me felt amazing on the Nomad. Obviously, this is relative but having sat on the older 26er XL Nomad, I was amazed at the room I had with the new 27.5 Nomad. My wife will kill me but I'm chasing a Nomad now. Lol.

    Now, I know this is a thread about the Bronson and this is where I was heading. The Bronson I tried had one of them fancy Crane Creek shocks on it. I'm 6'6" and weigh in around 350lbs currently and I was super surprised how stiff the Crane Creek bouble barrel felt. It really inspired me to want to try and ride the bike hard. One concern I always have with full suspension at my size is if the shock will hold. That Cane Creek would do the job.

    Anyway, not sure if this helps the thread, but if anyone's looking for a comparison, there it is.

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    I'm 6'2" 36 inseam, 2015 Bronson felt too short in the top tube, no matter how far back I would push a saddle my position on the bike while pedaling would puch my butt about 1" off the rear saddle.

    I demoed XL and XXL tall boy LT and XXL felt the best, XL was doable with seat adjustments.

    Bronson and 5010 have shortest top tube in XL across all SC bikes.

    here's the spreadsheet

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

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    Sweet spreadsheet. Thanks for sharing!!

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    I'm 6 foot and about 250, and I ride the shit out of my Bronson. Taking jumps, drops, rock gardens, roots berms, grueling uphill climbs, technical single track, xcountry and the bike keeps on ticking and on the stock fox air can and fox 34 floats. I'm drooling over a cane creek though as I'm pushing the limits on this air can on some of the areas of the trails here on Vancouver Island.

    The issue's I've had is the sc torque spec's on the axle bolts are way to high, back off on them our you risk stripping the bolts, I've also had a few bearings literally blow up, their just cheap bearings, I've upgraded them at the local bearing shop no issues yet. Oh and I'm chasing a creak all over the place. Seems to be coming from my seat/dropper post now. I've repaired/tightened or replaced everything else as I wore the parts out, etc. I can feel the creak in the groin when pedaling uphill, it's gotten progressively worse. Not the axles/bearings, etc as I just redid them, pretty sure it's the rails on the saddle flexing in the seat as I can feel the vibrations and I can replicate it with my hands by flexing the seat. My dropper seat post is also due to be serviced as well as it is developing some play, which is probably the keys on the stem that holds it in position a from freely rotating.

    Anyways, little of topic there, the bike is an absolute dream IMO, I wouldn't hesitate to take this thing to whistler, although I'd get a pike and the cane creek prior to going as I'm sure I'd blow the shocks/suspension out on the downhills. Although I'd probably just rent a bike.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaen View Post
    The issue's I've had is the sc torque spec's on the axle bolts are way to high, back off on them our you risk stripping the bolts, I've also had a few bearings literally blow up, their just cheap bearings, I've upgraded them at the local bearing shop no issues yet. .
    I emailed SC about this and they told me that they updated their torque specs, but haven't changed them on their website or video yet. They recommended 55 in/lbs for the smaller bolt and 70 in/lbs for the larger ones.

    I almost stripped the head of a bolt in the axle using their other torque specs. You could see the threaded area being stretched out, had to order replacements (which they sent for free).

    Regarding bearings, they have a lifetime bearing warranty. I've had no issues in 500 miles with mine. If yours exploded, you could send them back and they will replace them.

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    SC Bronson Clydes

    Well aware. the bearings don't last for me and the amt of riding and jumps I hit at my weight they just fall apart, which is why I went to a beefier bearing as I'm in my third set in ten months. I ride sometimes twice a day for a few weeks straight.

    I found out about the reduced torque spec's after I called them and talked to them about the torque spec's on the odd which they never updated. But they made t right by sending me a bunch of new ones.

    Their customer service is second to none.


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    Tallboy rider here, love it. I've ridden the hell out of it, drops, jumps, stupid horrible lines, horrible falls and all kinds of mess. Only issue I've had was I had to replace the pivot axle after torquing it too high and sheared it off. SC sent my axle bolts to the hotel I was staying in at the time over night. Samantha at SC is absolutely a customer service beast, she goes above and beyond helping her people. I'm still running stock Rockshox and Fox CTD frame shock, but like others I'm thinking about upgrading to a Crane Creek as well for the frame. The rockshox solo air is handling my 6ft 330lb ass just fine. The Fox CTD is doing ok for now.
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    I have to change my thoughts. I'm having major bearing issues this summer in the bike. I'm on my 5th set that is 4 sets of bearings since March.

    This is probably a rarity among everyone but is something you should be aware of.


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