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    April 1st updates?

    I'm on the market for a new bike, signs point that i'd need a Bronson, question is should i wait to April 1? Looks like there might be an update coming up. What do you guys thunk?

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    There is always that possibility. On the one hand, it would be a pretty short model cycle if they update it already. On the other hand, they sold a ton of Bronsons, so they have definitely gotten their R&D money back by now.
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    I'd wait until April 1st. I bought my Bronson like two weeks before they announced the new Nomad. At the time, I didn't know that Santa Cruz had a tradition of announcing new bikes on the 1st. Had I known about the Nomad, I would have got that instead. I'd wait so you don't run the risk of missing out.

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    I would wait. Usually companies wait 3-4 years before making a major update to a frame. So there is a possibility a new bronson might be coming out. But, there were photos of a bronson with a new color at the Andes Pacifico Enduro but it had no changes to the frame.

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    I am also worried about any potential new bikes. Got a demo next week 5010 vs bronson and want to order one asap.
    however if they are changing in April i will wait.
    both bikes are almost 2 years old now so updates likely?
    do the recent colour changes really count as updates?

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    Yo are right, both bronson & 5010 are due for a overhaul that nomad received. I wouldn't count color change as an update.

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    Maybe there are few clues here...

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    I hope you guys are right. I'll be waiting patiently for another VPLS like they did a few years ago. Got my Nickel frame for $675. Would be stoked on a deal repeat, even if it's yesterday's geometry

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    Quote Originally Posted by themanro View Post
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    Why'd you throw a picture of Intense bikes in there?
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    my bad

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    The mint green bike had the old style lower link and all external routing. It was simply a different colorway. The white one also looks like it has a current gen Bronson lower link. I can't imagine them staying with that configuration on a new Bronson. If they redo it my guess is updated geometry with a longer front end, slightly lower BB, slightly slacker HT, new style links, internal routing and 16.9 or shorter CS.

    I can dream can't I?

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    You are right, nothing on those pics looks like a new stuff. I guess we will just have to wait and see...

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    The Nomad update was planned before the Solo and the Bronson were ever even considered. I'd imagine on a Solo and a Bronson SC would want to try to keep compatibility with 2x groupsets which is something it was able to ignore on the Nomad but as the two of them are classed as trail bikes having them without this would rule them out of a massive target market.

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    SC have never updated on as little as a 2 year cycle. It's not going to happen with the Bronson this year. The Bronson is still their best seller and they will stick with that, the model MO is a colour change to keep it ticking over. Another 12 mths yet for a new Bronson is the sure bet.

    Anything new will be an (approximately) 100mm travel FS 27.5. That will be an absolute rocket - and probably mean some of us will have to get one of those too - N+1.

    Don't get me wrong, I want an update as well as I like the fit and feel of a Nomad, but the Bronson is much better at pedaling and trail riding. Alas, I'll have to get a Bronson for year or so and then update later. It's one of the best all round bikes out there, so better to have one in the hand now and enjoy a top class machine.

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    maybe an alloy nomad?

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    I have a demo on 1st March on both 5010 and bronson so i think its a good idea to wait another month to see if any updates come.
    would kick myself if i dodnt wait and a whole bunch of updates came through.

    another question....... for trail centre riding which is better 5010 or Bronson. consider i am 35 with commitments now so days charging hard are gone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by themanro View Post
    I'm on the market for a new bike, signs point that i'd need a Bronson, question is should i wait to April 1? Looks like there might be an update coming up. What do you guys thunk?
    Some of us believe that the Tallboy LT is due for an update!

    Waiting until April 1 is wise. Crankworx Rotorua is right around then as is the Sea Otter Classic - new designs sometimes show up at the latter event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilingle View Post
    another question....... for trail centre riding which is better 5010 or Bronson. consider i am 35 with commitments now so days charging hard are gone!
    5010 is a rocket. I would take it over the Bronson for everything but the steepest DH. I demoed both on local trails and felt the need for the slacker head tube angle on the steepest trails, so I am going with Bronson. I also happen to like the higher BB for clearance.
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    April 1st updates?

    I can't see SC updating the Bronson or Solo with anything other than new colors. They are only 2 years old. SC usually operates on a 4 year cycle on their bikes. The LTc is the only bike left for them to update and some of the photos doing the rounds are of a 29er... Seems to be a no-brainer. SC clarified in a post on Instagram that the mint green Bronson was a custom color.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanbal View Post
    ... and some of the photos doing the rounds are of a 29er... Seems to be a no-brainer.
    Where are these 29er pics you speak of

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    From a May 6, 2014 bike radar interview with Joe Graney:

    "Santa Cruz launched an extensive 650b salvo last year. In the process, the company cleared out most of its 26in models. Some, but not all, of these bikes were replaced with 650b counterparts. Is there a place for shorter-travel 650b models (bikes with less suspension travel than the Solo) in the Santa Cruz line? Is a 650b hardtail in the works? What about a 650b XC full suspension?

    Yes."

    The "Yes" was Joe's answer. So the Highball was released in 650b. The Superlight is now 650b in small and medium frame sizes, but I don't think that would count as 650b XC full suspension. Maybe SC will bring back the Blur in 650b?

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    a reworked Tallboy LT sounds most likely. Personally, I would love to see a real Tallboy TR with the option to go with 27.5+. First impressions with the semi-fat mediums were ... well impressive and despite the haters, Ild guess, the medium+ size is going to stay.

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    It sounds like it's worth waiting till April 1st. I'm pretty set with Bronson, but waiting 1 month will save the frustration of knowing that you bought really expensive new bike that just got way better, in case if they do update it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IstongKowldPaRin View Post
    maybe an alloy nomad?
    I think an alloy single pivot bike based on the Nomad geometry is far more likely than an alloy Nomad. I was under the impression that Santa Cruz is going to phase out alloy VPP bikes and replace them with their lower spec carbon C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmrocks View Post
    I think an alloy single pivot bike based on the Nomad geometry is far more likely than an alloy Nomad. I was under the impression that Santa Cruz is going to phase out alloy VPP bikes and replace them with their lower spec carbon C.
    I will order it the day its announced!

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