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    The 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson (v3)

    The 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson (v3)-xmy19_bronson_blue_outside_v2.jpg

    Announced today. Details from Santa Cruz. 10mm longer in the front, still 150mm rear. Lower and slacker. Adjustable flip chip. Can be built 27.5+, but not 29. All models are Eagle-equipped. Frame-only options are $1999 (Al) and $3299 (CC). Of course it has the lower-link driven shock just like the Nomad (v4). Rear brake line routing is completely internal. Dual uprights on the rear triangle.

    The release video is a must-watch. Did you get all the references from the rats?

    First-ride reviews:


    NSMB also has an interview with Santa Cruz product manager Josh Kissner about both this bike and the 5010 v3, as well as a long-term review that expands on their original posting into 3 acts.

    Previous Bronson threads: V2 and V1 (aka the picture thread).

    Ride video: Trail Peek has POV video of riding the new Bronson in Downieville.
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    someones a Santa Cruz N E R D !

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    Thank you!

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    5 month wait for a frame in New Zealand, what a joke. Was so keen to jump from yeti to Santa Cruz with the new V3 Brosan but already been waiting 3months for the realease so another 5 just wonít fly. Looking else where now, any recommendations, 27.5, similar travel, geo important, especially the mid/long reach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFish View Post
    5 month wait for a frame in New Zealand, what a joke. Was so keen to jump from yeti to Santa Cruz with the new V3 Brosan but already been waiting 3months for the realease so another 5 just wonít fly. Looking else where now, any recommendations, 27.5, similar travel, geo important, especially the mid/long reach.
    Order it online from a US shop, youíll have it in a few weeks. Mine left the SC factory today,

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    I was gonna say that it's a lot like the 2015 Transition Patrol.

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    Has anybody seen the different colored badges? It appears that the CC frames have a black badge with red lettering and th C frames have a black badge with white lettering. Appears to be consistent across other models as well

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    Had a Bronson v1 and Iím really liking the new geo and linkage but canít decide if I want to go back to 27.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BanzaiRider View Post
    Order it online from a US shop, youíll have it in a few weeks. Mine left the SC factory today,
    Theyíre not allowed to ship out of USA and Iím not so keen on not having the dealer back up with a carbon frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFish View Post
    Theyíre not allowed to ship out of USA and Iím not so keen on not having the dealer back up with a carbon frame.
    There is nothing like a nice justification for a mountain bike vacation, you combine the pickup of the new bike with a week of riding! Personnaly I wouldnít worry much about dealer backup, SC has a great reputation for warranty problems and I think you can deal with them directly for that. Anyway, the most important is to select the best bike for you, when you pay thousands of dollars you donít want to compromise on a frame that is not #1 on your list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFish View Post
    5 month wait for a frame in New Zealand, what a joke. Was so keen to jump from yeti to Santa Cruz with the new V3 Brosan but already been waiting 3months for the realease so another 5 just wonít fly. Looking else where now, any recommendations, 27.5, similar travel, geo important, especially the mid/long reach.
    Rocky Mountain Altitude

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    I really like the specs on this bike. I can't wait to demo one (even though I'm 100% satisfied with my current bike). I love that it has room for 2.8s, along with the 5010. Way to go Santa Cruz!

    Not crazy about SC promoting drug use as "cool" in their release video, but the bikes look great.

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    NSMB.com has a follow-up interview with Josh Kissner from Santa Cruz, about the Bronson and 5010 v3.

    We have some demos arriving around here in about 2 weeks; will report back if I can get away from work.

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    What is the length of the dropper post on the Bronson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BanzaiRider View Post
    There is nothing like a nice justification for a mountain bike vacation, you combine the pickup of the new bike with a week of riding! Personnaly I wouldnít worry much about dealer backup, SC has a great reputation for warranty problems and I think you can deal with them directly for that. Anyway, the most important is to select the best bike for you, when you pay thousands of dollars you donít want to compromise on a frame that is not #1 on your list.
    Now that sounds like a plan 👍👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99 View Post
    What is the length of the dropper post on the Bronson?

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    Obviously frame size dependant but Will be at least a 150, possibly a 170 on the large as the Nomads come with that and the seat Post is shorter on the Bronsan

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    No-one is complaining that you can't fit an angleset into Bronson3 due to the integrated headset? Or is 65HA considered as slack as slack should be?

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    Waiting on my frame arriving now. Got a DPX2 ready and waiting to fit on it. Hopefully it will be here within the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Draper View Post
    Waiting on my frame arriving now. Got a DPX2 ready and waiting to fit on it. Hopefully it will be here within the week.
    Rick,

    Are you still going to keep your Nomad as well? If so I'll be very curious what you think of the two back to back. I think you mentioned your Nomad was full coil now right? Do you plan on keeping the Bronson full air?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Draper View Post
    Waiting on my frame arriving now. Got a DPX2 ready and waiting to fit on it. Hopefully it will be here within the week.
    My C S+ build should arrive Thursday or Friday, I might be able to ride it on the weekend, fingers crossed!

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    How is yours arriving so fast ? I ordered my 5010 C S build the day before the actual reveal and was told it wonít arrive till late August or early September .... what am I missing here ? Are you from different country or what ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BanzaiRider View Post
    My C S+ build should arrive Thursday or Friday, I might be able to ride it on the weekend, fingers crossed!
    How is yours arriving so fast ? I ordered my 5010 C S build the day before the actual reveal and was told it wonít arrive till late August or early September .... what am I missing here ? Are you from different country or what ?


    basically Iím jelly ..... haha how can I get mine faster !

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    Quote Originally Posted by rscecil007 View Post
    Rick,

    Are you still going to keep your Nomad as well? If so I'll be very curious what you think of the two back to back. I think you mentioned your Nomad was full coil now right? Do you plan on keeping the Bronson full air?
    Nomads gone today. The Bronson looks perfect for what I need, slack head angle, 150mm out back 160mm up front. The Nomad is a great bike and does pedal well for a 170mm bike but on longer 30 mile rides its too much for the terrain on my doorstep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Draper View Post
    Nomads gone today. The Bronson looks perfect for what I need, slack head angle, 150mm out back 160mm up front. The Nomad is a great bike and does pedal well for a 170mm bike but on longer 30 mile rides its too much for the terrain on my doorstep.
    Excited to hear your comparo. Not a fan of the old Bronson, but love the Nomad. Curious to hear how much better the new Bronson is in the saddle going uphill. Dropped my bike at the shop today for a suspension refresh and they dont even have any new Bronsons in stock yet, which is surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teej83 View Post
    Excited to hear your comparo. Not a fan of the old Bronson, but love the Nomad. Curious to hear how much better the new Bronson is in the saddle going uphill. Dropped my bike at the shop today for a suspension refresh and they dont even have any new Bronsons in stock yet, which is surprising.
    Yes they seem thin on the ground at the minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Draper View Post
    Nomads gone today. The Bronson looks perfect for what I need, slack head angle, 150mm out back 160mm up front. The Nomad is a great bike and does pedal well for a 170mm bike but on longer 30 mile rides its too much for the terrain on my doorstep.
    Rick, where do you ride, what kind of terrain?

    I too am curious as to N4 coil vs Bronson V3 air. Iím wondering if they complement each other or if there is too much overlap?

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    Trying to decide on size between m/l. Iím 5í10 and Iíve always been on medium evils and I had a medium v1 Bronson when it first came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    Trying to decide on size between m/l. Iím 5í10 and Iíve always been on medium evils and I had a medium v1 Bronson when it first came out.
    Definitely in-between size. Do you like longer bikes with short stems < 40mm or shorter bike with longer stems? >50mm.

    For what it's worth, I'm 5' 7" and small Evils always felt too small for me. Medium is practically perfect with 40mm stem. I do like the stability of longer bikes. I'd say large for you.

    Do you want stability or BMX playfulness? I feel 27.5 already gives that more playful feeling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    Trying to decide on size between m/l. Iím 5í10 and Iíve always been on medium evils and I had a medium v1 Bronson when it first came out.
    Same boat here except L/XL, 6'1" with 33.5 inch inseam and relatively long arms for height. Have always ridden large and am currently on a large Yeti and do feel a little cramped, but they run rather short so bit concerned the jump from 448 current reach to 490 on xl bronson might be a bit much but according to the sizing chart and because of my long arms Santa Cruz are recommending an XL. Any input appreciated, Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCJG View Post
    Rick, where do you ride, what kind of terrain?

    I too am curious as to N4 coil vs Bronson V3 air. Iím wondering if they complement each other or if there is too much overlap?
    I would bet there will be a lot of overlap. Similar suspension design. Close to same geo. Travel not too far off. One will undoubtably pedal a bit better and maybe be a bit poppier but I have a feeling they will be pretty close

    On the other question - Iím 6í1.5Ē with long arms and ride an XL Nomad. Came from a large N3 which was too small. I feel I could ride either a large or XL with the new bikes but XL is a bit better fit. Given I ride Colorado and everything is high speed and rocky, I like the bigger size. Havenít had issues getting it around switchbacks

    If SC is saying they recommend XL, id go that route. Can always put a shorter stem on if needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by dylpickel View Post
    How is yours arriving so fast ? I ordered my 5010 C S build the day before the actual reveal and was told it wonít arrive till late August or early September .... what am I missing here ? Are you from different country or what ?
    I ordered my Bronson a bit more than a week before it was announced. The SC rep was at my local shop that day and he booked it immediately. I'm in Canada and my shop told me last Thursday that it had just left the SC warehouse so if they shipped ground I should probably get it this Friday or early next week. Unless an SC clerk decided to pedal it up from California to Canada!!! haha

    By the way I also saw a gray one at a shop demo event this weekend so there are definitely some that have started arriving in shops.

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    The frame weight for a Large CC with shock is 5.79 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cant Climb View Post
    The frame weight for a Large CC with shock is 5.79 pounds.
    Really? Is that yours or verified at a shop? That's what I read a while ago, which is about 1.5 lbs lighter than a Nomad I think. But the NSMB article said there was only about .25 difference between the Nomad and Bronson...so curious what is correct.

    But if so, that's hella light for how capable it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rscecil007 View Post
    Really? Is that yours or verified at a shop? That's what I read a while ago, which is about 1.5 lbs lighter than a Nomad I think. But the NSMB article said there was only about .25 difference between the Nomad and Bronson...so curious what is correct.

    But if so, that's hella light for how capable it is.
    See at the 2:25 mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aasgLvmmV-Y

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cant Climb View Post
    So completely unverified by a Youtuber. He got the high and low flip chip settings mixed up...

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    I spoke to someone at SCB on Friday and they said a Medium CC frame was 5.8 Lbs. I have a hard time believing this since Kissner stated in the NSMB article it was only .25 Lbs. lighter than the N4.

    The person I spoke with also confirmed the Fox 36 has a 44mm offset, not 37mm.

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    That weight is also what I saw in one of the articles online, but can't remember which. This youtube may be from the same source.

    Either way, I want to see one of these (and the new 5010) hanging off a scale and verified. If it's really only .25 lighter than a Nomad at 7.2 lbs or so for a large with SD Air, then that's a lot of overlap. If it's the weight in the video, less overlap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwdrums00 View Post
    I spoke to someone at SCB on Friday and they said a Medium CC frame was 5.8 Lbs. I have a hard time believing this since Kissner stated in the NSMB article it was only .25 Lbs. lighter than the N4.

    The person I spoke with also confirmed the Fox 36 has a 44mm offset, not 37mm.
    I can see the 5010 being that light, but not the Bronson. The 5010 looks to have smaller looking frame tubes similar to the blur, where the Bronson has larger tubes like a Nomad.
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    I was at my LBS in Santa Cruz over the weekend and a Large Bronson V3 X01 Reserve build with plastic shop pedals was 30 lbs. 8oz. on their park tools scale.

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    Waiting on my frame arriving now. Got a DPX2 ready and waiting to fit on it. Hopefully it will be here within the week.
    Are you going straight at it or has it been especially tuned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moranpepe View Post
    Are you going straight at it or has it been especially tuned?
    Straight at it out of the box (will be a MM tune I believe) and then I will make any adjustments to the valving I feel it needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Draper View Post
    Straight at it out of the box (will be a MM tune I believe) and then I will make any adjustments to the valving I feel it needs.
    sweet. I just placed an order for a L frame. I'm at 5'11" coming from a Yeti SB6. Really excited to try it out and although I've always used Fox, I'm going to try out the Super Deluxe RCT before making any decisions on it. Let me know how it feels with the DPX2.

    I currently have one on my SB5 and I like it a lot.

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    Saw one in a shop this weekend up in VT. Shop dude said he's sold 5 of them already, and that was on Friday. Parking lot pedaled it around the lot. Felt good I guess. Wrong size and suspension not setup for me so impossible to tell. I'm short and have a small N4 which fits me perfectly. The medium B3 felt really big to me. Like there isn't any way I could live with it. In comparison the Medium N4 felt big but I could live with it.

    This was a lower end build but it felt pretty hefty. Considerably heavier than my blinged out N4. The tubes aren't that much smaller than the N4. I would be surprised if it were any lighter than the N4. Maybe by a little.

    The lady who was looking to buy it was probably about 5'7". With the 150 dropper as low as it could go in the seattube (about an inch from the collar) it was too tall for her. So either a 125 or a different dropper would be necessary for her.

    Overall bike looked pretty sweet. Really liking the Nomad4 so I'm not really that interested. The lack of support for DHX2/X2 makes it a no-go in my book. Silly that they only offer them with Rockshocks on the rear. I asked the SantaCruz rep about that with the Nomad. He didn't have a good answer for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by moranpepe View Post
    sweet. I just placed an order for a L frame. I'm at 5'11" coming from a Yeti SB6. Really excited to try it out and although I've always used Fox, I'm going to try out the Super Deluxe RCT before making any decisions on it. Let me know how it feels with the DPX2.

    I currently have one on my SB5 and I like it a lot.
    The Super Deluxe RCT is not a bad shock at all, it works well and does a job. I just prefer Fox suspension though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyak View Post
    Overall bike looked pretty sweet. Really liking the Nomad4 so I'm not really that interested. The lack of support for DHX2/X2 makes it a no-go in my book. Silly that they only offer them with Rockshocks on the rear. I asked the SantaCruz rep about that with the Nomad. He didn't have a good answer for me

    Cheers!
    If/When Fox make a 210x55 DHX2 it should fit the Bronson reading what people have said. Its only the X2 and Cane Creek IL/DBA that apparently dont fit due to the air can size.

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    So who is doing a custom build with a primer grey cc frame and a red lyrik.🔥🔥🔥

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    Still canít decide on size. I had a nomad 4 in large and I felt is was hard to handle while seated in corners but maybe I have just been used to riding smaller bikes. Thinking Iím gonna keep my following mb so Iíll probably do a large Bronson. And the colors are so damn good that I canít decide. I have a drunken olive following mb and a dark green Rocky Mountain solo cross bike so I might go industry blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    Still canít decide on size. I had a nomad 4 in large and I felt is was hard to handle while seated in corners but maybe I have just been used to riding smaller bikes. Thinking Iím gonna keep my following mb so Iíll probably do a large Bronson. And the colors are so damn good that I canít decide. I have a drunken olive following mb and a dark green Rocky Mountain solo cross bike so I might go industry blue.
    While the industry blue is certainly an eye catcher I think itís definitely a one season color just like the pink Bronson or aqua ďmagentaĒ Nomadís that no one wants anymore.

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    I still love the pink Bronson and aqua nomad colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Draper View Post
    The Super Deluxe RCT is not a bad shock at all, it works well and does a job. I just prefer Fox suspension though.
    I'm with you, this bike should have a factory dpx2, and optional dhx2 coil... in a perfect world.

    Oh and let us custom order paint to sample colors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Hill View Post
    While the industry blue is certainly an eye catcher I think itís definitely a one season color just like the pink Bronson or aqua ďmagentaĒ Nomadís that no one wants anymore.
    The Miami Vice Nomad is the best colorway SC has come with in recent years. Only thing close is the Tennis Ball Yellow Bronson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    So who is doing a custom build with a primer grey cc frame and a red lyrik.
    Me, almost! I have a primer grey C S+ build on order and the shop will swap the Fox 36 on it with a red Lyrik. Should get it by end of this week or sometimes next week. I'll post a pic as soon as I have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rondre3000 View Post
    The Miami Vice Nomad is the best colorway SC has come with in recent years. Only thing close is the Tennis Ball Yellow Bronson.

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    My Fav was the Orange OG Solo's.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    So who is doing a custom build with a primer grey cc frame and a red lyrik.🔥🔥🔥
    That's the great thing about that primer grey is you could do the red lyrik, orange 36, dvo green, or blue Helm and all would look fantastic.

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    Arrived Friday....

    S C build in primer grey. It pedals much better than my 2018 5010. Steeper seat tube works well on this frame. buget DT Swiss 370 hubs are crap, replacing with i9 enduro 305s. Reverb dropper still not as good as 9.8 fall line. Make those two changes and this bike rocks.

    Wolftooth iscg5 chain guide does not work due to the recessed nature of the frame around the bottom bracket, would need a few spacers but seems like would interfere with rear triangle.

    Iíll be posting some video reviews on YouTube channel MTB Plan B in the coming weeks.

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    How tall and what size frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rscecil007 View Post
    That weight is also what I saw in one of the articles online, but can't remember which. This youtube may be from the same source.

    Either way, I want to see one of these (and the new 5010) hanging off a scale and verified. If it's really only .25 lighter than a Nomad at 7.2 lbs or so for a large with SD Air, then that's a lot of overlap. If it's the weight in the video, less overlap.
    SC's website says 29.14 lbs for the '19 Bronson CC X01 Reserve.

    My '18 Nomad CC X01 Reserve had a claimed weight in the low 28s. Haven't had a chance to weigh mine yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwdrums00 View Post
    I spoke to someone at SCB on Friday and they said a Medium CC frame was 5.8 Lbs. I have a hard time believing this since Kissner stated in the NSMB article it was only .25 Lbs. lighter than the N4.

    The person I spoke with also confirmed the Fox 36 has a 44mm offset, not 37mm.
    Maybe that's without the shock? I see plenty of SC frames hanging at the LBS with no shocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scpage View Post
    S C build in primer grey. It pedals much better than my 2018 5010. Steeper seat tube works well on this frame. buget DT Swiss 370 hubs are crap, replacing with i9 enduro 305s. Reverb dropper still not as good as 9.8 fall line. Make those two changes and this bike rocks.

    Wolftooth iscg5 chain guide does not work due to the recessed nature of the frame around the bottom bracket, would need a few spacers but seems like would interfere with rear triangle.

    Iíll be posting some video reviews on YouTube channel MTB Plan B in the coming weeks.

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    Looks really good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scpage View Post
    S C build in primer grey. It pedals much better than my 2018 5010
    Looks good!

    But it seriously pedals better than the 5010v2? That thing was like a rocket when you got on the pedals.
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    Anyone have thoughts about putting a shorter offset fork on the new Bronson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scpage View Post
    Wolftooth iscg5 chain guide does not work due to the recessed nature of the frame around the bottom bracket, would need a few spacers but seems like would interfere with rear triangle.
    Curious about this comment.

    I haven't seen any pictures of the frame only and all the built bikes don't look like they have bash guards.

    Any more information on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Curious about this comment.

    I haven't seen any pictures of the frame only and all the built bikes don't look like they have bash guards.

    Any more information on this?
    I have to imagine there is a fit out there. Nomad came with one and the bottom bracket area is similar. Dunno if the nomad chain guide would fit though

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    Quote Originally Posted by teej83 View Post
    I have to imagine there is a fit out there. Nomad came with one and the bottom bracket area is similar. Dunno if the nomad chain guide would fit though
    Look closely on the shots of Ratboy from the release video and it looks like he has a ethirteen one on the bike he is riding, same as nomad one.
    And this from website
    Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?
    Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting. Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFish View Post
    Look closely on the shots of Ratboy from the release video and it looks like he has a ethirteen one on the bike he is riding, same as nomad one.
    And this from website
    Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?
    Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting. Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.
    So is it the two bolt style bash/guide that works?

    The new stumpy only has two of the ISCG-05 tabs so maybe it's similar to that?
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    Assuming the Bronson is like the Nomad, I used a OneUp Bash on my Nomadv4.

    I tried two older MRP guides and they would work. Was was the full 3 bolt and hit the chainstay if I remember. The second was had the cut out near the 9'oclock position (can't remember if 2 or 3 bolt), but it for a 38t ring or something and was too tall, and again hit the frame where it protruds for the chunnel area.


    I'd guess the E13 or OneUp would work fine on the Bronson thought, they are pretty similar in design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    So is it the two bolt style bash/guide that works?

    The new stumpy only has two of the ISCG-05 tabs so maybe it's similar to that?
    Three tabís , can see them on the photos on website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    So who is doing a custom build with a primer grey cc frame and a red lyrik.🔥🔥🔥
    I am, will post a picture tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by teej83 View Post
    I have to imagine there is a fit out there. Nomad came with one and the bottom bracket area is similar. Dunno if the nomad chain guide would fit though
    I just installed a One Up Chain and Bash on mine...

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    The 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson (v3)-2019-bronson-v3.jpg Better pics will be posted tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradical View Post
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    Very nice!

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    Bradical, very interested in your thoughts Bronson V3 vs your N4 when you get some time on the new bike, thanks!

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    damn $4400 for the base carbon? and 34.5 lbs for the alum?

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    Bryce has a Super Deluxe coil on his Bronson now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Draper View Post
    Bryce has a Super Deluxe coil on his Bronson now.
    Interesting... so it fits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTTR View Post
    Interesting... so it fits.
    Yes, photos are on his Instagram story.

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    Darn, I just dumped my R shock for a RCT , hmmmm. I would have probs ordered a coil if I knew this. Oh well , maybe later

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    What bash/guide you running Bradical?

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    Here is mine.

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    Man these look good.

    Roman, would love to know how you think it compares/how much it overlaps with the Nomad when you get more time on it.
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    I know SC say not compatible with 29, but who is going to be the first to try?

    Surely the new 27+ Bronson is a pretty close preview to the next HTLT...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rscecil007 View Post
    Man these look good.

    Roman, would love to know how you think it compares/how much it overlaps with the Nomad when you get more time on it.
    You bet im heading out on a 10 day road trip tomorrow thru a few states to ride and I plan to put it thru it's paces.

    Quote Originally Posted by rwo View Post
    I know SC say not compatible with 29, but who is going to be the first to try?

    Surely the new 27+ Bronson is a pretty close preview to the next HTLT...
    Already tried and it's a no go

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    If the next Hightower LT has the same design I am sold. I currently ride a OG Hightower and have a Nomad (V3). Looking to go down to one bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rom3n View Post
    Here is mine.

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    Epic build! Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rom3n View Post
    Here is mine.

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    That is so sick!! How tall and what size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    That is so sick!! How tall and what size?
    5'8 med

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rom3n View Post
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    That's Rad. Rom3n, I believe you were a big Evil Fan before right? And owned a Following, Insurgent and Calling? Would love to hear your comparison with regards to climbing and descending. Trying to decide between a Calling and the new Bronson. Would love to hear your thoughts on the bike after you've ridden it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeldorian View Post
    That's Rad. Rom3n, I believe you were a big Evil Fan before right? And owned a Following, Insurgent and Calling? Would love to hear your comparison with regards to climbing and descending. Trying to decide between a Calling and the new Bronson. Would love to hear your thoughts on the bike after you've ridden it.
    I like Evil bikes and the Calling is a really fun bike. Looking forward to spending some time on this guy. Initial impression on my first quick setup ride were very positive and having spent a lot of time on the nomad I felt very comfortable right away. Time to hit the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rom3n View Post
    I like Evil bikes and the Calling is a really fun bike. Looking forward to spending some time on this guy. Initial impression on my first quick setup ride were very positive and having spent a lot of time on the nomad I felt very comfortable right away. Time to hit the road
    Awesome. Looking forward to it. Mostly curious if itís a lot more bike then the Calling or similar. I guess all the benefits none of the negatives type thing.


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    Ratboyís coil equipped Bronson:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMhxL92EyrUThe 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson (v3)-bronson-coil.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rom3n View Post
    5'8 med
    Would you have went medium at 5'10. I always ride Evil mediums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeldorian View Post
    Awesome. Looking forward to it. Mostly curious if itís a lot more bike then the Calling or similar. I guess all the benefits none of the negatives type thing.
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    I now have one good ride on my new Bronson and just a few weeks ago I tried a Calling on a similar trail (technical, relatively tight, no long uphill but some steep). PS, The Calling had a 160mm Pike in front and my Bronson has a 170mm Lyrik.

    I can say they are similar in some ways, different in others but the new Bronson is definitely not a lot more bike! I would say the Bronson felt a bit more planted in front on steep uphill. The rear travel on both is fantastic, very plush but not wallowy, overal I give the nod to the Bronson on this though, just feels unbelievably plush on roots and rocks. The new Lyrik is ways above the 2018 Pike the Calling had. The Calling feels a bit more agile in tight stuff, not that the Bronson canít negociate tight stuff, it does but with a bit more work.

    I almost bought a Calling until I heard the Bronson was coming. Today Iím happy I did go with the Bronson but honestly itís mostly because I am a super fan of SantaCruz because I would sure have been very happy on a Calling.

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    Interesting, thanks for the thoughts. I was looking at a Calling at one point a few months ago to compliment my N4.
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    I had a calling and it was a killer short travel rig. I figured the Bronson was gonna be closer to a nomad than a calling.. might go nomad to compliment the following mb instead of a Bronson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    I had a calling and it was a killer short travel rig. I figured the Bronson was gonna be closer to a nomad than a calling.. might go nomad to compliment the following mb instead of a Bronson.
    I've been thinking my Nomad 4 and the new 5010 might be a good combo.

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