Bronson / Enduro / 27.5" - 150mm VPP Travel

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    Fox Float CTD Adjust Kashima + £220.00


Two decades of evolution at Santa Cruz brought us here. An entirely new frame, new wheel size and new perspective on what a 6” travel bike can conquer.

Bronson is not some rehashed 27.5" tribute act to anything else in our range. It stands alone, testament to the years of designing and refining that took place at our old Bronson Street facility.

Locked up for months of secret testing, Bronson has broken straight onto the scene to already become the Syndicate’s first choice for their Enduro World Series campaign.

And with carbon and aluminum frame options, a range of kit choice and an unprecedented 10 possible decal combinations for the ENVE spec, Bronson represents our most customizable bike ever.

From Tazmon to Bronson... this is just the beginning.


  • ETA May 2013 for aluminum models.


  • 5 year warranty for original owners.
  • Lifetime bearings warranty for original owners.
  • Lifetime crash replacement warranty for original owners.

Frame Features

  • 142 mm rear axle spacing.
  • 2 x bottle cage mounts.
  • Forged upper link.
  • Forged aluminum lower link with angled grease ports: offset for chainguide clearance.
  • Collet axle pivots: lock in place without pinch bolts.
  • Angular contact bearings: all pivots.
  • Direct mount rear derailleur hanger option: standard hanger comes as stock.
  • ISCG-05 tabs.
  • Routing for Reverb Stealth.
  • 73mm threaded BB: creak-free riding and easy installation.
  • 6.8 lb M size

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Behind the Scenes

Tech Data


Frame Geometry Measurement Diagram
Bronson Geometry
Based on 544.4mm axle-crown with 13mm stack height:
Frame SizeTop Tube Length*Seat Tube Length**Head Tube AngleSeat Tube AngleBB HeightWheelbaseHead Tube LengthChainstay LengthStandover HeightReachStack
Small 21.8" 16.0" 67.0° 73.0° 13.6" 43.6" 3.5" 17.3" 28.5" 14.8" 23.0"
Medium 23.0" 17.0" 67.0° 73.0° 13.6" 44.8" 3.9" 17.3" 28.4" 15.9" 23.4"
Large 24.0" 18.5" 67.0° 73.0° 13.6" 45.8" 3.9" 17.3" 28.8" 16.9" 23.4"
X-Large 25.0" 20.0" 67.0° 73.0° 13.6" 46.2" 4.7" 17.3" 29.9" 17.6" 24.1"

* Effective top tube
** Seat Tube length measured from center of BB to top of seat tube

Size Guide

Size Chart

Complete Bikes

All upgrade prices are relative to the standard component price.

Stock Colours:

Build Kit:



Note: 15mm forks are not compatible with D build kits.

Additional Upgrades


approx weight: 3105

note: weights are approximate


What are the rear shock options for this frame?

The base rear shock is the Fox Float CTD Evolution. An upgrade to the top of the line CTD Adjust Boost Valve Factory is available.

What front derailleurs are compatible with the Bronson?

The Bronson uses a 34.9mm Top Pull/Bottom Swing front derailleur. This is commonly called a High Clamp.

What forks are recommended for the Bronson?

We spec a 150mm fork on the Bronson, which is for general All-mountain use. A 160mm fork is another great option if you are looking for a more downhill-oriented bike.

All of our stock forks can be internally modified from 150mm to 160mm if you wish to go that route.

What kind of BB/crank do I need for my Bronson?

The Bronson uses a standard threaded 73mm bb. Most any modern crank will fit, as long as it isn't BB30.

For Sram XX and XX1 cranks, use the wider Q-factors available (166 and 168mm respectively).

It looks like the lower link is off center in my frame- is everything ok?

Yes- this is correct. With our newer pivot system, the pivot axle draws the link over to one side in order to properly preload the bearings. This offset is accounted for in the frame design so everything ends up nice and straight in the end.

What type of headset do I need?

The Bronson uses a tapered headset configuration commonly refered to as "mixed tapered". It uses a 44mm internal upper cup, and a 49mm external lower cup.

Can I mount a Chainguide on my Bronson?

Yes, the Bronson has ISCG 05 mounts, and will accomodate most guides that use this standard. Our favorites are:
MRP Lopes
E13 LG1 Tr

We've had difficulty mounting the E13 LG1 (non-TR) and SRS+ in the past, so best to stick with a guide from the above list.

If you want to use a dual ring guide, we've had good success with the following (with minimal modifications):
E13 TRS+ dual
MRP 2x

What size seatpost does it use?

The Bronson uses a 30.9mm seatpost. Make sure you always have it inserted a minimum of 100mm into the frame.

Can I use a dropper post on the Bronson?

Yes, the Bronson is set up for dropper posts with internal routing (like the Reverb Stealth), or external routing (standard Reverb, Fox Doss, etc).

Are there water bottle mounts?

Yes, each frame has two water bottle mounts.

What size rear hub do I need?

The Bronson uses the 142x12 hub standard. Many high end hub and wheel manufacturers offer an option for this size now. The frame includes a DT RWS rear axle as standard.

What size shock does the Bronson use?

The Bronson uses a 7.875"x2.25" shock (200x57mm). The mounting hardware is 22x8mm (or 21.8x8mm if Rockshox).

What is the largest tire that will fit?

The largest tire we recommend is a 27.5x2.4" tire. Tires vary greatly between manufacturers and models, so there are never guarantees...

What is the best way to route my Reverb Stealth?

The rubber grommet included in the frame seals the hole when not using a stealth post- so you'll need to poke it with a sharp knife to open it up. Then follow these steps: 1)Turn speed adjustment all the way slow. 2)Unscrew hose from bottom of post, and thread it through the seat tube. 3)Cut 1cm off hose and thread back into the post (this gives it some fresh material to thread into) 4)Unscrew hose from remote lever 5)Cut to proper length and reinstall on lever 6)Turn speed adjustment all the way fast.

If running a stealth post, the line will share the ziptie guides on the downtube with the rear brake line.