Santa Cruz Bronson 650b trail bike - first look

All-new 150mm rig with 27.5in wheels

Santa Cruz have released details of a new 650b trail bike - the Bronson. The all-new 150mm frame features their signature VPP suspension linkage and will be available in both carbon and aluminium builds. The mountain bike will also be the new weapon of choice for the Santa Cruz Syndicate team for their Enduro World Series campaign.

Keeping things bang up to date, the frame gets a 142mm rear end and 73mm threaded BB, and supports both external and internal cable routing for dropper posts.

Buyers will also get the choice of a standard or direct-mount rear derailleur hanger, while ISCG05 tabs and two bottle cage mounts are standard fit. The driveside chainstay of the Santa Cruz Bronson also gets an integrated protector to help keep things quiet and looking pretty.

Santa Cruz have said that this new model will be the most customisable bike they've produced to date - that means 10 different decal combinations are available for the complete bike, with ENVE rims.

Claimed weights are 2.4kg (5.3lb) for a medium carbon frame, while a complete build carbon model with XX1 and ENVE wheels, also in size M, is said to tip the scales at 11.88kg (26.2lb). Weights for the aluminium models are to be confirmed.

The Bronson is the weapon of choice for the Santa Cruz Syndicate team for their Enduro World Series campaign

The aluminium frame drops in at £1799 / US$1,925 while complete build aluminium bikes start from £3599 / US$3,399. Carbon frames will be £2599 / US$2,699 and a complete build carbon Bronson will cost a minimum of £4399 / US$4,150.

Availability stands at April 2013 for carbon models, with aluminium versions set to arrive in May. Keep an eye on BikeRadar for more information on the Bronson as we get it. 

For details on Santa Cruz bikes see www.santacruzbicycles.com.

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