I have been looking at the 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson for a while now and have been thinking really hard about it, and before I pull the trigger on it I was wondering if anyone has one or has experience with one. Also if anyone knows any other bike similar to this bike I would be open to checking those out as well.
Last year I demoed the Bronson and the Hightower. Both were great, but the Hightower was more fun.* The HT was in fact the only SC bike that I have been really impressed with in many years. My only desire for it was for more travel and they did that with the Hightower LT.
*Fun for me is riding through chaotic terrain at high speed, leaning the bike over hard in corners and jumping off of whatever I can along the way. Being able to climb up terrain to get the aforementioned in a efficient manner is also a big plus. The Hightower does this exceptionally well. In the end, like I said I wanted all that plus more travel and got that in spades with an Evil Wreckoning. In the 27.5 wheel category, I’d take an Evil Calling (in the X-low setting) over a Bronson all day. I spent a solid month riding one prior to my new bike arriving. It rips like no other bike with only 130mm of travel.
For me it was between the Pivot Mach 6, Ibis Mojo, and the Santa Cruz Bronson. I ended up going with the Bronson and love it. Most of my riding is the rocky terrain of Northern AZ and it eats up everything.