The Roubion and Bronson models have been around for a bit, and today they’re both refreshed with a new set of angles and a pair of mixed wheels rolling between their 160mm fork and 150mm of rear travel. Both frames will be available in sizes extra-small to extra-large, with the smallest frames rolling on a pair of 27.5″ wheels.
The frames maintain their low-slung VPP suspension platform that reaches every full-suspension bike in the lineup, apart from the latest XC machines. The Roubion and Bronson will also be available in the C or CC carbon layups, and of course, that carbon includes a lifetime warranty so feel free to take all the risks you’re comfortable with. There are no major surprises across the frame, with fully internal cable routing, a threaded BB, and space for a water bottle inside the front triangle.
On to the geo table, the new frame is now 0.9° slacker than its predecessor, with 15mm of additional reach to add some stability, and a 20mm higher stack to help riders weight the front wheel while keeping their elbows properly bent. The seat tubes are all short enough that most riders should be able to select the reach of their liking, and with seat tube angles all leaning above the 76° mark this longer reach should feel great while climbing. Unlike the previous model, the new frames will have size-specific chainstays to better balance rider weight between the boosty hubs.
An updated Roubion or Bronson CC frameset retails for $3,699, with the base “C R” build starting at $5,049, including a Fox Float X Performance shock, RockShox Lyrik Select fork, and a SRAM NX drivetrain. The builds climb in price from there, with a Shimano XT equipped ride coming in at $6,949 in the middle, and a sell-your-car Bronson CC kit that includes a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS wireless drivetrain, Reserve carbon wheels, a new Santa Cruz carbon handlebar, a Fox Factory 36 fork, and a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock retailing for $11,399.