When it comes to the build, there are essentially two periods in this Bronson’s life – pre and post Race Face. Earlier this year, we found ourselves needing a test platform for the new Next R component group from Race Face, so the Bronson was carted all the way to Santa Cruz to have Next R carbon wheels (with 27.5 x 2.35″ Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires), carbon cranks, carbon bars, and an aluminum stem along with the latest iteration of the Race Face Turbine dropper post and Race Face grips.
Having ridden the bike in both builds, it only highlighted the versatility of the frame. The stock build is certainly more of a “trail” build with a full SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12 group with an Eagle X1 Carbon crank, Guide RSC brakes, a Reverb Stealth dropper, and slightly less burly wheels with Easton AR27 aluminum rims and DT Swiss hubs. Throw on the shredder Next R wheels and it felt less like a trail bike and more like an all mountain monster. From Pisgah and Dupont, to Santa Cruz, Sedona, and trails in between, the Bronson never felt outgunned. Yet, it was more fun for less aggressive, pedally rides than I gave it credit for.
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