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The Santa Cruz Bronson is back and it’s rocking a new haircut…

Santa Cruz are a firm favourite amongst our customers as well as the team here at Hargroves Cycles. Just seeing those letters on any downtube envokes child-like giddiness from even our most seasoned members of staff. Their Bronson is a particular favourite thanks to the breadth of versatility it enjoys. Don’t put Bronson in the corner, chances are it’ll ride out of it and whoever’s onboard is bound to grinning ear-to-ear. With news of the 2022 4th generation Santa Cruz Bronson’s arrival you’ll be in no doubt of the buzz around the place when we realised we were going to be lucky enough to get our hands on one for release day. Here we take a look at the all-new bike in a bit more detail and what makes it so special, other than that glorious ‘Paydirt Gold and Grey’ paintwork.

When the Santa Cruz Bronson arrived back in 2013 along with it’s trademark 150mm travel it signaled the start of Santa Cruz’s 27.5″ wheeled journey. Fast-forward eight years and they’ve gone all business at the front, party at the back (don’t call it mullet though) with a mixed wheel size set up. Keep things fun and stylish in the rear thanks to the 27.5″ wheel while the now 29″ front wheel helps you roll into and over everything. The 160mm fork might assist with that a little bit too. That means roosting mad loam for the ‘gram with all-new levels of confidence has never been easier. The new Bronson promises to be super responsive at the back for turning and lifting while giving more traction and stability upfront than ever before.

To match the new wheel setup Santa Cruz has introduced all-new geometry for the Bronson meaning there’s enough room to run any coil or air shock. The 150mm VPP travel is more than enough travel to handle any situation while the design ensures no energy is wasted while you’re climbing. Clearance for up to a 2.6″ rear tyre and 223mm rear brake disc rotor takes care of the traction and stopping. All this equates to a bike that you can roll out of the shed without worrying about the type of riding you’ll be doing, it’s the best of all worlds!

The carbon frame is not only stunning but also supported by a lifetime warranty so you can ride safe in the knowledge Santa Cruz will repair or replace determined to be defective in materials or workmanship. Oh there’s crash replacement support too! Santa Cruz’s push for sustainability is real and we certainly admire that “Why scrap a frame when a simple bearing service can make one last a lifetime?” We couldn’t agree more. All of this paired with some super trick details such as mud flap to protect the rear shock, internal cable routing, rubberized DT protectors to handle knocks and threaded BB keep things super serviceable.

The 2022 Santa Cruz Bronson sits well placed within their range of bikes as a solid longer travel all-rounder. Available in a range of well-equipped guises and two striking colour options in the form of Paydirt Gold or Gloss Moss you’ll certainly get some admiring glances on the trail whether it be going full send on the way down or pedaling up as you cruise past the energy-sapping Enduro rig riding crew!

Shop our range of Santa Cruz Bikes available online and in any of our Hargroves Cycles stores to see what we have in-stock. Whether it’s a massive travel downhill machine, enduro, all mountain full-suspension, hardtail cross country mountain bike or gravel/cx bike you’re after, Santa Cruz have you covered.

Bikes Buying Guide Mountain Bikes

Best Full Suspension Mountain Bikes Over £2,000

If you’re in the market for a high end full suspension mountain bike now could be the perfect time to splash some cash. Big brands such as Specialized, Cannondale and GT have all slashed between 15 and 25% off their retail prices which could save you a bucket load of money. We’re also offering 0% finance on selected sale bikes too which means you can spread the investment at no extra cost.

You might already have your eye on your dream bike, but if you’re not sure where the best deals lie we’ve picked out a couple of key bikes from our road and mountain bike ranges that are still available in most sizes.

What you should expect from a £2,000 bike

Bikes costing north of £2,000 are likely to have some form of carbon frame. That said, don’t let an alloy frame put you off though. Some riders also prefer the feel of an alloy frame, especially on bigger burlier trails but if you’re looking for the lightest full suspension bike money can buy then carbon is going to be the obvious choice. If you’re in the market for hard-tail mountain bike at this price point then it would be reasonable to expect a good quality full carbon frame (ideally with internal cable routing).

There are lots of other elements to a full suspension frame that you should consider too like rear shock linkage and rear axle type all of which we won’t go into detail here but if you need some advice, give us a call or pop into one of our stores.

Disc brakes are an absolute staple at this level as well as a good quality suspension fork. There are lots of suspension fork brands out there at the moment, but some key names to look out for would be FOX and Rockshox and Marzocchi – they all make very good forks, especially for bikes at this kind of price point.

Specialized Camber FSR Comp Carbon 29 – Now £2,249

While big travel trail bikes are pretty awesome, they aren’t always the best tools for the job. If you’re looking for a quick bike that can handle climbs as well as technical descents this could be the bike for you. This bike has big 29” diameter wheels that roll over anything. The front triangle of the frame is made from carbon and the rear triangle alloy. Equipped with a FOX rear shock and Rockshox Revelation RC3 front fork this bike can soak up some pretty hefty bumps.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite 27.5 Inch – Now £2,624

With a saving of over £875 on the table the Stumpjumper FSR Elite 27.5 is worth a look. Granted it’s pretty leary with it’s uber fluro yellow frame. The bike is spec’d with a Rockshox Pike RC front fork which provides 150mm of super smooth travel to soak up big bumps and the occasional jump. A SRAM drive-train coupled with Shimano SLX brakes ensures smooth gear changing and reliable braking.

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie – Now £2,624

We couldn’t not feature a plus bike because they are so much fun to ride! The Specialized Comp Carbon 6Fattie has plus size tyres which are 3 inches wide. They might look like hard work to pedal but they’re really not and they offer an incredible amount of grip. This is a really well spec’d bike for the money and even has Fox front and rear suspension.

GT Sanction Expert – Now £2,079.99

This has been one of our best selling bikes this season and at the discounted price of £2,079.99 in our GT sale it’s easy to see why. First up it looks gorgeous. The midnight blue frame with contrasting white Marzocchi forks really sets the bike off a treat. The Sanction is a purpose-built enduro bike that can climb as well as descend. From personal experience I can tell you that the Fox Float X CTD rear shock is the best shock I have ever had the pleasure of riding; It’s easy to use and just works. The dropper seat-post and Maxxis high roller tyres finish the bike of brilliantly.

GT Fury Expert – Now £2,799.00

Downhill bikes aren’t for everyone, let’s face it you have to be a little bit nuts to throw yourself off huge drops, steep rocky sections and pull huge air over table tops higher than most peoples houses. However, this is possibly one of the coolest looking DH bikes this season. GT have got the colour-scheme spot on, so it’s not surprising these are flying out the door. For £2.8k you get an awesome spec and a frame capable of taking the biggest hits. Personally I would buy the bike on looks alone, but I’m sure the downhiller’s among us can spot the value for money in this bike a mile off.

We hope that helps pin-point a couple of bikes you might not have considered…Happy riding!