The Bronson LT link makes the Santa Cruz Bronson what it always should have been.
The stock Santa Cruz Bronson suspension isn’t especially progressive, which makes it easy to bottom out when riding aggressively. Hence why the stock shock ships with volume spacers installed. Borrowing from the Nomad LT’s design philosophy, we developed the Bronson LT link to add progression over stock.
The more progressive link maintains all the pedaling characteristics that the stock Bronson layout has, while adding much needed descending performance. Along with increased bottom out resistance, the link greatly increases small bump sensitivity. As a result, there is much more traction over rough terrain and no harsh bottom outs. As one of our testers put it, “it was pretty rad how well the rear tire tracked the ground. It made me laugh actually.” On top of that, the link puts the BB height approximately 2.5mm lower than the low setting on the stock link, which translates to a lower center of gravity, improving cornering and making the bike feel more stable. Increasing the rear wheel travel to 160mm also makes the suspension feel more balanced with 160 and 170mm forks.
The Bronson LT link makes an already well-rounded bike even more versatile, and opens up shock and tuning options for riders. With the stock Bronson link, Santa Cruz actually recommends not running a coil shock. Now, coils can easily be run without over-springing and volume spacers can be removed. The link also adds shock clearance so larger diameter shocks such as the Float X2 can more comfortably fit in the frame.