Santa Cruz Launches New Bronson and Juliana Roubion

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Santa Cruz have just launched their new Bronson and Juliana Roubion. With a few changes for the upcoming models, here’s what you can expect.

For 2022 the Bronson and Roubion will have a mullet setup (with the exception of the XS frames, these will be 27.5″ front and rear). There are eight build kits available for the Bronson, and five for the Roubion. At the time of launch, there are only carbon options available. The Bronson starts at £4999 and the top-end model (Bronson CC XX1 AXS RSV MX) retails at £9889. The Roubion starts at £4999 and similarly, the top-end model is £8599.

The geometry has had an update for 2022 and a few other updates like internal cable routing. Santa Cruz also say that each bike is compatible with coil and air shocks. Each bike comes with 160mm front suspension, with 150mm of rear VPP (virtual pivot point) suspension. One of the major changes sees each size getting proportional chainstay lengths, which increase through the sizing.

Geometry

Features:

  • 150mm travel/ 160mm fork
  • 27.5″ rear wheel/29″ front
  • C and CC carbon
  • Size-specific chainstays
  • Refined VPP Suspension
  • Sizes XS-XL (XS-M for Roubion)
  • Lifetime Warranty

Juliana Roubion

The Roubion’s chainstay lengths are all specifically sized for the XS, S and M frames meaning handling remains consistent across the range. For the Roubion, each shock is tuned to work better for slightly lighter riders than equivalent Santa Cruz models.

See full details on the Juliana site.

Santa Cruz Bronson

Proportional chainstays set the Bronson up for a wide range of rider sizes (available in sizes XS to XL). There’s also protective armour (downtube and shuttle pad), internal cables, and a bottle cage inside the front triangle.

.9° slacker/ 15mm longer reach/ 20mm higher stack than the previous Bronson. The bikes also offer adjustable geomerty between a high and low setting giving a change of 3mm for bottom bracket, 0.2 degrees for the head angle and chainstay lengths by 1mm for the small to XL sizes (5mm for XS).

See the full details, including pricing and build kits on the Santa Cruz website.


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Comments (2)

    So the frames are identical? A small Sants Cruz is the same as a small Juliana, the only difference is the shock tune?

    Why for a given size do SC think that men are heavier than women? The ideal weight (BMI) of a 5ft 5” man is exactly the same as a 5ft 5” woman. Men are generally heavier because they are generally taller than women. Has anybody got any evidence that illustrates for a given size that men are heavier than women?

    If the lighter shock tune is not based on rider weight then it must be based on riding style. Are Santa Cruz putting less damping on the Juliana’s because they think women ride differently to men?

    It all seems a load of sexist, condescending b***ocks to me.

    They are essentially the same bike, yes. Santa Cruz have admitted in the past that the only thing they really do differently is market (as well as tweaking a few things like shock tune, sizes etc). They admit that what they produce may not work for everyone so choose to produce different marketing materials to be more inclusive. Make of that what you will. Obviously, it’s one of those things that goes a lot deeper than what I’ve said above. I thought I’d just give a little perspective.

    I went on the Strega launch a few years ago (the women’s Nomad) and this was what we were told then when discussing men vs women’s bikes and that sort of thing.

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