Cascade Components Announces Santa Cruz Bronson LT Linkage

Sep 5, 2019
by Cascade Components  
Bronson LT link

PRESS RELEASE: Cascade Components

Hot off the heals of the Nomad LT link we are pleased to announce the release of the Bronson LT link! The stock Bronson linkage has essentially the same leverage ratio at top and bottom of travel. This lack of progressivity makes it not well suited to running coil shocks and more volume reducers have to be used with air (the stock shock ships with three installed). Borrowing from our philosophy behind the Nomad LT link we designed a new Bronson link that increases progressivity by 12%, increases travel to 157 mm, lengthens the chainstays by 5 mm, and increases clearance in the shock tunnel. As with the Nomad link, pedaling characteristics are maintained. What this all boils down to is a rear end that tracks and maintains traction much better, offers more mid-stroke support and bottom out resistance, and corners like it never has before. With the greatly increased progressivity coil shocks also work much better. It's no longer necessary to over-spring the shock in order to prevent it from bottoming out harshly.

Bronson LT link
Bronson LT link

Increasing travel to 157 mm makes the rear feel more balanced with 160 and 170 mm forks. The link also slackens the bike out slightly making the ride much more stable at speed and in the steeps. The Bronson LT link makes it the perfect bike for long days of pedaling to technical trails. It still pedals well, but rips the descents like never before while feel as nimble as ever. The first time we rode it the difference was so apparent it made us laugh. The way it tracks through rough terrain is unreal yet it ramps up smoothly to provide the support needed deeper in the travel.

As with the Nomad LT link, all critical features are machined out of 6061-T6 billet in the same setup in our four axis mill to ensure the tightest tolerances possible. We hold the machining to high standards and it shows in the attention to detail with tool paths and precise fits. The result is a link that looks as good as it functions. As always, all link are designed, CNC machined, and tested here in Washington. All links come with sealed Enduro MAX bearings pressed in.
Bronson LT link tool paths
Tool paths

Specs and details:

• 12% more progressive than stock link
• 157 mm of travel with stock shock size
• +5 mm chainstay length
• Increased shock clearance
• Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
• 30 mm x 8 mm shock mount
• Colors: Black, contact for details on others
• Material: 6061-T6 Al
• Cost: $249.00

Bronson LT leverage curve
Leverage ratio comparison

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MENTIONS: @CascadeComponents


  • 3 0
 How come is that article not visible in my usual Pinkbike flow?
  • 4 0
 Because it's not as interesting as a new derailleur hanger I think
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: lol. I'm running mine with 170 lyriks and in the low bb setting. On a certain off camber trail I keep hitting my pedal and there's no way of avoiding it. Bike rides better in this setting, so where does yours ride ?
  • 1 0
 @pigman65: It rides at pretty much the same height as low. We found it rides much better, as you did, and that was worth the slight hit in BB height.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents how do you know this is okay for the frames..? I think an aluminum frame would be better suited for this aftermarket mod.
  • 2 0
 Lots of testing/engineering. We ride what we make and we ride it hard. It's equally well suited for carbon and aluminum frames.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: how pissed is santa cruz about this mod
  • 1 0
 @EvoRidge: They don't talk to us. Except to ask how we got our numbers... haha
  • 1 0
 Too bad Santa Cruz could make the bike right in the first place. What is wrong with those guys?
  • 2 0
 They make good bikes, but they have always been conservative. I get why they do it. As a large company they need to produce a bike that suits everyone alright instead of catering to a particular region or type of rider. We see our links as a supplementation to their lineup similar to how Yeti has the SB130 lunch ride or Rocky has done BC editions of some of their bikes.
  • 1 0
 10000% correct
  • 1 0
 As the pounds flunked, can I get a discount please ?
  • 1 0
 Does it take the same size bearings as the SC link ?
  • 1 0
 It does use the same size bearings. We use the sealed ones because they hold up to water and dust better.

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