Cascade Components Announces Santa Cruz Bronson LT Linkage

Sep 5, 2019 at 12:55
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


  • 5 0
 If I install this link onto my 2019 large Bronson would I loose the lifetime warranty on the frame ?
I have a cc and I already replaced ( by warranty ) the rear triangle because it snapped .

Also I love the way it handles the rough stuff what I would need to tune is pedalling while climb back up to get more fun runs .

Only complain on this Samy Cruz Bronson is that it doesn’t pedal as good as the trek remedy 2018 other than that is a way more fun bike .

So my 2 questions are :

1. Warranty issues ? Framewise if I install your link

2.Would it also pedal better uphill as you guys only talk about bettering the going down which is more than perfect for me ( with the obvious spacers inside the shock ) ?

  • 1 0
 This is my #1 question that needs to be answered. If SC will keep the warranty then I'd give it a try.
  • 9 4
 you could just put your stock link back in for warranty work, takes 5-10 minutes to swap.
  • 6 5
 @mikericci: That's a shit way to treat a company that is great about warranties...
  • 2 0
 Just here to give Cascade some props 1 year later.
I have been running my Cascade Link on my Bronson for almost a year now, but I still have not forgotten how it was with Pre-Cascade. I think this piece of art work is absolutely amazing! I bumped up fork travel to 170mm the same time I swapped out the linkage. Now with the Cascade and 170mm fork, BB is now about 0.8mm higher. I had to run about 25 psi more to get the same sag. After the first couple of rides, I noticed some huge improvements in traction, not sure if this is makes me faster, but it feels nice. I took my Bronson with Cascade to both Brian Head Ski Resort and Bootleg Canyon Bike Park (shuttle services) multiple times, and she did great at both places as I was absolutely amazed how plush my bike became with the link in place. Even on hard flat drops, the bottom outs are very controllable. On the climbs, I feel the bike sitting lower when doing standing pedaling, but she seems to bob less. Just as the marketing "brochure" says, Small bump compliance does seem to be much better. My Bronson can now even be a backup DH bike if my main DH bike ever goes down, she feels that good! It is much easier to stay on and keep my weight on the back wheel with this link and it seems she has limitless travel at times (in the rear).
  • 4 0
 How come is that article not visible in my usual Pinkbike flow?
  • 12 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: Does it retain the adjustability via the flip-chip?
  • 1 0
 "the link puts the BB height approximately 2.5 mm lower than the low setting on the stock link"

This is my concern. My lower setting, I keep hitting my pedals already. @CascadeComponents, no flip-chip right?
  • 2 0
 @nalyorf & @Footey72: Correct. There is no longer a flip-chip. We did away with it because the leverage curve with the lower link VPP layout is extremely sensitive to shock mount position and we designed it with a very specific leverage curve in mind. With the stock link putting the bike in low actually makes it a hair more progressive and decreases the travel a small amount. One thing we have found with our link is that because it is much more progressive it tends to not bob as deep into its travel when pedaling. Of course it still sits lower so pedaling seated where there's no real bob the pedals will be 2.5 mm closer to the ground which is a 2% decrease in clearance compared to high.
  • 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.
  • 3 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.
  • 2 0
 @CascadeComponents: how pissed is santa cruz about this mod
  • 2 0
 @EvoRidge: They don't talk to us. Except to ask how we got our numbers... haha
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents Would it make sense to use a progressive coil with your linkage?
  • 1 0
 This is just my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. 55 mm stroke shocks are on the short side for running a coil regardless of progression. Bottom out resistance for single large impacts is proportional to shock stroke squared, so small changes in shock stroke make for big changes in bottom out resistance. As such I think progressive coils are the way to go if any large impacts are involved. If you are mainly riding natural terrain with not large compressions then a standard coil is fine.
  • 2 1
 As the pounds flunked, can I get a discount please ?
  • 1 0
 @pigman65 Hi mate, very long shot - I just got one of these, but I've decided to sell my Bronson, so dont need it now (its brand new in box) If you are interested in one for a good deal, fire me a PM, will save me sending it back to the US for a refund.....
  • 1 0
 @rjwspeedjunkie: thanks mate, i got one a few months back, but have hardly ridden. Have you thought about flogging it on the Facebook group as option ?
  • 1 0
 @rjwspeedjunkie: hi m8 did you sell the cascade link?
  • 1 0
 @stevenday121: hi mate, I sent it back for a refund in the end, sorry dude
  • 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.
  • 1 0
 can this work for the other models? as in the hightower?
  • 1 0
 This link only fits the current generation of Bronsons. That said we are currently working on developing a link for the new Hightower.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: ^^^Will buy without hesitation if this comes to be! Buddy has your link on his bronson with a Storia coil and loves it.
  • 1 0
 CC, can you make a link for the Bronson to accommodate a mullet set up?
  • 1 0
 What would you be looking for geo wise with the mullet set up? Putting the bigger wheel on the front will slacken it out a little bit. If you go down to a 150 fork it will offset that change a little.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: I would be looking to keep the same geo your link provides with a 27.5 up front but with a 29 wheel and 160 fork. I think in 2020 we will see many bikes tuned for this "mullet" configuration, as they are a proven winner on the EWS and Pro DH. If all you had to do was buy the swing link to provide the numbers you get on the stock configuration other than providing another 7mm of travel, you would have a very sought after product imo.
  • 1 2
 Too bad Santa Cruz could make the bike right in the first place. What is wrong with those guys?
  • 5 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
 @CascadeComponents: how do the links affect the Warranty? Is it a matter of don’t ask don’t tell or does the warranty become void in the event you install it?
  • 1 0
 @Jereky9er: I called the SC warranty department and they told me the link did not void the warranty as long as the link wasn't the cause of failure. So pretty much the same as any part on the bike. They haven't released any statement on it and the way warranty law is here they have a ton of control over it. This means they can change their mind at any time for any reason. The way we see it if the link is clearly unrelated to a warranty claim there's no reason SC needs to know it was installed.

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