NAHBS 2011 – Bronto: Steel 26″ and 29er XC, AM Mountain Bikes
Bronto is a fairly new company out of Oakridge, OR. They had four bikes on display, all mountain, and the eye catcher was definitely this creamy white number. Called Willy, it’s their singlespeed 29er with really, really short 16.8″ chainstays.
Bronto uses Platinum OX main tubes on all of their bikes. On most of them, there’s a thicker straight gauge tube used at top of down tube b/c OX is too thin to bend, then it’s slipped over the OX downtube and brazed on. All of tube bending is done in house.
Check the rest, and some detail photos, after the break…
The fork crown was pretty good looking…somehow totally fit the western motif with the mini “horns” at the top of each leg. Note the thicker tube section at the bend in the downtube…that’s the stronger, straight-gauge steel. Where it ends after the bend is where the lightweight tubing starts.
Reverend is their geared 29er XC bike with 17″ chain stays. Curved seat tube let’s them tuck the rear wheel up in there for tighter handling.
The Reverend gets a polished sleeve over the tube switch in the downtube rather than a full coverup all the way from the headtube.
Paycheck is their all-mountain/trail bike with 140mm fork and 68.5 head angle on 26″ wheels. Note the lower top tube for better standover clearance.
Bon is their 26″ XC bike. Geometry is set up around a 100mm travel fork or their rigid steel fork.
Pricing starts at $1,499 with stock geometry, goes up from there.