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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XTR Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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All-mountain dreaming.

Let's run a thought experiment: close your eyes and count on your fingers the features you're looking for in your dream all-mountain machine. If you counted up one, two, three, four, five, six inches of Virtual Pivot Point suspension — and you threw in a healthy dose of Shimano's superlative XTR groupset for good measure — then chances are good you were really just daydreaming about Santa Cruz's Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XTR Complete Mountain Bike. There are some numbers that deep travel can't account for, though, such as the Bronson 2.0's slacker head tube angle, longer chassis measurement, and more power-oriented seat tube tilt, all of which contribute to make SC's venerable do-it-all machine even more appropriate for every type of terrain or gradient.

Of those new numbers, the most impressive alteration to the old Bronson's all-mountain pedigree is the head tube, which slacks out by an extra tick on the protractor to drop from 67 to 66 degrees. This change is complemented with a corresponding increase in top tube length, a lower bottom bracket, and a raised lower link — a combination that allows for short-stemmed, strike-free, point-and-click confidence while traversing lines and dropping steps that would cause even the previous Bronson to hesitate. It also effectively erases root lattices and moderate rock gutters, letting you mash across terrain that trail, XC, and even other all-mountain bikes have to pick through with delicate care.

Conversely, the Bronson 2.0's seat tube gets steeper by almost a full degree in order to better position the engine (read: your hips) up over the Race Face cranks. The revised geometry keeps you on top of the pedal stroke, and relocated links allow for a shorter chainstay, which makes for more power transferring efficiency. The back end is further stiffened with the new 12 x 148mm axle standard, ensuring that the extra watts produced by the improved pedaling position and shorter chainstays aren't lost to wheel flex. Despite its slacker head tube and longer geometry, the back end changes help the Bronson 2.0 pop over cruxes and maintain diesel speed across hard pack.

The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) suspension system represents the latest update to Santa Cruz's classic VPP. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc. The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP3 boasts increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction while climbing across lumpy trails and root lattices. It also maintains its predecessor's firm feel during accelerations while jockeying for position in a mass start or a finishing sprint. The ramp-up arc doesn't dramatically alter as the shock compresses, so the pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottom-outs — even when the bottom link activates and the axle's path turns rearward to absorb big hits in the deep end of the travel pool.

For all the changes listed above, the Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC's construction remains the same. As with previous Carbon CC frames, the Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC requires less material to hit Santa Cruz's stiffness targets without sacrificing any of the responsiveness of the less expensive, heavier Carbon C models. Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which also contributes to keeping weight low because the carbon can be wrapped through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and actually requires less material in the process. While it's being cured, the frame is compacted from inside and out. This final step eliminates excess material and resin pooling, resulting in more structural integrity and, of course, additional weight savings.

Finally, the frame is finished with a rock-star, World Cup-ready Shimano XTR/Race Face drivetrain. The massive cassette and double crankset make for a range of gearing options that allows the top possible speed over virtually any terrain, and the almost instant, three-degree engagement of Industry Nine's Torch hubs comes into play when clearing the rocky crux of a climb without clipping out makes the difference between losing momentum or extending a gap. Combined with the Bronson 2.0's aggressive geometry, this is the build kit of a racer, not a recreationalist.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Rear Shock:
FOX Racing Shox Float X Factory
Rear Travel:
150 mm
RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air
Front Travel:
150 mm
Cane Creek 110
Shimano XTR M9000 SL
Front Derailleur:
Shimano XTR M9020D Side Swing
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XTR M9000
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
24 / 34 t Race Face Next SL
Bottom Bracket:
73mm BSA threaded
11 / 40 t Shimano XTR M9000
Shimano HG900
Shimano XTR M9020
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
180 / 180 mm Shimano RT86 Ice-Tech
Santa Cruz Carbon Rise
Handlebar Rise:
20 mm
Handlebar Width:
800 mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Easton Haven
WTB Silverado SLT
[sizes medium - x-large] RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm, [size small] RockShox Reverb Stealth 125mm
[rims] Easton ARC 27
Industry Nine Torch
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm
[front] Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR 3c, [rear] Maxxis Minnion DHR2 TR
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.3 in
not included
Recommended Use:
enduro, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

sizing chart

Bronson size by rider height


Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart


Bronson 2.0

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 15.5in 22.5in 23.1in 16in 28.6in 3.5in 66o 74o 13.4in 17in 44.9in
M 16.5in 23.4in 23.4in 16.7in 28.8in 3.9in 66o 74o 13.4in 17in 45.8in
L 18.1in 24.3in 23.8in 17.5in 28.9in 4.3in 66o 74o 13.4in 17in 46.8in
XL 19.5in 25.6in 24.2in 18.7in 29.4in 4.7in 66o 74o 13.4in 17in 48.1in

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    I had the chance to ride this for a few hours and I must say I was very impressed! Compared to the 1.0 version the 2.0 simply is better performing. I found it climbs much better than the 1.0 version largely due to the new fox Shock and tuned upgraded VPP suspension.The bike also corners amazingly and allows for hard,fast accelerations without squatting the suspension. Its very well rounded and definitely an all day-do it all rig. The new hot pink color is so cool! Very much highly recommended and my new favorite.

    If you have specific questions or need help configuring the bike don't hesitate to contact me direct. We can do some limited parts swaps on these builds.

    Wes Branham-Account Manager Bike




    Zero to Hero!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    By pretty much every standard, the original Bronson was a rippin'€™ bike. Capable, pedaled well, and fun. But this new Bronson... It puts it'™s ancestor to shame. Lots of little tweaks and redesigns make this new bike even better.

    While not the best rider out there, this bike makes me feel like an absolute hero. I feel confident in the bike (and myself) and it allows me to get a little bit more aggressive than I would otherwise. Whether going up or down the steering is predictive and the riding posture is balanced and comfortable. The harder I push the bike, the better it feels. Through berms, rock gardens, pumping rollers, or through the air, the thing is always stable, solid, and ready to punch it.

    I used to like mountain biking and thought it was cool, but after buying this bike I literally can't get enough. I'm beating all of my uphills, all of my downhills, and have SO much more fun out there. I truly can't say enough about how incredible this bike is. It's quite the noble steed.

    If you're looking for a ~150mm trail/AM/Enduro bike, this one will make you squeal with uncontrollably giggles. Hit me up directly and I'€™ll get you in the perfect build for what you want.

    Feel free to contact me too with other question:

    - What size do I need?

    - Custom build or boxed bike?

    - What other frames are you excited about?

    Zero to Hero!