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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Alloy Frame - 2017

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Affordable all-mountain versatility.

While 2016's 2.0 reboot made the Bronson leaner, meaner, and even more capable than its 1.0 predecessor, those of us with less than unlimited finances were still left to dream of a day when we could afford to add one of those beautiful machines to our stable. Fortunately, Santa Cruz marks 2017 with the release of the Bronson 2.0 Alloy Frame, which features that same much-loved geometry found in its high-cost carbon fiber kin and a much more attainable price point that looks to see even more Bronsons headed to the dirt.

Of the 2.0 updates, arguably 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.

Compared to the 1.0 version, the Bronson 2.0's seat tube gets steeper by almost a full degree for better positioning over the cranks. The revised geometry keeps you on top of the pedal stroke, and relocated links allow for a shorter chainstay, which makes for more efficient power transfer. The back end is further stiffened with the 12 x 148mm Boost 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 configuration helps the Bronson 2.0 pop over cruxes and maintain speed across hard pack.

The VPP suspension system represents the latest update to Santa Cruz's classic VPP. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," the new curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc. The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP 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.

Despite the expansive list of changes and new frame material, most of the impeccable details that we've come to associate with the clean lines and understated aesthetics of Santa Cruz frames carry over, including down tube and chainstay protectors and a 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell. In comparison to its carbon counterparts, the aluminum Bronson 2.0 ditches ISCG tabs and features an integrated headset, which helps reduce overall weight and minimize the difference between materials.

  • Hard-charging all-mountain machine with 150mm of VPP suspension
  • Aluminum construction lowers the price tag
  • Updated geometry is slacker, lower, and longer in the front
  • Boost thru-axle increases stiffness and improves tracking
  • Santa Cruz blends cutting-edge tech with timeless style

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aluminum
Suspension:
VPP
Wheel Size:
27.5 in
Rear Shock:
Rock Shox Monarch RT
Rear Travel:
150 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/8 - 1-1/2in mixed tapered
Bottom Bracket Type:
73mm threaded
ISCG Tabs:
no
Cable Routing:
internal
Front Derailleur Mount:
direct-mount
Brake Type:
disc
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime
Actual Weight:
Matte Black/Blue, M: 3540g

sizing chart

Bronson size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart

 

Bronson 2.0
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
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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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had the opportunity to ride many bikes recently, and this is my favorite. I generally ride pretty aggressive trails, and I usually end up pedaling to my descents. I like to have 2 bikes, one bigger for Park and DH shuttling days, and a smaller one for trails that are still aggressive, but where long travel isn't a necessity. This bike hits the perfect middle spot between those two. If I had to have one bike to ride all the time, this would be it.

This bike climbs better than its number suggest. Its not as good as a short travel bike like the 5010 or Tallboy, and not as well as bikes in its category like the SB6, but better than pretty much anything else in its class.

This bike is also super fun. I am not a racer, I like to think I am pretty fast, but I ride to have a good time, and this bike makes that happen. While the SB6 is a true Enduro race rig, this bike pops and jumps and gets sideways much easier. I would even say that it is more playful than the shorter travel Hightower, which feels more like the hard charging Enduro bike (and Santa Cruz actually uses the Hightower for their enduro factory racers, not the Bronson). It descends very well, and I haven't ever felt like I have pushed it beyond its limits, even on the most technical tracks at the resorts around here.

If you are an aggressive rider looking for a bike that's just plain fun, this is the bike. You might not be faster, but your grin will certainly be bigger.

If you have any questions about this or any other mountain bikes or gear, shoot me an email at btanner@backcountry.com or call me at 801-746-7608 (EXT 4589)

Hi,
Just wanna ask if do you ship bike frame over to Philippines?

Hey Roniel - We cannot ship Santa Cruz products outside of the U.S. per our contract with them. Your best bet would be to send the bike to someone you know in the U.S. and they can forward it on to you in the Philippines. Feel free to contact me directly to set it up or with any additional questions.

- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead