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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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All-mountain dreams.

2016's 2.0 reboot saw the Bronson get a slacker head tube angle, longer chassis measurement, and a more power-oriented seat tube tilt, which all contribute to make Santa Cruz's do-it-all rig even more competent across a huge range of terrain and gradients. For 2017, the Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike brings back all those changes for another year of trail shredding fun and gets kitted out with a complement of SRAM's groundbreaking X01 Eagle drivetrain, a dropper post, and Race Face ARC 27 hoops.

Of the build kit, the new 12-speed Eagle drivetrain is the clear highlight; however, Santa Cruz's 2.0 geometry changes remains the star of the bike as a whole. Of those 2.0 updates, arguably the most impressive alteration 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 latest VPP suspension system is an update to Santa Cruz's classic model. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," the new VPP'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, the new 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.

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.

  • An aggressive all-mountain machine with enduro leanings
  • Rides high on 150mm of VPP suspension
  • Updated geometry is slacker, lower, and longer in the front
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 fork soaks up big hits with composure
  • CC Carbon construction reduces weight and increases stiffness
  • Boost thru-axles increases stiffness and improve tracking
  • X01 Eagle drivetrain adds the ultimate bailout cog
  • Santa Cruz blends cutting-edge tech with timeless style

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3
Rear Travel:
150 mm
Fork:
Rock Shox Pike RCT3 Solo Air
Front Travel:
150 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40
Shifters:
SRAM X01 Eagle
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X01 Eagle
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
32 t SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon
Bottom Bracket:
included w/ crankset
Cassette:
10 - 50 t SRAM XG 1295
Chain:
SRAM X01 Eagle PowerLock
Brakeset:
SRAM Guide RSC
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp
Handlebar Width:
800 mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Turbine Basic, 35mm clamp
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Team
Seatpost:
[small] Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 125mm travel, [medium, large] Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 150mm travel, [x-large] Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 170mm travel
Wheelset:
Race Face ARC 27
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 110m Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.3 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
all mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Gloss Blue/Orange, M: 12910g

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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The One Bike To Rule Them All

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ok, Ok, Ok. My title may be a little divisive, but hear me out. 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)

Just Shreds

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I typically ride a 160mm bike but lately I have been spending some time on bikes a little more appropriate for the trails I ride 80% of the time that have travel in the 130mm range. I decided to split the difference and give the Bronson a try and it did not disappoint. If I was picking one bike to handle all of my resort riding, and still smash all day high altitude epics on, this is that bike.
Capable is an understatement. I have had several 160mm bikes in the last few years and have loved the level of stability they offer at speed, and the way they perform on some of the DH oriented trails we have here. I was blown away by how quickly I felt at home on the Bronson and how well it delivered, out handling bigger bikes on nastier terrain. If you are looking for something to handle nasty high speed rock gardens and feel equally at home on smooth flowing single track, something that is built like a tank but does not weigh you down like one, this is your bike.

One more thing to note, Santa Cruz is the only company I know of that offers a warranty against manufacturing defects that actually covers the entire frame. Not just the front triangle like most other "lifetime warranties" Plus, add into that the Lifetime bearing coverage that Santa Cruz offers, that is piece of mind that you cannot find anywhere else.

I am 5'6" with a rather long inseam of 32". I feel right at home on the Medium with a 50mm stem.

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson (I did get the added benefit of some ENVE M60 carbon wheels). I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.

I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:

Plowability - 8.5

Climbability - 7.5

Maneuverability - 8.5

Wheelie Rating - 9

Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.

https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike

See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!

Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas

Holy Freaking Game Changer!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Wow... I honestly have not had a new bike in over 10 years and this thing is next level. I have been out of the know on bike the bike scene for a while so I wasn't sure what to get. I put note on Facebook asking about what's hot and all my bike-nerd-friends had an opinion but the overall consensus was the Bronson suited my style. I ended up speaking with Gearhead Zach who new more about bikes than I know about my own dog... He walked me through the specs and the differences in buildouts. I didn't feel upsold just educated. I am so happy with this bike! I'll be posting some photos soon! Also it took less than a week to get my new whip! Thanks for the great info and customer service BC!

Simply the best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden a lot of different bikes over the past 6 months for my YouTube channel, but the Bronson was the only one that actually felt different and gave me more confidence on sections of trail that normally have me petrified.



I've had the bike for a few months and I've put almost 300 miles on it in Colorado, Moab and Spain. It has taken a beating and thrived. I now have DVO Suspension and Knight Composite wheels, which have been great upgrades to an already awesome bike.



Get a test ride and feel it for yourself.

Simply the best

Thanks for posting Brian! Love your work. Keep it up.

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Swiss Army Knife Of Bikes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like the title says, this is the Swiss Army Knife of bikes - its can pretty much ride anything and everything that you can throw at it. No qualms about crushing an all day epic or saddling up for some park laps. I'm 5'11" and rode a large. It fit me perfectly. I hadn't had any real experience with the original Bronson, but this rides like an absolute champ.



What I like:

-This rips anything and everything, but we'll start by talking about the climbing capabilities. It straight up feels snappy, especially for how much travel and how slack it actually is (66 degree headtube angle). A big portion of this may be the VPP3 suspension gobbling up that pedal bob, but either way its noticeably nimble underfoot. The X01 Eagle's 50t biggest cog pretty much lets you ride up a wall, seriously you can pedal up pretty much whatever. Requirements are you have to give out a big Eagle "CAWCAWWW!" whenever using that gear though.

- Absolutely traction. This may go hand in hand (or would it be pedal in pedal?) with the first point, but the combination of the Maxxis Minion DHR2's and open suspension made me feel like I constantly had traction up whatever. It climbed well enough that it would not be necessary to lock out unless on relatively smooth singletrack.

- Last time I rode a Bronson, suspension wasn't quite dialed and in all honestly, I think I didn't have the Float X spot on. The suspension here (Pike & Monarch Plus) was totally dialed and had a blast on it.

-Descending is confidence inspiring due to 150mm of travel, a long reach, and slacked out bike. The shortened chainstays allow it to get railed around berms. The bike ripped and whipped its way down and with a bit more tinkering the suspension would be perfect. For as nimble as the bike feels, it also is pretty happy pointin'er down some rowdy lines without feeling like you're even remotely out of control.

-Components as a whole on this are totally on point. Guide RSC, XO1 Eagle Drivetrain, the RockShox Pike 150mm & Monarch Plus combo is solid along with stiff 35mm Santa Cruz Bars.

-Though the Reverb is usually not my favorite dropper post (issues with needing to be rebled often & not working in colder weather come to mind), this worked great and like that its 150mm of drop. The right hand version mounted upside down the left side makes it feel much more ergonomically correct. I was a fan in this case, but still would prefer the lever style action.



What I Would Improve:

-Bump up to a 34t chainring. The 32t did fine, but a 34t allows for you to lay the hammer down a bit harder on the downhill, and with the Eagle 50t you would have plenty of room for pedaling gears uphill still.



For those riders who want to pedal efficiently up to the top in order to smash on back down some burly trails, the Bronson is here for you. It's just as happy spending all day on flowy singletrack as it is getting throw in the back of a shuttle, this ain't no one-trick-pony. If you have any questions about the Bronson, don't hesitate reaching out! I'm more than happy to talk shop with you and would be stoked to get you on a build spec'd exactly how you'd like! Reach me at 801.204.4547 or cojohnson@backcountry.com, cheers!

Swiss Army Knife Of Bikes