Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 $6,199.00
Santa Cruz's 2017 Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike pairs top-tier CC carbon construction with Shimano's XT double drivetrain and boasts the slacker, longer, and effortlessly versatile geometry updates first seen with 2016's 2.0 release. Of those updates, arguably the most impressive alteration to the old Bronson's all-mountain pedigree is the head tube, which slacks out from 67 to 66 degrees. This change is complemented by an increase in top tube length, a lower bottom bracket, and a raised lower link, which all combine to allow for strike-free, point-and-click confidence while traversing lines and dropping steps that would make even the previous Bronson hesitate.
Compared to the 1.0 version, the Bronson 2.0's seat tube also changed, getting 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 Bronson 2.0 also has the latest VPP suspension system represents the latest update to Santa Cruz's classic VPP. 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 Bronson 2.0 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.
- Aggressive all-mountain machine with 150mm of VPP3 suspension
- Updated geometry is slacker, lower, and longer
- CC Carbon construction reduces weight and increases stiffness
- Boost axles further increase stiffness and improve tracking
- RockShox Pike RCT3 fork soaks up big hits
- Shimano's XT drivetrain provides a wide range of gears
- Santa Cruz blends industry-leading tech with timeless style
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Reviews & Community
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 email@example.com or call me at 801-746-7608 (EXT 4589)
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 and Eagle 1x12 drivetrain). 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.
See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
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Rear shock setup for this bike.
Rear shock setup for this bike.