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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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King of enduro mountain.

After the frame, the most important element of a bike's build kit is the wheelset. Period. And no wheelset punctuates that point more effectively than the ENVE M60 Forty hoops on Santa Cruz Bicycles' Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC XT ENVE Complete Mountain Bike. The rest of the kit's not too shabby, either, with Shimano's updated XT M8000 drivetrain enjoying a great deal of trickledown from the line-topping XTR label. Build kit aside, though, we stand by the assertion that a bike's most important element is the frame, and Santa Cruz's Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC has a host of benefits recommending it as the king of Mt. Enduro. In 2016, the frame's geometry was hit with the update hammer just as hard as Shimano hit XT, and the 2017 model returns with those changes intact.

The 2.0's most impressive alteration to the old Bronson's all-mountain geometry 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 hardpack.

The Bronson 2.0's VPP suspension system represents the third update to Santa Cruz's classic design. 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, 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 all-mountain bike built for climbing speed and enduro abandon
  • Six inches of third generation VPP suspension
  • Longer, slacker geometry handles bigger lines
  • Carbon CC construction is unrivaled in the off-road industry
  • ENVE carbon hoops complement the frame's low weight and stiffness
  • Shimano drivetrain is equal parts race-ready and abuse-hungry
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles is always in pursuit of the next step in frame evolution

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
RockShox Monarch Plus RC3
Rear Travel:
150 mm
Fork:
RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air
Front Travel:
150 mm
Headset:
1-1/8 - 1-1/2 in Cane Creek 40
Shifters:
Shimano XT M8000
Front Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8020 Side Swing
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8000 GS
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
24 / 34 t Race Face Turbine SL
Bottom Bracket:
English threaded
Cassette:
11 - 40 t Shimano XT M8000
Chain:
Shimano SLX M7000
Brakeset:
Shimano XT M8000
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 mm Shimano RT86 Ice Tech
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz Carbon
Handlebar Width:
800 mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Turbine Basic
Saddle:
WTB Silverado Team
Seatpost:
[size Small] RockShox Reverb Stealth 125mm, [sizes Medium - Large] RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm, [size X-Large] RockShox Reverb Stealth 170mm
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Wheelset:
[rims] ENVE M60 Forty
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm 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:
Matte Black/Blue, M: 13390g

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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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)

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 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