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  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Crank
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 Suspension
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  • Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 3/4 Back
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Santa Cruz BicyclesBronson 2.0 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

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The star of all-mountain action.

Like the '70s action star of the same name, the Santa Cruz Bronson 2.0 R Complete Mountain Bike steals the show with its stoic demeanor and unflappable composure, only instead of defeating bad guys, it demolishes aggressive alpine terrain peppered with sharp rocks and sheer drops. Packing 150 millimeters of VPP suspension, the Bronson 2.0 offers a greater margin for error on steep, demanding trails where its smaller 5010 sibling would be pushed beyond its capabilities. However, instead of being relegated to lift-accessed downhills and shuttle runs like many of its longer travel counterparts, the Bronson 2.0 pedals efficiently without wandering excessively on climbs where you'd normally struggle on a bike of this breed.

This particular version benefits from Santa Cruz's aluminum frame for dependable strength and commendable stiffness, and at a price that's hard to resist for those of us without stacked bank accounts. Its geometry stays consistent with the 2.0's update towards the longer, slacker, and lower side of the all-mountain spectrum, meaning you'll feel confident opening it up on steep descents where you approach high speeds. In fact, the Bronson 2.0 sports a 66-degree head tube angle for downhill composure without sacrificing much in the way of climbing prowess. Besides being more composed at high speeds, the redesign increased the reach for a roomier overall cockpit that's more comfortable. To balance out the longer front end, the chainstays are slammed at a mere 17 inches to ensure nimble handling around tight corners and sweeping berms. Furthermore, the 74-degree seat tube angle places you in an optimal pedaling position, so you don't sacrifice power while climbing.

The big story with the Bronson 2.0 is the VPP suspension, which features Santa Cruz's upper box-style link inspired by the previous generation Nomad. This upper link connects to the top tube, which creates a stiffer overall design with greater stand-over clearance for short riders. The lower link is neatly situated above the bottom bracket, tucked away from damaging rock strikes and flinging trail debris. These changes extend to the suspension's feel and performance, which is easier to initiate at the top of its stroke for small-bump sensitivity. It's also more linear throughout the mid-stroke, meaning it feels consistent tracking over trail imperfections and rocks. As always with VPP, you'll find it ramps up considerably at the end-stroke to prevent it from bottoming out on bigger hits or feeling overly harsh on steep descents.

This particular R kit offers a considerable value with the SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain providing crisp, reliable shifts without the need for a pesky front derailleur. The Fox Rhythm 34 fork handles bigger, aggressive terrain admirably with its stiff 34-millimeter chassis and 150 millimeters of plush travel. It's finished off with a Fox Float Performance DPS shock with an EVOL air sleeve for increased sensitivity and traction over small bumps.

Please note, because the alloy version of the Bronson uses an integrated headset, the headtube measurement is 10 millimeters longer than what's indicated on the geometry chart, as to match the same headtube measurement as the carbon frame with its external lower cup and internal upper cup installed. Other than this headtube measurement, everything indicated on the geometry chart is accurate.

  • Santa Cruz's all-mountain masterpiece
  • Aggressive geometry is slacker, longer, and lower
  • Aluminum frame for dependable strength at affordable price
  • Responsive VPP suspension with 150mm of plush travel
  • SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain offers wide range of usable gears
  • Fox Rhythm 34 fork performs admirably with its stiff chassis
  • Fox Float Performance DPS shock with Open, Medium, and Firm modes
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Frame Material
Rear Shock
Fox Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel
Fox Rhythm 34
Front Travel
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
SRAM NX, 11-speed
Front Derailleur
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Long Cage
Race Face Aeffect (32t)
Bottom Bracket
BSA threaded
SRAM XG1150 CS, 10 - 42t
SRAM Level T
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Avid Centerline, 180mm
Race Face Aeffect R, 35mm
Handlebar Rise
Handlebar Width
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Race Face Ride
Stem Length
WTB Volt Race
Race Face Aeffect
Seatpost Diameter
WTB ST i25 TCS 27.5in
[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D462
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR2 EXO TR
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.3in
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame

Santa Cruz Bicycles

Bronson 2.0

Seat Tube

Effective Top Tube



Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height

Bottom Bracket Drop


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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Don’t bother when using active junky

    I typically don’t write reviews on products. And this one doesn’t go towards the Santa Cruz bike, because it’s perfect, it’s actually for backcountry in general. I use active junky on a regular basis and found out today the hard way that backcountry has a habit of going back and taking the active junky rewards away. They have done it twice now on both of my recent orders. They said I spoke to a gear head and got some kind of promotional discount from them which ever occurred. I actually only purchased the bike due to getting the active junky discount after shopping around the two bike stores in my small local home town. Wish I would have paid more and got it local rather than through a chain due to the bad business practices. That fine though, won’t ever spend another dollar with backcountry.

    Fun Fun Fun

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    What a Do It All Machine. I bout this bike because I wanted to do it all. I was skeptical because true trail riders said this bike wouldn't cut it for long rides and on the other hand true downhill riders said it wouldn't descend well. After countless rides this bikes really does it all. Iv ridden farther than I ever could imagine, my longest ride being 25 miles and the bike rolled great start to finish.

    Great All Mountain Machine

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have been riding this bike for the past 2 weeks and have been very pleased with it's performance.

    This bike has proven itself to be a strong climber, regardless of it's size and generous frame travel. Where is really shines, though, is on the downhill. It seems that you just need to point this thing downhill and it will go.