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  • Santa Cruz Bicycles 2.1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles 2.1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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Santa Cruz BicyclesBronson
2.1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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No excuses.

With all the excitement surrounding the new Nomad and Hightower LT geometries, some riders may be excused for overlooking the Bronson 2.1 Carbon XE Complete Mountain Bike. But not by us. From Trans Provence to The Ridge, the Bronson has proven repeatedly that it's one of the most capable steeds in the all-mountain category, and the latest generation pushes the envelope a bit farther in all the areas that first made us fall in love with the Bronson. It's longer, slacker, and has a bit more travel than its predecessor, so there are even fewer excuses now for overlooking it.

A large part of the winning formula is, of course, the Bronson’s 6in of VPP suspension. As with all VPP bikes, the Bronson’s counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it’s tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. It’s a balance that Santa Cruz has mastered, allowing for the requisite efficiency for all-day rides, while still taking advantage of sufficient travel to tackle the hardest trails you could possibly hope to find.

When comparing the Bronson’s geometry to some of its noteworthy competitors, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Bronson appears conservative on paper. But again, not by us. As is the case with much of Santa Cruz’s lineup, the goal with the Bronson is excellence, not extremity. The 66-degree head angle provides the necessary stability for charging full-bore into enduro race stages, while remaining quick enough to change direction to be forgiving should you mistakenly find yourself on a poorly-chosen line. At 17 inches, the chainstays strike a nice balance between being short enough to turn quickly, and long enough to maintain weight on the front wheel, especially when hanging off the back in steep chutes. At 13.4 inches, its bottom bracket height is plenty low to remain planted in huge berms and off camber corners, but it’s just high enough to minimize the risk of pedal strikes. While there are other bikes that are longer, slacker, and lower, the Bronson is all about balance, a trait that it has by the truckload. And the upshot is that the Bronson delivers just about anywhere you take it.

In the end, the Bronson is still a Santa Cruz, so it features the same carbon construction that's ruined our tastes by giving us unrealistic expectations for how carbon should feel. The frame's two carbon triangles are built as whole pieces rather than glued together from disparate bits, a method that saves weight and increases structural integrity by allowing Santa Cruz to wrap carbon continuously through and around key junctures. This process reinforces the frame with less material while eliminating the artificial stress points that result from bonded construction methods. Finally, the carbon is also compacted from the inside and the outside for a more even finish that avoids any structural defects, excess material build-up, and resin pooling for—you guessed it—even more weight savings.

  • An aggressive enduro bike for big lines and big ambitions
  • 6in of climb-happy, enduro-tuned VPP suspension
  • Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction
  • 74-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
  • Carbon construction drops grams and bumps up stiffness
  • Shimano's XT and SLX prove their meddle with on-trail durability
Tech SpecsGeometryWeight
Tech Specs
Frame Material
carbon fiber
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
FOX Float Performance Elite DPX
Rear Travel
150mm
Fork
FOX 36 Float Performance Elite
Front Travel
150mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40
Shifters
Shimano XT M8000
Front Derailleur
n/a
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT M8000
ISCG Tabs
ISCG 05
Crankset
30t Race Face Turbine
Bottom Bracket
BSA threaded
Cassette
9 - 46t E13 TRS Race
Chain
Shimano SLX M7000
Brakeset
Shimano XT M8000
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
180mm Shimano Ice Tech RT86
Handlebar
Santa Cruz AM Carbon
Handlebar Width
800mm
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R
Stem Length
50mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Pro
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seatpost Diameter
31.6mm
Wheelset
[rims] Race Face AR 27
Hubs
Novatec D641/642
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
Maxxis Minion
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.3in
Pedals
not included
Recommended Use
enduro
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame
Geometry
 
SMLXL
a Seat Tube
15.5in16.5in18.1in19.5in
b Effective Top Tube
22.5in23.4in24.3in25.6in
c Stack
23.1in23.4in23.8in24.2in
d Reach
16in16.7in17.5in18.7in
e Stand Over
28.6in28.8in28.9in29.4in
f Head Tube
3.5in3.9in4.3in4.7in
g Head Tube Angle
66o66o66o66o
h Seat Tube Angle
74o74o74o74o
i Bottom Bracket Height
13.4in13.4in13.4in13.4in
j Bottom Bracket Drop
    
k Chainstay
17in17in17in17in
l Wheelbase
44.9in45.8in46.8in48.1in
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Weight

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Grams

Oz

L
13630g
480.78oz
M
n/a
n/a

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