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Santa Cruz BicyclesBronson
Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

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Item # SNZK16A

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Description

Bronson Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

We'd like to believe the original Bronson was instrumental in swaying the preconceived notions of riders skeptical of the so-called "tweener" 27.5-inch wheel size back in 2013, seeing just how damn capable the bike was everywhere from lengthy rides in the mountains to enduro race courses and even blasting a few laps at the local bike park. So when Santa Cruz announced they completely redesigned the Bronson Carbon CC 27.5+ XO1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike with their "new" plus-sized tires, a longer, more aggressive geometry for the ever-increasing capabilities demanded by riders, and a lower-link driven shock inspired by the latest Nomad, we gladly listened and took note, seeing their expertise and foresight in designing mountain bikes far surpasses the skeptical attitudes prevalent in much of the mountain bike world.

One of the biggest changes to the third-gen Bronson lies in a longer, slacker geometry that pushes it deeper into the gravity end of the riding spectrum. However, this redesign doesn't significantly alter its all-around versatility, meaning it's still great for the rider that desires the monster truck plushness of a slack, long-travel rig while having fun on trail systems with big climbs and high-speed descents. To be specific, Santa Cruz lengthened the reach by approximately 15 millimeters per size for a more confident, comfortable feel at higher speeds, plus a one centimeter lower standover height for a better fit with shorter riders. The head tube angle drops from the previous generation's already slack 66 degrees to an even slacker 65.4 degrees in its highest setting, complete with a flip-chip that slackens it out even further to a bike park-friendly 65.1 degrees. These were numbers that you'd only see on a freeride or mini-DH bike just a few years ago, meaning you'll have tons of confidence bombing those technical descents littered with steep drop-offs and nasty rock sections.

Another significant change to the latest Bronson lies in a reconfigured VPP suspension platform. Instead of relying on upper-link driven design, the third generation Bronson enjoys the increased bump compliance and glued-to-the-trail traction you'll experience with a VPP suspension driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's inspired by the latest Nomad. This lower-link driven VPP suspension platform is something that's reserved exclusively for the Bronson, Nomad, and V10, seeing the need for increased bump compliance, better support, and higher levels of traction for all-mountain, freeride, and downhill disciplines. To best match the increased performance capabilities of this lower-link driven VPP, Santa Cruz spec'd a Super Deluxe shock for a more supple feel that tracks to the ground noticeably better and resists heating up on those scintillating descents over thousands of vertical feet.

The last major change implemented on the third-gen Bronson is the introduction of Santa Cruz's "new" plus-sized tire, which is simply adding a slightly larger 2.6-inch tire for all the benefits in traction, bump compliance, and support afforded by plus-sized rubber, but without the major downsides of running wider 2.8 and 3.0-inch tires. By redefining the usability of plus-sized tires, Santa Cruz offers levels of plow-anything confidence to the masses without the negative attributes of traditional plus-sized tires, namely being the added rotational weight on climbs, overly vague handling feel, and tendency to squirm while cornering and braking hard. If you'd like to run a true plus-sized tire, the newest version of the Bronson will gladly accept 2.8-inch tires with its flip-chip accommodating this wider rubber.

Lucky for all of us, one thing that hasn't changed is Santa Cruz's carbon frames, which is a good thing if you're after the legendary strength and unwavering stiffness of their renowned carbon layups. This particular Bronson benefits from the top-shelf Carbon CC layup, which drops weight due to using a higher-end carbon in the manufacturing process, but without sacrificing one bit of stiffness or strength. Although we don't have any definitive figures on hand, the lighter, more expensive Carbon CC saves anywhere from 250 to 280 grams from lower-spec Carbon C on many of Santa Cruz's popular models, so it's worth upgrading if you'd like a lighter build, especially seeing how the Bronson has grown in length and travel figures for this generation.

  • Santa Cruz's 6-inch travel, do-it-all trail weapon
  • Aggressive geometry is slacker and longer than before
  • Flip-chip slackens the head tube angle from 65.4° to 65.1°
  • 6in of VPP travel absorbs big hits and rugged rock gardens
  • VPP with lower-link driven air shock inspired by the Nomad
  • Carbon CC frame reduces weight while retaining stiffness
  • "New" plus-sized 2.6in tires for plow-anything confidence
  • One inch shorter seat tube for running longer dropper posts
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Tech Specs
Frame Material
Carbon CC
Suspension
VPP
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate
Rear Travel
150mm
Fork
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate
Front Travel
160mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Shifters
SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon
Chainring Sizes
32t
Crank Arm Length
[x-small] 165mm, [small] 170mm, [medium - x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket Type
English threaded (BSA)
Cassette
SRAM XG-1295 XO1 Eagle, 12-speed
Chain
SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset
SRAM Code RSC
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
Avid Centerline 180mm
Handlebar
Santa Cruz AM Carbon
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seat Collar
31.6mm
Wheelset
[rims] Race Face ARC Offset 35
Hubs
DT Swiss 350, 28h
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C Maxx Terra EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C EXO TR
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.6in
Pedals
not included
Recommended Use
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame
Geometry

150mm Travel Fork // LOW

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 XSSMLXL
14.57in14.96in15.94in16.93in18.11in
21.3in22.6in23.54in24.45in25.83in
23.07in23.43in23.82in24.17in24.69in
15.16in16.34in16.89in17.91in19.09in
27.24in27.56in28.23in28.15in28.15in
3.94in4.33in4.72in5.12in5.71in
65.165.165.165.165.1
7575757575
13.39in13.39in13.39in13.39in13.39in
0.55in0.55in0.55in0.55in0.55in
16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in
44.65in45.94in46.89in47.83in49.29in

150mm Travel Fork // HIGH

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 XSSMLXL
14.57in14.96in15.94in16.93in18.11in
21.3in22.6in23.54in24.45in25.83in
22.99in23.35in23.7in24.06in24.61in
15.31in16.5in17.17in18.07in19.25in
27.32in27.72in28.39in28.39in28.35in
3.94in4.33in4.72in5.12in5.71in
65.465.465.465.465.4
75.375.375.375.375.3
13.54in13.54in13.54in13.54in13.54in
0.39in0.39in0.39in0.39in0.39in
16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in16.93in
44.65in45.94in46.89in47.83in49.29in
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    >Rating: 5

    27.5's get it done

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    Right from the start let's get this straight, I'm going to be comparing the Bronson to my Ibis HD4. These two 27.5's crush the dowhills and work really well in the turns. The main difference in my opinion is the rear linkage. The VPP linkage for the Bronson is nice and subtle over the small bumps, but I feel when climbing it simply runs into a ledge then decides if it wants to climb up and over. The DW link on the HD4 feels like it will climb over the edges better. If you are to ride both bikes down the road and pedal over a bunch of 2x4's the Bronson will feel a bit smoother if you like to stay seated in the saddle and just smash over it. Overall this is a great ride, that you can spend the day pedaling around just keep in mind that it's more suited for pointing it down the mountain rather than up it. Version Ridden: 2019 Carbon 27.5+ R Size Large Pros: Lifetime frame warranty Crushes the downhill Sweet colors Cons: While standing in the climb it feels like it sacks out the rear end Limited aftermarket shock options Pedal efficiency climbing square edges and rocks Rider Details: 5'9"32" inseam / 172 lbs

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