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Carbon CC 27.5+ XTR Reserve Mountain Bike

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Bronson Carbon CC 27.5+ XTR Reserve Complete Mountain Bike

We've long been fans of the Santa Cruz Bronson as it always felt like the right amount of bike for a mix of challenging terrain and flowy singletrack. It's more enjoyable to pedal than it's big brother the Nomad, but handles steep descents with better composure than the shorter travel 5010—truly hitting that sweet spot in all-mountain versatility. When we got word of a complete redesign, we were a bit apprehensive at first thinking it might take away from the bike's amazing versatility. But after spending some time on the bike, the third-generation Bronson already has us and critics giving Santa Cruz a nod of approval for revisions that ultimately make it a better bike than ever before, with absolutely nothing being lost to the previous model. Plus, this Bronson Carbon CC 27.5+ XTR Reserve Complete Mountain Bike comes with Shimano's highly-anticipated 12-speed XTR group, as well as Santa Cruz's Reserve 37 carbon wheels that are guaranteed for life—providing an unbeatable setup to rip the trails season after season.

The most noticeable change to the latest Bronson is the 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, a design 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.

Another big change is the move to longer, slacker geometry that pushes the Bronson 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 still having fun on trail systems with big climbs and flowy 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 for riders with shorter inseams. The longer reach is balanced with a steeper 75-degree seat tube angle to give the rider a more efficient position for pedaling and climbing. 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.

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 the geometry flip-chip in the High position.

  • Santa Cruz's esteemed all-mountain bike is better than ever
  • Lower-link driven shock improves bump compliance and support
  • Longer and slacker geometry for better footing on gravity trails
  • 6in of VPP travel smooths out jumps, drops, and rock gardens
  • Flip-chip slackens the head tube angle from 65.4° to 65.1°
  • Carbon CC frame reduces weight without sacrificing stiffness
  • 12-speed XTR group for uncompromising performance and low weight
  • Reserve 37 Carbon Wheels for precise handling and strength

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Tech Specs
Frame Material
Carbon CC
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe RCT
Rear Travel
Fox 36 Float Factory
Front Travel
Cane Creek 110 IS Integrated
Shimano XTR M9100 SL (12-speed), I-Spec
Front Derailleur
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XTR M9100 SGS (12-speed)
Shimano XTR M9120
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
[x-small - small] 170mm, [medium - x-large] 175mm
Shimano XTR (12-speed)
Cassette Range
10 - 51t
Shimano XTR (12-speed), quick link
Shimano XTR M9120
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
203mm Shimano XTR Ice Tech Rotors, centerlock
SCB AM Carbon
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Race Face Turbine R
Stem Length
WTB Silverado Team
RockShox Reverb Stealth, discrete lever
Santa Cruz Reserve 37 Carbon
DT Swiss 240
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C Terra EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C EXO TR
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.6in
not included
Recommended Use
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame

150mm Travel Fork // LOW


150mm Travel Fork // HIGH

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    >Rating: 5

    27.5's get it done

    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

    >Rating: 5

    Confidence Builder

    I've put it through the wringer

    We all know the Bronson is one of Santa Cruz's most utilitarian trail bike offered and to me, this bike is worth every dollar. With the reserve, you get carbon wheels as well, one of the heaviest components of the bike. I had a trial by fire with this one. The maiden voyage was Moab and couldn't have had a better weapon for the job. I felt like I practically closed my eyes and hoped for the best most of the time, but this handled anything I threw at it like a champ. If you have a chance to try this bike... please do. You'll thank me.