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Continuously refined for all-mountain mastery, the 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain bike competently charges down technical trails with menacing rocks and no-fall lines. However, instead of being relegated to lift-accessed downhills and shuttle runs like many of its longer-travel brethren, the Bronson easily powers itself up steep hillsides with a well-balanced geometry taking cues from the Nomad. Realizing this, it's really no surprise to see the Bronson 2.0 excelling at enduro events where downhill confidence is of utmost importance, yet uphill efficiency is certainly meaningful.
This particular version sports Santa Cruz's C-level carbon for an exceptionally stiff bike with snappy acceleration and efficient climbing prowess. The 2017 Bronson 2.0 retains a 66 degree head tube angle, roomy cockpit, and short chainstays for conquering descents and railing around berms. 150mm of VPP3 suspension soaks up the biggest, baddest hits without wallowing under acceleration needed for quick uphill bursts and out-of-saddle sprints. The 74-degree seat tube angle lends a well-balanced feel for long climbs by efficiently placing power to the pedals. New for 2017, the addition of a 110mm Boost thru-axle reinforces the front wheel for improved tracking across rock gardens and root-latticed singletrack.
The big story with the Bronson 2.0 is the revised VPP3 suspension, which features a stiffer box-section upper link and cleanly tucked away lower link that prevents damaging rock strikes. This revised suspension platform benefits from increased small-bump sensitivity for better traction over roots and rocks. Mid-stroke progressiveness is enhanced, preventing you from unnecessarily blowing through travel. And to ensure longevity, double-sealed pivots prevent dirt and trail debris from compromising the suspension.
This well-equipped R1 kit includes reliable components that keep you riding confidently with minimal hassle. Overhauling the front fork, Santa Cruz includes FOX's Rhythm 150mm fork with micro-adjustability between Open, Medium, and Firm settings. Another new addition, the R1 kit ditches the previous Shimano 2x drivetrain for SRAM's NX 1x11 drivetrain. This 1x11 drivetrain offers a wide range of usable gears without a pesky front derailleur to worry about. Rounding out this package, the WTB STP i23 wheelset is tubeless-ready for optimal traction and bump compliance across rugged trails.
- All-mountain masterpiece is composed across demanding terrain
- 150mm of VPP3 suspension for descending and climbing prowess
- Aggressive geometry is slack, with ample cockpit room
- C-level carbon frame offers uncompromising stiffness
- Fox Rhythm 150mm fork smooths out unruly stretches of trail
- SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain provides a wide range of usable gears
- Santa Cruz crafts bikes on the forefront of technology and style
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Backstory, I haven't had a new bike since around 2005, so I was definitely due for an upgrade. With all the new tech in the bike world and so may different options it is super hard to make a decision. I started riding as many bikes as I could to figure out what I liked. Unfortunately I liked EVERYTHING! Pretty much all new bikes out there ride awesome so it is all about figuring out exactly what you want and where you'll be riding.
I ended up on the Bronson because I wanted something that could still climb with confidence, but crush the downhill. This bike really does it all. For it being a longer travel trail/enduro style bike it climbs really well. I was down to this or the Yeti SB5 and landed on this because I felt its ability to descend like a monster outweighed the slight climbing edge the SB5 has.
I was able to get some good milage done on this before winter hit and can't wait for more!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
There is a reason may of us here at Competitive Cyclist have, or have had, the Bronson. It kicks ass. It is arguably the best all-around mountain bike on the market. It climbs without hesitation and it descends like it’s on rails. Honestly I have climbed faster on this than on XC bikes, which speaks volume to the VPP suspension design. I always though a slacker head tube and bigger tires meant slower climbing, well, that isn’t the case anymore.
The frame does have a better stand over height over years past since they moved the shock link from the top tube to the seat tube. Speaking of the seat tube, that weird looking tab…that is intended for the front derailleur and I hope next year it goes away, it really doesn’t do any favors for me, and I really want to take a saw to it. Does anyone run 2X anymore anyways?…tisk tisk. Having a boost bike is definitely the way to go moving forward due to the industry. That said, I’m no Tony Gwinn so I really didn’t feel a difference from boost to non-boost, but whatever, you can tell all your friends how much stiffer it is in the rear because it’s boost bike brah.
The frame does fit 2.4’s which should be standard but I have to mention it. I’m 5’10” saddle height 71.5cm and it fits perfect – weighed 28lbs give or take a few grams of mud and things.
Please hit me up if you have any questions or need anything at all. Happy to help out:)
Customer Account Manager-Bike
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had the chance to own this bike at the first of the year. the new VPP v3 is out standing! Very active in the middle portion of the stroke with a great pedaling platform. If you are looking for a long travel do everything bike, look no further. Pedals very efficiently and handles the gnarly rock gardens and square edge bumps as well.
Feel free to contact me with any question
Dan Dalton- Bike
801.736.6396 ext 4316