Tanja Kundewrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 on April 7, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I am 5.8'' tall and bought this one in Size M. I took it out once so far, compared to my old bike (Cannondale Moto 2010) this is a huge step up!
Pros: The 27.5+ tires make it easy to get speed and roll over obstacles. It is so light that my hopping and jumping game will increase this season! The color pops! (I purchased it in blue/orange). It is a downhill bike ready for enduro rides. I pedaled uphill (in Utah!) with open suspensions and no other problems than my gears (see the con section) and breathing to get up. The bike is so light and easy to ride uphill that I almost wanted that extra challenge to stay in shape. It is handy to reach the levers on the go that stiffen the suspensions while riding and the dropper seatpost makes it easy to adjust to the terrain without ever having to step off the bike! No justifications for breaks anymore!
Cons: - Not a lot of color options to choose from (but is that sooo important?) - my gears are set off after my first day riding up and made my chain pop. (That is to be expected though after riding it with full weight for the first time) Don't have any other cons so far!
Recommendation: ahhh definitely!! I will take it out a few more times (of course) after my shoulder is healed up from our first trail bonding day and when the rain stops (preserve the trails!) and update my review with more details. =)
oh, and if you purchase the bike kit, don't forget to order pedals ;-) my smart self didn't know that they were not included in the kit!
Happy riding! =D