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Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017


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    6 Reviews


    Evolve or perish.

    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
    • Item #SNZ00AD

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    Carbon C
    Rear Shock
    RockShox Monarch RT
    Rear Travel
    150 mm
    FOX Rhythm
    Front Travel
    150 mm
    Cane Creek 10 ZS
    SRAM NX 11-speed
    Front Derailleur
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM NX 11-speed
    ISCG Tabs
    yes, ISCG 05
    32 t Race Face Aeffect AL
    Bottom Bracket
    73mm BSA threaded
    Crank Arm Length
    [Small] 170 mm, [Medium- X-Large] 175 mm
    10 - 42 t SRAM XG-1150
    SRAM PC-1110
    SRAM Level T
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    180 / 180 mm SRAM Centerline
    Race Face Chester
    Handlebar Width
    785 mm
    Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
    Race Face Ride 35
    WTB Volt Race
    Race Face Ride
    Seatpost Diameter
    31.6 mm
    [rims] WTB STP i23
    [front hub] Novatec D711, [rear hub] Novatec D712
    Front Axle
    15 x 110mm Boost
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148mm Boost
    [front tire] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, [rear tire] Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR
    Tire Size
    27.5 x 2.3 in
    not included
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain, enduro
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

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    Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I recently had the opportunity to help organize a trip to Santa Cruz headquarters highlighted by a factory tour and group ride with some of my best customers in Northern California. We had access to the whole Santa Cruz demo fleet and I decided to try out the Bronson (I did get the added benefit of the lightweight Carbon CC frame, ENVE M60 carbon wheels and Eagle 1x12 drivetrain). I recently bought a Hightower 27.5+ and wanted to have a nostalgic ride on some traditional 27.5" tires (somehow 2.3" is now considered skinny! Haha). I rode the Bronson a couple of times out in Utah last year but after riding the forest trails of UCSC with the Santa Cruz crew I totally understand why this bike shines as arguably the best all-mountain whip on the market. The revamped VPP pedaling platform cruises uphill and the 150 mm of cush upfront crushes everything in your path on the decent. The Santa Cruz trails were a bit overgrown with poison oak and I even had a run in with the endangered NorCal Gorilla (pretty funny story!) but the Bronson lived up to its "Dream Bike" reputation.

    I have been working on a modified rating system for all the bikes I have tested and here is my breakdown for the Bronson:

    Plowability - 8.5

    Climbability - 7.5

    Maneuverability - 8.5

    Wheelie Rating - 9

    Closest Competitors: Yeti SB6, Ibis Mojo HD3

    Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Bronson or any other Santa Cruz bikes. It is pretty amazing that you can get a full suspension, carbon bike for this $3600 price! If you are interested, I would be glad to help you build your next dream bike from the frame up. Also check out my article on "How to Choose a Mountain Bike" for additional info.

    See you out on the dirt and watch out for poison oak!

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - 801-736-4337

    Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas

    A huge Step Up!

    • 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

    A huge Step Up!

    thanks Tanja!!! I am 5'6 and currently ride a carbon specialized epic. Had a gnarly crash after not landing a jump and I am thinking that a bike with more suspension and wider tires might be in my future. Do you think that the wider tires are safer on the trails and offer more stability when landing off of jumps? I'm also wondering - i'm you think a Medium would be too big?

    confidence inspiring but heavy.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    just bought the R1 build in January. bought it for technical descents and maybe some downhill riding. I have done some rocky descents with medium drops on it and it does inspire confidence. the problem with descents is the ascending you have to do to get there. longer climbs like the ones in Pisgah National Forrest , NC are a grind. This build made me feel every ounce of this bike. While technically not a problem of the bike , if you want a sub 30 lb bike you need to spend a lot more than the 3,600 dollars. I only wish I had an idea for the actual bike weight before I purchased this bike. for medium climbs this bike does what it is supposed to do. the 3 stars is really just for this build. The higher end build of this bike should be much better.

    In Love

    • 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.
    Please hit me up if you have any questions or need anything at all. Happy to help out:)
    Bill Sherman
    Customer Account Manager-Bike
    Office: 801-204-4545


    • 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

    What is the weight difference between santacruz bronson 2.0 carbon VS. a bronson aluminum frame? What is the typical weight of a complete santacruz bronson 2.0 carbon R1 bike? Thanks!!!