Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC Frame - 2017

Prodigious.

Not content resting on its all-mountain notoriety, the 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC Frame benefits from continuous design updates for charging precipitously steep trails and no-fall lines. The changes for 2017 are limited to new colorways and build kits, but the latest Bronson still benefits from the recently revised 2.0 geometry.

The Bronson 2.0 Implements design cues from the Nomad including a slack, 66-degree head tube angle, lower bottom bracket, and longer reach for improved stability at speed and low-slung, short-stem handling. Realizing this, it's no surprise that the Bronson 2.0 excels at grueling enduro races where uphill efficiency and downhill comfort are equally important. Carried over from 2016, the 148mm Boost thru-axle significantly stiffens the rear wheel for precise tracking across rough terrain.

Featuring Santa Cruz's premium CC-level carbon, the Bronson 2.0 Carbon CC Frame saves approximately 280 grams from base C-level carbon for rocket-like acceleration out of corners and maximum efficiency when you're climbing for thousands of vertical feet. It's just as strong and stiff as the heavier C-level carbon, offering peace of mind for riders thrashing their bike on a regular basis. 150mm of VPP3 suspension soaks up the biggest, baddest hits without wallowing under acceleration on quick uphill bursts or out-of-saddle sprints, and the 74-degree seat tube angle places you in an optimal position for cranking away on long uphills and smooth sections.

One of the biggest updates to the latest-generation Bronson 2.0, the revised VPP suspension features a stiffer box-section upper link and cleanly tucked away lower link that helps prevent damage from rock strikes. This revised suspension platform benefits from increased small-bump compliance for better traction across root-latticed or rock-laden trails. Mid-stroke progressiveness is also enhanced, preventing you from blowing through excess travel. Included with this frame is a Rock Shox Monarch Plus RT3 shock for supple traction and rapid recovery between successive hits when you're plunging into formidable descents.

  • An all-mountain masterpiece that tames treacherous trails
  • 150mm of VPP suspension for plush descending
  • Aggressive geometry is slack with ample cockpit room
  • CC-level carbon frame is ultra-stiff and lightweight
  • RockShox Monarch Plus RT3 shock absorbs bigger hits
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles remains the leader in sexy enduro tech
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Solid review from Bikerumor


    "Like many of the current super bikes in the trail/AM segment, the Bronson really does check a lot of the boxes to be the one bike in your quiver. Obviously, there will be situations on either side of the spectrum that you’ll be over or under gunned, but I was repeatedly reminded that almost regardless of the ride, this bike could hack it. Grind it out on an hours long climb, get to the top, drop the post and get ready to send it. Up or down – the Bronson was easy to love."

    https://www.bikerumor.com/2017/11/17/long-term-review-four-seasons-with-the-santa-cruz-bronson/

    One Bike to Rule Them All

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Ok, Ok, Ok. My title may be a little divisive, but hear me out. I have had the opportunity to ride many bikes recently, and this is my favorite. I generally ride pretty aggressive trails, and I usually end up pedaling to my descents. I like to have 2 bikes, one bigger for Park and DH shuttling days, and a smaller one for trails that are still aggressive, but where long travel isn't a necessity. This bike hits the perfect middle spot between those two. If I had to have one bike to ride all the time, this would be it.

    This bike climbs better than its number suggest. Its not as good as a short travel bike like the 5010 or Tallboy, and not as well as bikes in its category like the SB6, but better than pretty much anything else in its class.

    This bike is also super fun. I am not a racer, I like to think I am pretty fast, but I ride to have a good time, and this bike makes that happen. While the SB6 is a true Enduro race rig, this bike pops and jumps and gets sideways much easier. I would even say that it is more playful than the shorter travel Hightower, which feels more like the hard charging Enduro bike (and Santa Cruz actually uses the Hightower for their enduro factory racers, not the Bronson). It descends very well, and I haven't ever felt like I have pushed it beyond its limits, even on the most technical tracks at the resorts around here.

    If you are an aggressive rider looking for a bike that's just plain fun, this is the bike. You might not be faster, but your grin will certainly be bigger.

    If you have any questions about this or any other mountain bikes or gear, shoot me an email at btanner@backcountry.com or call me at 801-746-7608 (EXT 4589)

    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 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. 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.

    https://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-a-mountain-bike

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

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

    Watch Out For Poison Oak & Gorillas

    Bronson 2.0 Fox Float X

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I got my Bronson 2.0 but with a FOX float X rear shox. Got the frame a custom build. I worked with John McKone, 5 stars is not enough, should be 10 stars. I can't give enough praise to him on his knowledge and 10 star service he has given me. Just outstanding service!!! I will do a follow up with a performance review of the bike but wanted to start with a 10 star service with John on all he has done for me. I highly recommend Competivecyclists for all your cycle needs!

    Highlights of the build
    2017 fox float 36mm / 160mm
    XT drive train
    Race Face (Turbine crank, 32t ring, carbon sixc bar)
    Maxxis minion dhr 2.3,and dhf 2.5 tires
    I9 enduro S wheels
    Fox transfer 150mm dropper
    Wtb pro saddle
    CK HS

    Rear shock setup for this bike.

    Rear shock setup for this bike.

    Sweet Ride

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love this bike. Just a really comfortable ripper.

    Perfect amount of suspension for climbing, pumping, downhilling. I could ride it forever

    Give me a ring with any questions. It's my job!
    801-204-4658

    Swiss Army Knife Of Bikes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Like the title says, this is the Swiss Army Knife of bikes - its can pretty much ride anything and everything that you can throw at it. No qualms about crushing an all day epic or saddling up for some park laps. If you're looking to snag the frame only, guessing you're wanting to build up a custom bike - hit me up if you have any questions on it or would like help selecting other components!







    I'm 5'11" and rode a large. It fit me perfectly. I hadn't had any real experience with the original Bronson, but this rides like an absolute champ. I rode the Eagle X01 version with Enve wheels for a frame of reference on this review.



    What I like:

    -This rips anything and everything, but we'll start by talking about the climbing capabilities. It straight up feels snappy, especially for how much travel and how slack it actually is (66 degree headtube angle). A big portion of this may be the VPP3 suspension gobbling up that pedal bob, but either way its noticeably nimble underfoot. The X01 Eagle's 50t biggest cog pretty much lets you ride up a wall, seriously you can pedal up pretty much whatever. Requirements are you have to give out a big Eagle "CAWCAWWW!" whenever using that gear though.

    - Absolutely traction. This may go hand in hand (or would it be pedal in pedal?) with the first point, but the combination of the Maxxis Minion DHR2's and open suspension made me feel like I constantly had traction up whatever. It climbed well enough that it would not be necessary to lock out unless on relatively smooth singletrack.

    - Last time I rode a Bronson, suspension wasn't quite dialed and in all honestly, I think I didn't have the Float X spot on. The suspension here (Pike & Monarch Plus) was totally dialed and had a blast on it.

    -Descending is confidence inspiring due to 150mm of travel, a long reach, and slacked out bike. The shortened chainstays allow it to get railed around berms. The bike ripped and whipped its way down and with a bit more tinkering the suspension would be perfect. For as nimble as the bike feels, it also is pretty happy pointin'er down some rowdy lines without feeling like you're even remotely out of control.



    For those riders who want to pedal efficiently up to the top in order to smash on back down some burly trails, the Bronson is here for you. It's just as happy spending all day on flowy singletrack as it is getting throw in the back of a shuttle, this ain't no one-trick-pony. If you have any questions about the Bronson, don't hesitate reaching out! I'm more than happy to talk shop with you and would be stoked to get you on a build spec'd exactly how you'd like! Reach me at 801.204.4547 or cojohnson@backcountry.com, cheers!

    Swiss Army Knife Of Bikes