Santa Cruz Bronson 2.0 Carbon XT 2017
When we introduced Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike. Equally at home in the Trans-Provence as it was on The Ridge, updating and improving it was going to be no small feat.
The most visible upgrade is the completely new VPP® link arrangement. The lower link tucks neatly above the bottom bracket, fully-recessed and protected from impacts. Meanwhile the box-section upper link now mounts cleanly to the top-tube and enhances lateral stiffness as a result. Shock rate’s been refined in the process too, delivering greater small bump sensitivity and a more progressive mid-stroke.
Geometry has also evolved subtly to meet demand from riders for a bike of this ilk. The seat tube angle’s been steepened, placing the rider right above the cranks and perfectly in position to lay down the power. Meanwhile a one-degree slacker 66 degree head tube angle combines with a 20-25mm longer top tube and shorter chainstay length to create an evermore rally-ready geometry than its predecessor.
This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
Frame Material Carbon CC
Fork Rock Shox Pike RCT3 150 Solo Air
Shock Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3
Front Dérailleur Shimano XT M8020 Side Swing
Rear Dérailleur Shimano XT M8000 GS
Shifters Shimano XT M8000 SL
Chainring Size 24/34 tooth
Crankset Race Face Turbine SL
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Cassette Shimano XT M8000, 11-40t
Chain Shimano SLX M7000
Brakes Shimano XT M8000
Brake Rotors Shimano RT86 Ice Tech; 180mm
Headset Cane Creek 40
Bars Santa Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp
Stem Raceface Turbine Basic 35mm clamp
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub DT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque Cap DT Swiss 350 110x15 Torque Cap
Rear Hub DT Swiss 350 148x12 DT Swiss 350 148x12
Rims Race Face ARC 27 m60/40 ENVE Rims with custom color options
Spokes DT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR; 27.5x2.3
Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR; 27.5x2.3
Tubes Stans Sealant
Seat Post Rockshox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)
Saddle WTB Silverado Team
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