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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike


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 1×11 drivetrain. This 1×11 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 1×11 drivetrain provides a wide range of usable gears

Santa Cruz crafts bikes on the forefront of technology and style


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike

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


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike


Bronson 2.0
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 15.5in 22.5in 23.1in 16in 28.6in 3.5in 66o 74o 13.4in 17in 44.9in
M 16.5in 23.4in 23.4in 16.7in 28.8in 3.9in 66o 74o 13.4in 17in 45.8in
L 18.1in 24.3in 23.8in 17.5in 28.9in 4.3in 66o 74o 13.4in 17in 46.8in
XL 19.5in 25.6in 24.2in 18.7in 29.4in 4.7in 66o 74o 13.4in 17in 48.1in


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