Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon 27.5 Full Suspension

4.8/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $6799.00


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Product Description

Thanks to the booming popularity of Enduro racing, we've been graced with a new generation of trail bikes that are efficient climbers and stunningly capable descenders. Which is precisely how we'd describe the Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon X0-1 AM complete bike. It's built on the exact same frame...


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lee M a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2016

Strengths:    Very predictable ride, very fast and capable making you want to push harder. Corners better as you lean her down and carve the corner. the RockShox Pike fork is amazing, handles all the small bumps to big hits with ease. The Minion DHR II tires are good providing excellent grip but aren't the fastest rolling.

Weaknesses:    For now, it seems like the rear end gets hung up on climbs on roots and small bumps. Might be a riders fault, but it seems more prevalent compared to the previous bikes i've ridden. The Fox X Factory rear shock 3 position lever gets hung up when you try to get to the 2nd/middle position when coming from either position 1 or 3. All functionality works, just a small quirk. Not the lightest of the bikes for the style of bike its intended for.

Bottom Line:   
Probably the best funnest bike i've ever ridden. And thats coming from riding a 2011 Trek EX7, 2012 Giant Trance 2, 2015 Anthem 2 27.5 and a 2015 Giant Reign 2 27.5. All of which I think are phenomenal bikes which have their great abilities that make them stand out. But the Bronson C S built puts all of those attributes of climbing, descending, pedaling, and handling to create an overall fun bike in one package. Its ability to corner is superb and inspires confidence, allowing you to push deeper into berms. Very poppy and responsive leaving you able to shoot out of corners.

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Favorite Trail:   San Diego trails, all of them

Duration Product Used:   weekends

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Warehouse

Similar Products Used:   2011 Trek EX7
2012 Giant Trance 2
2015 Giant Anthem 2 27.5
2015 Giant Reign 2 27.5


Bike Setup:   Factory built, nothing different

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fc a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2016

Strengths:    longer top tube for shorter stems and wide bars
steep seat angle for better climbing
more active suspension now
low seat tube so 150mm dropper post compatible


Weaknesses:    Price hits $10k on the top builds
Rims should be wider for this class of All Mountain bike. Currently about 25mm internal width


Bottom Line:   
The significant changes to this bike are a longer top tube for more stable performance and better fit with shorter stems and wide bars. Head tube has been slackened for better descending and seat tube has been steepened for better pedaling.

The seat tube has been lowered too to allow compatibility with 150mm dropper posts. Suspension tune has been improved as well to provide more supple performance during initial travel. We’ve ridden this new version a lot and are very impressed.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dex Anvil a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2015

Strengths:    No real strength, climbs good but not great and descends good but not great

Weaknesses:    Parts Spec is a little weak for the price

Bottom Line:   
I have had this bike since January (11 months) and have been pretty happy but the experience is not overwhelming. The price tag is pretty steep for the build and you just don't feel like you are riding a quality rig. Don't get me wrong the bike rides good but it rides more like a $3000 bike not a $5000 (after tax). The parts spec has XT rear derailleur but that's where the quality ends. The bike is a heavy climber and a fast decender but not an exact decender. The fork with that head angle makes the bike over steer and the cockpit feels cramped. The sweet spot in the cockpit requires you to ride a longer stem which isn't that bad but its hard to find a negative degree MTB stem to level it out. I had a great summer on the bike but again the bike is underwhelming and not a great value. SC does have a $3600 Bronson that will probably ride the same and if they offered that at the time I would have bought that. There are just better bikes out there and the bike doesn't live up to the hype. I won't be coming back to the Santa Cruz family anytime soon I think I was more dazzled by the looks and not the ride quality

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Favorite Trail:   Mammoth, Big Bear, Flow, UCSC

Duration Product Used:   11 months

Price Paid:    $4800.00

Purchased At:   Mikes Bike

Similar Products Used:   BMC, Epic


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tminus9 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2014

Strengths:    Stiffness, build kit, wheel size, drop seatpost, aesthetic, quality.

Weaknesses:    None that I can see yet.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best bike I've ever ridden. Period. The build kit on the Carbon C XT is curated extremely well. The Rock Shox Reverb Stealth seat post is a game changer—I'm not sure how I dealt with manually raising and lowering the seat all these years. I've been skeptical of carbon frames in the past, but don't think I'll be able to go back to aluminum. The ride is buttery smooth yet stiff, nimble, and powerful. One thing I noticed right away is how minimal the chain slap was, which makes for a smooth, silent ride. The larger 27.5" rims and Fox 36 stanchions make the bike super stable on descents. It eats up rock gardens and shines at high speed. It also climbs very, very well. Overall I've been extremely pleased with every aspect of this bike and would highly recommend.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $6799.00

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz v-10, Scott Genius, Santa Cruz Nomad, Intense Carbine.

Bike Setup:   Carbon C frame with XT kit.

Fox 36 up front, Fox Float CTDK, Rockshox Reverb Stealth seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dj1809 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2014

Strengths:    Santa Cruz's second-to-none carbon fiber work, climbing/descending ability, XO1 setup, stock Reverb Stealth post

Weaknesses:    None thus far

Bottom Line:   
5 chilis for value only because I got a good price on my bike (20% off the entire build) with the new 2015 colors on the way.

Coming from a 1st gen alloy Tallboy, this bike is night and day. It's rare when a piece of equipment immediately makes you a better rider, but this was it for me. I was a little worried about compromising on the climbing characteristics when going from a 29er to 650b, but the weight savings with the Bronson more than makes up for the difference in roll-over characteristics, and I have been setting new personal record climb times at my local trails. This is climbing with the Fox CTD wide open as I think the VPP does a great job mitigating any suspension bob on all but the most difficult climbs. The one thing I did change over the Bronson C demo was to change out the Fox Talas fork for a Pike. The Talas was just too "mushy" for my liking.

Descending is another matter and the added agility and tossability of the smaller wheel size is confidence boosting to say the least. My guess is that the head angle probably makes the actual wheelbase longer than my Tallboy, but this adds to the stability when approaching descents. The low(er) bottom bracket has not been an issue yet.

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Price Paid:    $6083.00

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Tallboy alloy

Bike Setup:   XO1 drivetrain, XT brakes, WTB i23 rims, RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, 150mm Pike RCT3 fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bsprouts a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2014

Strengths:    Light, nimble on the climbs, easy to maneuver downhill where it flat out rails and rips. It carries speed and momentum into and out of corners really well.

Weaknesses:    Perhaps a bit harsh in the very early bits of the travel, it felt like it rode high in the travel. Not really a problem or a weakness, just depends on what you like.

Bottom Line:   
I'm saving my pennies for one of these, I think. I got to spend several quality rides on this bike and instantly loved it. It's light but plenty stiff in all the right ways.

It does feel like it rides a bit high in the suspension, especially over the smaller hits. That's not a problem, but I never felt like I sat down in the bike like you might on others. The advantage is you just float over the little bumps on the trail. The suspension still soaks up the big hits with no problem.

The bike pedals really well. Uphill or down, put the power on and the bike responds. It's a very nimble climber for having 150 mm of travel. It can get over roots, logs, rocks on the way up with no problem. I never felt like I was sitting too far back on the steeps - the bike was easy to keep an even weight distribution and keep the front wheel from wandering. It goes around tight and twisty bits really well too.

Downhill is where it shines. It handled all kinds of terrain really well. In flat or banked turns, the bike just rails. It responds really well to rider input - especially if you steer from the hips - just point the hips the bike follows. It carries speed into and out of corners really well. Transitioning from one turn to the next was easy, the bike almost hops on it's own from left to right. Got rollers and bumps? Pump away easily and enjoy the increase in speed. Let off the brakes on a bumpy, straight section and you'll be flying. Steep, rocky descents are no problem, and the bike inspires confidence. Jumping is great too, whether it's a sculpted lip and landing or dropping off a big ledge. The bike uses the full travel without harsh bottoming out, and it feels in control and comfortable through the entire stroke.

Overall this is a great bike. It climbs well and descends well. It's a bike for anyone who doesn't mind pushing the uphills a little and loves to let it fly on the downhills (but probably not a cross country racer, or those who like to really test their times uphill). It's got enough travel to soak up the big hits on many trails (at least the ones I ride), but not so much that the bike looses it's nimbleness or the ability to flick it around when needed. It would be comfortable on all day rides or the quick downhill hit.

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Favorite Trail:   Braille

Duration Product Used:   10+ hours

Purchased At:   Loaner

Similar Products Used:   Transition Bandit (26), Trek Remedy 9.8 (27.5), Norco Sight (27.5), Niner WFO (29), Ellsworth Epiphany (26)

Bike Setup:   Full bling carbon - Enve wheels, X11 drive train, XTR brakes, Easton carbon bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2013

Strengths:    Rips downhill and up. This bike is incredibly fun on trails as well as shuttle or lift-accessed runs.

Weaknesses:    I have the XT build that comes with a triple ring setup in the front. I have lost a chain or two in some aggressive rocky lines and on a couple larger jumps. Switching to a 1 X 11 setup that will avoid this in the future.

Bottom Line:   
I ride in southern Ontario CANADA. This bike in the perfect Ontario bike by far. I can ride the local trails during the week, hit the 4x and dirt jumps on Saturday and head up to Blue Mountain on Sunday. All with the same bike.

The CTD on the front and rear suspension combined with the dropper seat post really help out on trail rides.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Horner

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2013

Strengths:    Looks strong and light

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Bronson Carbon frame weight / size XL with 25 inch top tube.

Bare Frame = 5 lbs 11 oz

Frame with santa cruz seat QR & 142 X 12 MM rear axel QR = 5 LBS 15 oz

Build up will be all XTR /Pike160/130 mm fork / mix of Easton and Thompson parts / Chris King hubs with Stans arch ex rims. Build up / trail review coming soon!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by j.chap30

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2013

Strengths:    Pedals excellant, goes DH Better. Super Fun. This is the quiver killer.

Weaknesses:    waiting for delivery. maxxis tires are heavy. website says 810 grams scale shows 920.

Bottom Line:   
I had a well built light SC Blur LTC before this, aluminum LT and Blur before that and I have ridden Tall boys, Scott 29er hardtails, Giant Anthem's, Nomads, Scott Ransom's, Stumpy's. This one pedals better and is more plush. all that and a bag of chips. I'm setting PR's all over the place on this thing. The weights on the website are a little light, the maxxis HR2 tires are tanks. Pulled those off, went with nobby nic's, pulled off the chain guide and dual rings/shifter and went with race face narrow wide, so 1 X 10 and bike weighs an honest 26.5 lbs with XTR pedals. Took a few rides to get used to bigger wheels, FAST FAST FAST. Oh boy it's ripping good. Hard to think about much else....If you love to ride everything but love the technical-steep and deep goodies, look no further.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mattogu

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2013

Strengths:    up down all around the purfect 1 bike does it all!

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
riding for 20 yrs now and this is the first bike i have ridden that is purfect! not one complaint! does it all and does it good!

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