When we're spec'ing our own bikes, we typically have two priorities: a rock solid, all mountain platform and a component group that balances price, reliability, and on trail functionality. With its blend of Shimano's workhorse drivetrain kit, the industry leading Carbon CC layup, and the all new, more enduro y 2. 0 geometry, the Bronson 2. 0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike represents the entry level option for Santa Cruz's top tier of racing Bronsons. While the components themselves aren't quite top tier, they're still more than capable of letting the frame's qualities shine under a rider who recognizes that the engine is more important than the stickers on the build kit. The 2. 0's most impressive alteration to the old Bronson's all mountain geometry is the head tube, which slacks out by an extra tick on the protractor to drop from 67 to 66 degrees. This change is complemented with a corresponding increase in top tube length, a lower bottom bracket, and a raised lower link a combination that allows for short stemmed, strike free, point and click confidence while traversing lines and dropping steps that would cause even the previous Bronson to hesitate. It also effectively erases root lattices and moderate rock gutters, letting you mash across terrain that trail, XC, and even other all mountain bikes have to pick through with delicate care. Conversely, the Bronson 2. 0's seat tube gets steeper by almost a full degree in order to better position the engine read: your hips up over the Race Face cranks. The revised geometry keeps you on top of the pedal stroke, and relocated links allow for a shorter chainstay, which makes for more power transferring efficiency. The back end is further stiffened with the new 12 x 148mm axle standard, ensuring that the extra watts produced by the improved pedaling position and shorter chainstays aren't lost to wheel flex. Despite its slacker head tube and longer geometry, the back end changes help the Bronson 2. 0 pop over ...