With a longer, slacker, and overall more aggressive geometry than the original and already pretty damn aggressive Bronson, Santa Cruz's redesigned Bronson 2. 0 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike chews up lines like that even its predecessor would have to think twice about. Since the R build kit centers on a curated mix of Shimano XT and SLX components and the frame is around 200g heavier than the top end Carbon CC model, this particular Bronson 2. 0 build brings all that all mountain bullying to a more palatable price point. It's by no means an entry level bike, but it won't require a second mortgage. Of the body of geometry tweaks, the most impressive alteration may be 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, point and click confidence while traversing lines and dropping steps that would cause even the previous Bronson to hesitate. 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 cruxes and maintain diesel speed across hardpack. The Virtual Pivot Point 3 VPP3 suspension system represents the latest update to Santa Cruz's classic VPP. Where the old suspension curve described a deep U, VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on eit...