Stock, but what the hell would you change?!
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This is my bike, back from the dead. It met it's fate with a Cadillac Escalade a few weeks back, and I just got the frame replaced. As Jimmy says, 'black is the new black'.
RockShox SID, Chris King Sotto Voce headset, Specialized Roval Carbon Control SL wheelset, Maxxis SRAM X01, Shimano XT brakes, RockShox Reverb, Specialized Romin saddle, ENVE stem, Easton EC70 flatbar, Renthal grips.
21lbs as it sits.
Sean's our Oakley rep, and he's got several dialed rides. He's been waiting on this one for a while though, so it's extra sweet.
The frame is a gift from his buddy who build Geekhouse bikes. It's custom with some nice touches. Sleeved internal cable routing and couplers to run a Gates belt drive.
Build is Alfine 11 speed internally geared hub on H Plus Son TB14 rims; Ritchey Classic cockpit, Chris King bottom bracket, headset, and front hub.
Against my better judgement, I got talked into slogging to the top of Sandy through three inches of snow on the ground. The logic behind the decision was two-fold: First, that we had already gone far enough on the road that it would actually be more difficult to go back the way we came than to go down by the trail. Second, that as soon as we got back under the trees, the trail would be clear of snow and easy to ride. As it turns out, both of these assertions were wrong, and both Harley and Scott now owe me a 'You Were Right' beer.
The kiosk and surrounding trailheads were still under quite a bit of snow, and the top 1/3 of Hide & Seek was a slippery, sloppy, fish-tailing ride. As we descended into lower altitude and more tree cover, the snow turned to slush, which receded to dirt. As soon as I regained feeling in my hands and traction under my tires, I started to enjoy the ride immensely, which means I probably owe Scott and Harley some 'I'm Glad You Convinced Me To Ride Even Though It's Snowing And I Thought It Was Too Cold' beers.
It's been a hot year for Santa Cruz bicycles with a load of new bikes that have been hugely popular. Without a doubt, the Bronson tops the list, and it's made our Dialed Ride several times. Still, there are builds--even stock ones--that look so good we've got to feature them. This is Brad's stock Bronson Carbon X01 ENVE (with different tires).
The new X01 is pretty damn sexy, particularly the black cassette. We're curious to see if the new durable coating on it enhances cassette life any longer than the XX1.