The 2018 Bronson Carbon CC X01 keeps the same frame as the 2017 model but gets a snazzy new paint job and goes from RockShox to Fox for an extra $200. We link to the 2018 version at Competitive Cyclist above and summarize the changes below.
Buy the Bronson if you want an all-arounder that can regularly tackle bigger descents and you enjoy the lighter feel and precision of 27.5-inch wheels. Consider the 2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude if you'd like a slightly more playful, less aggressive 27.5-inch bike at a lower price point. The hard-charging 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower is a great choice for those that prefer the added speed and roll-over abilities of 29-inch wheels. The Canyon Spectral is an all-mountain bike with 27.5 wheels and 140mm of travel. Best of all, the Spectral provides an outstanding value starting at $2399.