2018 Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon C S Build Blue.
2018 Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon C S Build Blue.
Bringing a playful persona to every trail ride, the Santa Cruz 5010 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes nimble handling and responsiveness for epic rides across alpine terrain and hot laps around the local forest loop. The 5010's nimble leanings originally drew inspiration from the legendary Blur TR, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version boasts Santa Cruz's Carbon C frame, which offers greater stiffness and strength over aluminum frames for unbelievable power transfer and impressive durability.
Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect changes in modern trail geometry. The second generation 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees, as well as slammed chainstays of only 16.7 inches. By making the front end longer, you'll find the 5010 is much roomier in the cockpit, without needing a longer stem for riders on the upper end of the sizing range.
These changes in geometry retain the original bike's agile handling on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence when you're dropping into steep descents and holding your line through rough terrain, such as rock gardens and roots. By slamming the chainstays to sub 17-inch status, you'll find the 5010 to navigate tight switchbacks and lean into corners with flickable precision—hinting to its Blur roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip.
Looking at the VPP suspension, you'll be pleased to note it carries the 2017 redesign for improved suspension performance, increased durability, and better stand-over clearance. The lower linkage is neatly tucked above the bottom bracket, which protects it from damaging rock strikes and flinging debris kicked up when you're rallying over loose chunder. The upper linkage is now attached to the top tube for increased stiffness, as well as greater stand-over clearance, which is especially helpful if you're a shorter rider on a size small.
Compared to the first generation of 5010, the second generation gets the slightest increase in travel, bumping up from its previous 125 to 130 millimeters. However, the bigger story with the second generation 5010 is the improved suspension performance, which provides better sensitivity to small bumps, such as tiny rocks and roots. The mid-stroke is more supportive as well, with it being more linear for greater consistency without the tendency to settle in the middle of its stroke like previous generations of VPP. However, you'll find it's still quite progressive at the end of its stroke, ramping up aggressively to prevent you from harshly bottoming out.
Looking at the "S" kit, you'll be pleased to find the addition of SRAM's newest GX Eagle drivetrain, which provides a massive 500 percent gear range without dealing with a pesky front derailleur. If you're coming from a 2x set-up, you'll find the gigantic 50-tooth cog provides plenty of low-end for powering up the steepest climbs. Other notable features of this build include a Fox 34 Float fork with 34-millimeter stanchions for stiff, precise tracking when you're rallying over rough terrain.
Santa Cruz's quintessential trail bike with nimble handling
Carbon C frame is much stiffer and stronger than aluminum
130mm of VPP suspension for a responsive pedaling platform
67-degree head tube balances stability with steering response
Longer reach keeps you comfortable and confident on descents
Short chainstays and low bottom bracket for cornering prowess
SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain offers a 500% gear range
Fox 34 Float fork with 130mm of smooth travel
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Technical Information. C S Build Kit
Fork: FOX 34 Float Performance 130 - 27.5
Shock: Fox Float Performance DPS
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
Shifters: SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
Brakes: SRAM Guide R
Rotors: Avid Centerline - 180mm
Crankset: SRAM GX Eagle 32t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XL)
Cassette: SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50t
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed
Handlebar: Race Face Ride - 35x760mm
Stem: Race Face Aeffect R - 50mm
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Black
Headset: Cane Creek 40 ZS
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth - 31.6x125mm (S), 150mm (M-L), 170mm (XL)
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Front Tyre: Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR - 27.5x2.3"
Rear Tyre: Maxxis Ardent Race TR 3C EXO - 27.5x2.35"
Front Hub: Novatec D641 - 15x110mm
Rear Hub: Novatec D642 - 12x148mm (XD)
Rims: Race Face AR 27 - 32h
Spokes: DT Competition