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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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BOTY, versatile, bridge between XC and enduro — the original Santa Cruz 5010 has been called a great many things by a great many people. With the geometry tweaks underlying the re-worked 5010 2.0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike, we fully expect that chorus of voices to swell in number, volume, and all-mountain hyperbole. The 5010 2.0's fan base growth will also be fueled by the relative affordability of this build's Shimano XT drivetrain and Easton ARC 24 rims, both of which are a step down from the kit on the top-tier models. The tradeoff makes for a corresponding drop in price, which makes the R build the most affordable version of the superlative Carbon CC 5010 2.0 in Santa Cruz's stable and promises to put its slacker, longer, and more aggressive geometry in the hands of more cyclists.

The key geometry changes accounting for the transition to the 2.0 designation lie in the head and seat tubes. They're slacker and steeper, respectively, with the head tube losing a whole degree, from 68 to 67, bringing it in line with the previous Bronson model. As you can imagine, the change is noticeable when the tires hit dirt, completely blowing up our own expectations for how much crunch a "trail" bike is equipped to handle.

The steepened seat tube is equally impressive, though in a different way. The forward-oriented position of the saddle makes for better leverage on the pedals while grinding out climbs or burning diesel on long stretches of fast singletrack. The 5010 2.0 also has a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle. That pile of alterations means that it pedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider dropper range for aggressively tackling double-digit grades on either side of zero.

The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) suspension also got hit by the redesign hammer. The most immediately obvious change is the extra 5mm of travel, but the tuning has also been revised. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the travel arc.

The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP3 boasts increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy trails and root lattices. It also maintains its predecessor's firm feel during accelerations while jockeying for position in a mass start or clearing a shelf at the crux of a climb. When paired with FOX's Evol air can, the ramp-up arc doesn't dramatically alter as the shock compresses, so the pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottom-outs — even while the axle's path turns rearward as travel increases to absorb big hits.

Despite these changes, Santa Cruz opts for the same top-end Carbon CC construction method and materials featured throughout its 2015 line. Beginning with superior materials allows the engineers to use less carbon in order to hit stiffness targets while claiming weight savings that hover just under the 300g mark. Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which also contributes to keeping weight low because the carbon can be wrapped through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and actually requires less material in the process. While it's being cured, the frame is compacted from inside and out, a final step that virtually eliminates any excess material and resin pooling, resulting in more structural integrity and, of course, additional weight savings.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Factory EVOL
Rear Travel:
130 mm
RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air
Front Travel:
130 mm
Cane Creek 40
Shimano XT M8000 SL
Front Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8020 side swing
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8000 GS
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
24 / 34 t Race Face Turbine SL
Bottom Bracket:
73mm BSA threaded
11 - 40 t Shimano XT M8000
Shimano HG700
Shimano XT
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
180 / 180 mm Shimano RT86 Ice Tech
Santa Cruz Carbon
Handlebar Width:
760 mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on
Race Face Turbine Basic
WTB Silverado Team
[sizes medium - x-large] RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm travel, [size small] RockShox Reverb Stealth 125mm travel
[rims] Easton ARC 24
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm
[front] Maxxis Minion DHR2 TR 3c, [rear] Maxxis Ardent
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.3 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.25 in
not included
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

sizing chart

5010 size by rider height


Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart


5010 2.0

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 15.6in 22.6in 23in 15.9in 27.9in 3.9in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 44in
M 16.5in 23.5in 23.4in 16.7in 28.2in 4.3in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 45.9in
L 17.7in 24.4in 23.7in 17.5in 28.3in 4.7in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 45.9in
XL 19.5in 25.7in 24.1in 18.7in 28.8in 5.1in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 47.2in

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favorite 27.5

    The 5010 has got to be my favorite 27.5 bike. The handling is outstanding, a combination of great suspension and an excellent frame. You can climb well on it too, which eventually you'll have to do so your bike better do it well. I am including a size chart since there wasn't one in the description. If you have any questions of fit feel free to contact me directly.

    favorite 27.5

    amazing ride!

      I just returned from Santa Cruz where I demo'd several of their new bikes. The new 2.0 version of the 5010 is amazing! Its everything you liked in the original only lighter better performing. I rode the bike for a couple of hours over a variety of terrain and found the bike handled extremely well-especially in tight, twisty singletrack. The geometry and inproved VPP made the bike feel as if it were cornering on rails so was extremely fast and really allowed you to do super quick accelerations without the squatting of the suspension. It also climbed extremely well and very smooth on the downhills. This bike is highly recommended.

      Id be happy to answer any questions you may have with this awesome bike or need help configuring feel free to hit me up direct!

      Wes Branham-Account Manager
      801-736-6396 x 4074

      amazing ride!

      Flat-Out Fun!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Disclosure: I am usually an XC-race inspired, 29" wheel bike kind of guy.

      Now that that is out of the way, I am extremely impressed with the 5010! One of the best parts about Santa Cruz's VPP 3 suspension is the fact that you really don't need a shock with the best compression damping, as they have achieved most of the efficiency gains with the suspension linkage design; you really could ride the rear shock completely open and only rely on the air pressure for control.

      The 5010 climbs very well; it is a 130mm travel setup, so it isn't going to be your next XC race rocket, but it sure will take you to the top of the mountain in a hurry; hopefully to descend in the same fashion.

      The facet of the ride of the 5010 that I was most impressed with was the nimbleness of handling; this really makes it an incredibly capable bike, as manipulating the bike under you is very easy, ensuring that you can hop over, or avoid whatever you need to.

      On all of the rides I have done on this bike, I have gone flat out, both up and down, and was very impressed in both arenas.

      If you are looking for a fun, playful bike, that will pedal well enough to let you drop your riding buddies going up; and then again going down, look no further!

      If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me directly.

      Bradley Gehrig
      Customer Account Manager