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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike - 2015


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Item # SNZ001O

An XC bike with an all-mountain pedigree.

The Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame is in both a crowded race and a class of its own. While the number of five-inch, XC-leaning-but-trail-capable bikes in the market number far more than a couple peoples’ fingers and toes, the 5010 remains at the top, ready for both race day, or just Saturday.

It all starts with the 5010’s VPP suspension. While many companies talk about virtual pivot points, only Santa Cruz has been constantly developing the VPP design since its acquisition of the patents in the ‘90s. That kind of experience with a suspension design is rare, and rarer still is a company able to modernize its designs at will. In the 5010, Santa Cruz has designed a bike that pedals well, won’t dive under braking force, and is more capable on more trails than you’d expect a five-inch bike to be.

The R kit spec’d on the 5010 you see here consists of a blend of Shimano’s XT, SLX, and Deore kits, with a RockShox Sektor Gold RL fork, WTB rims, and Maxxis tires. You’ll sit atop a WTB Volt saddle, and Race Face’s Ride component group rounds out the cockpit.

  • 125mm of VPP-controlled travel, managed by a FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution
  • RockShox Sektor Gold RL fork
  • C-level carbon fiber
  • Race Face cockpit
  • WTB rims wrapped in Maxxis tubeless-ready tires

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
VPP full-suspension
Rear Shock:
Rear Travel:
125 mm
RockShox Sector Gold RL
Front Travel:
130 mm
Cane Creek 10 (tapered)
Shimano SLX M670
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT M786 GS Shadow+
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
34 t 22 t SRAM S1000 GXP
Bottom Bracket:
36 t 11 t Shimano SLX HG 81 10-speed
Shimano SLX HG75
[F] 180 mm Shimano RT66, [R] 160 mm Shimano RT66
Race Face Ride
Handlebar Width:
740 mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Race Face Ride
WTB Volt Race
Race Face Ride
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm
[F] SRAM MTH 716, [R] SRAM MTH 746
[F] Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless, [R] Maxxis Ardent EXO Tubeless
Tire Size:
[F] 2.3 in, [R] 2.25 in
Recommended Use:
all mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame
Actual Weight:
Satin Black/White, M: 13,000g

Geometry chart

Santa Cruz Bicycles

Geometry Chart


 Seat Tube
Effective Top TubeStackReachStand OverHead Tube LengthHead Tube AngleSeat Tube AngleBottom Bracket HeightChainstayWheelbase
S 16.3in


22.9in 14.8in 28.4in 3.5in 68o 73o 13.2in 17.1in 42.6in
M 17in 23in 23.2in 15.9in 28.2in 3.9in 68o 73o 13.2in 17.1in 43.9in
L 18.5in 24in 23.6in 16.8in 28.5in 4.3in 68o 73o 13.2in 17.1in 44.9in
XL 20in 25in 24in 17.7in 29.4in 4.7in 68o 73o 13.5in 17.1in 45.9in

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5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got to demo this bike and it was by far the nicest ride I've ever been on.

...and I've been demoing a lot of xc bikes this year.

5 5

Super fun time

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike is so quick and nimble and climbs well too. You'll love the way it handles in tight space or on wide open XC single track. If you're more downhill focused though, go for the Bronson.

Between the 5010 and the Bronson, they seem identical except for the suspension travel. So the Bronson maybe somewhat better for rough trails?

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That is correct, the Bronson just doubles the travel, so a little more downhill bomber oriented. A 5010 would handle most rough trails fine but as your speed increases in downhill riding and over drops or jumps the Bronson is better suited. Any other questions email me at, I can also get your shipping comp'd.