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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

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By now, you're probably wondering if you can possibly keep track of another brand new offering from the mountain bike gurus at Santa Cruz. But fret not, for the 5010 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame isn't a new model, rather it's a rebadging of Santa Cruz's newest classic. You see, the most solitary bike in SC's entire lineup shared a name with a model once offered by another brand. So, it was reborn the 5010. Naturally, the mid-sized wheels, refined VPP suspension, and trail shredding geometry remain unchanged. And when your rides take you everywhere, the 5010 has proven that it's up to the task, even though it's brand new — well, sort of.

Santa Cruz's industry-leading carbon fiber construction is at its best on the 5010. Both the front and rear triangles are constructed as a whole, rather than bonding them together from sub-assemblies. In addition to saving weight, it ensures that the 5010 is as strong as possible. That's because the fibers are uninterrupted by seams, which happens with other construction methods. If you were to cut it in half, you'd find that the inside of the tubes have the same perfectly smooth finish as the outside. That's a result of construction techniques that maximize the compaction of the layers. The benefit is that it's lighter, because any excess epoxy is squeezed from the frame prior to curing, and this ideal degree of compaction optimizes the strength. Plus, it keeps the frame weight in the cross country race realm, at a shade over five pounds with shock. And the strength and stiffness are further enhanced with the mechanic-friendly, oversized 15mm collet style hardware and a 12x142mm through axle out back.

The mid-sized 27.5-inch wheels found on the 5010 have been surrounded by a whirlwind of attention as of late, and for good reason. The geometry of 26-inch bikes has become thoroughly refined over the past few years, but many riders find that the improved rolling characteristics of a 29-inch wheel make them an appealing alternative. However, stuffing a 29-inch wheel into a frame with moderate travel produces some undesirable side effects, most notably long, unwieldy chainstays. By designing the Solo around 27.5-inch wheels, Santa Cruz has harnessed the improved rolling ability of larger wheels, while dropping nearly 3/4-inch off the chainstay length of the Tallboy. And this translates into faster turns and a more responsive ride. The chainstays grow roughly a 1/4-inch as compared to the Blur TR, allowing it to maintain the snappy handling of its smaller wheeled sibling. And like the Blur TR, the head angle remains at 68 degrees. What this means for you is that the steering feel is nearly identical to the notoriously fun TR. Instead of thinking of the 5010 as a downsized Tallboy, consider it a stronger Blur TR that retains the flick-ability, while also adding a heaping spoonful of out-and-out speed to the equation.

The mixed tapered head tube accepts the latest generation of suspension forks, taking advantage of a tapered steerer tube in order to provide phenomenal stiffness, especially under hard braking. The 5010 is optimized for a fork with a 519mm axle to crown height, which corresponds to most 27.5-inch 130mm travel forks. It accepts a 30.9mm seatpost with a 35mm seat clamp, and it's compatible with stealth dropper posts should you prefer the cleanest possible cable routing. The bottom bracket is an English threaded BSA 73mm affair, which results in a setup free from creaks. It accepts a 12x142mm rear hub via the included thru-axle.

The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Gloss Orange and Matte Carbon.


Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Pivot Type:
Rear Travel:
127 mm
Rear Shock:
FOX CTD Trail Adjust Kashima
Recommended Fork Travel:
130 mm
Rear Axle:
12x142 mm thru-axle
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Headset Included:
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9mm high clamp
Derailleur Pull:
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm BSA
ISCG Tabs:
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
35 mm
Cable Routing:
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
Compatible Components:
Shimano, SRAM
Recommended Use:
all-mountain and enduro racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

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Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop


Chainstay Length



44 44.0cm 51.5cm


36.3cm 72.1cm


72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm


37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm


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Avg. ride time: 43m per week
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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I jumped on the 27.5 train before Santa Cruz had to change the name to 5010. I've never looked back. I LOVE this bike, it rips uphill and down and just feels right. My first ride on it felt like I was on one of those old school remote control car racetracks where the cars have the pins on the bottom that fit into a groove on the track, ie I was glued to the trail and could rip as fast as I dared.

I originally bought a complete build but have since swapped out about every piece of it. I just keep upgrading from the lower end build I bought. Partly so I can differentiate my 5010 from the hoard of others in the office. I now have mine setup with a full carbon cockpit, X01 drivetrain, XT brakes, and Industry Nine wheels. Next upgrade is swapping out the 32 fork as Garson mentions is a little flexy for this beast of a frame.

It is a great all-arounder bike and definitely rides harder and faster than you'd expect a 5inch travel bike could handle. The 27.5 is a perfect medium between the climbing, obstacles, and maneuverability.


Now this is a mountain bike.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The 5010 has quickly become a staff favorite, and for a very good reason-- it rips. Up or down, through turns or over doubles, it responds instinctively to rider input, while maintaining composure beyond what you'd expect from a five-inch trail bike. My only gripe is that when pushed to the limit, a 5010 can overwhelm the flexy 32mm forks they're typically built with. Gravity fiends will prefer the Bronson for its longer wheelbase and extra travel, but the 5010 is a bike that any mountain biker will feel at home on, with little or no adjustment period.

I ordered mine with a 34mm 140 Fox CTD. Thank you for the comment n the 32mm fork.