Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame $2,899.00
Allow me to reintroduce myself.
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.
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What community has to say
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.