Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon XTR AM Enve Complete Mountain Bike $10,296.00
Eliminate the issues.
Mountain biking isn't impervious to passionate debate. In fact, the arguments against the enhanced surface area, approach angle, and volume of both fat bikes and 29ers seem to be never ending. But, this doesn't mean that they're without validity. Larger wheels are slower to change direction, they're heavier, and they have more flex. Like 26in wheels, there are disadvantages and advantages to weigh out. The 125mm travel Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon XTR Enve Complete mountain bike, however, splits the difference and skirts all of the drawbacks by riding on the new mid-wheel standard.
Sure, within the gravity/park sect, stiff, nimble, and strong 26in wheels will continue to shine. And when the trail favors high-speed, flowing singletrack, the 29er will continue to rule supreme. However, any riding in between these two extremes will find that the mid-wheel 5010 Carbon fits the, excuse the pun, bill.
A quick look at the geometry makes this perfectly clear. The 5010's chainstay length is only a quarter-of-an-inch longer than the Blur TRc, yet it's three-quarters-of-an-inch shorter than the Tallboy LT. Another key number is its bottom bracket height — the 5010 is .04-inches higher than the TRc and a quarter-inch lower than the Tallboy LT. This means that aboard the 5010, you'll enjoy that 'seated within' felling of two-niners, while retaining the nimbleness that would otherwise be lost to long wheelbases, high-center of gravity, and flex'y wheels.
In fact, the 5010's wheelbase is a full-inch shorter than the Tallboy, and it has a trail-worthy 68 degree head tube angle. That's should be enough numbers to expose the playful, yet composed nature of the 5010. But, just as essential to that balance is Santa Cruz's carbon mastery. The 5010 Carbon uses a one-piece layup and curing process for the triangles, as opposed to assembling joints, which would require bonding, wrapping, or rivets. And, because this process allows continuous interlocking fibers to wrap between tubes, the resulting structure efficiently distributes loads and absorbs impact energy. All the while, this process eliminates any excess material. As you might imagine, each size's dedicated tooling makes this is a costly process. However, this allows Santa Cruz to control the outside shape, the inside shape, and to compact the fibers during the layup for the to each frame size.
From the Small to the X-large frame, structure is optimized for intended rider weight and forces. Additionally, placing material where it's needed most results in a strong and nimble chassis for the VPP suspension to work its magic. And speaking of the VPP suspension on the 5010, it's the second generation and features upper- and lower-links that flatten shock rate in order to provide active motion early in the axle path. This allows the rear wheel to easily move up and back as you ride over a bump. The link design also balances downward pedaling force with the pulling force of the chain. This effectively neutralizes them, while also preventing pedal-bob or squatting during acceleration. This keeps speed up, however, VPP also assists in keeping that speed in check. The VPP design also prevents brake-induced lock-out, effectively keeping the suspension supple over braking bumps.
And whether you're rolling over rock gardens, clawing up rooted and rocky climbs, or negotiating steep descents, VPP suspension remains active and responsive. Key to this are its linkages and hardware. A carbon fiber upper-link not only shaves weight, but it also enhances lateral stiffness. At the bottom end of things, an alloy lower-link features easily-serviceable grease ports that are positioned in order to avoid damage and to ensure a long bearing life.
The pivots are oversized, with 15mm locking axle-pins. Additionally, they run on intricately-sealed bearings with one-way purging seals that are intended to last the life of the frame. Even better, this design won't either creak or loosen. And for the people who want every lightweight feature addressed, Santa Cruz topped it off with anodized aluminum hardware where it's applicable. Managing the 5010's 125mm of travel is the lightweight and reliable FOX FLOAT CTD with the smooth and durable Kashima coating.
The easy-to-adjust three position lever provides platform options to maximize efficiency while either climbing, traversing, or descending. At the front of the 5010, a 130mm travel FOX FLOAT 32 Evolution has CTD dampening, as well, to keep tuning intuitive. For drivetrain duty, Shimano's stalwart XTR bits ensure the pinnacle of shifting speed and precision.
This kit includes a 3x10 layout with XTR cranks, shifters, derailleurs, and cassette. It also includes XTR Trail brakes with an 180mm front and 160mm rear rotor in order to slow the fast-spinning Enve twenty7.5 AM wheels. Casing these wheels, Santa Cruz included Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO tubeless tires. Additionally, the 5010 also includes a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post with the actuation line hidden within the 5010's frame. On top of that post sits a WTB Volt SLT Ti saddle. And rounding out the cockpit, you'll find a Thomson X4 stem along with an Easton Haven Carbon handlebar.
The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon XTR AM Enve Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Gloss Orange/white with Solid Orange Enve Decals and Matte Black/green with Solid Green Enve Decals.
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