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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike

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Description

The best of both worlds.

Not far from the surface of any 27.5-inch comment thread will float a rant about industry-overlords pushing this standard to shake up everything from backup-bills hidden away in the zipped-vortexes of riding shorts to the pockets of mountain bikers. Truth be told, capitalism is alive and kicking, and hard earned dollars demand innovation. That's why bikes like the 125mm-travel Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon XX1 ENVE Complete mountain bike are finally showing up at trailheads.

Frugal riders are free to enjoy their current wheels and reserve their dollars for the hopeful trailside-hero sidewall fix or that rarer and rarer pay-phone distress call. However, if you're in the market for a bike to explore on one week, and follow up with an endurance or enduro event the next, then the application of mid-size wheels should influence you to vote 27.5 with your dollars.

It's hard to argue against enhanced surface area, approach angle, and volume. After all, that's what set the 29er apart. But 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 Factory has CTD dampening, as well, to keep tuning intuitive. For drivetrain duty SRAM's XX1 reflects simplicity too with its clearance-maximizing solo 32t chainring and 11-42t 11-speed cassette. This not only adds clearance, but it also eliminates the front derailleur, its shifter, and those redundant chainrings.

This opens up plenty or real estate on the Easton Haven carbon handlebar for a remote to the RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost. Atop of the adjustable post is a WTB Volt SLT Ti saddle, and connecting the bar to the fork is a Thomson X4 stem. Stopping the 5010 Carbon ENVE are a set of Shimano XTR Trail brakes with a 180mm front and 160mm rear rotor. Completing this build is an ENVE Twenty7.5 AM wheelset with Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless tires.

The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Gloss Orange with Orange ENVE Decals and Matte Black with Green ENVE Decals.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT CTD Trail Adjust Kashima
Rear Travel:
125 mm
Fork:
FOX 32 FLOAT 27.5 FIT CTD Trail Adjust Kashima
Front Travel:
130 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 110 Mixed Tapered
Shifters:
SRAM XX1 11-speed
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM XX1 11-speed
Crankset:
32 t SRAM XX1 168mm q-factor
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG 05
Pedals:
not included
Cassette:
10-42 t SRAM XX1 11-speed
Chain:
SRAM PC XX1
Brake Set:
Shimano XTR Trail
Rotors:
[front] 180 mm Shimano Ice Tech, [rear] 160 mm Shimano Ice Tech
Handlebar:
Easton Haven Carbon
Handlebar Width:
711 mm
Grips:
Lizard Skin Peaty lock on
Stem:
Thomson X4
Saddle:
WTB Volt SLT Ti
Seatpost:
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm Santa Cruz QR
Wheelset:
ENVE Twenty7.5 AM
Hubs:
DT Swiss 240s
Axles:
[front] 15mm thru-axle, [rear] 12x142mm thru-axle
Tires:
Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.3 in
Recommended Use:
all-mountain and trail ripping
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry chart

Santa Cruz Bicycles

 

Geometry Chart

 

5010
 Seat Tube
(c-t)
Effective Top TubeStackReachStand OverHead Tube LengthHead Tube AngleSeat Tube AngleBottom Bracket HeightChainstayWheelbase
S 16.3in

21.75in

22.9in 14.8in 28in 3.5in 68o 73o 13.1in 17.1in 42.6in
M 17in 23in 23.2in 15.9in 28.2in 3.9in 68o 73o 13.1in 17.1in 43.9in
L 18.5in 24in 23.6in 16.8in 28.5in 4.3in 68o 73o 13.1in 17.1in 44.9in
XL 20in 25in 24in 17.7in 29.4in 4.7in 68o 73o 13.1in 17.1in 45.9in

Geometry Chart

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