Barrett Coxwrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon CC 27.5 X01 Eagle Mountain Bike on October 14, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'd always wanted a Blur TRC back when Santa Cruz was still making them, but couldn't justify the purchase. Always concerned that it would be fun when the trail was smooth and bermy, just not able to handle the chunkier stuff. Fast forward and here we have the 2019 5010, with slightly larger wheels, a bit more reach, and some addition geo tweaks, but generally the same idea: an incredibly fun trail bike with dual slalom roots you can clearly feel.
While there are situations where the 5010 gets overwhelmed, usually extended, brutally deep rock gardens, let's remember that this is a 130mm trail bike. With that noted, over the course of the past 6 months I've tried to throw this bike into situations where it shouldn't work. 99% of the time, it comes out the other side asking to ride it again and ride it faster.
Unsurprisingly, you'll likely have most fun when the trail filled with jumps, bonus lines, side hits, and slappable berms. The 5010 generally prefers to hop over or float through rocky sections rather than plow through with your heels down. Pump and manual through single track and thanks to the solid mid-stroke support, you'll exit sometimes even faster than you'd like. Push into corners, nose into transitions, actively drive the bike and you'll quickly learn why its been compared to a big BMX bike. And yes, it can climb too.
Build wise, the X01 Reserve model checks off almost all the boxes. The X01 Eagle drivetrain has been basically flawless thus far, having only needed to be cleaned a regular intervals, Guide RSC brakes are much more capable than they're given credit for and have only needed to be bled once. I was concerned that the Reserve 27 wheels would be a bit narrow at 27mm internal width, but when paired with 2.35" Maxxis Minions, the feel like the perfect wheel/tire combo for this bike. The Fox DPX2 rear shock was easy to set upand has provided stellar performance while climbing and descending.
I did swap the 130mm Fox Float 34 for a 140mm 36. This fork change gave me slightly more travel up front, but also upgraded the damper from Fox's Fit4 to the newer and more adjustable Grip2. The upgrade certainly isn't necessary, but for those who want a stiffer chassis and extra adjustability, its definitely nice.
Both high and low geometry settings have been ridden extensively. Honestly, its very difficult to say if either is better, but I've ended up sticking with the high setting.
Not only do I love my 5010, but my girlfriend is on the aluminum version with plus tires and she's been extremely happy as well. It is clearly a bike that can be ridden on a variety of terrain, by a variety of skill levels. Now go do some skids and wheelies on the most fun bike out there.