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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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Santa Cruz's mid-2016 revamp of its much-loved 5010 saw it come back longer, lower, and slacker than its 1.0 predecessor for confident handling on bigger lines than you thought possible. The 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike sees those updates extended into this model year with an outfit of SRAM GX componentry, hydraulic brakes, and 130mm of smooth front and rear travel to carry big speed through gnarly terrain.

The redesign that unveiled the 5010 2.0 is so pervasive that it touches on virtually every important frame dimension, with the biggest change coming in the head tube angle. The front end slacks out a full degree, dropping from 68 to 67 in a move that brings it in line with the previous Bronson model. The frame's reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former stretching out and the latter dropping slightly. Capping things off with a short stem helps preserve steering while taking advantage of that slack aggression.

The rear triangle tightens up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility with a steeper, longer, and wider seat tube, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While grinding over the crux of a climb or crushing speed on singletrack, the steeper angle nets a more efficient pedaling posture, making it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke. The new seat tube also accommodates a longer dropper post, giving more freedom for saddle height on descents. While climbing, stubbier chainstays contribute to transferring power more efficiently, and Boost axle spacing maintains a stiffer wheelset.

The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) also got hit by the redesign hammer. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping at either end of the travel arc. The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP3 boasts increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy trail and root lattices. It also maintains its predecessor's firm feel during accelerations while jockeying for position in a mass start or a finishing sprint. When paired with FOX's Evol air can, the ramp-up arc doesn't dramatically alter as the shock compresses. The pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottom-outs, even while the axle's path turns rearward as travel increases to absorb big hits. Santa Cruz's Carbon C frame construction remains unchanged, so the 5010 2.0 enjoys the same durability and stiffness of previous generations. Santa Cruz uses a single layup for both triangles instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes, allowing engineers to wrap the bracket. The continuous wrapping strengthens the frame and dissipates the force from impacts. Compared to building with individual tubes, the advantages of Santa Cruz's construction methods go some way toward mitigating the differences between Carbon C and the more expensive Carbon CC models.

Despite that extensive list of changes, most of the obsessive details that we've come to associate with the clean lines and understated aesthetics of Santa Cruz frames carry over. These include down tube and chainstay protectors, ISCG-05 tabs, and the 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell. It's impossible for us to overstate how much we love threaded bottom brackets. As advanced as Santa Cruz's Carbon CC construction has become, even it can't produce molded bottom bracket PressFit cups that rival the precision of CNC-machined threads. A threaded bottom bracket adds a touch of weight and the extra labor is reflected in the price, but we think the reduced creaking and greater durability are worth it.

  • Well-balanced trail bike with 130mm of VPP3 suspension
  • Updated geometry is slacker, longer, and lower
  • C-level carbon frame provides high levels of stiffness
  • 130mm front and rear travel for supple trail manners
  • SRAM GX 1x11 drivetrain with Raceface Aeffect 32t crankset
  • Santa Cruz blends cutting-edge design with timeless aesthetics

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon C
Rear Shock:
Fox Float Performance
Rear Travel:
130 mm
Fox 34 Float Performance
Front Travel:
130 mm
Cane Creek 40
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM GX 1x11
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
32 t Race Face Aeffect AL
Bottom Bracket:
included w/ crankset
10 - 42 t SRAM XG1150
SRAM Guide R
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
180 / 180 mm Avid Centerline
Race Face Ride, 35mm clamp
Handlebar Width:
760 mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Race Face Turbine Basic, 35mm clamp
WTB Volt Race
RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm travel (125mm on size small)
[front] Novatec D541, [rear] Novatec D542
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race 2.35
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.3 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.25 in
Recommended Use:
trail, mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Gloss Red/Mint, L: 13330g

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S 15.6in 22.6in 23in 15.9in 27.9in 3.9in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 44in
M 16.5in 23.5in 23.4in 16.7in 28.2in 4.3in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 45.9in
L 17.7in 24.4in 23.7in 17.5in 28.3in 4.7in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 45.9in
XL 19.5in 25.7in 24.1in 18.7in 28.8in 5.1in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 47.2in

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WOW....It Does Everything!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've got to say, this this rides amazing and does way more than what the numbers suggest. Coming from a 160+ front and back travel and 26" wheels, I wasn't sure what to expect. But this thing has done everything and more than I expected. Basically an all-mountain slayer. I'll report more when I have a few more rides with this under my belt. I'm 5'11" and 180lbs, went with a large and it was right on!


    I like this bike :) I've only had a few rides on it but I'm really happy. Great component group. My only issue is that the stock Race Face stem is 50mm, and being 6 feet tall on a large frame I still feel a tad cramped in the cockpit. Going to throw on a 65mm Race Face Atlas and see how that feels. Climbs great and descends like a beast (for a short travel bike). I love the dropper post!


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bike has a potential much greater than its numbers say. As the go-to whip of the 50/01 shredders for their two-wheeled shenanigans, and the trials lunacy of Danny Macaskill, the 5010 can put up with whatever abuse you can dish out. Being a short travel 27.5 wheeled machine, it sits in a very interesting spot. Without the wagon 29 wheels, it does lose a little bit of efficiency, but it makes up for it in grin-inducing laugh out loud madness. If your local trails aren't super aggressive (and even if they were, this bike could take it) and you want to have a blast, here you go.

    The most comparable bike I have ridden to this machine is the Evil Calling. The Evil does have a (very) slightly lower BB and slacker head tube angle than the 5010, but If I were to buy this bike I would stroke the front fork out a little to get that head angle slightly slacker. The steeper head angle does add to the fun factor of this bike, felling slightly more like my Dirt Jumper than a trail bike, and a super slack head angle would take away some of that liveliness. The VPP suspension does pedal better than Evils Delta link, but is not as progressive as the delta, so I would tune a little bit on that to make it a little more progressive so you don't run through the travel as fast.

    With those things being said, the great thing about this bike is with its super efficient suspension and light weight, you can go on serious backcountry adventures with it and not be hating the weight or pedaling, and then have a blast on the way back down. For a perfect single track ripping machine, both up and down, this is a great option.

    Feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email if you have questions about this or any other mountain bikes or gear.

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    Avg. ride time: 3h 56m per week
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    The spec sheets don't match what's on the pictures again.. I guess Santa Cruz's cost cutting continues for the 2017 line up aye