5010 2.1 Carbon CC Fox Perf Elite Mountain Bike Frame
Bringing nimble, sports car-like handling to your trail aspirations, the 5010 2.1 Carbon CC Fox Perf Elite Mountain Bike Frame from Santa Cruz emphasizes nimble handling over the brute force of a long-travel enduro rig. The 5010's nimble leanings originally took design cues from the slalom-inspired Blur 4X, making it inherently more playful than pretty much anything else in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version has the Carbon CC frame, which drops the frame's weight by approximately 280 grams over the more confidence Carbon C frame. Santa Cruz achieves this by using a lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber for weight savings without sacrificing structural integrity or stiffness.
With the angles getting slightly slacker, wheelbases longer, and a lower bottom bracket, it only makes sense that this second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect changes in modern trail geometry. Indeed, the 5010 2.1 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67-degrees, as well as slammed chainstays of 16.7 inches. By making the front end longer, you'll find the 5010 is roomier in the cockpit, without forcing you to run a longer stem if you're on the upper end of the sizing chart.
These changes in geometry retain the original bike's spirited agility on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence for dissecting steep descents and rallying over rock gardens and gnarled sections of roots. By slamming the chainstays to sub-17 inch status, you'll find the 5010 is highly adept at cleaning tight switchbacks and roosting around berms with flickable precision, again hinting at its roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip.
Looking at the 5010's VPP suspension platform, you'll notice that it carries on with the 2017 redesign for improved suspension performance, increased durability, and better stand-over clearance. The lower linkage is neatly tucked above the bottom bracket, which protects it from damaging rock strikes and flinging debris kicked up when you're rallying over loose chunder. The upper linkage is now attached to the top tube for increased stiffness, as well as better stand-over clearance for shorter riders.
Compared to the first generation 5010, the second generation gets the slightest increase in travel, growing from 125 to 130 millimeters of travel. However, the big story with the second generation 5010 is the improved suspension performance, which provides better sensitivity and traction over small bumps, such as tiny rocks and momentum-robbing roots. The mid-stroke provides greater support, being more linear for a more consistent feel without the tendency to settle in the middle of its travel like previous generations of VPP. However, you'll find it still ramps up dramatically at the end stroke to prevent you from harshly bottoming out on bigger hits.
- Santa Cruz's quintessential trail bike with nimble handling
- Carbon CC frame shaves 280 grams from lower-spec Carbon C
- 130mm of VPP suspension for a responsive pedaling platform
- 67-degree head tube balances stability with steering response
- Longer reach keeps you comfortable and composed on descents
- Short chainstays and low bottom bracket for cornering prowess
- Threaded BB keeps creaks, moans, and pops at bay
- FOX Float Performance shock is plush and adjustable