Nimble trail companion.
Bringing a playful persona to every trail ride, the Santa Cruz 5010 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes nimble handling and responsiveness for epic rides across alpine terrain and hot laps around the local forest loop. The 5010's nimble leanings originally drew inspiration from the legendary Blur TR, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version boasts Santa Cruz's Carbon C frame, which offers greater stiffness and strength over aluminum frames for unbelievable power transfer and impressive durability.
Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect changes in modern trail geometry. The second generation 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees and slammed chainstays of only 16.7in. By making the front end longer, Santa Cruz gave the 5010 a much roomier cockpit without needing a longer stem for riders on the upper end of the sizing range.
These changes in geometry retain the original bike's agile handling on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence when you're dropping into steep descents and holding your line through rough terrain such as rock gardens and roots. By chopping the chainstays to below 17in, Santa Cruz equipped the 5010 to navigate tight switchbacks and lean into corners with flickable precision, hinting to its Blur roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip.
Looking at the VPP suspension, you'll be pleased to note it carries 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 from loose chunder. The upper linkage is now attached to the top tube for increased stiffness as well as greater stand-over clearance, which is especially helpful if you're a shorter rider on a size small.
Compared to the previous 5010, this model gets the slightest increase in travel, bumping up from 125 to 130mm. However, the bigger story with the second generation 5010 is the improved suspension performance, which provides better sensitivity to small bumps, such as tiny rocks and roots. The mid-stroke is more supportive as well, with it being more linear for greater consistency without the tendency to settle in the middle of its stroke like previous generations of VPP. However, you'll find it's still quite progressive at the end of its stroke, ramping up aggressively to prevent you from harshly bottoming out.
The S build kit features SRAM's newest GX Eagle drivetrain, which provides a massive 500% gear range without dealing with a pesky front derailleur. If you're coming from a double set-up, you'll find the gigantic 50t cog provides plenty of low-end for powering up the steepest climbs. Other notable features of this build include a Fox 34 Float fork with 34mm stanchions for stiff, precise tracking when you're rallying over rough terrain.
- Santa Cruz's quintessential trail bike with nimble handling
- Carbon C frame is much stiffer and lighter than aluminum
- 5.1in of VPP suspension for a responsive pedaling platform
- 67-degree head tube balances stability with steering response
- Longer reach keeps you comfortable and confident on descents
- Short chainstays and low bottom bracket for cornering prowess
- SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain offers a 500% gear range
- Fox 34 Float fork with 130mm of smooth travel