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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon CC GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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Description

Flickable precision.

The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon CC GX Complete Mountain Bike draws its nimble handling, low-slung geometry, and efficient pedaling platform from the legendary Blur, making it far more playful than other trail bikes we've had the privilege of riding in recent years. This particular version feels especially energetic while accelerating out of the saddle and climbing up steep grades, thanks to its Carbon CC frame that's approximately 280 grams lighter than Santa Cruz's lower-spec Carbon C. This weight reduction helps to conserve energy on longer rides, as well as make it all the more agile when you're tossing it around corners. Not only that, but the Carbon CC construction doesn't sacrifice one bit of the legendary strength or stiffness you've come to associate with Santa Cruz carbon frames, as backed by their outstanding lifetime warranty.

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. This second-gen 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a relatively slack head tube angle of 67-degrees (this version is a touch slacker with the 140-millimeter fork), plus slammed chainstays of only 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—hinting to its lineage as a slalom-inspired trail whip.

Looking to the 5010's 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 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.

Delving into the particulars of this in-house build, you'll find SRAM's Eagle GX drivetrain with a massive 500 percent gear range, all without dealing with a pesky front derailleur. If you're coming from a 2x set-up, you'll have plenty of low-end for powering up the steepest, punchiest climbs, thanks to its gigantic 50-tooth cog. Additionally, this build gives you a bit more travel up front with its 140-millimeter RockShox Pike RCT3 DebonAir Fork. Although this fork is only slightly longer than the 130-millimeter version provided on stock Santa Cruz builds, it provides all the more confidence and composure over rough stretches of trail—all without upsetting its balanced trail geometry or nimble handling feel.

  • Santa Cruz's flagship trail bike with a quick, nimble feel
  • Carbon CC frame drops 280 grams from lower-spec Carbon C
  • 130mm of VPP suspension for a responsive pedaling platform
  • 67-degree head tube (it's slightly slacker with a 140mm fork)
  • Longer reach keeps you comfortable and composed on descents
  • Short chainstays and low bottom bracket for cornering prowess
  • SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain provides a massive gear range
  • 140mm RockShox Pike Fork makes it more capable on descents

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Travel:
130 mm
Fork:
RockShox Pike RCT3 DebonAir
Front Travel:
140 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40-Series ZS44/28.6 Short Top Assembly
Shifters:
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Crankset:
SRAM GX Eagle GXP Direct-Mount (32 t)
Bottom Bracket:
73 mm BSA shell, SRAM GXP Team bottom bracket
Crank Arm Length:
175 mm
Cassette:
SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle, 12-speed (10 - 50t)
Chain:
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset:
SRAM Guide RS
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
SRAM CenterLine, 180 mm
Handlebar:
Race Face Aeffect R, 35 mm
Handlebar Width:
780 mm
Grips:
Lizard Skins Moab lock-on
Stem:
Race Face Aeffect R, 35 mm clamp
Stem Length:
50 mm
Saddle:
WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost:
120 mm PRO Koryak Adjustable Seatpost with Race Face Turbine 1x remote
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Wheelset:
Mercury Enduro Alloy 27.5 in Boost
Front Axle:
15 x 110 mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148 mm Boost
Tires:
Continental Mountain King
Tire Size:
[front] 27.5 x 2.4 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.2 in
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame, 2 years on wheels

Geometry Chart

Santa Cruz Bicycles

5010 2.0
 

Seat Tube

Effective Top Tube

Stack

Reach

Stand Over

Head Tube

Head Tube Angle

Seat Tube Angle

Bottom Bracket Height

Bottom Bracket Drop

Chainstay

Wheelbase
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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agile bike, customizable build.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Read almost any review of a recent 5010 and you’ll see words like “playful” and “agile”. After taking our house build 5010 out on the trails, I wholeheartedly agree. The combination of Santa Cruz’s beloved VPP suspension platform, 27.5” wheels, a snappy carbon frame, moderate geometry angles, and a medium amount of travel make for a bike that responds very directly to rider input.

In my opinion, GX Eagle is by far the best MTB group for the money. Having ridden both GX and X01 Eagle bikes, there is obviously a difference in weight and aesthetics, but I can’t tell the difference in actual shift performance. For my money, this group is right where you want to be.

I’m also all smiles with the fork, and love that we spec’d a 140 mm rather than a 130 that Santa Cruz does on its house builds. This slackens out the head tube angle, making descents at speed a little more composed, and raises the low bottom bracket Santa Cruz bikes are known for and helps you prevent some pedal strikes.

My favorite aspect of this bike is that it’s a build we at Competitive Cyclist put together, which allows the customer to change the componentry to his or her liking on a custom order placed through the Gearheads here. That brings me to the two things I would change about this bike, which are the dropper post and the tires.

The Pro Koryak dropper spec’d on the build has 120 mm travel, so tall riders like me (6’3”) will need something longer to keep that minimum insertion line hidden in the seat tube. On the other end of the spectrum, people riding a small frame will want to swap to a 100 mm dropper to ensure that the saddle height isn’t too high with the post at full extension.

The other change I would make would be the tires. The bike comes with a 27.5” x 2.2” tire in the rear, but the frame can easily clear a 2.4. The rear tire wandered a bit more than I would have liked on loose, rocky sections of trail. A selection from Maxxis matching up with your local trail conditions is the ideal solution, with my pick being a Minion DHF up front and probably a High Roller in the rear.

I am a hair under 6’3” and usually get away with riding size large Santa Cruz bikes for demo’ing, although an XL would be preferred. I rode the 5010 in size large and it felt smaller than any size modern bike I’ve ridden of the same size recently (SB5, Hightower, Ripley LS, etc.) so many riders will want to go up a size.

I’d give the bike a 3.5/5 as it sits now, with the potential of it being a 4.5/5 with the proposed changes I mentioned. So for now, 4 stars it is.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an order for the bike, feel free to email me at zbonte@backcountry.com.