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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 $6,599.00
Swift and nimble trail machine.
The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon CC XO1 Complete Mountain Bike takes its quick and nimble trail leanings from the legendary Blur, making it inherently 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 we'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 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 XO1 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 10 millimeters 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.
- Premiere trail bike exhibits a playful, lively 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 140mm fork)
- Longer reach keeps you comfortable and composed on descents
- Short chainstays and low bottom bracket for cornering prowess
- SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain has massive range and shifts crisply
- 140mm Rockshox Pike Fork makes it more capable on descents
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Jack of All Trades
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The 5010 can handle anything you throw at it. I took this bike on a few different rides on varying terrain. The first ride we went down to Moab and rode a trail that had it all, punchy climbs, steep technical descents and flowy singlet track. It handled it all with relative ease. It descends as well as it climbs and handles the very technical rocky descents very well. On my second ride I took it to a flow park in Park City. It has everything from big doubles to wooden features, I was blown away by how well this bike does in the air. If you need one bike that does it all this is the bike to get!