Joewrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon CC 27.5+ X01 Eagle Reserve Mountain Bike on August 4, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
To get a perspective for me as a rider. I am 6' 160lb. I usually ride a long travel 29er Kona Process and a Commencal Furious DH Bike. So I typically end up on a bike with 160mm+ of travel. So this bike was a little different for me, and it was awesome.
This was my first time riding a true plus bike with wide rims and wide tires. It took me a second to get my pressures dialed and ended up riding 24psi in the rear ad 22psi in the front. This worked well for the trail riding I was doing. I did notice hitting some jumps and hard corners that the tires started to give out a little bit being such a low pressure. But overall it provided great traction for climbing and in the tech.
CLIMBING: It has been a little while since I was on a mid travel 27.5 specific trail bike and this reminded me how awesome it is. It has great power transfer as most VPP Santa Cruz bikes do and I felt that the riding positing between the seat tube and angle and 66.5 degree angle this gave me perfect control in climbing. I took this for a 35 mile ride with all sorts of climbing and this felt great the whole time.
DESCENDING: Fun fun funn! This is where i was taken back to how fun 27.5" tires are on a trail bike. On the mellow flowy stuff it just wants to go fast and jib around the trail. It is ultra-responsive and is very confidence inspiring. The carbon rims add to this bike being extra snappy and controllable. When the going gets rough it still feels very controlled. I had a third gen SC Nomad and it reminded me of that. I did notice that is has a little less travel and therefor felt a little rough, but not out of control. Even when it got steep I still felt that this bike performed really well.
THE SPECS: This is an awesome build, I usually don't like carbon rims because I am really hard on them, but that being said it really makes an awesome addition to this bike. The X01 drive train is perfect, great smooth shifting and not necessarily over the top. The carbon SC bars are great. I think that the suspension on this bike is perfect and does not need anything nicer, the lock out on the DPX2 is great for climbing, even though this bike already climbs like a beatury. Things I may change, I would probably get the bars cut to 780mm, I have found that to be the sweet spot for bar width. I may opt for either a bigger rotor or more powerful break, that was just because I did some long descents and like a little extra bite. I would also probably put a Maxxiss Aggressor on the back after I wore through this for a little better cornering tracking.
OVERALL: This bike is awesome, if you want a fun fast extremely capable trail bike that is 27.5" you are going to be stoked on this. I thought I was done with 27.5, but now I want to own this bike. The build is good and not excessive, it is everything anyone will really ever need. I also have to say the purple cool looks really good and is a nice change of pace from regular colors. I even got a compliment about it on the trail. Overall, great bike and I had no complaints.