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Like a low-slung sports car.
Bringing nimble, sports car-like handling to your trail aspirations, the Santa Cruz 5010 2.1 Carbon CC XO1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike 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, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version has the Carbon CC frame, which drops the frame's weight by approximately 280 grams from the cheaper 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.
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 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—hinting to its roots 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 exceptional XO1 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. It's hooked up with the Fox 34 Float Performance Elite fork with a stiff 34-millimeter chassis paired with 130 millimeters of smooth, supportive travel.
- 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
- SRAM XO1 Eagle 1x12 drivetrain provides massive gear range
- Fox 34 Float Performance Elite fork with 130mm of travel
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'd call the 5010 Santa Cruz's 27.5 wheeled Swiss army knife. Capable of toeing the line of a weekly XC series, but also more than happy to ride the lift for park laps. Santa Cruz calls it "a bike handlers bike", and it's short wheelbase and tight geo give it a lively and playful feel on the trail. It happily boosts off the smallest rock or root, and rails the corners. My only qualm coming from a 29er was the extra effort needed to get the smaller wheels up to speed once the trail pointed downhill. Let me know if you have any questions about the 5010 and how if compares to other offerings in Santa Cruz's range, or those of other manufacturers.
5010 Be Nimble, 5010 Be Quick!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm 5'11" and 175lbs. I rode a large and it was spot on for sizing. I rode on mostly flow trails with some chunky bits and jumps.
What I liked about the bike:
- I had a Santa Cruz Blur LT (v2) back in the day that I absolutely loved and the 5010 2.0 reminds me of an upgraded & new version of it. This brings back nostalgic, awesome memories on a similar handling bike.
- I'm a fan of the geometry of this bike; its fast and snappy, but I wouldn't be nervous taking it on more technical descents either. Its slack enough with the 67 degree headtube angle and its 5" of travel can get you through most rowdy stuff. I'd also be pretty happy pulling a full day ride in - this is like the Bronson's little brother that can also pack a punch.
- Pedal all day on this bad boy. Its pretty much the only thing it won't be able to do for you! The VPP3 suspension is efficient and I left the rear shock open when pedaling.
-Components are top notch. Raceface Arc 27 wheels (granted I rode it with the Enve m60's) with Maxxis rubber, X01 Eagle drivetrain, solid Fox Elite suspension, and Guide RSC brakes. Can't ask for anything that performs better than that.
What I didn't like about this bike:
- Not much that I didn't like. My riding style might get myself into some more technical terrain regularly, so might throw on a 140mm fork, but other than that there isn't much to change.
If you spend most days rippin' singletrack and are about pedaling (as opposed to shuttle days, etc) and like an aggressive, nimble bike, look no further. Overall just a fun trail bike! Let me know if you have any questions or would like help doing a custom build, reach me at 801.204.4547 or firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get you dialed!