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The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve complete mountain bike is often praised for its excellent singletrack manners and instinctive handling, but it’s far from just a mild-mannered trail machine. Underneath the surface of this 27.5-wheeled exercise in versatility is a wild side that’s just begging to be unleashed.
The 5010’s subtle inclination towards a wilder style of riding befits its lineage. It’s a direct descendent of the Blur 4X, a groundbreaking machine that was essentially a dual slalom bike that could happily be pedaled on day-long rides. The family resemblance is crystal clear, as the 5010’s combination of comfortable cockpit position and slalom-inspired cornering make it a truly rewarding ride for riders of nearly any skill level.
With 5in of VPP suspension, the 5010 has enough suspension on tap to make the most of technical trails, without dulling the ability for the rider to push it to the edge. As with all VPP bikes, the 5010’s counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it’s tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel.
Of course, the poised cornering and playful attitude that have come to define the 5010 are largely due to its highly refined geometry. The 67-degree head angle remains stable at speed, while still being quick to initiate a change of direction. At 16.7 inches, the 5010 has shorter chainstays than any of Santa Cruz’s other trail bikes, which further enhances its willingness to rail berms and dive into off camber corners. At 13.1 inches, its bottom bracket is just high enough to avoid excessive pedal strikes, while remaining settled in situations where aggressive lean angles are required. It’s a setup that forgoes the longer-is-better line of thinking in favor of a machine that’s quick and responsive. And that handling has made it a favorite both of dedicated trail riders, and Santa Cruz pros pushing the physical limits.
The 5010 is built using Santa Cruz’s top tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Santa Cruz is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight, while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. Of course, balancing these factors requires true mastery of carbon fiber, and the design team at Santa Cruz has proven time and time again that their command of carbon fiber construction is unsurpassed in the bike industry. The result is a frame that will hold up to years of hard riding, will provide a comfortable ride, and will do so at a very competitive weight.
This 5010 build is dressed in components that bring out its most impressive attributes. It begins with suspension from Fox: a 36 FLOAT FIT4 Performance Elite fork paired with the new FLOAT DPS Factory air shock. This setup offers a supple stroke, on-the-fly adjustments at the flip of a lever, and easy tuning for both suspension gurus and those less experienced. SRAM’s phenomenal X01 Eagle 12 speed groupset provides the gear range necessary to take on big climbs and all-day rides, while the Guide brakes keep speed in check when diving into turns. The Rockshox Reverb dropper post enables the necessary on-the-fly saddle height adjustment, while the Santa Cruz carbon fiber handlebar offers a perfectly tuned balance of stiffness and flex that simply surpasses many of the best aftermarket carbon fiber handelbars available.
Perhaps most exciting, this version of the 5010 rolls on Santa Cruz’s Reserve carbon rims, laced to a DT Swiss 350 hubset. The Reserve rims showcase Santa Cruz’s carbon fiber expertise, with a highly refined profile and reinforced nipple beads that nearly eliminate any chance of failure. And should you defy those odds, the Reserve rims are backed by a no-nonsense lifetime warranty, just like Santa Cruz’s carbon fiber frames.
- Quick and nimble 27.5 trail bike for those wanting a lively ride
- 5in of highly efficient VPP suspension
- 74-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency
- Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction
- Carbon CC frame saves weight without sacrificing strength
- X01 Eagle drivetrain features the ultimate bailout gear
- The Reserve hoops extend Santa Cruz's carbon genius beyond the frame
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- Q & A
Perfectly Balanced Fun
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This thing is fantastic. I don't think I can say enough about how fun this bike is, and how aggressively it can be ridden. For only having 130mm of travel it sure uses it wisely. I had a chance to put it to task on some trails that would have been more suited to the Bronson and was beyond impressed by how well it handled. I rode the Bronson all last year and expected the gap between it and the 5010 to be bigger, but I have to admit, for the majority of the trails I ride, the 5010 has been more than enough bike. This bike is livelier an lower speeds than my Bronson was and feels a little quicker and lighter on its feet while climbing. The 5010 has made me rethink how much I needed the extra travel of the Bronson.
In Case you were wondering, the Reserve wheels are really that good. They are more forgiving than the ENVE's which makes for a more pleasant ride, at least for me, and the warranty is absolutely bonkers. IF you brake a wheel while you are riding your bike, Santa Cruz will send you a new wheel... Not a crash replacement, and they aren't going to keep you off of your bike while they lace in a new hoop when you send yours back. They will straight up send you a new complete wheel... Nobody does that! When I was learning about it, I thought it was too good to be true, but sure enough, it is.
A worthy upgrade for sure.
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. Santa Cruz Reserve 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 email@example.com and I'll get you dialed!