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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

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    5010 2.1 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

    Making quick directional changes and bringing poppy-playful fun to every ride, the 5010 2.1 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike from Santa Cruz emphasizes nimble handling and responsiveness for long days in the mountains and hot laps after work on local trails. The 5010's nimble leanings originally drew inspiration from the legendary Blur TR, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz's line. This particular version of the 5010 features Santa Cruz's aluminum construction for reliable strength without resorting to dropping all your cash on a pricier carbon model. Budget-conscious riders will be happy to know that geometry stays consistent with all frames in the 5010 line-up, allowing those without stacked bank accounts to reap the same benefits of playfulness and nimble trail handling.

    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. The second generation 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees, as well as slammed chainstays of only 16.7 inches. By making the front end longer, you'll find the 5010 is much roomier in the cockpit, without the need for a longer stem for riders between sizes.

    These changes in geometry retain the original bike's agile handling on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence when you're dropping into steep descents and holding your line through rough terrain, such as rock gardens and roots. By slamming the chainstays to sub 17-inch status, you'll find the 5010 to be highly adept at navigating tight switchbacks and roosting around berms, as well as providing the agility to change direction at a moment's notices, hinting to those Blur roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip.

    Looking to the 5010's VPP suspension, you'll note it carries the 2.1 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 a bit more stand-over, which is especially helpful if you're a shorter rider on the smaller model.

    Compared to the first generation of 5010, the second generation gets the slightest increase in travel, bumping up from its previous 125 to 130 millimeters. However, the big story with the second generation 5010 is the improved suspension performance, which provides better sensitivity to small bumps, such as tiny rocks and momentum-robbing roots. The mid-stroke is more supportive as well, with it being more linear for greater consistency without the tendency to settle in the middle of its stroke like previous generations of VPP. However, you'll find it's still quite progressive at the end of its stroke, ramping up aggressively to prevent you from harshly bottoming out. This progressive end stroke is really nice when you're pushing the 5010 to the edge of its capabilities, as you'll have a hard time bottoming it out, even on terrain that's better suited for a bike with six inches of travel.

    Delving into the build, you'll be pleased to find the addition of SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain, which offers a massive gear range of 500 percent, all without messing with a pesky front derailleur. If you're coming from a 2x set-up, you'll find the gigantic 50-tooth cog provides plenty of low-end for powering up the steepest climbs. Other notable features of this build include a RockShox Pike RCT3 DebonAir fork with 35-millimeter stanchions for a reliably stiff chassis over rough terrain and mid-sized drops.

    • Santa Cruz's quintessential trail bike with nimble handling
    • Aluminum frame for reliable strength without the lofty price tag
    • 130mm of VPP suspension for a responsive pedaling platform
    • 67-degree head tube balances stability with steering response
    • Longer reach keeps you comfortable and confident on descents
    • Short chainstays and low bottom bracket for cornering prowess
    • SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain with massive 500% gear range
    • RockShox Pike RCT3 DebonAir fork with 130mm of plush travel
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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    Aluminum
    Suspension
    VPP
    Rear Shock
    FOX Float Performance DPS
    Rear Travel
    130mm
    Fork
    RockShox Pike RCT3 DebonAir
    Front Travel
    140mm
    Headset
    Cane Creek 40 IS
    Shifters
    SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
    ISCG Tabs
    ISCG-05
    Crankset
    SRAM GX Eagle DUB
    Chainring Sizes
    32t
    Crank Arm Length
    [Small] 170mm, [Medium-X-Large] 175mm
    Bottom Bracket
    SRAM DUB
    Bottom Bracket Type
    English
    Cassette
    SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle
    Cassette Range
    10 - 50t
    Chain
    SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
    Brakeset
    SRAM Guide R
    Brake Type
    Hydraulic Disc
    Rotors
    SRAM CenterLine Rounded 180mm
    Handlebar
    Race Face Aeffect R
    Handlebar Rise
    20mm
    Handlebar Width
    780mm
    Grips
    Lizard Skins Charger Evo Lock-On
    Stem
    Race Face Aeffect R
    Stem Length
    50mm
    Saddle
    WTB Volt Comp
    Seatpost
    Crank Brothers Highline Dropper
    Wheelset
    Mercury Wheels Enduro Alloy
    Front Axle
    15mm Boost
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148mm
    Tires
    Michelin Force AM
    Tire Size
    27.5 x 2.35in
    Pedals
    not included
    Recommended Use
    trail
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    he 5010 is like getting back together with a high school buddy for a night on the town. It's just down right fun! Every time you get on this bike you'll forget about everything else but the moment and just rip it up!
    This mid travel (130/140) 27.5 toy is simply down for whatever, hit some small jumps, technically climbs, DH Park or an all day adventure. This is the bike that anyone can get on and no matter what terrain you ride you will have a good time.
    For Reference I'm 5'9" 32" inseam at 175lbs. I have ridden the Medium and the Large and had just as much fun on both.