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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon CC GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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    Flickable precision.

    The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon CC GX Complete Mountain Bike draws its nimble handling, low-slung geometry, and efficient pedaling platform from the legendary Blur, making it far 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 you'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 only 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 GX 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 slightly 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.

    • Santa Cruz's flagship trail bike with a quick, nimble 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 a 140mm fork)
    • Longer reach keeps you comfortable and composed on descents
    • Short chainstays and low bottom bracket for cornering prowess
    • SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain provides a massive gear range
    • 140mm RockShox Pike Fork makes it more capable on descents
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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    Carbon CC
    Rear Shock
    FOX Float Performance DPS
    Rear Travel
    130 mm
    RockShox Pike RCT3 DebonAir
    Front Travel
    140 mm
    Cane Creek 40-Series ZS44/28.6 Short Top Assembly
    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
    Front Derailleur
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
    SRAM GX Eagle GXP Direct-Mount (32 t)
    Bottom Bracket
    73 mm BSA shell, SRAM GXP Team bottom bracket
    Crank Arm Length
    175 mm
    SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle, 12-speed (10 - 50t)
    SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
    SRAM Guide RS
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    SRAM CenterLine, 180 mm
    Race Face Aeffect R, 35 mm
    Handlebar Width
    780 mm
    Lizard Skins Moab lock-on
    Race Face Aeffect R, 35 mm clamp
    Stem Length
    50 mm
    WTB Volt Comp
    120 mm PRO Koryak Adjustable Seatpost with Race Face Turbine 1x remote
    Seatpost Diameter
    31.6 mm
    Mercury Enduro Alloy 27.5 in Boost
    Front Axle
    15 x 110 mm Boost
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148 mm Boost
    Continental Mountain King
    Tire Size
    [front] 27.5 x 2.4 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.2 in
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame, 2 years on wheels

    Tech Specs

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    agile bike, customizable build.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Read almost any review of a recent 5010 and you’ll see words like “playful” and “agile”. After taking our house build 5010 out on the trails, I wholeheartedly agree. The combination of Santa Cruz’s beloved VPP suspension platform, 27.5” wheels, a snappy carbon frame, moderate geometry angles, and a medium amount of travel make for a bike that responds very directly to rider input.

    In my opinion, GX Eagle is by far the best MTB group for the money. Having ridden both GX and X01 Eagle bikes, there is obviously a difference in weight and aesthetics, but I can’t tell the difference in actual shift performance. For my money, this group is right where you want to be.

    I’m also all smiles with the fork, and love that we spec’d a 140 mm rather than a 130 that Santa Cruz does on its house builds. This slackens out the head tube angle, making descents at speed a little more composed, and raises the low bottom bracket Santa Cruz bikes are known for and helps you prevent some pedal strikes.

    My favorite aspect of this bike is that it’s a build we at Competitive Cyclist put together, which allows the customer to change the componentry to his or her liking on a custom order placed through the Gearheads here. That brings me to the two things I would change about this bike, which are the dropper post and the tires.

    The Pro Koryak dropper spec’d on the build has 120 mm travel, so tall riders like me (6’3”) will need something longer to keep that minimum insertion line hidden in the seat tube. On the other end of the spectrum, people riding a small frame will want to swap to a 100 mm dropper to ensure that the saddle height isn’t too high with the post at full extension.

    The other change I would make would be the tires. The bike comes with a 27.5” x 2.2” tire in the rear, but the frame can easily clear a 2.4. The rear tire wandered a bit more than I would have liked on loose, rocky sections of trail. A selection from Maxxis matching up with your local trail conditions is the ideal solution, with my pick being a Minion DHF up front and probably a High Roller in the rear.

    I am a hair under 6’3” and usually get away with riding size large Santa Cruz bikes for demo’ing, although an XL would be preferred. I rode the 5010 in size large and it felt smaller than any size modern bike I’ve ridden of the same size recently (SB5, Hightower, Ripley LS, etc.) so many riders will want to go up a size.

    I’d give the bike a 3.5/5 as it sits now, with the potential of it being a 4.5/5 with the proposed changes I mentioned. So for now, 4 stars it is.

    If you have any questions or would like to set up an order for the bike, feel free to email me at