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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon XT Reserve Mountain Bike


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Why We Like the 5010 Carbon XT Reserve Mountain Bike

The redesigned 5010 turns any stretch of trail or road into your playground. With 130mm of rear travel in a 27.5in wheel platform, the 5010 begs to pop off that trailside feature and take the most playful lines back to the trailhead. Santa Cruz updated the 5010 this season, changing the geometry and echoing changes to other frames with the lower-link VPP design for more efficient pedaling and more fun on the descents. Paired with Shimano's rugged and capable XT drivetrain and Santa Cruz's own Reserve Carbon Wheels, this model of the 5010 arrives ready for the feature-packed trails of your local mountain or park.

Santa Cruz’s updates to the geometry of the 5010 make it more playful than ever with slacker headtube and steeper seat tube angles, as well as size-specific chainstay lengths. The slacker front end provides confidence when descending and greater stability in technical terrain. With 15mm longer reach in this year’s model, Santa Cruz compensated to make the seat tube 2-degrees steeper, which means all those improvements at the front end don’t come at the cost of climbing efficiency. The short chainstays liven up the back end, so you can nimbly wind through the trees or hit features, while the proportional length ensures that rides of all heights get the same grin while coming down the mountain. While maintaining the 130mm rear travel, the 2021 model now comes spec’d with a 140mm fork for that extra pop when you need it. We all have our preferences for how a bike handles, so the flip chip in the rear linkage allows you to vary between high (steeper) and low (more slack) geometry settings with the turn of a hex key.

This year’s 5010 is only available in carbon, and this particular bike utilizes Santa Cruz's Carbon C layup, which makes for a resoundingly stiff frame for swift acceleration and unflappable poise when you're pointing it down lines that question your confidence. This layup adds a few grams but also saves some dollars relative to their Carbon CC construction. Santa Cruz specs this iteration of the 5010 with only the finest in trail-riding finery. Shimano’s XT drivetrain and brakes deliver precise shifting across a wide gear range, with the power to check speed, should you encounter a moose on the trail, for example. The redesigned 5010 edges away from the plus-sized tires of its predecessors and comes paired with Santa Cruz’s Reserve Carbon rims and Maxxis DHR 2.4in tires, ready to carry you access the most feature-laden trail sections and park laps.

  • Santa Cruz's fun-loving 27.5in trail bike sees some updates
  • Progressive geo with slacker head tube and longer reach
  • Steep 77-degree seat tube for efficient pedaling
  • Chainstay length varies with frame size for optimal handling
  • Lower-link VPP suspension has a smoother, more predictable feel
  • Carbon C frame offers legendary strength and stiffness
  • Built with Shimano's newest XT 12-speed group
  • Universal derailleur hanger makes it easier to find replacements
  • Item #SNZK18Z

Frame Material
Carbon C
Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
Rear Travel
RockShox Pike Select+
Front Travel
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
Shimano XT M8100
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT M8100 12speed
Shimano XT M8100
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
[x-small - small] 170mm, [medium - x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
Shimano XT
Bottom Bracket Type
BSA, 73mm
Shimano XT M8100
Cassette Range
10 - 51t
Shimano XT M8100 12speed
Shimano XT M8120
Brake Type
hydraulic disc, post-mount calipers
Shimano XT RT86 Ice Tech, 180mm
Santa Cruz Carbon Riser Bar
Handlebar Width
[x-small - small] 760mm, [medium - x-large] 800mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
Burgtec Enduro MK3 42mm
Stem Length
WTB Silverado Team
RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6mm
Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle
15mm thru-axle
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm thru-axle
[front] Maxxis Minion DHR II MaxxGRIP EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C EXO TR
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.4in
not included
downtube protector, swingarm protector, shock fender, shuttle bumper
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
cross-country, trail
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