I recently spent a week in Colorado and Utah riding various rental bikes.  I was tried the Santa Cruz 5010 C, Pivot Mach 5.5, BMC Speedfox 3, and a Devinci DJango.  All the bikes rode well, but the Pivot and Santa Cruz stood out as the most fun!  When I found an amazing deal on the Santa Cruz 5010, I had to go for it!

My riding style on the previous Salsa El Mariachi 29er and the 26″ Kona Hei Hei was more on the slow and technical side.  The Santa Cruz 5010 had me hopping on and over anything I can!  I come from a BMX background, riding and racing bikes as a teenager, so this was just amazing to me!

The 27.5 tires grip like crazy, giving you confidence to really carve into turns.  With the tires aired down a bit they roll over everything I can throw at them, at least here in Michigan! This could also be due to the suspension working to keep the tires planted over braking stutter bumps, roots or rocks going into turns.   Some say there is a drawback to 27.5 on climbs, I have to agree they don’t climb as well as the 29s but it hasn’t been enough to make me want to switch back.

So far it’s been a great bike, fun and easy to ride from the get-go!

From Competitive Cyclist:

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Santa Cruz’s mid-2016 revamp of its much-loved 5010 saw it come back longer, lower, and slacker than its 1.0 predecessor for confident handling on bigger lines than you thought possible. The 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike sees those updates extended into this model year with an outfit of SRAM GX componentry, hydraulic brakes, and 130mm of smooth front and rear travel to carry big speed through gnarly terrain.

The redesign that unveiled the 5010 2.0 is so pervasive that it touches on virtually every important frame dimension, with the biggest change coming in the head tube angle. The front end slacks out a full degree, dropping from 68 to 67 in a move that brings it in line with the previous Bronson model. The frame’s reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former stretching out and the latter dropping slightly. Capping things off with a short stem helps preserve steering while taking advantage of that slack aggression.

The rear triangle tightens up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility with a steeper, longer, and wider seat tube, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While grinding over the crux of a climb or crushing speed on singletrack, the steeper angle nets a more efficient pedaling posture, making it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke. The new seat tube also accommodates a longer dropper post, giving more freedom for saddle height on descents. While climbing, stubbier chainstays contribute to transferring power more efficiently, and Boost axle spacing maintains a stiffer wheelset.

The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) also got hit by the redesign hammer. Where the old suspension curve described a deep “U,” VPP3’s curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping at either end of the travel arc. The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP3 boasts increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy trail and root lattices. It also maintains its predecessor’s firm feel during accelerations while jockeying for position in a mass start or a finishing sprint. When paired with FOX’s Evol air can, the ramp-up arc doesn’t dramatically alter as the shock compresses. The pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottom-outs, even while the axle’s path turns rearward as travel increases to absorb big hits. Santa Cruz’s Carbon C frame construction remains unchanged, so the 5010 2.0 enjoys the same durability and stiffness of previous generations. Santa Cruz uses a single layup for both triangles instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes, allowing engineers to wrap the bracket. The continuous wrapping strengthens the frame and dissipates the force from impacts. Compared to building with individual tubes, the advantages of Santa Cruz’s construction methods go some way toward mitigating the differences between Carbon C and the more expensive Carbon CC models.Despite that extensive list of changes, most of the obsessive details that we’ve come to associate with the clean lines and understated aesthetics of Santa Cruz frames carry over. These include down tube and chainstay protectors, ISCG-05 tabs, and the 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell. It’s impossible for us to overstate how much we love threaded bottom brackets. As advanced as Santa Cruz’s Carbon CC construction has become, even it can’t produce molded bottom bracket PressFit cups that rival the precision of CNC-machined threads. A threaded bottom bracket adds a touch of weight and the extra labor is reflected in the price, but we think the reduced creaking and greater durability are worth it.

  • Well-balanced trail bike with 130mm of VPP3 suspension
  • Updated geometry is slacker, longer, and lower
  • C-level carbon frame provides high levels of stiffness
  • 130mm front and rear travel for supple trail manners
  • SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain with Raceface Aeffect 32t crankset
  • Santa Cruz blends cutting-edge design with timeless aesthetics

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Frame: Carbon C chassis, tapered head tube, forged upper link.
Rear Shock: Fox Float Performance, 130mm
Fork: Fox Rhythm, 130mm
Headset: Cane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
Wheels: WTB STP i23 TCS rims laced to Novatec D711 110x15mm front hub and Novatec D712 148x12mm rear hub w/ DT 14 gauge spokes, alloy nipples
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 27.5×2.3, Tubeless Ready
Rear Tire: Maxxis Crossmark 2 27.5×2.25, Tubeless Ready
Cassette: SRAM XG1150, 10-42t, 11-speed
Chain: SRAM PC1110, 11-speed
Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX, 11-speed
Crankset: Race Face Aeffect, 32t
Shifter: SRAM NX
Brakes: SRAM Level T with Avid Centerline 180mm Rotors
Handlebars: Race Face Ride 760mm, 35mm clamp
Stem: Race Face Ride
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Seatpost: Race Face Ride
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Weight: 29.43 lbs



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Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 15.6in 22.6in 23in 15.9in 27.9in 3.9in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 44in
M 16.5in 23.5in 23.4in 16.7in 28.2in 4.3in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 45.9in
L 17.7in 24.4in 23.7in 17.5in 28.3in 4.7in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 45.9in
XL 19.5in 25.7in 24.1in 18.7in 28.8in 5.1in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 47.2in


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