In For Review: Santa Cruz 5010 27.5 Trail Machine

In For Review: Santa Cruz 5010 27.5 Trail Machine

Santa Cruz has no problem generating waves in the mountain biking community, and few bikes made a bigger splash than the Santa Cruz 5010, the younger brother to the Bronson. The 5010 uses 27.5 inch wheels coupled with 130mm of travel and a 68 degree headtube angle to give a balanced, do-everything ride.  If you’re familiar with the Santa Cruz lineup, you’re probably thinking that that sounds a whole lot like the Blur; frankly, you’d be right.  The 5010’s 27.5 inch wheels turn the modest amount of travel into a real technical trail gobbler, and we snagged the 5010 with the R AM 27 kit for review.

UPDATE: Read the Santa Cruz 5010 Review

This model kitted out with a wallet-friendly mixed Shimano SLX/Deore drivetrain featuring a clutched SLX Shadow Plus rear derailleur.  Deore brakes (180/160mm rotors), a varied cockpit and meaty Maxxis High Roller 2.3 EXO tubeless tires round off a very solid entry-level kit.

Originally released as the Santa Cruz Solo, the bike went through a name change thanks to a similarly-named 700cc rigid bicycle.  In this press release, Santa Cruz underlined the logic behind the name change.  When you see this graphic, it all makes sense:



Anyway, we’re stoked for the bike – sandwiched next to the Santa Cruz Bantam and the Bronson, we think that the 5010 has a whole lot to offer the technical trail crowd.  Our full review will follow in good time, but in the mean time enjoy these pictures of the Solo… err, 5010.



I may need a 5010 sticker


Great execution of the VPP design with 27.5 wheels


Tapered head tube


Anyone else think the new Fox Evolution bridge looks a lot like the old Marzocchi Angry M? Maybe that’s just me.


Shimano SLX Shifters with Deore Brakes


142x12mm rear axle with IS brake mounts (why no post mount?)


Dropper post cable routing options


Fox CTD Fork



Maxxis’ High Roller 2.3’s are fantastic tires. Definitely a great tire to see stock on a bike at this price point.


The custom Santa Cruz chainslap protector comes standard on all models; not that you’ll need it, with a Shimano SLX Shadow Plus rear derailleur and an ISCG-compatible chain guide mount.


A peek at the VPP design that makes so much of the 5010’s magic possible.


Dang, that’s a pretty bike.


Initial testing has begun.

More Info: Visit | 5010 Review


Written By

Kevin Glover is an outdoorsman living, climbing and biking in Spokane, WA. Originally from the Nevada high desert, he moved to the PNW for its mild winters and allergen-free summers. He has guided throughout the Cascades and Enchantments for Peak 7 Adventures.