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:

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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.

 

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I may need a 5010 sticker

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Great execution of the VPP design with 27.5 wheels

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Tapered head tube

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

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Shimano SLX Shifters with Deore Brakes

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

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Dropper post cable routing options

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Fox CTD Fork

 

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

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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.

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

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Dang, that’s a pretty bike.

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Initial testing has begun.

More Info: Visit SantaCruzBikes.com | 5010 Review

 

Written By

Kevin Glover is an outdoorsman living in Northern Nevada. He hikes, bikes and backpacks where he grew up near the beautiful Ruby Mountains, not to mention a little place called Tahoe.