Get Creative With Your Surroundings: The New Santa Cruz 5010 is Here

Date Jun 16, 2020
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We haven't had the chance to ride or even lay our eyes on the new 5010 just yet, but there are some highlights. The first is size specific rear centre measurements so riders on small and XL will have scaled sizing on both ends of the bike. There are also some refinements to Reserve Wheels and a new derailleur hanger from SRAM that's interesting. All this one a 140/130mm 27.5 platform that's only available in carbon. We'll give you more in depth selections once we get one on the dirt.

And the video is so rad!

The 5010 turns obstacles into features. Its nimble, poppy feel makes even the most mundane rides feel like they're loaded with features to hop, skip and jump over. It's the kind of bike that makes new trails feel as familiar as the back of your hand

27.5 is the fun-sized wheel size. Smaller wheels provide an ideal balance between toughness and weight saving making them the most fleet-footed (or quick fingered) whether launching logs or weaving through stumps. With its quick and agile character, the 5010 has become a go-to plaything for progressive riders the world over and the only contender on any backyard trails.


It’s a bike that goes harder than its vital stats may suggest. A 140mm-travel fork is paired with 130mm at the rear, the lower-link VPP configuration of which leaves you feeling there’s a lot more travel at hand. And you can choose how out of hand you want to get, as this pocket rocket fits all sizes and types of rear shocks.


It’s no handful either. The relatively slack head angle makes it predictable to steer, the relatively low BB height turns like it's on tracks and the short chainstays make this plaything easy to pick up and throw around.


No matter how much of a big kid you are the bike grows with you. We’ve tailored the geometry so frame size is matched to size specific chainstay lengths and super-low standover heights make it feel (almost) like that BMX you had as a kid. Okay, perhaps that’s a bit nostalgic, but the 5010’s certainly a perfect gateway to the highs only proper mountain biking can offer.


5010’s balance and poise can turn any rider from cautious neophyte into a fully fledged flyer. The legendary Santa Cruz fit, finish and quality construction make this pocket rocket tougher than a Tonka toy. Fun and games are guaranteed, and the frame, linkages and optional Reserve wheels come with a lifetime warranty


So don’t be afraid, roll up your sleeves and go get creative!

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+2 Pete Roggeman Dan
Brigham_Rupp  - June 16, 2020, 6:43 a.m.

It’s interesting to me that companies often feel the need to say something like this in their marketing for shorter travel bikes: “...leaves you feeling there’s a lot more travel at hand.” Shouldn’t we want the bike because it doesn’t feel like bikes with more travel? Are we all still trapped in the “more travel is better” paradigm that sucked me in 15 years ago?


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Michel Vis  - June 16, 2020, 8:57 a.m.

I was 100% sure I'd never buy a 5010.  That video however was pure genius so now I'm only 99% sure. Well played Santa Cruz, well played..


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