Santa Cruz 5010

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31.34, 30.84, 31.02, 29.55 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Santa Cruz 5010. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • The Santa Cruz 5010 is a lively, 27.5” trail bike with VPP suspension that provides riders with comfort over rocks and roots.
  • Experts rarely experienced harsh bottom-outs with the VPP suspension, following jumps or drops.
  • The long reach, slack head tube angle and wide handlebars provide riders with excellent stability on the Santa Cruz 5010.
  • Adjustable rear pivot points and flip chip adjustments on the bike's geometry allow riders to fine-tune the bike to best suit their riding style and the trails they ride.
  • The Santa Cruz 5010 is a fast and efficient climber.
  • Experts found that even with the shock in the open position, climbs were bob-free on the bike.
  • The steep seat tube angle puts riders in a stable position for technical and rocky climbs.
  • Santa Cruz has different chainstay lengths on each size of the 5010 to provide riders with balance and control on the bike.
  • A small mudflap protects the shock on the bike.
  • The Santa Cruz 5010 has an easy-to-maintain, threaded bottom bracket.
  • The bike’s geometry, 27.5” wheels and grippy Maxxis tires allow it to smoothly maneuver through corners.
  • The stiff carbon frame and efficient VPP suspension allow riders to accelerate quickly on the Santa Cruz 5010.
  • The bike has internally routed cables. Tunnels through the frame prevent the cables from rattling.
  • The Santa Cruz 5010 is available in sizes XS through XL, fitting a wide range of riders.
  • Experts agree that Santa Cruz Palmdale grips and a WTB Silverado saddle are comfortable.
  • The bike's high-quality carbon frame comes with a lifetime warranty.
  • The Maxxis DHR II tires provide riders with excellent traction.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The bike is expensive.
  • Experts agree that the bike is not as fast-rolling as 29” options.

Bottom line

The Santa Cruz 5010 is a playful 27.5” trail bike. The bike has 130mm of travel in the rear and 140mm of travel in the front fork. The bike has a carbon frame that comes with a lifetime warranty, adjustable geometry and internally routed cables. The VPP suspension system allows room for a water bottle in the frame. Experts agree the bike climbs and corners with ease. The 5010 is expensive.

Expert Reviews

84/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Bike Perfect

Santa Cruz 5010 CC X01 RSV Review

The fourth-generation 5010 builds the lower linkage VPP suspension of all the other Santa Cruz trail bikes into a longer, slacker chassis. The result is more capable than ever but detail changes and dynamic ride feel mean it’s still as much of a hell-raiser than ever, even at higher speeds in bigger terrain.

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Santa Cruz 5010 CC X01 RSV Review

Yet while the new 5010 isn’t quite as restless or fidgety as the old bike, it’s still an easy bike to throw around and remains a serious amount of fun on the trail.

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Santa Cruz 5010 CC XO1 Review

The new 5010 is still designed around the 27.5in wheel and is meant to pop, pump, and jump over every nub or bump you can find.

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First Ride: 2021 Santa Cruz 5010 – Get Jibby With It

I will say it doesn’t quite have the same level of snappiness as its predecessors – some of that sharpness had been dulled a bit, but that does make it feel better in rougher terrain. It’s become more versatile, even though the amount of travel hasn’t increased.

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2021 Santa Cruz 5010 Test Ride & Review: Still the BMX Mountain Bike?

Basically, the bike is a BMX mountain bike.

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User Ratings

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