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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike


2016’s 2.0 revamp saw some big changes for the 5010, and Santa Cruz is happy to continue with that lauded 2.0 geometry in the 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Complete Mountain Bike. Building on its much-loved heritage, this 5010 shows up to the party longer, lower, and slacker than the 1.0 version for a more aggressive position that just begs to carry more speed over big, technical lines.

On the component side of things, SRAM’s new X01 Eagle drivetrain breaks free of traditional industry norms with its revolutionary 12-speed cassette. Essentially, Eagle lets you have the standard 10-42 11-cog cassette you’ve grown to love in your old one-by 11-speed drivetrain and tacks on a massive 50-tooth bailout cog that’ll save your legs on steep, grindy climbs that normally would have you praying for extra gears to apparate out of the sky. Add in a dropper post, SRAM hydraulic brakes, 130mm of front and rear travel, and you have a fast, responsive bike ready for almost any terrain.

The 5010 2.0’s geometry represents a departure from the original 5010, which Santa Cruz first rolled out in 2013 and which was itself a marked departure from the Blur DNA from whence it sprang. The redesign 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 third generation of Santa Cruz’s VPP suspension is another returning feature that was first introduced on the 2016 5010 2.0. The most immediately obvious benefits here include an additional 5mm of travel and a relocation of the system’s counter-rotating links. These changes make for a better standover height, ground clearance, and stiffer rear end; however, the latest VPP’s real proof is in its revised tuning. The altered suspension curve keeps it riding even higher than the previous VPP, increasing small bump compliance and keeping the tires glued to the trail for more efficient traction across the successive impacts of lumpy courses and rooty climbs. The initial stroke’s reliance on the upper link activating for a vertical wheel path remains unchanged, maintaining the firm feel during accelerations while jockeying for position in a mass start or a finishing sprint.

As the suspension compresses deeper, the lower link takes over, letting the rear wheel back out of big hits. That’s similar to the old VPP, but the new version’s overall curve across travel is less dramatic. Where the old VPP’s suspension curve describes a deep “U,” this latest model’s curve resembles a flattened check mark — an appropriate shape considering that the design checks off many of the points on our pedal-platform wish list. When paired with FOX’s Evol air can, this makes for a ramp-up arc that doesn’t dramatically alter as the shock compresses, so the pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottoming-out.

All of these changes are included in a frame that’s still built with Santa Cruz’s top-end Carbon CC construction method and materials, which allow the engineers to use less carbon but still hit stiffness targets. The frame is every bit as responsive as the less expensive Carbon C version, but its claimed weight is almost 300g less. Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which also contributes to keeping weight low because the carbon can be wrapped through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and actually requires less material in the process. While it’s being cured, the frame is compacted from inside and out. This final step eliminates excess material and resin pooling, resulting in more structural integrity and, of course, additional weight savings.

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. In ascending order of importance, these include down tube and chainstay protectors, ISCG-05 tabs, and the glorious 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell. It’s impossible for us to overstate how much we love threaded bottom brackets. As advanced as even 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.


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

A trail machine that drops in as eagerly as it climbs

5in of responsive VPP suspension travel

Slacker, longer geometry for sending bigger lines

Extended travel and relocated links push into all-mountain territory

Boost thru-axles increases stiffness and improve tracking

CC Carbon construction reduces weight and increases stiffness

SRAM’s X01 Eagle drivetrain adds the ultimate bailout cog to one-by setups

Few brands know trail rowdiness as well as Santa Cruz Bicycles


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Carbon CC



Rear Shock:

Fox Float Performance Elite

Rear Travel:

130 mm


Fox 34 Float Performance Elite

Front Travel:

130 mm


Cane Creek 40


SRAM X01 Eagle

Front Derailleur:


Rear Derailleur:

SRAM X01 Eagle

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05


32 t SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon

Bottom Bracket:

included w/ crankset


10 – 50 t SRAM XG 1295


SRAM X01 Eagle PowerLock



Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


180 / 180 mm Avid Centerline


Santa Cruz Carbon, 35mm clamp

Handlebar Width:

760 mm


Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on


Race Face Turbine Basic


WTB Silverado Team


RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm travel (125mm on size small)


Race Face ARC 24


DT Swiss 350

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost


[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race EXO

Tire Size:

[front] 27.5 x 2.3 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.35 in

Recommended Use:

trail, mountain bike

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

Actual Weight:

Gloss Red/Mint, M: 12390g



5010 2.0
  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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