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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon R2 Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon R2 Complete Mountain Bike


Santa Cruz Bicycles’ 5010 has long been a favorite an all-mountain favorite, bridging the gap between enduro and trail with a versatility not often found in the wild. For 2017, the 5010 2.0 Carbon R2 Complete Mountain Bike carries 2016’s celebrated updates into a new year with new, typically imaginative colorways and kit. This particular build gets a double chainring and Shimano’s workhorse SLX componentry—itself the beneficiary of a recent re-working—for a wide range of precise gearing.

2016’s 2.0 updates touch on almost every important aspect of frame geometry. The biggest change is to the head tube, which drops one degree from 68 to 67. That’s the same as the previous Bronson model, and it situates the 5010 2.0 just this side of a slacked-out enduro monster. The frame’s reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former tacking on an additional 20-25mm, depending on size, and the latter dropping slightly. The combined result of these apparently minor tweaks is a longer, lower, more stable frame that eagerly attacks lines that the previous 5010 would have to think twice about.

While the 5010 2.0’s front end and bottom bracket recline, the changes out back tighten things up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility. The seat tube is steeper, longer, and wider, which benefits the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While torqueing over the crux of a climb or grinding speed on singletrack, the steeper angle puts the rider in a more efficient pedaling posture, making it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke. On steep descents, the shorter, fatter seat tube allows for more dropper travel, which nets increased stability when gravity dictates your speed and unruly trail furniture impedes you.

The 5010 2.0’s chainstays are stubbier, reduced from the previous 5010’s already impressive 17.12in to an even stiffer, more agile 16.8in. On the trail, this translates to increased power transfer when dropping watts into the pedals and nimbler dexterity when gnarly terrain turns the tables. The frame’s rear triangle terminates in a boosted 12 x 148mm rear axle, making for more rear clearance which in turn allows for those abbreviated chainstays.

Like the frame itself, Santa Cruz’s VPP suspension also sees some updates for its third generation. The most obvious, external changes to the 5010 2.0’s suspension are an additional 5mm of travel and a relocation of the system’s counter-rotating links. These updates make for a better standover height, ground clearance, and stiffer rear end; however, the new VPP’s real pride is in its revised tuning. The altered suspension curve keeps today’s version riding higher than its predecessor, 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 the hole shot in a mass start or finishing sprint.

As the suspension compresses deeper, the lower link takes over, letting the rear wheel back out of big hits. This is similar to the old VPP, but the overall curve across travel is less dramatic with the newest iteration. VPP’s suspension curve formerly described a deep “U”; now, it 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 Float Performance shock, 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, bottoming-out.

The 5010 Carbon features a full carbon fiber frame boasting the same stiffness, durability, and strength as Santa Cruz’s top-line Carbon CC frame. It’s just made with a less costly carbon fiber that carries a tiny bit more weight and brings a big reduction in overall price. The frame’s two carbon triangles are built as whole pieces rather than glued together from disparate bits, a method that saves weight and increases structural integrity by allowing Santa Cruz to wrap carbon continuously through and around key junctures. This process reinforces the frame with less material while eliminating the artificial stress points that result from bonded construction methods. Finally, the carbon is also compacted from the inside and the outside for a more even finish that avoids any structural defects, excess material build-up, and resin pooling for added weight savings.

Despite the extensive list of changes for the 2.0 models, most of the obsessive details that we’ve come to associate with the clean lines and understated aesthetics of Santa Cruz frames carry over. 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 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.

A trail bike that overlaps with the enduro world

5in of travel feel deeper with Santa Cruz’s VPP suspension design

Aggressive 2.0 geometry expands all-mountain versatility

Carbon construction process reduces weight and increases strength

Boost thru-axles increase stiffness and improve tracking

Lightweight and reliable Shimano SLX componentry

Internal cable routing maintains clean lines


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon R2 Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Carbon C



Rear Shock:

Fox Float Performance

Rear Travel:

130 mm


Fox Rhythm

Front Travel:

130 mm


Cane Creek 10 Series tapered, cartridge bearing


Shimano SLX M7000 SL

Front Derailleur:

Shimano SLX M7000 direct-mount

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow Plus

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05


26 / 36 t Shimano SLX M7000

Bottom Bracket:

included w/ crankset


Shimano SLX M7000


Shimano SLX M7000


SRAM Level T

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


180 mm Avid Centerline


Race Face Ride 760mm, 35mm clamp

Handlebar Width:

760 mm


Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on


Race Face Ride, 35mm clamp


WTB Volt Race


Race Face Ride 31.6 x 400mm




[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D712

Front Axle:

15 x 110m Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost


[front[Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Ikon 2 EXO TR

Tire Size:

[front] 27.5 x 2.3 in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.25 in


not included

Recommended Use:


Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

Actual Weight:

Matte Black/Yellow, M: 13740g


2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon R2 Complete Mountain Bike


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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