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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame


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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame


Consider Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon CC frame the foundation for a nimble and responsive dream ride. Equally capable of taking on all-day epic rides and squeezing out seconds on your favorite sections of trail, the 5010 is all about showcasing its rider’s strengths, so it’s only fitting that you’d want to build it in a fashion that displays your personality as well.

The 5010’s subtle inclination towards a wilder style of riding befits its lineage. It’s a direct descendent of the Blur 4X, a groundbreaking machine that was essentially a dual slalom bike that could happily be pedaled on day-long rides. The family resemblance is crystal clear, as the 5010’s combination of comfortable cockpit position and slalom-inspired cornering make it a truly rewarding ride for riders of nearly any skill level.

With 5in of VPP suspension, the 5010 has enough suspension on tap to make the most of technical trails, without dulling the ability for the rider to push it to the edge. As with all VPP bikes, the 5010’s counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it’s tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel.

Of course, the poised cornering and playful attitude that have come to define the 5010 are largely due to its highly refined geometry. The 67-degree head angle remains stable at speed, while still being quick to initiate a change of direction. At 16.7 inches, the 5010 has shorter chainstays than any of Santa Cruz’s other trail bikes, which further enhances its willingness to rail berms and dive into off camber corners. At 13.1 inches, its bottom bracket is just high enough to avoid excessive pedal strikes, while remaining settled in situations where aggressive lean angles are required. It’s a setup that forgoes the longer-is-better line of thinking in favor of a machine that’s quick and responsive. And that handling has made it a favorite both of dedicated trail riders, and Santa Cruz pros pushing the physical limits.

The 5010 is built using Santa Cruz’s top tier CC carbon fiber construction. By using some of the finest, and strongest, raw materials available, Santa Cruz is able to make its CC level frames extremely lightweight, while maintaining outstanding impact resistance, exceptional stiffness, and just the right amount of finely tuned flex to cancel out trail chatter. Of course, balancing these factors requires true mastery of carbon fiber, and the design team at Santa Cruz has proven time and time again that their command of carbon fiber construction is unsurpassed in the bike industry. The result is a frame that will hold up to years of hard riding, will provide a comfortable ride, and will do so at a very competitive weight.

Quick and nimble 27.5 trail bike for those wanting a lively ride

5in of highly efficient VPP suspension

74-degree seat tube angle optimizes pedaling efficiency

Longer reach shifts weight forward for better traction

Carbon CC frame saves weight without sacrificing strength

Lifetime warranty provides peace of mind


2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame

Frame Material:

CC Carbon Fiber



Wheel Size:


Rear Shock:


Rear Travel:


Head Tube Diameter:

ZS44 Upper/EC49 Lower

Bottom Bracket Type:

73mm BSA

ISCG Tabs:


Cable Routing:


Front Derailleur Mount:

High Direct (Removable)

Brake Type:

ISO Disc

Seatpost Diameter:


Seat Collar:


Rear Axle:

12x148mm DT Swiss RWS

Recommended Use:


Manufacturer Warranty:



2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame


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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