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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 S Complete Mountain Bike


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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 S Complete Mountain Bike


Making quick directional changes and bringing poppy-playful fun to every ride, the Santa Cruz 5010 2.1 S Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes nimble handling and responsiveness for long days in the mountains and hot laps around your local forest loop. The 5010’s nimble leanings originally drew inspiration from the legendary Blur TR, making it inherently more playful than anything in Santa Cruz’s line. This particular version of the 5010 features Santa Cruz’s aluminum construction for reliable strength without having to drop all your precious loot on a pricier carbon model. Budget-conscious riders will be happy to know that geometry stays consistent with all frames in the 5010 line-up, allowing those without stacked bank accounts to reap the same benefits of playfulness and nimble trail handling.

Now that bikes have grown slacker, longer, and lower, it only makes sense the second generation 5010 has adapted to reflect changes in modern trail geometry. The second generation 5010 has a longer reach and wheelbase in conjunction with a slacker head tube angle of 67 degrees, as well as slammed chainstays of only 16.7 inches. By making the front end longer, you’ll find the 5010 is much roomier in the cockpit, without the need for a longer stem for riders between sizes.

These changes in geometry retain the original bike’s agile handling on the trail, yet they instill a bit more confidence when you’re dropping into steep descents and holding your line through rough terrain, such as rock gardens and roots. By slamming the chainstays to sub 17-inch status, you’ll find the 5010 to be highly adept at navigating tight switchbacks and roosting around berms, as well as providing the agility to change direction at a moment’s notice—hinting to its Blur roots as a slalom-inspired trail whip.

Looking to the 5010’s VPP suspension, you’ll be pleased to note it carries the 2017 redesign for improved suspension performance, increased durability, and better stand-over clearance. The lower linkage is neatly tucked above the bottom bracket, which protects it from damaging rock strikes and flinging debris kicked up when you’re rallying over loose chunder. The upper linkage is now attached to the top tube for increased stiffness, as well as a bit more stand-over, which is especially helpful if you’re a shorter rider on the smaller model.

Compared to the first generation of 5010, the second generation gets the slightest increase in travel, bumping up from its previous 125 to 130 millimeters. However, the big story with the second generation 5010 is the improved suspension performance, which provides better sensitivity to small bumps, such as tiny rocks and momentum-robbing roots. The mid-stroke is more supportive as well, with it being more linear for greater consistency without the tendency to settle in the middle of its stroke like previous generations of VPP. However, you’ll find it’s still quite progressive at the end of its stroke, ramping up aggressively to prevent you from harshly bottoming out. This progressive end stroke is really nice when you’re pushing the 5010 to the edge of its capabilities, as you’ll have a hard time bottoming it out, even on terrain that’s better suited for a bike with six inches of travel.

Delving into the “S” kit, you’ll be pleased to find the addition of SRAM’s GX Eagle drivetrain, which offers a massive gear range of 500 percent, all without messing with a pesky front derailleur. If you’re coming from a 2x set-up, you’ll find the gigantic 50-tooth cog provides plenty of low-end for powering up the steepest climbs. Other notable features of this build include a Fox 34 Float Performance fork with 34-millimeter stanchions for a reliably stiff chassis over rough terrain and mid-sized drops.

Santa Cruz’s quintessential trail bike with nimble handling

Aluminum frame for reliable strength without lofty price tag

130mm of VPP suspension for a responsive pedaling platform

67-degree head tube balances stability with steering response

Longer reach keeps you comfortable and confident on descents

Short chainstays and low bottom bracket for cornering prowess

SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain with massive 500% gear range

Fox 34 Float Performance fork with 130mm of smooth travel


2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 S Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:




Rear Shock:

Fox Float Performance DPS

Rear Travel:



Fox 34 Float Performance

Front Travel:



Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated


SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Front Derailleur:


Rear Derailleur:




Bottom Bracket:

BSA threaded


SRAM XG1275 Eagle (10-50t)


SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed


SRAM Guide R

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


Avid Centerline, 180mm


Race Face Ride, 35mm

Handlebar Width:



Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on


Race Face Aeffect R, 35mm clamp

Stem Length:



WTB Volt


RockShox Reverb Stealth

Seatpost Diameter:



Race Face Aeffect R (32h)


[front] Novatec D641, [rear] Novatec D642

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost


[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race TR 3C EXO

Tire Size:

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

Recommended Use:


Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame


2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.1 S 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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