Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon Mountain Bike Review

4.77 out of 5
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Santa Cruz 2019 Santa Cruz 5010 CR

October 23, 2018
Model/Year: 2018

Pros: Light, nimble, solid components

Cons: Price

Recommendation: I had an opportunity to demo this bike over a 3 day period at Kingdom Trails. After riding about 75m of trails I have to say I came away very impressed. This bike rips. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the 27.5 wheels. It really made the bike easier to maneuver through tight corners at speed. Seriously considering the 5010 for my next bike.

October 9, 2018
Model/Year: 2018 Carbon R

Pros: Feels very solid underneath, gives you confidence it can handle anything. Geometry and suspension is great for intermediate to expert cross country.

Cons: The Carbon R is great for absorbing the harshness of alloy, but its not as light as Carbon C if that's your concern.

Recommendation: The 5 star rating is a value statement - I can't imagine a better bike for this price point. There are higher end bikes, but you'll pay more too. I'm 6 foot with 32 inch inseam, and the Large fits great.

April 29, 2017
Model/Year: 2017

Pros: Fast, nimble, good climber. FUN

Cons: A little long if you're accustom to shorter wheelbases.

Recommendation: I just hit my ~100th mile on my new 2017 5010 and I love it - I'm making all kinds of personal records on my local trails. I'm 6'2" and went with the XL. Sizing is a bit odd with Santa Cruz, but this worked well for me. The only real issue with XL is the dropper post was too long for my 33" inseam so I just ride with it fully inserted in the seat tube. I came from a size L in another brand and it took me two rides to get comfortable on the longer geometry and now I couldn't be happier.

September 9, 2015
Model/Year: 5010 C

Pros: awsome bike for trails

Cons: not so good on HARD downhill

Recommendation: Wonderful bike, light weight, and has some great components

September 7, 2015
Model/Year: 5010C R 2015

Pros: Light, stiff, agile, nimble, climbing, descending, cornering, and appearance!

Cons: None.

Recommendation: If you are considering buying one of these bikes you will not regret it! This bike is awesome! I have been riding it for over two weeks, so far this bike has exceeded my expectations. It climbs very well, handles like a dream, and looks amazing. My riding partner saw how much I was enjoying this bike, so he ran out and ordered one. He has been on it for a few days now and is also equally impressed. As far as the low bottom bracket and pedal smashes goes, I have not gotten anymore than usual. I have takin this bike down a variety of terrain the bike has performed very well. Honesty, I could go on and on about how much I love this bike.

September 4, 2015
Pros: - Light
- Snappy
- Stiff
- Corners great
- Good suspension

Cons: - Really low bottom bracket, may not be a good bike if your terrain is mainly technical

Recommendation: If your trails are on the smoother side of things, this is a great do it all bike. Enough travel to tackle the steeps, but still pedals great.

August 21, 2015
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Excellent handling
Comfortable all day
Good climber
Light weight
Love the 1x11 gearing

Cons: Cost. I bought the high end carbon bike but the cc version (cheaper carbon) may not have a notable difference for a rider like me.

Recommendation: Would buy this bike again if it broke tomorrow but I doubt that would happen. I have over 1000 miles on my bike and love it. If you are riding big rocks all the time a 29" may be better suited but for a do-everything bike this one is great.

August 17, 2015
Pros: Great handling technical riding is a pleasure. Love this bike!

Cons: Occasional pedal strike

Recommendation: Great bike. I've been on 29ers for years and wasn't impressed with the other 650b bikes I'd ridden but this was impressive.

August 3, 2015
Pros: Weight, cockpit, handling, components

Cons: none so far-27.5 is a great size

Recommendation: this is a great all day rider, great suspension, excellent handling and manners-Santa Cruz just makes great stuff, I am so pleased with this bike-so fun and playful.

June 20, 2015
Pros: Climbs very well, goes through rock gardens with out notice, handels spectacular on down hill

Cons: none yet

Recommendation: man i love this bike it really eats up the trail and will stick on any line and keep going just lets you enjoy the ride. Climbs very well and absorbs rock gardens like nothing handels spectacular on down hills and very light . izzy