Santa Cruz 5010 Mountain Bike Review

4.50 out of 5
WHERE TO BUY    MSRP: $5,000
Weight: 13,907 grams
By Corey Maddocks    on Oct 14, 2013

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Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon
Santa Cruz 5010 Aluminum

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.

November 15, 2016
Pros: Light and snappy , good all around bike . Climbs anything you put it up to with no problems . Price is right , love the Rockshox Pike and the float gets it done .

Cons: Haven't found any yet

Recommendation: LOVE THIS BIKE !!!!

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 27, 2015
Model/Year: 5010 Carbon C / S Build

Pros: If I could give it 4.5 stars I would.

Light and agile. Very easy to throw around. The frame feels very stout.

125mm rear / 130mm front is a decent amount of suspension for trail riding. Might be under-gunned in really burly terrain, but for the 90% of riding most of us do, it's an ideal bike. You could rock this thing in an XC race, do a big backcountry epic, or hit up the occasional enduro race.

S Build doesn't cut many corners. Great suspension with a Pike RC up front and a Fox Float Kashima out back.

Cons: Bottom bracket is SUPER low at just 13.15".

It takes some getting used to and might not be the ideal bike for super technical terrain.

Recommendation: This is a great all-around trail bike.

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 20, 2015
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Quick, light, snappy turning, 27.5 Stan's wheels make for perfect tree and tight line riding, strong as an ox, climbs like a gazelle and quality beyond compare.

Cons: Haven't found a lot though a few chips around brake mount are making me sad.

Recommendation: Buy it, get the 1x11, and bring a mouth guard as you'll be smiling a ton and likely to get bugs in you teeth!