Santa Cruz 5010 CC
Words by Drew Rohde | Photos by Nic Hall / Drew Rohde
Over the last few months we’ve had three different riders put miles on our purple 2019 Santa Cruz 5010 CC. This snappy trail bike sees several revisions in its latest incarnation, V3, and they are definitely changes that are noticed on trail. As is the case with contemporary bikes, the 5010 V3 gets a longer reach, slacker head angle, a steeper seat tube and increased stiffness. Where the 5010 holds fast however is the matched 130mm travel front and rear, bucking the over-forked trend many shorter travel trail rigs have adopted over the years. During our test period we took the 5010 to all our usual trails in the Bend, Oregon area and familiarized ourselves with the bike’s strengths and weaknesses.
Our 5010 CC is Santa Cruz’s top-tier carbon and came with the X01 build. Santa Cruz offers the 5010 in several price points. Customers can pick up a 5010 as frame only or choose one of their alloy or price-conscious carbon completes, or if you choose, spare no expense on a fully carbon XX1 or Shimano XTR build.
Our test bike retails for $7,999 and comes with Fox Elite suspension, SRAM X01 Eagle, Santa Cruz’s Reserve Carbon wheels and bar, Race Face Aeffect stem and Maxxis Minion 2.6” tires.
Geometry on the 2019 5010 has been updated and the full chart can be seen here.
Each frame size has grown 15mm in length, giving our size large a 460mm reach. Santa Cruz gave the 5010 an adjustable flip chip at the rear shock mount, which moves the BB about 4mm and changes head tube and seat tube angles less than half a degree. We will be giving all measurements of the bike in ‘Hi’ mode since that’s the setting we primarily used.
The updated seat tube angle is 75.2 degrees and the head tube angle sits at 66.5 degrees. A 334mm bottom bracket height, 425mm chainstays and 46.85-inch wheelbase make the bike a precision machine.
Two short, counter-rotating links are still the heart of the 5010’s VPP suspension design. Santa Cruz has employed the system for over a decade and has been making some major improvements as of late. New frame updates work in conjunction with the VPP design to increase stiffness. Dual uprights are found on the rear triangle and have boosted the frames overall feel. Another highlight is the beefy bottom bracket/downtube junction box. It certainly looks overkill for a 130mm bike, but if you watch Ratboy or Loosedog’s videos then it’s easy to see why Santa Cruz has erred on the side of send as opposed to safe.