Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 Bible of Bike Tests Ride and Review - Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon S

Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon S - Full Carbon, Rockshox Pike Front Fork, Shimano SLX DriveTrain

The first words out of the mouths of the test riders were:   "[The bike] was poppy and playful and fun and slide-y and grippy - all the right things."

"Before I got on the bike I didn't look at anything. I didn't really pay attention to much this time, I'm just getting on it and going. And I just suddenly started having an incredible time."


The playful part isn't an accident. This bike is the newer, 27.5 version of a bike that was called the Blur Trail. Which is also a descendent of the Blur 4X

Low bottom bracket (13.5"), Reasonably slack head angle at 68°, and shorter chainstays add to the low center of gravity and increase your confidence on the trail.

"It's cool. You can really lean it over and slide through things and it just stands right back up and wants more."

As far as components, the testers were in love. "The package is so outstanding. No matter what you get, you're gonna be stoked with it. You're gonna have it for a long time."

  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • 125mm (5") VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5" wheels
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Dual grease ports on lower link for easy maintenance
  • Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Direct mount rear derailleur option
  • Aluminum frame option
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Brantley SmithAbout Me
Hello, I am Brantley Smith and have been riding road and mountain bikes since the mid 90's. I previously worked here at Ride-A-Bike from mid-97 to mid-2000 doing repairs and other duties around the shop. I attended Wester Carolina University and graduated in 2004 with a computer information systems degree. Add my to your circles.