Generation after generation, the 5010 has consistently been among the most fun and willing 27.5” bikes around. Over the years, the formula has been refined to make a bike that is faster, more confidence inspiring, and user friendly. However, for a long time, price has been prohibitive for most people who want the Santa Cruz cream of the crop. Want a Santa Cruz 5010 trail bike but can’t afford the high end carbon CC model? No worries; for nearly the price of the CC carbon frame and shock, you can buy a complete 2019 Santa Cruz 5010 A. The product of hard work, development, and serious trail time, the 5010 is the choice for beginners and aficionados alike.
The Santa Cruz 5010 A features a classic alloy frame which may be heavier than carbon models, but promises similar performance. The 5010 A uses Santa Cruz’s Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension kinematics and 130mm travel front and rear. When it’s time to descend, the bike’s 66.2-degree head tube angle, and 10-15mm longer reach (it has a flip chip now) make for precise and stable handling. Combined with the short but not stubby chainstays (426mm) are the main design attributes that keep the 5010 responsive, snappy, and confidence inspiring through technical terrain. Just like the Bronson, the 5010 manages to achieve a lower standover across all sizes, as well as greater dropper compatibility. The bike also receives ample space for 27.5 x 2.8” tires and requisite mud.The big news here is a slightly longer wheelbase across all sizes. Partially due to the longer reach, but also done to make the bike a bit more versatile for everything that might be found on the trail.
While it might have a longer top tube and slacker front end, it isn’t designed to float over techy terrain; instead the 2019 5010 is meant to play and work within that terrain. It is quick and nimble, and well-prepared for the kinds of trail riding found in Northern Utah, while never being overmatched in the big features of Southern Utah. 27.5” wheels make the bike nimble through rocky trails, but definitely don’t offer the roll over capability of a larger 29er wheel size. It features an extremely low standover clearance through the whole range of bikes, and additional travel doesn’t mean the bike feels any slower or more difficult to maneuver.
The 2019 Santa Cruz 5010 A trail bike leads riders might not have the eye-watering price point of the carbon models, but this aluminum beast promises similar thrills and capability.
The 5010 A is available in five sizes (XS-XL), two colorways ( and ), and three build kits:
- Santa Cruz 5010 A D/D+ – RockShox Recon RL 130mm fork, Fox Float Performance DPS 130mm shock, SRAM NX drivetrain with an 11-42t cassette, Race Face Ride 32T crankset, and a SRAM Level brakes. It retails for $2,699.99.
- Santa Cruz 5010 A R/R+ – Fox Rhythm 34 130mm fork, Fox Float Performance DPS 130mm shock, SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain with an 11-50t cassette, SRAM NX Eagle 32T crankset, SRAM Guide T brakes, and a Race Face Aeffect dropper seatpost. It retails for $3,399.99.
- Santa Cruz 5010 A S/S+ – Fox 34 Float Performance 130mm fork, Fox Float Performance DPX2 130mm shock, SRAM GX Eagle groupset w/10-50t cassette and 32t chainring, SRAM Guide R brakes, and a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. It retails for $4,099.99.
D & R models receive WTB ST i25 rims to SRAM MTH hubs & Maxxis Minion DHF/Minion DHR 2.3″ tires, while S models receive Race Face AR 27 rims to DT Swiss 370 hubs and Maxxis Minion DHF/Crossmark tires. D+ and R+ models receive WTB ST i35 rims to SRAM MTH hubs & Maxxis Minion DHF/Minion DHR 2.3″ tires, while S+ models receive Race Face AR 35 rims to DT Swiss 370 hubs and Maxxis Minion DHF/Crossmark tires. All Santa Cruz models receive a lifetime frameset and bearing warranty.
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