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Santa Cruz 5010 R AM Trailbike

If  you ask me who the kings of the Mountain bike industry are, a few of the names that come to mind are:
Santa Cruz

This is my first review of a Santa Cruz Bike, But not my first ride on one. My First REAL bike was a custom built Santa Cruz Bike. It was a 97′ frame. It was Awesome, until I blew out the rear shock….

So . the  2013 Santa Cruz 5010 Trail Bike, comes in to models the Alloy and Carbon.


We will start with the Specs:

2013 Santa Cruz 5010 Al Features:

  • 125mm VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5″ wheels
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Double sealed pivots with grease ports for low maintenance
  • Collet axle pivots- lock in place without pinch bolts.
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness.
  • Standard or Direct mount rear derailleur option
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 73mm threaded bb: creak-free riding and easy installation
  • MSRP: $3299 as tested

Good 5010

  • Fun, Nice geometrics for uphill and downhill travel
  • Uniform Solid Parts – Example: SLX Shadow Plus and latest Deore brakes
  • My Favorite Tires : Maxxis High Rollers they grab on and roll over rocks and roots
  • Balanced geometry is suitable for most climbs
  • Short chainstay and extra strut make for an exceptionally stiff rear triangle alot better than the Yeti SB66 setup lots less chance of losing a chain
  • Fox Evo CTD shocks
  • Lifetime bearing guarantee backed up by Santa Cruz’s design know-how
  • Killer graphics
  • Awesome colors, especially on the Carbon frame

Bad 5010

  • Alloy weighs 30.66 pounds, the R AM 27.5 model is hefty on the uphill
  • Shift levers need some breaking in super stiff
  • Fox 32 Evolution fork bobs excessively in Descend mode
  • Fox CTD platform lacks refinement
  • Stock grips suck

If you are familiar with any other Santa Cruz Bikes. The 2013 Santa Cruz 5010 is based of the Bronson Model. They have shaved off a bit of weight and redesigned the chainstay. I feel this is one of the best updates to this bike.

See this bike in action. 

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