5010 is built to serve the most technical backcountry missions. 130mm of VPP® (Virtual Pivot Point) travel produces a shorter chainstay length and lower BB height compared to the 5010’s bigger-travel brethren. This creates a uniquely playful character and an insatiable appetite for negotiating steep, rocky climbs. And when it’s time to head home, playtime becomes a riot. The new 5010 has a 67-degree head tube angle, more aggressive than before, and the longer top tube welcomes the use of shorter stems for more precise handling and greater confidence on rapid descents. The 5010 also shares all the latest VPP® hardware with the new Bronson. The top-tube-mounted, box-section upper link is a leap forward in durability and stiffness, and the lower link rests cleanly out of the way, dramatically improving clearance and minimizing rock strikes. Bike choice can be a numbers game, but if your game is conquering epic trails then 5010 is the only number you need know. By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fiber, we were able to put performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. The stiffness, durability, and strength are identical between the two materials, but the C-level carbon weighs in at about 280 grams more than the top-end, CC carbon. Bike Images may not reflect bike specifications. Santa Cruz stock images used.
The 5010 defies categorization, pushing the realms of what's possible on a 125mm travel bike. Developed using what we learned from Bronson, the comparatively lower bottom bracket height, shorter chainstays and 125mm of VPP™ travel give 5010 its snappy, nimble, ride. A 68° head angle and 5lb frame weight adds climbing agility into the equation, defining 5010 as the tool for that back country mission you’ve always planned. Need more travel? The Bronson shares many characteristics, but with 150mm of VPP™ suspension. On a different budget? The Bantam has a similar geometry but in an economical single pivot aluminum package. Pictured model may not reflect advertised bike. Features 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 BB for creak-free riding and easy installation ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility Direct mount rear derailleur option Aluminum frame option Sizes: S, M, L, XL
When we introduced Bronson, it took the market by storm, redefining what people expected from a 150mm trail bike. Equally at home in the Trans-Provence as it was on The Ridge, updating and improving it was going to be no small feat. The most visible upgrade is the completely new VPP® link arrangement. The lower link tucks neatly above the bottom bracket, fully-recessed and protected from impacts. Meanwhile the box-section upper link now mounts cleanly to the top-tube and enhances lateral stiffness as a result. Shock rate’s been refined in the process too, delivering greater small bump sensitivity and a more progressive mid-stroke. Geometry has also evolved subtly to meet demand from riders for a bike of this ilk. The seat tube angle’s been steepened, placing the rider right above the cranks and perfectly in position to lay down the power. Meanwhile a one-degree slacker 66 degree head tube angle combines with a 20-25mm longer top tube and shorter chainstay length to create an evermore rally-ready geometry than its predecessor. This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame. Bike Images may not reflect bike specifications. Santa Cruz stock images used.
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