2019 Santa Cruz 5010

Regular price $7,999.00 Sale price $6,999.00 Save $1,000.00

The Santa Cruz 5010 Keeps Getting Better
Weight: 28.5 lb (L)
Style: Trail
Fork: 130mm Fox 34 Performance Elite
Shock: 130mm Fox DPX2 Float Performance Elite
Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle
Wheel size: 27.5
Tire clearance: Up to 2.8 in
Material: Carbon
The right bike for: riders who want a playful ride with the option to add wider tires for more technical trails

The new Santa Cruz 5010 is a lot like the older version, but more fun and more capable. It is longer, slacker, and more adjustable but retains the nimble, playful character that made it so enjoyable to ride. The 130mm trail bike has 27.5-inch wheels and excels at whipping around corners, jumping over obstacles or off of small jumps, and with the right set up, bombing down techy lines. Like most Santa Cruz models, it has an efficient pedaling platform that keeps pedal bob to a minimum when climbing. The extra length in front and more relaxed head angle make it feel stable when descending but it’s still maneuverable on tight trails and at slower speeds.

This new version of the 5010 that can accommodate up to 2.8-inch tires. Santa Cruz sells two versions of the bike. The standard one comes with 2.3-inch tires and the plus-size version (called WT, for wide tires) comes with 2.6-inch tires. Both versions will accommodate up to 2.8-inch rubber, though. A small mount on the upper link allows you to change the head angle and bottom bracket height so you can fine tune the ride for the terrain.


The 5010 has always been one of the better and more capable trail bikes and these latest changes make it even more versatile—and enjoyable to ride. Slacken the geometry and add wider tires for more traction and speed on rough terrain or stay in the steeper setting with narrower tires and swerve over or around everything you come across.

Santa Cruz 5010 Detail Gallery
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Top-End Carbon

This model uses the top-end carbon layup that is strong and incredibly light

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VPP Suspension Technology

The upper-link mounted shock gives excellent pedaling efficiency

Flipping from the Hi to Lo position slackens the geometry and lowers the bottom bracket

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SRAM X01Eagle

Shifting is precise and reliable no matter how you ride

What’s New for 2019

To keep up with rider preferences (and the competition) Santa Cruz gave this 5010 a longer reach, slacker head tube, and steeper seat angle. The new version has a reach that is 15mm longer, headtube angle that drops from 67 to 66.5 degrees and a seat angle that goes from 73.8 degrees to 75.2 degrees. That’s comparing the old version to the new one in high position. But the 2019 model also allows you to spin the flip chip in the mount to go even lower and slacker. In that position, the 5010 bottom bracket drops 4mm, the head angle falls to 66.2 degrees, and the seat tube shifts to 74.9 degrees.

That chip is a new addition to this bike and a key to making it work with wider tires. Santa Cruz sells each model of the 5010 as a standard version or a WT setup. The standard bikes come with 2.3-inch tires and the WTs come with 2.6s. The only differences between the versions are the tires and rims. This XO1 model we tested has a Maxxis Minion DHF in front and a Minion DHR in rear. The X01+ comes with a wider Maxxis DHF upfront and Maxxis Rekon in the back.

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The Fox DPX2 paired with the VPP suspension platform offers minimal bob when climbing but still soaks up the hits