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Updated Santa Cruz 5010 gets a new wheel setup but keeps its playful character

Santa Cruz 5010
(Image credit: Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz has updated its rowdy 5010 trail bike, moving it to a mullet setup, adding storage, and tweaking the geometry. 

With the best trail bikes predominantly opting for 29er wheels, it was only a matter of time before the 5010 graduated from the front and rear 27.5in wheel setup. Following the lead of the recently released Santa Cruz Nomad, the 5010 is the last bike in Santa Cruz's range to ditch the 27.5 wheels, moving to a mullet setup. 

Santa Cruz says this move doesn't mean the sacrifice of the playful character, something that we really liked about the previous Santa Cruz 5010 Gen 4. Santa Cruz has tweaked the geometry with the goal of maintaining the lively feel and handling of the previous bike while accommodating the 29er front wheel. Despite the new wheel configuration, travel has stayed the same with 140mm upfront and 130mm at the rear.

Santa Cruz says that the kinematics have been tweaked to enhance rear wheel ground tracking for better grip and bump absorption by reducing the anti-squat. The leverage ratio is also slightly different but has the same progressive ramp-up as the old bike to give more support during big impacts.

Santa Cruz 5010

(Image credit: Santa Cruz)

The 5010 also gets Santa Cruz's Glove Box downtube storage with the Tool Wallet and Tube Purse, perfect for storing your trail essentials ready for when you need them.

The frame will come in C and CC carbon frame options and sizes between XS and XXL. The press release also mentions an alloy frame, although those models aren't currently on the website. All Santa Cruz frames and pivot bearings have a lifetime warranty, as do the Reserve carbon rims if you spec them.

There are eight builds available; two budget alloy models (prices TBC), four C-grade frameset builds (starting at $5299 / £5299), and two premium CC versions (starting at $8,799 / £8,199).

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg