The 5010 gets it’s name from a lenticular galaxy (NGC 5010) about 140 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo according to Santa Cruz. It was adopted as the model name about 2013 as a name change from the Santa Cruz Solo. Which was often confused with… all sorts of things.
For the past few years, this has been Santa Cruz’s trail bike option sporting 27.5″ wheels in a range that is increasingly 29ers or mixed 29F/27.5R. Travel increments are now so narrow you can have a 115mm travel Blur TR 29er, a 120mm travel Tallboy 29er, a 145mm travel Hightower 29er and on up the range from there. You can see the gap, even if it is just on paper and the 5010 slots in at 130mm but with a mixed wheelset to shake things up.
The previous 5010 was well rated in the conventional 27.5″ arrangement. I remain strongly of the opinion that Santa Cruz make the best carbon frames, full stop. Coupled with the VPP suspension they seem to nail every model they produce and 130mm travel trail bikes are becoming very popular, being a very nice sweet spot if my Bird Aether 9 is anything to go by.
This time around Santa Cruz have offered the 5010 in a mixed (MX) size as 27.5 slowly fades from bike model ranges (this makes me question the wisdom of buying my Pace RC627…). In theory, all the benefits of both wheel sizes.
Time will tell if MX is the way to go or another passing fad. I am agnostic, partly because I just feel wheels should be the same size but also because a 27.5″ wheel with a big tyre is virtually the same size as a 29er wheel anyway. It has to be said, I haven’t ridden one but I am prepared to be converted. As it is, I love the look of the machine, particularly in the Matte Nickel finish – brighter finishes are also available, along with a ‘Stormbringer purple’ option (which actually looks black to me!).
Expect to see a few of these around the Surrey Hills soon.