Santa Cruz 5010
We carry the 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 because it’s gloss red and mint. Although we could (and were tempted) to end our review with “this bike is straight-up beautiful”, it is irresponsible of us not to mention that the 5010 is one of the most playful bikes in the Santa Cruz line-up. The playfulness is intentional. While the Tallboy sticks more closely to it’s cross country roots, and the Bronson owns the Enduro field, Santa Cruz carved out a unique niche for a category of it’s own – a trail bike. Aren’t they all trail bikes? Yes, but segmentation in the mountain biking industry has given riders the ability to select a bike that is dialed in for the experience they are looking for. Trail bikes are nimble, do-anything machines with a “quality vs. quantity” approach to suspension. The 5010 begs for backcountry adventure. 130 mm of travel and 27.5″ wheels ride like a dirt bike when the seat is dropped. The stunning good looks, the on-trail fun, and the new affordable alloy VPP build options make the 5010 an ideal bike for a broad range of riders of all ability, and definitely belongs in the SG line-up.