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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 X0-1 AM Complete Mountain Bike
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When the 5010 dropped, the world got an up-close-and-personal look at the next generation of mid-wheeled trail bikes. In that spirit, Santa Cruz offers 5010 X0-1 AM complete mountain bike. With its 27. 5 inch wheels and proven FOX suspension, it'll make short work of hairy trails and all-day rides. The SRAM X0-1 drivetrain replaces a front derailleur with a super-wide range 11-speed cassette, for a 1x11 drivetrain that offers up the same gear range as a double. Sure, it's slightly less flashy than its carbon fiber counterpart, but the aluminum framed version is primed for years of headache-free hard riding. In case you've been wondering, this is exactly what all the fuss is about. While there's no denying the drool-factor of the carbon fiber 5010, aluminum remains the material of choice for the value conscious among us. Luckily for you, Santa Cruz's decades of experience with the material are on full display. Through thoughtful selection of butted tubing, and artfully minimized machined bits, the 5010's frame is kept to a very reasonable 6. 8 pounds for a medium frame with a rear shock. And while it sacrifices roughly a pound and a half to its carbon fiber counterpart, it stacks up admirably both in terms of strength and stiffness. That's thanks in part to the oversized 15mm collet style hardware, which is further aided by the 12x142mm through axle out back. With a bike this versatile, it's important to have a suspension platform that pedals as well as it descends. And with the latest version of VPP handling the terrain, that's not a concern. It uses two counter-rotating links to achieve an optimal balance of firm pedaling and a smooth ride. Basically, the beginning stroke is controlled by the upper link, which starts the stroke in a high-leverage position for a supple ride over stutter bumps. As the suspension settles into the sag point, the lower link takes over control of the suspension, enabling the rear wheel to travel backwards, out of the way of impacts....