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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon X0-1 AM Complete Mountain Bike
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After years of burgeoning marketing-driven product categories, it's refreshing to see the return of mountain bikes made for going mountain bikingexactly what Santa Cruz had in mind with the 5010 Carbon X0-1 complete mountain bike. This 27. 5 inch trail-fiend blurs the lines between inane product groups and instead focuses on the heart of the matterenjoying every ride, no matter where it takes you. It starts with the five pound 5010 frame, a frame that's equally capable of slogging through all-day backcountry explorations as it is mixing it up at your local XC races, or going for the glory at Enduro rounds. The versatility is enhanced by FOX suspension, a Rockshox Reverb Stealth dropper post, and hand-built wheels. It's no surprise that SRAM's X0-1 is the drivetrain of choice. It employs a massive 10-42 cassette, meaning that you can ditch the front derailleur and maintain the full gear range that you're used to. The result is easily greater than the sum of its parts, and it adds up to a bike that will thrive just about anywhere you want to take it. Santa Cruz's industry-leading carbon fiber construction is at its best on the 5010. Both the front and rear triangles are constructed as a whole, rather than bonding them together from sub-assemblies. In addition to saving weight, it ensures that the 5010 is as strong as possible. That's because the fibers are uninterrupted by seams, which happens with other construction methods. If you were to cut it in half, you'd find that the inside of the tubes has the same perfectly smooth finish as the outside. That's a result of construction techniques that maximize the compaction of the layers. The benefit is that it's lighter, because any excess epoxy is squeezed from the frame prior to curing, and this ideal degree of compaction optimizes the strength. Plus, it keeps the frame weight in the XC race realm, at a shade over five pounds with shock. And the strength and stiffness are further enhanced with the mechanic-friendly...