Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Mountain Bike Frame - Road Bike Shop
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Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Mountain Bike Frame
Retail Price: $1950.00buy now
Our Price: $1657.50
Our Price: $1657.50
It's no secret that Santa Cruz dropped an almost entirely new product line this year, but you should recognize the 5150 frame. In a plot twist befitting the bicycle industry, it was discovered that Santa Cruz's new mid-wheeled trail destroyer shared its name with a bike once offered by another brand. So, the most solitary of Santa Cruz's lineup is back at it, now in a digitized 5010 guise. And while the name is (somewhat) new, it maintains the same nimble handling and phenomenal trail manners that have made it an instant staple in the lineup. It just may be the only bike you need. 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 thru-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. The upshot to all of this is when the suspension is at the resting sag point, it harnesses your pedaling...