Santa Cruz has been giving their 27.5″ mountain bikes mixed-wheel measurement Mullet upgrades in recent times, and the 5010 is the most recent to hitch the “enterprise up entrance, get together within the again” mentality. The favored, playful carbon path bike sports activities the identical 130mm VPP/140mm fork journey as earlier than, however with barely tweaked geometry and suspension kinematics to higher go well with the 29er entrance/27.5 rear steadiness, each up and down hills. There are additionally matching Juliana Furtado variations as all the time, too.
Plus, it seems to be like a extra inexpensive alloy 5010 is on the horizon, as properly!
Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon Mullet path bike
The brand new mullet model of the fifth era Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon seems to be virtually precisely the identical because the previous bike for those who don’t discover that larger entrance wheel. And that appears intentional. Santa Cruz appears to have labored onerous to maintain the brand new bike’s “jump-happy, slalom-turn loving” character just about the identical, even all the way down to sustaining the identical backside bracket peak – don’t mess with success, amirite?!
However the larger entrance wheel brings improved grip & rollover down rougher trails, so the bike did deserve some tweaks too.
Mullet Path Bike geometry & suspension updates
To maintain that playful path bike trip the brand new 5010 will get ever so barely 0.5° slacker, kind of a number of mm longer Attain up entrance, and ~7mm longer chainstays out again to steadiness the just about 2cm taller entrance finish that comes with the 29er entrance wheel. As launched in v4, entrance & rear heart lengths are measurement particular, as is the stiffness of the carbon layup of every measurement, so each rider will get the identical balanced path really feel. Plus, there’s even one bigger measurement now, too (XS-XXL)!
You continue to get the Hello/Lo flip chip on the decrease shock mount that gives a tiny 0.3° influence to move/seat angles whereas elevating/decreasing BB peak a correspondingly small 3-4mm.
Suspension-wise, Santa Cruz describes the 5010’s kinematics updates as mixture of much less anti-squat – which is able to let the bike squat a bit as you pedal, staying hooked to the bottom for improved traction & diminished pedal kickback – and a barely flatter leverage curve (however a bit larger charges than v4) that’s even straighter for a progressive suspension really feel & predictable assist from sag to full-squish.
Try the new Furtado if you wish to ogle these suspension curves…
What else is new?
The brand new carbon mullet 5010 will get a barely revised downtube form to clear taller forks with larger crowns, and to make extra room contained in the entrance triangle across the shock and for water bottles. And beneath that bottle, it will get a Glovebox. Open up the door into the downtube and there’s room for an included Software Pockets & Tube Purse to all the time be ready with spares… or perhaps a pair of gloves?
The Santa Cruz 5010 has room for a max 27.5 x 2.5″ tire out again, with Increase spacing, 180mm submit mount brake, ISCG05 chain information tabs, a great ol’ threaded backside bracket, and a SRAM UDH (future-proofed!) It nonetheless will get inner cable routing with entry ports that transfer a bit additional out the aspect of the tapered steerer headtube & IS headset – plus decrease downtube, shuttle guard, and chainstay protectors.
2023 Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon – Choices
Like the brand new Furtado, the brand new 5010 has commonplace C carbon & lighter CC carbon body layups. However the 5010 is available in a wider 6-size vary. 4 C carbon builds begin with R & NX Eagle and climb to GX AXS RSV with SRAM’s wi-fi drivetrain & Reserve carbon wheels on i9 hubs.
The 2 premium carbon CC builds get X01 in both mechanical or AXS Eagle & RaceFace or Reserve carbon wheels.
It seems to be like there may be a frame-only possibility in some unspecified time in the future too?
Pricing and actual availability in your native store are each nonetheless TBD… to be decided.
2023 Santa Cruz 5010 Alloy – Choices
Hidden in plain sight within the MY23 Santa Cruz 5010 construct equipment chart, however with out every other supporting data are two AL D & AL R builds with an Aluminum VPP MX Mullet body and entry-level SRAM Eagle construct kits.
We haven’t seen a variety of alloy Santa Cruz bikes as of late (besides perhaps the Tallboy)… However apparently “Each single Santa Cruz mannequin begins life in aluminum“, though that appears like a fairly out-of-date touchdown web page (anybody keep in mind the Bantam?) And it seems to be just like the 5010 might be bringing VPP path bikes down in value quickly with an aluminum body possibility, too!
We’ll see if the brand new alloy bike really reveals up right now, as properly.