5010 2.1 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
The Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Reserve complete mountain bike is often praised for its excellent singletrack manners and instinctive handling, but it's far from just a mild-mannered trail machine. Underneath the surface of this 27. 5-wheeled exercise in versatility is a wild side that's just begging to be unleashed. The 5010's subtle inclination towards a wilder style of riding befits its lineage. It's a direct descendent of the Blur 4X, a groundbreaking machine that was essentially a dual slalom bike that could happily be pedaled on day-long rides. The family resemblance is crystal clear, as the 5010's combination of comfortable cockpit position and slalom-inspired cornering make it a truly rewarding ride for riders of nearly any skill level. With 5in of VPP suspension, the 5010 has enough suspension on tap to make the most of technical trails, without dulling the ability for the rider to push it to the edge. As with all VPP bikes, the 5010's counter-rotating links are carefully arranged to resist activation by pedaling forces, all but eliminating unwanted bobbing under power. This being the latest iteration of VPP, it's tuned to provide more midstroke support than previous generations of the VPP platform, giving the rider a better feel for the terrain, and a livelier ride feel. Of course, the poised cornering and playful attitude that have come to define the 5010 are largely due to its highly refined geometry. The 67-degree head angle remains stable at speed, while still being quick to initiate a change of direction. At 16. 7 inches, the 5010 has shorter chainstays than any of Santa Cruz's other trail bikes, which further enhances its willingness to rail berms and dive into off camber corners. At 13. 1 inches, its bottom bracket is just high enough to avoid excessive pedal strikes, while remaining settled in situations where aggressive lean angles are required. It's a setup that forgoes the longer-is-better line of thinking in favor of a machine tha...
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