With a body of changes that move it in two apparently contradictory directions, Santa Cruz's 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC X01 Complete Mountain Bike takes the general, all mountain trends of the mountain bike industry and blows them up to the proportions of caricature. It's longer, lower, and slacker than its predecessor, which makes for behavior over terrain that would make the old 5010 blush but it's also got shorter chainstays, a wider rear axle, and a steeper seat tube, which make for more efficient power transfer and an aggressive climbing posture. Is it a borderline enduro monster Is it a lightning fueled XC missile The answer to both is an unmitigated Yes and that means the 5010 2. 0 may be the answer to the industry's all mountain dilemma: finding a bike that can climb, rocket on flats, and devour terrain. The big geometry changes accounting for the 2. 0 series are in the head and seat tubes. They're slacker and steeper, respectively, with the head tube losing a whole degree, from 68 to 67, bringing it in line with the previous Bronson model. As you can imagine, the change is a drastic one, completely blowing up our own expectations for how much crunch a trail bike is equipped to handle. The steeper seat tube is an equally drastic change, though in a different way, since it puts the rider's hips closer to vertical over the bottom bracket and makes it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke while climbing or burning worms across hardpack. These key changes conspire with a host of other alterations for a bike that pedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider range of saddle upsaddle down dropper travel to tackle aggressive grades in both directions. The Virtual Pivot Point 3 VPP3 also got hit by the redesign hammer starting with an additional 5mm of travel and extending into the travel itself. Where the old suspension curve described a deep U, VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping. The ...
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