BOTY, versatile, bridge between XC and enduro the original Santa Cruz 5010 has been called a great many things by a great many people. With the geometry tweaks underlying the re worked 5010 2. 0 Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike, we fully expect that chorus of voices to swell in number, volume, and all mountain hyperbole. The 5010 2. 0's fan base growth will also be fueled by the relative affordability of this build's Shimano XT drivetrain and Easton ARC 24 rims, both of which are a step down from the kit on the top tier models. The tradeoff makes for a corresponding drop in price, which makes the R build the most affordable version of the superlative Carbon CC 5010 2. 0 in Santa Cruz's stable and promises to put its slacker, longer, and more aggressive geometry in the hands of more cyclists. The key geometry changes accounting for the transition to the 2. 0 designation lie 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 noticeable when the tires hit dirt, completely blowing up our own expectations for how much crunch a trail bike is equipped to handle. The steepened seat tube is equally impressive, though in a different way. The forward oriented position of the saddle makes for better leverage on the pedals while grinding out climbs or burning diesel on long stretches of fast singletrack. The 5010 2. 0 also has a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle. That pile of alterations means that it pedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider dropper range for aggressively tackling double digit grades on either side of zero. The Virtual Pivot Point 3 VPP3 suspension also got hit by the redesign hammer. The most immediately obvious change is the extra 5mm of travel, but the tuning has also ...
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