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Santa Cruz 5010

Taking the winning recipe of the 5" travel Blur TR, applying some of the new construction techniques pioneered on the Bronson and throwing in the bump-dissipating 650B wheels has created the hottest trail bike on the market. The Santa Cruz Bicycles Solo is built to shred and built to ride all day long
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2015 Santa Cruz 5010 (Note: Due to copywrite laws, Santa Cruz have changed the name of the Solo to the '5010')
Pulling out surprise after surprise, Santa Cruz Bicycles have continued forth on their 650B mission, with the release of the brand new Solo trail bike having followed not long after the Bronson stormed to market earlier this year. Compared to its big sibling, the Solo steps down the travel an inch, with 125mm out back for a balance between XC race efficiency and plush All Mountain bump absorption. Like all SantaCruz dual suspension bikes, it features the excellent VPP2 linkage design that straps a one-piece solid rear triangle to the main frame with two small counter-rotating links (see below). The combination of the in-built pedal efficiency of the VPP design and the short chainstay length results in a very snappy and responsive ride that larger 29er wheels simply cannot match. And while the Solo comes in at a respectable weight, its the flickable nature and confidence-inspiring geometry that will have you grinning ear to ear on the trail, which is courtesy of a low bottom bracket height and a slack 68-degree head angle that help bias the Solo's handling for fast and furious riding. The alloy frame comes together by a series of oversized hydroformed 6061 tubes that feature generous welds and large junction points to help retain stiffness and overall strength. Working together with the stubby tapered head tube, 142x12mm rear thru-axle and forged alloy links, the Solo Alloy frameset is built tough and stiff to withstand the holigan-induced riding that you'll be dishing out. Of course the carbon model does drop weight for those who count grams before they count their dollars, but if you're main concerns revolve around suspension quality, confident geometry and frame durability - the Solo AL is for you.

From Santa Cruz:

"Go where no bike has gone before. 5010 pushes further into the realms of 27.5" possibilities. Develiped using what we learned from Bronson, the comparatively lower bottom bracket height, shorter chainstays and 125mm of VPP travel give 5010 its snappy, nimble, ride. Responsibly offered in Mountain Rescue Orange, "a 68-degree head angle and 5lb frame weight (carbon) adds climbing agility into the equation, defining 5010 as the tool for that back country mission you've always planned."



The Santa Cruz 5010 features:

  • 6061 hydroformed alloy frameset
  • 27.5" wheels
  • 125mm rear travel
  • VPP2 rear suspension design
  • Forged alloy upper & lower links
  • Designed for 120-140mm travel forks
  • Sealed Angular Contact pivot bearings with Oversized pivot axles and locking collet heads
  • Fox Float CTD rear shock or Fox Float CTD Adjust Kashima rear shock
  • Tapered Headtube w/44mm upper & 49mm lower cups
  • 142x12mm Rear Thru-Axle (Includes DT Swiss RWS Axle w/frame)
  • ISCG05 Mounts
  • 73mm English Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Seatpost diameter: 30.9mm
  • Includes internal (Stealth) and external cable routing for dropper posts
  • Seatclamp included with frame
  • Front Derailleur Spec: Low Clamp, Top Pull, 34.9mm diameter
  • Weight: 3060 grams (6.74 lbs) with shock


- Small: Suits riders between 5' and 5'5"
- Medium: Suits riders between 5'5" and 5'10"
- Large: Suits riders between 5'10" and 6'2"
- X Large: Suits riders between 6'2" and 6'6"


R Build Kit:
If you're looking to get onto a high quality Santa Cruz bike without having to spend the earth, the 'R' level build kit is your ticket. The R Build kit comes equipped with a Shimano 10-speed drivetrain that uses a chunky SLX rear derailleur with the Shadow Plus one-way friction clutch, which increases chain tension to reduce chain slap and the chance of derailment. Out of the box you get the brand new SRAM alloy 2-piece crankset, which feature a 24/22t ratio for plenty of low range climbing gears. Brakes are upgraded over the previous Avid Elixir models to the new Shimano Deore units, which offer up smoother braking, improved reliability and ease of service too. Groupset aside though, the big deal with the R kit is the handbuilt wheelset, which is put together in Santa Cruz's Californian facility, with WTB i23 rims and SRAM MTH hubs. The rims are tubeless compatible, and are shod with top-end Maxxis EXO Tubeless Ready tyres. Santa Cruz recognizes the importance of quality tyres and a stiff, well-built wheelset, as they allow you to get the most out of the frames handling and provide traction where cheaper products falter.

  • RockShox Sektor Gold RL fork w/130mm travel, Solo Air, tapered steerer tube, 15mm Maxle Lite
  • Shimano 2x10 Speed Deore/SLX drivetrain with SRAM S1000 34/22t crankset and Shimano SLX Shadow Plus rear derailleur
  • Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm front and 160mm rear disc rotors
  • Raceface Ride 740mm low-rise bars, Raceface Ride stem & Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on grips
  • Raceface Ride seatpost and WTB Volt Race saddle
  • WTB STi23 TCS tubeless compatible wheelset w/SRAM MTH hubs
  • Maxxis High Roller 2 2.3" front & Ardent 2.25" rear EXO Tubeless Ready tyres

S Build Kit: 
Stepping up the quality all round, the 'S' level build kit pinpoints several key component upgrades for your new Santa Cruz complete bike. There's a little bit of weight loss over the cheaper 'R' kit, but more importantly, you're getting better functionality, improved durability and more adjustability too. Key examples are the RockShox PIKE fork and the Reverb dropper post, which as any mountain biker would know, are THE parts to have on your dual suspension trail bike. There's a slick 2x10 drivetrain with Shimano Deore XT shifting, along with a super trick hollow SRAM S1400 crankset. Other upgrades include the move to a lighter weight Race Face Evolve handlebar and Turbine stem, while a slightly less noticeable improvement includes a Cane Creek 40 headset upgrade. If you were to make the above upgrades on your own, it would cost well over the difference in price between the R and the S build kits, making this the value-packed option of the Santa Cruz range.
  • RockShox Pike RC fork w/130mm travel, Solo Air, tapered steerer tube, 15mm Maxle Lite
  • Shimano 2x10 Speed SLX drivetrain with SRAM S1400 34/22t crankset and Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur
  • Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm front and 160mm rear disc rotors
  • Raceface Evolve 750mm low-rise bars, Raceface Turbine stem & Santa Cruz Palmdale lock-on grips
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost and WTB Volt Race saddle
  • WTB STi23 TCS tubeless compatible wheelset w/SRAM MTH hubs
  • Maxxis High Roller 2 2.3" front & Ardent 2.25" rear EXO Tubeless Ready tyres

With class-leading models such as the Bronson, Tallboy and Solo, Santa Cruz Bicycles create some of the highest quality mountain bikes available

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Hello i am inquiring about the santa cruz 5010 model and was wondering if you would be able to get it in black http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en/au/5010 and also would you deliver or would it have to be picked up, thank you

Hi mate, We can get the 5010 in the black, do you know which model you were after, the Alloy, Carbon or Carbon C? So I can check out availability for you. We can certainly arrange a courier to deliver the bike to you if you are not able to come into the store. Thanks. Charlie My Mountain

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