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Santa Cruz 5010 (Solo) Alloy

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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2014 Santa Cruz Solo / 5010 Frameset (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 Solo features:

  • 6061 hydroformed alloy frameset
  • Forged alloy upper & lower links
  • 125mm rear travel
  • 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 AM Build:
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. Replacing last years 'R XC' build, the 2014 'R TR' kit provides a number of key upgrades with the introduction of Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and new wheels. The R TR kit comes equipped with a Shimano 10-speed drivetrain that uses a chunky SLX rear derailleur that features 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 Shimano Deore 2-piece crankset, which feature DynaSys chainrings in a 42/32/24t ratio. This configuration offers maximum versatility, as you have the ability to set the cranks up with a single chainring and a guide for a beautifully simple 1x10 setup, swap out the 42t big ring for a bash guard to offer you more ground clearance, or just run the stock 3x10 setup for a huge gear range that's ready to tackle the steepest of trails. 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 TR 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 High Roller 2 tyres, which are also tubeless ready and come in a rock-swallowing 2.3" width. 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.

  • Shimano 3x10 Speed Deore/SLX Drivetrain with Deore (42/32/24t) Crankset and SLX Shadow Plus Rear Derailleur
  • Shimano Deore Hydraulic Disc Brakes with 180mm front & 160mm Rear Disc Rotors
  • Raceface Ride 710mm Low-Rise Bars, Truvativ AKA Stem & Lizard Skin "494" Grips
  • Raceface Ride Seatpost and WTB Volt Race Saddle
  • WTB Wheelset with ST i23 TCS tubeless compatible rims, SRAM MTH Hubset: QR15 front & 142x12mm rear
  • Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless Ready 2.3" Tyres

SPX AM Build: 
While the SPX kit is in the middle of the price range, its performance is anything but. In reality, it is much closer to XTR in terms of functionality than the dollar figure would suggest, and as such it has proven to be easily the most popular build kit option at My Mountain for our Santa Cruz builds. Stepping up over the 'R' level kit, the SPX build elects a full Shimano Deore XT groupset, featuring the excellent Shadow Plus rear derailleur out back to keep chain slap to a minimum, and the stiff hollow crank arms and lightning quick DynaSys shift rings of the XT crankset up front. To help wash off all that speed you'll be getting, the impressive Deore XT calipers grab onto Ice Tech rotors front and rear, with their clever hybrid steel/alloy sandwich construction dissipating excess heat to reduce fade on long, winding descents. The stout brake levers are ideal for single-finger braking, and you can adjust the lever reach with an integrated dial that allows you to do so without need for any tools. To match the quality of the XT groupset, the SPX build upgrades to a carbon fiber Easton EC70 low-rise handlebar, an EA70 stem and most importantly of all, a RockShox Reverb dropper post. A $450 upgrade alone, the Reverb allows for instantaneous dropping and raising of your saddle height at the flick of a button on your handlebar, and has the ability to transform your ride now that you can lower the saddle out of harms way for the descents, then raise it for the climbs, all without having to dismount the bike. Even the headset is up-specced over the 'R' kit, with a higher quality Cane Creek 40 series headset improving the fit and finish at the head tube end of the Santa Cruz frame. Not skimping in the wheel department, Santa Cruz have handbuilt just for you a custom WTB wheelset complete with DT Swiss 350 hubs and the Frequency Team i19 rims that are both lighter and stiffer than the standard ST i23 rims. The Swiss hubs utilise a super durable Star Ratchet freehub mechanism that will likely outlast you, and the WTB rims can be easily setup tubeless so you can say goodbye to tubes forever. Paired up to the Tubeless Ready Maxxis High Roller 2 tyre with their reinforced EXO sidewalls, the stiff wheelset backs up the frames responsive handling with traction galore.
  • Shimano 3x10 Speed Deore XT Drivetrain with a 42/32/24t Crankset and XT Shadow Plus Rear Derailleur
  • Shimano Deore XT Hydraulic Disc Brakes with 180mm front & 160mm rear Ice Tech Rotors
  • Truvativ AKA Stem and Easton Havoc 750mm Wide Low-Rise Handlebars
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost w/125mm drop
  • WTB Volt Team Saddle & Lizard Skin '494' grips
  • Custom WTB Wheelset with Frequency Team i23 TCS tubeless compatible rims & DT Swiss 350 hubs: QR15 front & 142x12mm rear
  • Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless Ready 2.3" Tyres 

X0-1 AM Build: 
Joining the Shimano build kits for 2014 is the brand new X01 option from SRAM that allows you to ditch the front derailleur and shifter for a simple and efficient setup. Following in the very big footsteps of SRAM XX1, the new X01 drivetrain combines the same 1x11 speed setup that relies on an enormous 10-42t cassette to provide you with a total gear range that is very close to a 2x10 setup, but without any unnecessary overlap. The X01 rear derailleur uses a horizontal path that reduces the chance of ghost shifting, and features an in-built roller clutch that increases tension of the jockey wheels on the chain to eliminate chain slap and minise the opportunity for derailment. Combined with the narrow-wide chainring teeth on the X01 crankset that matches the inner profile of the 11-speed chain, there is no need for an additional chain guide, so you can enjoy smooth shifting and the simplicity of a single chainring setup. Braking is taken care of by Shimano in the form of the impeccable Deore XT hydraulic disc brakes, which come stock with Ice Tech rotors and pads for consistent and fade-free braking. The rest of the build mirrors the SPX kit, with an Easton finishing kit, RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post and Cane Creek 40 Series headset. That also includes the DT Swiss 350 wheelset that utilises tubeless compatible WTB Frequency Team rims, which is built in house at the Santa Cruz facility in California.
  • SRAM 11 Speed X01 Drivetrain with a 34t Crankset, 10-42t cassette and Type 2 rear derailleur
  • Shimano Deore XT Hydraulic Disc Brakes with 180mm front & 160mm rear Ice Tech Rotors
  • Truvativ AKA Stem and Easton Havoc 750mm wide Low-Rise Handlebars
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost w/125mm drop
  • WTB Volt Team Saddle & Lizard Skin '494' grips
  • Custom WTB Wheelset with Frequency Team i23 TCS tubeless compatible rims & DT Swiss 350 hubs: QR15 front & 142x12mm rear
  • Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless Ready 2.3" Tyres 

XX-1 AM Build: 
If you could list 5 of the biggest innovations the mountain bike industry has experienced since its inception, SRAM XX-1 would rate pretty darn high on that list. Having debuted last year as the worlds first single-chainring specific drivetrain, XX-1 enables the ability to drop the extra chainrings up front due to the wide-range cassette out back. This also allowed SRAM to design the front X-Sync chainring to hold the chain more tightly without any need for shift ramps or pins. The end result is a ridiculously quiet and simple drivetrain that does what it's meant to, with minimal noise or fuss. Compared to the new X0-1 build kit, Santa Cruz have dressed up the XX-1 kit with a number of crucial upgrades that take the overall quality to a boutique level that will be of particular interest to those who like to really rack up the km's. Finer details such as the upgrade to the Cane Creek 110 headset that comes with a Lifetime warranty and super smooth sealed bearings, XTR hydraulic disc brakes that trim precious grams over the XT models and allow for a better feel at the lever due to the dimpled surface and the switch to Titanium rails on the WTB Volt saddle. The wheels still roll with Maxxis EXO High Roller tyres and WTB Frequency Team i23 rims that can be setup tubeless out of the box, but the XX-1 build kit upgrades the hubs to the lighter and more refined 240 hubset. Like the XTR build kit though, you also have the option of upgrading to ENVE carbon rims to further reduce rotational weight, increase impact strength over alloy rims and improve the bikes ability to be thrown around on the trail. Whichever way you go, you'll be happy knowing that the Santa Cruz XX-1 AM kit gives you very little need to upgrade, and more reason to ride, and ride hard.
  • SRAM 11 Speed XX-1 Drivetrain with a 34t Crankset, 10-42t cassette and Type 2 rear derailleur
  • Shimano XTR Hydraulic Disc Brakes with 180mm front & 160mm rear Ice Tech Rotors
  • Thomson Elite X4 Stem and Easton Carbon Havoc 750mm wide Low-Rise Handlebars
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost w/125mm drop
  • WTB Volt SLT Ti Saddle & Lizard Skin '494' grips
  • Custom WTB Wheelset with Frequency Team i23 TCS tubeless compatible rims & DT Swiss 240 hubs: QR15 front & 142x12mm rear
  • Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless Ready 2.3" Tyres 
  • Optional: ENVE Wheelset Upgrade w/ENVE Carbon AM Rims & DT Swiss 240s hubs

XTR AM Build:
The no-holds-barred full XTR build kit is now available on your new Santa Cruz for those riders after the absolute best shifting and braking available on the market. While everyone is familiar with the latest Dyna-Sys XTR groupset, a new option is the ability to choose a double crankset (2x10) or a triple crankset (3x10) so that you can select the right gearing for your terrain and riding style. Also worthy of a mention is the excellent M985 rear derailleur that utilises Shadow Plus technology to assist with chain management, resulting in a quieter and smoother ride. It's no secret that Santa Cruz are fans of the handbuilt wheelset, as they build all of their wheels in house. The XTR kit also gives you an option in the wheel department, with the stock option being a WTB wheelset built with the tubeless compatible Frequency Team i23 rims that are laced to a bulletproof set of DT Swiss 240s hubs. If you want to drop rotational weight further whilst also increasing strength and lateral stiffness, you can get the same wheelset with US-made ENVE carbon fiber rims, which will take the handling and acceleration to a whole new level. Beyond the wheels, the beautiful Cane Creek 110 headset and Easton Havoc carbon handlebar ensure XTR kit holds up the level of bling all round. Of course you get the eye-watering XTR Ice Tech disc brakes that sit beautifully next to the XTR shifters and provide fade-free braking. And last, but certainly not least, the XTR kit is finished off with a RockShox Reverb dropper post, which comes complete with a hydraulic handlebar remote for altering saddle height on the fly. For the serious enthusiast and competitive rider, the full XTR build is all about having a bike that is quiet, efficient, smooth and durable whilst also being about as light as you can possibly get.
  • Shimano 2x10 (38/26t) or 3x10 (42/32/24t) XTR Drivetrain with XTR Shadow Plus Rear Derailleur
  • Shimano XTR Hydraulic Disc Brakes with 180mm front & 160mm rear Ice Tech Rotors
  • Thomson Elite X4 Stem with Easton Havoc 750mm wide Carbon Riserbar
  • RockShox Reverb dropper post w/125mm travel
  • Cane Creek 110 headset, WTB Volt SLT Ti Saddle & Lizard Skin '494' grips
  • Custom WTB Wheelset with WTB Frequency Team i23 TCS tubeless compatible rims & DT 240s hubs: QR15 front & 142x12mm rear
  • Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless Ready 2.3" tyres
  • Optional: ENVE Wheelset Upgrade w/ENVE Carbon AM Rims & DT Swiss 240s hubs

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

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