In years past, usually in the early summer Santa Cruz has been notorious for unveiling all their latest goods they have been hard at work developing, and this year is no different. Hot on the heels of their four new Juliana 29er mtb models and the first 27.5″ Bronson ride, they are adding a fair amount of depth with the launch of the newest Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon trail bike. It will slot in at 125mm of travel in the btweener sized wheel platform assured to put a huge grin across your face. The 5010 (formerly the Solo) is reported to have it all, by way of snap, climbs, light footed through both aluminum and the carbon model shown here. Continue below for pricing on all four Solo models and a purchase info link at the bottom of the article…
Santa Cruz is definitely going for it to climb into the ranks of the big three mtb companies in North America, but if you are perusing this XX1 spec’d machine, the experience is likely to be summarized with a small bout of sticker shock. Thankfully, though, S. C. is far from being an exclusive manufacture for the world of elite athletes and bank accounts out there. If so, you can check out the links below to “in our humble opinion a great range of pricing” to ultimately get you on the 5010 Carbon whether it’s the dream build decked out with Enve and company or with the other creative build kits the designers pulled off to give way into the newest 27.5-inch arena still at a highly competitive level.
To soldier on with this 5010 trail sled in particular you will part with SRAMs’ highly sought after 1x part kit. And as a added bonus, it retains the same front and rear Fox Racing suspension as the other priced builds. To put these pricey high end components aside for moment and focus on the sheer joy here, is a full composite bike with mid-size wheels and the dedicated geometry it took to get there. Hmmm…., you will take full advantage of the Solo’s rolling stock.
They modeled the 5010 C with several features akin with the 26″ little brethren, the TRc. Which gives it a lower ~13.1″ bottom bracket height, the same 68 degree head tube angle, and nice middle ground chain stay numbers.
A key virtue for the xc race crowd is two water bottle mounts, making it nice to not be forced to have hydration on your back for those two hour cross country soul festivals. To also round the 5010 out they opted for ISCG05 tabs for the other end of the Solo’s rider spectrum.
For both the aluminum and or the composite rides, Santa Cruz manufactured the rides in four different sizes shown below, and will come down the pike in either Black with mean green shown above or the more vibrant Mountain Rescue Orange shown at the top of the article page.
It’s also been reported Santa Cruz’s complete bike retail prices are slated to start at $3,299 for the alloy and $4,199 for the 5010 R AM’s composite setup, and $5,999.00 for the Solo SPX AM model, and $9,726.00 for the Enve XX1 high end build shown in this article.
Solo (5010) Specs
- Claimed Weight for the Size Medium 5010 (solo) composite Frame: is 2295 grams (or 5.06lbs)
- Patented Santa Cruz VPP rear suspension platform with 125mm of travel
- 27.5″ wheel size
- 4 sizes available: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
- Fox 13omm travel Float 32 Evolution with world renown CTD dampening
- 1×11 layout with SRAM’s 1 crankset
- SRAM XX1 rear shifter and clutch type rear derailleur
- Includes a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper post as well with the cable line nicely hidden away within the high tech design.
- WTB Volt SLT Ti saddle
- The wheels consist of Enve’s fast-spinning twenty7.5 to get you there smoothly for years to come
- Shimano XTR Trail hydraulic disc brakes with a 180mm front rotor and 160mm rear for an excellent balance of modulation and stopping power.
- Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO tubeless 650b tires.
- Forged upper and lower links
- Two separate water bottle cage mounts
- Thomson X4 stem
- Easton Haven Composite handlebar
- 142mm rear thru axle spacing
- Collet style pivots with key angular contact bearings to greatly improve lateral rigidity
- Tried and true pivots with double seals and nicely protected grease ports for lower maintenance
- Either a new Direct mount style rear derailleur or the standard option as well
- Chain guide compatibility with standardized ISCG-05 tabs
- Standard 73mm bottom bracket: tried and true threaded setup for no hassle installation and creak-free riding
- Trail-worthy 68 degree head tube angle
- Nicely engineered rubber frame protection is molded specific to the design of the tubing
The Solo will tally up to the 6th new ride the Boys and Girls at Santa Cruz have launched this year!
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