Santa Cruz 5010 5 C MX 2023 R-Build

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The 5010 is not just "the little bike" of Santa Cruz's range. It makes even the most mundane trails feel like they're loaded with features to hop, skip and jump over. It's like having super-skills at your fingertips. The 5010 has always been more capable than many expected but with the traction-gaining 29-inch wheel up front and even more refined suspension the 5010 gives you a deft touch on the trails.

Design Details 

Mixed Wheels 

  • The mixed wheel configuration of a 29-inch wheel up front provides traction and stability, while the 27.5" rear wheel allows for quick back wheel steering and lifting

Glove Box

  • Place your ride essentials securely beneath a new high-quality latch and panel in the 5010's downtube. The Glovebox comes with a fitted Tool Wallet and Tube Purse, tailored for the frame to keep your tools close to hand.

Full carbon C Frame 

  • Santa Cruz tailors stiffness for every size to make sure everyone gets the same ride quality. Bigger riders means greater stresses on larger frames, but that's remedied with size-specific frame stiffness tunes.

Sag Window 

  • A window allows easier suspension sag and setup. The details are completed by a neat mud flap to protect the rear shock plus tidy cable routing within the frame and swingarm, and rubberized DT protectors to shrug off strikes.

Made to Last Many Lifetimes 

  • The legendary Santa Cruz fit, finish and quality construction put this into a league of its own. The frame, bearings and optional Reserve wheels come with a lifetime warranty and any service is easy to do with their Rider Support pledge.


  • VPP™ suspension can be optimized to strike the right balance. between pedaling efficiency and all-out bump chomping prowess. That means wherever you see "VPP™" you know it's tuned to perform exactly how it should for the purpose it's designed for.

130mm VPP™ travel

  • Some call it short travel, others call it all the travel you'll need. This much travel isn't going to help shrug off the biggest, fastest rock gardens like a V10 downhill race bike, but it's going to feel like you've got a V10 under the hood of your motor when it comes to freeway freestyling miles.

Traction and big hits

  • For 5010, Santa Cruz wanted to find the balance of support and grip to maximize the bike’s descending and big-hitting capability. They started with a significantly less anti-squat (than previous generation 5010) to provide sensitive, ground-tracking qualities and reduced pedal kick.

Support and playfulness

  • Santa Cruz gave the 5010 a very straight, highly progressive leverage curve to give the rider plenty of predictable support, bottom-out resistance, and playful response. This means the travel is accessible and higher impacts aren’t as jarring as you’d expect from a short-travel bike.
14.07kg / 31.02lbs
Carbon C
RockShox Pike Base, 140mm
FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Derailleur & Shifter:
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
SRAM Descendant Eagle 148 DUB, 32t
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
SRAM Guide T
Brake Rotors:
Avid Centerline 200mm/180mm
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
Burgtec RideWide Alloy Bar, 800mm
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips
Front Hub:
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
Rear Hub:
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29" Rim (F) / RaceFace AR Offset 30 27.5" Rim (R)
Front Tire:
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4", 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR
Rear Tire:
Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO, TR
Reserve Tubeless Sealant
Seat Post:
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo