The Santa Cruz 5010 R1 Mountain Bike is built to serve the most technical backcountry missions. 130mm of VPP® (Virtual Pivot Point) travel produces a shorter chainstay length and lower BB height compared to the 5010's bigger-travel brethren. This creates a uniquely playful character and an insatiable appetite for negotiating steep, rocky climbs. When it's time to head home, playtime becomes ariot. The 5010 has a 67-degree head tube angle, more aggressive than before, and the longer top tubewelcomes the use of shorter stems for more precise handling and greater confidence on rapid descents. The top-tube-mounted, box-section upper link is a leap forward in durability and stiffness, and the lower link rests cleanly out of the way, dramatically improving clearance and minimizing rock strikes. Bike choice can be a numbers game, but if your game is conquering epic trails then 5010 is theonly number you need know.
This aluminum version of the 5010 differs just slightly from its carbon brethren: Santa Cruz opted against including ISCG tabs, as one-by drivetrains have rendered them mostly unnecessary, and made the switch to an integrated headset like you'll find on the Hightower and Tallboy. These decisions shaved a bit of weight from the frame, which otherwise includes all the features you'll find on the C and CC-level carbon frames, but in an attractive, strong, aluminum package.