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Santa Cruz 50101CC X01 w/ Carbon Rear Wheel (L) - $2,900 (Indian Hills)

bicycle type: mountain
frame size: Large
wheel size: 27.5 in
bicycle frame material: carbon fiber
condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Santa Cruz
model name / number: 5010Cc
Blister Bottom Line (2016):

On the whole, I think the 5010 fills the role it was designed for very, very well. It’s intended to be an all-around trail bike that is great for big backcountry adventures, and I think that’s exactly the sort of ride where it’d be most at home.

I also think Santa Cruz deserves credit for staying true to the 5010’s intentions. It’s easy for a company to get distracted and try to make a “long-travel XC race bike” or a “mini-DH bike.” And to be sure, those sort of bikes are a ton of fun for the right person. But that’s not the 5010. It’s not a XC race bike, and it’s not a miniaturized version of a longer travel all mountain / enduro / light-duty freeride / whatever-you-want-to-call-it bike. It’s the bike that lands squarely in the middle, and it occupies that space very competently.

So if you’re looking for a bike that fits that semi-ambiguous, middle-of-the-road criteria, and you’ve settled on 27.5” wheels, the 5010 should be very high on your list of bikes to consider.

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