Santa Cruz 5010 – All New For 2019

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While the Bronson is dramatically different, the 130mm travel 5010, and its Juliana stablemate, the Furtado, don’t look that different in silhouette from what went before. However, a whole lot has changed from the previous two iterations.

Santa Cruz 5010 – All New For 2019

While not changing travel for next year, the whole bike has been beefed up and stiffened up. The swingarm now has two upright supports to properly box in the rear triangle, along with a much wider, stiffer (threaded) BB area. There’s no longer a facility for front mechs, this bike is one-by only. As with the Bronson, the bike is longer (+15mm reach), the head angle is 0.5° slacker (to 66.2° on the slacker setting) and the seat angle steepens a touch to 65°. There is a ‘flip chip’ that alters head angle slightly (by 0.3°) but its main job is to lower the BB height if you’re running bigger tyres – and it’ll take tyres up to 2.8in, though Santa Cruz will be speccing (optional) 2.6in tyres for a less dramatic plus tyre experience. (’27 Plump’ it is calling the 2.6 size – something we refer to here as ‘British Plus’.

 

santa cruz 5010 furtado
Standover has been reduced to allow riders longer dropper posts and more flexibility on sizes. This is an XL!
santa cruz 5010 furtado
Goodbye front mech. Hello stiffer rear triangle.

In order to show that it’s not just a cross country bike, the 5010 comes with a Fox piggyback shock on all but the bottom spec. Travel remains at 130mm. Frame sizes will be offered in XS to XL sizes, with XS to Medium in the Juliana Furtado model.

Look at that standover!
santa cruz 5010 furtado
Two colours. A neat matte black and a purple/grey.
santa cruz 5010 furtado
Like the Bronson again, the cable management has been tidied up.
santa cruz 5010 furtado
Neat hollow top link. The shock is now a metric size unit.
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
There are many spec levels, but they are all 1×11 or 1×12. No front mechs here.

The lower link pocket has been widened, thanks to a lack of front mech provision. There’s space for a bottle cage, with a second under the downtube. Weight for the CC frame with Fox DPX2 shock is a round 2.5kg on the nose.

santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
Stiffer, wider, longer, slacker, steeper. What did you expect?
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
A back-side view of the lower linkage, showing the twin uprights, where formerly there was only one.
The bike is set up for 180mm rotors out back.
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
That’s the bare carbon, unpainted logo, shining under the clear coat of the frame.
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
The other colour is this subtle lilac/grey kind of shade.
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
This is a size Large 5010 – worked for our 5ft 9in test rider with (170mm) post slammed.
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
No more grommets for the cables, which are now channelled through the front triangle.
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
Santa Cruz is very proud of its bearing longevity, even in British weather.
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
The XL, but would also work for large riders wanting a long (486mm) reach bike.
santa cruz 5010 furtado singletrack
Dropping in…

 

And even though the Juliana Furtado is the same price and geometry as the 5010, it bears a quick look – especially as it has a great colour. With the only differences being a lighter shock tune and saddle/grips, we’d recommend looking at the Furtado too, especially if you’re a lighter or smaller rider.

 

A very nice wine-inspired paint job
New, bolder Juliana graphics for next year.

Slimmer grips
(And a way cooler colour…)

Comments (3)

  1. The Juliana logo reminds me a little of Jurassic Park’s logo.

    & what a fantastic idea, a pinkish bike so we all know it’s for girls. Top marketing skills.

  2. It’s actually a really nice brick red colour. Way less pinkish than some of Juliana’s bikes before and arguably the nicest colour of all of the new bikes this year.

  3. The headtube length on the XL is horrific

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