£7,299 Danny MacAskill’s weapon of choice

Mountain Biking UK - - FIRST LOOK -

If you want to avoid ‘over-gun­ning’ your­self and keep fun at the heart of your ride, then the 5010 may be the bike for you. Built around Santa Cruz’s twin-link ‘VPP’ (Vir­tual Pivot Point) sus­pen­sion, it rocks 130mm of travel front and rear, and rolls on 650b wheels, with room for 2.8in tyres. It’s the go-to whip of leg­endary bike han­dler Danny MacAskill, which is no small com­pli­ment. The top ‘Car­bon CC’ frame uses Santa Cruz’s most ad­vanced con­struc­tion tech­niques and ma­te­ri­als. This model is built up with the brand’s own Re­serve 37 car­bon wheels, Fox Per­for­mance Elite sus­pen­sion, a SRAM X01 Ea­gle trans­mis­sion and Guide RSC brakes. You can cut the cost by opt­ing for a less re­fined ‘Car­bon C’ or alu­minium frame and more ba­sic com­po­nents, with com­plete al­loy bikes start­ing from £2,699. Geom­e­try wise, this pocket rocket com­bines a sen­si­ble reach (460mm, large), for sta­bil­ity, with short chain-stays (425mm), for agility. If pre­vi­ous 5010s are any­thing to go by, it should be one of this year’s top short-travel trail slay­ers. www.san­

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