Danny MacAskill’s favorite trail mountain bike gets updated in the new Santa Cruz 5010 and sister Juliana Furtado. On the outside the 27.5″ wheeled bikes look rather similar to their same-named last generation, but lurking under the skin of version 3 of these bikes are tons of subtle updates to make more playful, more capable do-it-all trail bikes.

Santa Cruz 5010 & Juliana Furtado 130mm trail bikes

courtesy Juliana, photo by Brian Vernor

At the core the 5010/Furtado (remember they are the same bike, with different paint, builds, and lighter shock tunes for the Julianas) there is still 130mm of counter-rotating, short link VPP travel. That still delivers stiff front & rear ends connected by stout links with a lifetime bearing replacement policy. The rear gets even stiffer than before thanks to two uprights in the rear triangle (vs. last generation’s single sided design)

What’s new in the latest 5010 & Furtado?

What is new here though is a flip chip at the lower shock mount that gives riders the ability to adjust geometry to their needs, and deliver the same BB drop if they pick bigger tires. Yes, the bike sticks with fun-sized 27.5 wheels, but with clearance for up to 2.8″ tires now, if you go for giant tires it helps the feel of the bike to drop back down 4mm closer to where you would sit with something like a 2.3-2.5″ tire. The flip chip is a relatively minor change, which is actually a good thing. It means riders can play around a bit too to get the geometry feel they are looking for.

The new 5010 & Furtado do get generally overhaul geometry as well. Getting longer, frame reaches grow by 15mm. And getting slacker, head angles lose 0.5° or 0.8°, depending on the high or low flip chip position to 66.2° in Low or 66.5° in High.

Another update for both bikes is the some changing of frame sizes. Now the 5010 adopts the smallest frame from its little sister to offer a five size range XS-XL. But the Furtado actually loses its size large, now only coming in the three smaller sizes XS-M.

Tech Details

The bikes still stick with tried and true threaded bottom brackets, get ISCG05 tabs, 180mm rotors, and feature internal routing up front & guided routing in the rear. Each Boost-spaced frame gets two bottle cages, for those who want to ditch the hydration pack.

All of the bikes are also now available in three constructions – the premium CC carbon, standard C carbon, and AL Aluminum, each with a lifetime warranty. Higher end builds also now come with piggyback shocks for improved descending performance.

Complete Bike Specs & Pricing

Santa Cruz has no shortage of build options available, so you can pretty well spend as much as you want, and opt for either 2.3″ or 2.6″ tire specs. Frames are available on their own for $2000 in aluminum or $3000 in CC carbon, if you want to build your own bike from scratch.

Santa Cruz’s D build with an alloy frame starts at just $2700 for either the 5010 or Furtado with SRAM NX 1×11. A C carbon bike with a NX Eagle 1×12 R-build starts at $4000, but can climb to $6100 as a S Reserve build with GX Eagle and a carbon wheelset.

If you go for the top-level CC Carbon frames, either a 5010 or Furtado will cost you at least $6800 with X01 Eagle and alloy wheels. Then if you are pushing budgets to the limit, you can always scale up to one of the Reserve builds that include Santa Cruz’s CA-built carbon wheels for $9200 with XX1 Eagle or $9500 with new XTR 12-speed.

SantaCruzBicycles.com or JulianaBicycles.com

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