Santa Cruz gives 5010 and Bronson new angles

Geo and suspension tweaks on new models: complete details, pricing and availability

Santa Cruz has just rolled out redesigned versions of the Bronson and 5010. The company spliced DNA from the enduro-ready Nomad into its mid- and short-travel trail bikes, lengthening top tubes, slackening head angles and redesigning their VPP linkages.

Shared updates

The 5010 and Bronson were by no means long in the tooth, but trail bike geometry is evolving at a feverish pace. To keep up with changing rider preferences, Santa Cruz lengthened the top tubes of both bikes, making them better suited to stubby stems and wide handlebars. 

In keeping with the more aggressive theme, the head tube angles slacken by a full degree on each, moving from 68 to 67 on the 5010 and dropping from 67 to 66 degrees on the Bronson.

While head tube angles may be raking outward and front center numbers growing ever longer, the opposite is happening at the rear of these bikes.

The seat tube angles have been increased by nearly a degree to position the rider over the cranks with the goal of improving handling during steep ascents.

Chainstay length shrinks on both models thanks to the adoption of the 148x12mm rear axle spacing and the use of redesigned VPP linkages. The new arrangement does away with the dangling lower link of past designs. Santa Cruz repositioned the lower link above and behind the bottom bracket shell. (The 5010 and Bronson still rely on the ever-reliable 73mm threaded bottom bracket shells, the way.)

The upper links have been moved to the junction of the seat and top tube. In addition to tidying up the design, Santa Cruz claims this arrangement also bolsters frame stiffness.

Both the 5010 and Bronson now come with internal cable routing. First introduced with the Nomad, Santa Cruz sought to make internal routing as painless as possible by using carbon tubes molded into the frame to making installation swift and keep the cables silent while riding. The rear brake line is still routed externally for ease of maintenance.

Both models feature shorter seat tubes along with a switch to from 30.9 to 31.6mm seatposts. This was done in order to make the new bikes compatible with the 150mm RockShox Reverb, which comes stock on select models.

A better Bronson

The bronson gets lower and slacker: the bronson gets lower and slacker
The bronson gets lower and slacker: the bronson gets lower and slacker

Of the two models, the Bronson gets the more significant tweaks to geometry. In addition to the aforementioned shared updates, the bottom bracket drops by 5mm. Suspension travel remains unchanged at 150mm, however the shock rate has been adjusted to provide more midstroke support.

Santa Cruz Bronson
FRAME SIZEEFFECTIVE TOP TUBESEAT TUBEHEAD TUBE ANGLESEAT TUBE ANGLEBB HEIGHTWHEELBASEHEAD TUBE LENGTHCHAINSTAY LENGTHSTANDOVERREACHSTACK
     
NEWS5733956674341114190433726.97405586
OLDS5544076773346110890439718375584
NEWM59642066743411165100433731425595
OLDM58443267733461139100439731403594
NEWL61846066743411189110433734445605
OLDL61047067733461165100439733428594
NEWXL650.9749566743411222.99120433748475614
OLDXL63550867733461192120439749448612

5010 version 2.0

The 5010 now sports 130mm of rear travel: the 5010 now sports 130mm of rear travel
The 5010 now sports 130mm of rear travel: the 5010 now sports 130mm of rear travel

There was a lot Santa Cruz (and many riders) liked about the 5010, but there was an opportunity to increase the rear travel ever so slightly. Rear travel has been bumped up from 125mm to 130mm to make it feel a bit more balanced with the 130mm forks that come stock on all the builds.

Santa Cruz 5010
FRAME SIZEEFFECTIVE TOP TUBESEAT TUBE ANGLEHEAD TUBE ANGLESEAT TUBE ANGLEBB HEIGHTWHEELBASEHEAD TUBE LENGTHCHAINSTAY LENGTHSTANDOVERREACHSTACK
    
NEWS5763956773.753341117100425711405585
OLDS552.54146873334108190434.8716.2374.8580.9
NEWM5984206773.753341141110425716.5425595
OLDM584.2431.868733341113.8100434.8721.9403.7590.3
NEWL6214506773.753341165120425719445604
OLDL609.6469.668733341140.1110434.8723.2426.3599.5
NEWXL6544956773.753341199130425732475613
OLDXL63550868733341166.4120434.8747.1448.9608.8

Pricing and availability

The redesigned 5010 and Bronson will be available Monday in the premium CC carbon builds as well as the more affordable C carbon versions, which come with a slight (200g) weight penalty. Look for alloy versions of both models to become available next spring.

Santa Cruz BronsonUK PricingUS Pricing
Bronson CC Frame£2,799
$2,999
Bronson C - R Kit£3,099
$3,599
Bronson C - S Kit£3,999
$4,699
Bronson CC - XT Kit£4,999
$6,399
Bronson CC - X01 Kit£5,399
$6,599
Bronson CC  - XX1 Kit£5,699
$8,699
Bronson CC - XTR Kit£5,999
$8,099
Santa Cruz 5010 UK PricingUS Pricing
5010 CC Frame£2,799
$2,999
5010 C - R Kit£3,099
$3,599
5010 C - S Kit£3,999
$4,699
5010 CC - X01 Kit£5,349
$6,399
5010 CC XT Kit£4,999
$6,599
5010 CC - XX1 Kit£5,699
$8,699
5010 CC - XTR Kit£5,999
$8,099

(Australian pricing has yet to be announced.)

Stay tuned for first ride reviews of the 5010 and Bronson, as well as the Juliana Furtado and Roubion. 

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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