full carbon, built to the nines, no-expenses-spared builds are cool...

They cost a lot of money. Most bikes around the $3000 mark leave us wanting with their build kits... Maybe it's the cockpit, or suspension, or wheels. Well, when Santa Cruz released their 5010 in an alloy frame, and we got a glimpse of the build kit options--we knew we had to get them in the shop!

Santa Cruz really hit the nail on the head with the 5010 V2; they made it slacker, with a longer front-center, a seat tube angle that keeps your weight centered, with gobs of rear wheel traction, and shortened the back end up for a super playful ride. This bike is one of our favorites around the Front Range and beyond. Weeknight rides on North Table? Check. Chimpex before work? Oh yeah... Dakota, Falcon, White Ranch--yes, please! This bike will take it all on, and ask for seconds. Plus, you'll have enough left over in your budget to take those trips!

Pair all of that with a lifetime warranty on the frame, and lifetime warranty on the bearings, and what more do you need to know? Oh right, it might be nice to know what parts are on these bad boys... For that, check below.

Available in Gloss Red & Mint (shown here), or Matte Black & Yellow; this bike has the looks we love.

Let's see the guts of the r1x kit..



  • Frame: Santa Cruz 5010 V2 Alloy
  • Fork: Fox Rhythm 130mm
  • Shock: Fox Float Performance


  • Cranks: Race Face Aeffect w/ 32t ring
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX 1x11
  • Shifter: SRAM NX
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1150 10-42
  • Chain: SRAM PC-1110


  • Headset: Cane Creek 10 Series
  • Stem: Race Face Ride 35mm Clamp
  • Handlebar: Race Face Ride 760mm
  • Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
  • Brakes: SRAM Level T
  • Rotors: Avid Centerline 180 f/r
  • Seatpost: Race Face Ride
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Race


  • Hubs: Novatec D711 / D712 Boost
  • Rims: WTB STP i23
  • Gaining traction with Maxxis Crossmark II & Minion DHF
No-holds-barred, budget friendly bikes are really a thing. It's okay, you're not dreaming.

No-holds-barred, budget friendly bikes are really a thing. It's okay, you're not dreaming.

With all that money you'll save...

We've come up with a couple of key upgrades that we endorse, stand behind, and use on our own bikes!

Dropper Post

Get that saddle down lowww and outta the way! We're firm believers in the wonders of the dropper post. Heck, most of us don't even know how to ride a bike without one! Let alone remount our bikes without it...

  • Fox transfer Performance Series - 31.6 - 100mm / 125mm / 150mm | $329

We love this post, it's buttery smooth, impeccably reliable, has support from one of the top suspension manufacturers on the market, and to top it all off... it's the most reliable dropper for the most affordable price! Only $329 for the black-coated performance series. What's not to love? The remote options are some of the most ergonomic and easy to use we've found yet--so easy, it'll be second nature.


Yeah, we know we're excited about the incredible capabilities of the R1x 5010 Alloy, and by this point you know that, too. But wait, there's more! Santa Cruz's C-level carbon bikes have the same lifetime warranty, ride quality, reliability, and build quality of their CC bikes, but allow you to shave weight over the alloy offerings without breaking the bank. Only $600 more than the alloy version, the choice is yours!

  • 5010 C | R1x Build | $3599

Badass has never been more accessible.

Badass has never been more accessible.