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Capable. It's a word we hear a lot of in the mountain bike world. We argue about just how capable of a climber you bike is. And how readily it attacks the descents. Longer, slacker geometry has played favors to capability when pointed downhill, and the newest version of the Santa Cruz 5010 27. 5+ R Complete Mountain Bike most certainly brings slacked out geometry to the table. But powering up hill is a must, too, and thankfully Santa Cruz's own engineers take that seriously as well, with steep seat tube angles and snappy short chainstays for putting the power down and hammering up the steeps. This fine balance walks the line between enduro-ready sled that's ready for berm-blasting good times, and lively, playful pedal machine that's poppy and responsive, making the 5010's third generation our favorite yet, packed with capabilities that will have you questioning the bottomless feel of the 130mm of VPP suspension. The third generation 5010 is slacker than ever, dropping to a 66. 5-degree head tube angle in its high setting and a more gravity-friendly 66. 1-degree head tube angle in the lowest setting. The addition of a flip-chip makes this all possible, meaning you'll have the ability to adapt the bike's geometry for different terrain and riding styles, whether you're seeking a bit more balanced feel with greater efficiency and climbing competency or you'd like it to flat out rip those steep descents with imposing rocks and roots threatening to derail your balance. Another major update to the design of the third generation 5010 lies in a slightly longer reach that's grown by 15 millimeters for a bit roomier feel in the cockpit, as well as increased composure at those higher speeds you'll be pushing this bike to. The seat tube is a full degree steeper to keep you in an optimal pedaling position when you're climbing for thousands of vertical feet or simply muscling up a short, punchy climbs with rocks and roots standing in your way. Santa Cruz now offers the 5010 ...

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