Santa Cruz 5010 v1 vs 5010 v2-
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    Santa Cruz 5010 v1 vs 5010 v2


    I am looking for some input from folks who rode both versions of the bike.
    Background - one of my bikes is Blur 2.0 XC. Normally I ride it with 2.2 tires and 100mm SID worldcup for front suspension. I live in Southeast Michigan so that setup is perfect. However for trips out west or to the Appalachia (Pisgah) I swap the fork for a Talas 130-90mm and put wheels with 2.4" tires. That makes the bike more trail oriented. However ton really rough terrain the bike feels a bit flimsy. It has non tapered steerer tube, and sqewers not through axle. It could also use more suspension on the back. What I like about it is that it is light - about 24.5 lb in the "trail" setup and also it kicks ass when it comes to climb. On my recent trip to Califonia I rented a Giant Trance with 66.5 deg head angle and 150 mm front suspension. The bike was only good for descents. It sucked on climbs and was barely adequate on flats. I am looking for something that balances climbs with descending over technical terrain. The 5010 v2 has a head angle of 67 while the v1 version has 68. I don't care about the extra reach and "modern" geometry so much. So anybody there who has ridden both versions?

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    I wouldn't discount "Modern Geometry" so fast. I have a Santa Cruz Superlight and it climbs very well. I bought a 2016 Santa Cruz Nomad and I was amazed at how well it climbs. I don't mean climbs well for what it is, I mean climbs well period. It weighs 27.8 lbs and I do 3000+ ft rides with it.

    I would go with a 5010 V2 if it were me.
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    I kinda think the new Blur or maybe a Tallboy would make the OP happier. The 5010 is a lot more akin to the old Blur Trail or 4x bike. I call mine (v2) my rad trail bike.

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