Rick Garcia

Rick Garcia

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Fox Rhythm Fork Setup

Sag should be set to 15 – 20% of total fork travel

34 FLOAT and Rhythm maximum pressure is 120psi/ 8.3 bar


To achieve the best performance from your FOX suspension, adjust the air pressure to attain your proper sag setting. Sag is the amount your suspension compresses under your weight and riding gear. Sag range should be set to 15–20% of total fork travel.

    1. Unscrew the blue air cap on top of the left fork leg counter-clockwise to expose the Schrader valve. 32-34-sag-range.jpg
    2. Attach a FOX High Pressure Pump to the Schrader valve.
    3. Pump your fork to the appropriate pressure as listed in the ‘Suggested starting points for setting sag’ table below, then remove the pump.
    4. Using your forks sag setting o-ring on the left upper tube (or temporarily install a zip tie to the upper tube), slide the o-ring (or zip tie) down against the fork dust wiper.

Rotate the 3-Position lever to the Open mode (the riders 1 o’clock position).

    • If you have a Remote fork, click the black release lever once to set the fork to Open mode.
    • If you have a Terralogic® fork, turn the blue Terralogic® threshold adjust knob fully counter-clockwise.
  1. Dressed to ride (including a filled hydration pack, if you use one), position your bike next to a wall or table to support yourself. Mount your bicycle. Assume your riding position for at least 10 seconds, allowing the suspension to fully settle. Make sure you distribute your weight evenly between the saddle, handlebars and pedals.
  2. While in your riding position, slide the o-ring (or zip tie) down against the fork dust wiper.
  3. Dismount your bike without bouncing, to avoid further moving the o-ring or zip tie. Measure the distance between the dust wiper and the o-ring or zip tie. This is your sag measurement. Suggested sag measurements are listed in the table below.
  4. Add or remove air pressure until your sag measurement is between 15-20% of your forks total travel.
  5. Repeat steps 2-8 and recheck sag measurement.
  6. When sag measurement is correct, screw the blue air cap on clockwise until snug.


Suggested Starting Points for Setting Sag
Rider Weight (lbs) Rider Weight (kgs) 32 FLOAT Pressure (psi/ bar) 34 FLOAT and Rhythm Pressure (psi/ bar) 32/34 TALAS Pressure (psi/ bar)
120-130 54-59 66psi/ 4.5 bar 58psi/ 4.0 bar 98psi/ 6.7 bar
130-140 59-64 71psi/ 4.9 bar 63psi/ 4.3 bar 105psi/ 7.2 bar
140-150 64-68 76psi/ 5.2 bar 68psi/ 4.7 bar 113psi/ 7.8 bar
150-160 68-73 82psi/ 5.6 bar 72psi/ 5.0 bar 121psi/ 8.3 bar
160-170 73-77 87psi/ 6.0 bar 77psi/ 5.3 bar 129psi/ 8.9 bar
170-180 77-82 92psi/ 6.3 bar 82psi/ 5.6 bar 137psi/ 9.4 bar
180-190 82-86 98psi/ 6.7 bar 86psi/ 5.9 bar 144psi/ 9.9 bar
190-200 86-91 103psi/ 7.1 bar 91psi/ 6.3 bar 152psi/ 10.5 bar
200-210 91-95 108psi/ 7.4 bar 96psi/ 6.6 bar 160psi/ 11.0 bar
210-220 95-100 113psi/ 7.8 bar 100psi/ 6.9 bar 167psi/ 11.5 bar
220-230 100-104 119psi/ 8.2 bar 105psi/ 7.2 bar 176psi/ 12.1 bar
230-240 104-109 124psi/ 8.5 bar 110psi/ 7.6 bar 183psi/ 12.6 bar
240-250 109-113 129psi/ 8.9 bar 114psi/ 7.9 bar 191psi/ 13.2 bar


Suggested Sag Measurements
Travel 15% sag (Firm) 20% sag (Plush)
80mm/ 3.1 in 12mm/ 0.5 in 16mm/ 0.6 in
90mm/ 3.5 in 13mm/ 0.5 in 18mm/ 0.7 in
100mm/ 3.9 in 15mm/ 0.6 in 20 mm/ 0.8 in
110mm/ 4.3 in 17mm/ 0.7 in 22mm/ 0.9 in
120mm/ 4.7 in 18mm/ 0.7 in 24mm/ 0.9 in
130mm/ 5.1 in 20 mm/ 0.8 in 26mm/ 1.0 in
140mm/ 5.5 in 21mm/ 0.8 in 28mm/ 1.1 in
150mm/ 5.9 in 23mm/ 0.9 in 30mm/ 1.2 in
160mm/ 6.3 in 24mm/ 0.9in 32mm/ 1.3 in

Fox Rear Shock Setup Specs

Santa Cruz 5010 with Fox Float Factory EVOL Rear Shock

Rider Weight Air Pressure Shock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg) 120 psi 12-15 mm
120lbs (54.4kg) 145 psi 12-15 mm
140lbs (63.5kg) 170 psi 12-15 mm
160lbs (72.6kg) 195 psi 12-15 mm
180lbs (81.8kg) 220 psi 12-15 mm
200lbs (90.7kg) 245 psi 12-15 mm
220lbs (99.8kg) 270 psi 12-15 mm
240lbs (108.8kg) 295 psi 12-15 mm
260lbs (117.9kg) 320 psi 12-15 mm
280lbs (127kg) 345 psi 12-15 mm

My new Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon C

I spent a week in Colorado and Utah riding various rental bikes.  I tried the Santa Cruz 5010 C, Pivot Mach 5.5, BMC Speedfox 3, and a Devinci DJango.  All the bikes rode well, but the Pivot and Santa Cruz stood out as the most fun!  When I found an amazing deal on the Santa Cruz 5010, I had to go for it!

Here are the stock tech specs:

Frame: Carbon C chassis, tapered head tube, forged upper link.
Rear Shock: Fox Float Performance, 130mm
Fork: Fox Rhythm, 130mm
Headset: Cane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
Wheels: WTB STP i23 TCS rims laced to Novatec D711 110x15mm front hub and Novatec D712 148x12mm rear hub w/ DT 14 gauge spokes, alloy nipples
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 27.5×2.3, Tubeless Ready
Rear Tire: Maxxis Crossmark 2 27.5×2.25, Tubeless Ready
Cassette: SRAM XG1150, 10-42t, 11-speed
Chain: SRAM PC1110, 11-speed
Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX, 11-speed
Crankset: Race Face Aeffect, 32t
Shifter: SRAM NX
Brakes: SRAM Level T with Avid Centerline 180mm Rotors
Handlebars: Race Face Ride 760mm, 35mm clamp
Stem: Race Face Ride
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Seatpost: Race Face Ride
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Weight: 29.43 lbs


Show up to the party.

Santa Cruz’s mid-2016 revamp of its much-loved 5010 saw it come back longer, lower, and slacker than its 1.0 predecessor for confident handling on bigger lines than you thought possible. The 2017 Santa Cruz 5010 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike sees those updates extended into this model year with an outfit of SRAM GX componentry, hydraulic brakes, and 130mm of smooth front and rear travel to carry big speed through gnarly terrain.

The redesign that unveiled the 5010 2.0 is so pervasive that it touches on virtually every important frame dimension, with the biggest change coming in the head tube angle. The front end slacks out a full degree, dropping from 68 to 67 in a move that brings it in line with the previous Bronson model. The frame’s reach and bottom bracket follow suit, with the former stretching out and the latter dropping slightly. Capping things off with a short stem helps preserve steering while taking advantage of that slack aggression.

The rear triangle tightens up for more pedaling efficiency and cockpit versatility with a steeper, longer, and wider seat tube, which benefits both the ups and downs of all-mountain riding. While grinding over the crux of a climb or crushing speed on singletrack, the steeper angle nets a more efficient pedaling posture, making it easier to stay on top of the pedal stroke. The new seat tube also accommodates a longer dropper post, giving more freedom for saddle height on descents. While climbing, stubbier chainstays contribute to transferring power more efficiently, and Boost axle spacing maintains a stiffer wheelset.

The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) also got hit by the redesign hammer. Where the old suspension curve described a deep “U,” VPP3’s curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping at either end of the travel arc. The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP3 boasts increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy trail and root lattices. It also maintains its predecessor’s firm feel during accelerations while jockeying for position in a mass start or a finishing sprint. When paired with FOX’s Evol air can, the ramp-up arc doesn’t dramatically alter as the shock compresses. The pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottom-outs, even while the axle’s path turns rearward as travel increases to absorb big hits. Santa Cruz’s Carbon C frame construction remains unchanged, so the 5010 2.0 enjoys the same durability and stiffness of previous generations. Santa Cruz uses a single layup for both triangles instead of a jigsaw puzzle of individually-cured carbon tubes, allowing engineers to wrap the bracket. The continuous wrapping strengthens the frame and dissipates the force from impacts. Compared to building with individual tubes, the advantages of Santa Cruz’s construction methods go some way toward mitigating the differences between Carbon C and the more expensive Carbon CC models.Despite that extensive list of changes, most of the obsessive details that we’ve come to associate with the clean lines and understated aesthetics of Santa Cruz frames carry over. These include down tube and chainstay protectors, ISCG-05 tabs, and the 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell. It’s impossible for us to overstate how much we love threaded bottom brackets. As advanced as Santa Cruz’s Carbon CC construction has become, even it can’t produce molded bottom bracket PressFit cups that rival the precision of CNC-machined threads. A threaded bottom bracket adds a touch of weight and the extra labor is reflected in the price, but we think the reduced creaking and greater durability are worth it.

  • Well-balanced trail bike with 130mm of VPP3 suspension
  • Updated geometry is slacker, longer, and lower
  • C-level carbon frame provides high levels of stiffness
  • 130mm front and rear travel for supple trail manners
  • SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain with Raceface Aeffect 32t crankset
  • Santa Cruz blends cutting-edge design with timeless aesthetics

Geometry Chart

5010 2.0
Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 15.6in 22.6in 23in 15.9in 27.9in 3.9in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 44in
M 16.5in 23.5in 23.4in 16.7in 28.2in 4.3in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 45.9in
L 17.7in 24.4in 23.7in 17.5in 28.3in 4.7in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 45.9in
XL 19.5in 25.7in 24.1in 18.7in 28.8in 5.1in 67° 73.8° 13.1in 16.7in 47.2in

My Current Ride: 2015 Salsa El Mariachi

First Ride Impressions

I was lucky enough to be able to ‘ride before I buy’ on this bike, and by ride I mean  2+ hours on some nice single track trails!   As I was just getting the idea of jumping back into mountain biking after many, many years away I wanted to ease into it.  A friend had this spare Salsa and gave me the chance to see if I wanted to get back into biking.  Well it was almost instant love with this bike.  Being older, and less daring(or more cautious) than in my younger years, I took to this bike like the proverbial fish!  Within a short time on the trail to get used to the bike, I was instilled with more confidence than I would have expected from a new bike.   It was a dream, forgiving yet very predictable handling, smooth gearing, and hill climbing like it was late for dinner!  The frame is Cro-Mo and I would say it is not as stiff as aluminum and not as flexy as Titanium, but close I’d say by the seat-o-meter.



Frame El Mariachi 3 CroMoly w/Alternator Dropout
Color Light Blue
Fork RockShox Recon Gold, Tapered, 9mm Axle
Front Der Shimano Deore
Rear Der Shimano XT Shadow
Cassette Shimano Deore 11-36, 10-Speed
Chain KMC X10
Crankset Shimano Deore Triple, 22/30/40t
Headset Cane Creek 10
Stem Salsa Guide Stem
Handlebar Salsa Salt Flat, 11-degree, 700mm
Grips Salsa Backcountry
Shifter Shimano Deore
Front Brake Shimano M445
Rear Brake Shimano M445
Brake Lever Shimano 445 Hydraulic
Rotors Shimano RT54 160 front/rear
Seatpost Truvativ T20 offset
Saddle WTB Volt
Front Hub Shimano Deore
Rear Hub Shimano Deore
Spokes DT Swiss
Rims Sun Inferno 25
Tires Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29 x 2.25″
Bike Price
Complete Bike $1,699 (Spring Sale! $999 as of 3/25/2016!)
Component Specs
Frame 2015 El Mariachi 3
Wheelsize 29″
Tire clearance Designed for 29 x 2.4″ tire
Fork Designed for 100mm travel 29’er suspension fork
Headset-Upper 1-1/8″ Zero Stack (ZS44/28.6)
Headset-Lower For Tapered: 44mm External Cup (EC44/40)
For Straight: Zero Stack (ZS44/30)
Seatpost 27.2mm
Seat Collar 30.0mm. Salsa Lip-Lock included
Front Derailleur Problem Solvers Direct Mount clamp included, High Direct Mount Front Derailleur
Bottom Bracket 73mm BSA, threaded
Crankset Compatible with 1x, 2x, and 3x mountain cranksets; Max chainring sizes 1x (32T), 2x (42/28T), 3x (44/32/22T)
Rear Brake 51mm I.S., minimum rotor size 160mm, maximum rotor size 180mm
Rear Spacing Alternator Dropouts, Mulitple Configurations: 135 x 10mm QR; 142 x 12mm Thru-Axle; 135 x 10mm Rolhoff
Bottle Mounts 1 per frame on XS/S; 2 per frame on M/L/XL
Derailleur Hanger Replaceable Alternator plates. Driveside QR Geared FS1312. Driveside QR Singlespeed FS1318. Non-driveside QR FS1313. Non-driveside Rohloff FS1331. 12 x 142mm Thru-Axle FS1330
Cable Routing Full housing, under toptube
Frame Weight XS 2415g, SM 2350g, MD 2410g, LG 2490g, XL 2580g
Color Light Blue
Bike Sizes
Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Recommended Rider Height 5’2″ – 5’6″ 5’5″ – 5’9″ 5’8″ – 6’0″ 5’11” – 6-3″ 6’2″ – UP
A. Toptube Effective 22.2″ 22.8″ 23.6″ 24.4″ 25.0″
B. Seat Tube Length 14.0″ 15.0″ 17.0″ 19.0″ 21.0″
C. Headtube Angle 71° 71° 71° 71° 71°
D. Seat Tube Angle 74° 73° 73° 73° 73°
E. BB Drop 2.4″ 2.4″ 2.4″ 2.4″ 2.4″
F. Chainstay Length 16.9 – 17.6″ 16.9 – 17.6″ 16.9 – 17.6″ 16.9 – 17.6″ 16.9 – 17.6″
G. Headtube Length 3.5″ 3.7″ 3.9″ 4.3″ 4.7″
H. Fork Length 19.0″ 19.0″ 19.0″ 19.0″ 19.0″
J. Fork Offset 1.8″ 1.8″ 1.8″ 1.8″ 1.8″
K. Wheelbase 41.4 – 42.1″ 41.6 – 42.2″ 42.4 – 43.0″ 43.2 – 43.8″ 43.8 – 44.4″
M. Stack 23.2″ 23.4″ 23.6″ 23.9″ 24.3″
N. Reach 15.6″ 15.7″ 16.4″ 17.1″ 17.6″
P. Standover 26.9″ 27.8″ 29.3″ 30.8″ 32.4″