At the 2017 World Cup season opener in Lourdes, Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw, and Greg Minnaar qualified 1, 3, and 6 aboard the ‘controversy machine’—a V10 with a new swingarm rolling on 29-inch wheels.
Pairing 29-inch wheels with 215mm of travel makes a juggernaut of a race bike, but racing isn’t everything. Depending on the type of trails or riding style you’re into, breaking out the biggest artillery might not be ideal. Rider height also looms large when deciding which wheel size is optimal and a lot of people may opt for smaller wheels.
No compromises, no gimmicks, no shortcuts—it was designed in parallel to the 29er V10 as an original suspension platform and chassis. The 27.5 bike comes in Small, Medium, and Large, while the 29 comes in Medium, Large, and XL. Make your choice according to your size or riding style, and you’ll be the recipient of every bit of work and puzzling that’s gone into the Syndicate’s race bikes.
The most successful bike in downhill history shows no signs of slowing down.
Santa Cruz V10 S: Specifications
|Wheel Size||27.5″ or 29″|
|Fork||FOX 49 Performance Elite, 203mm, 29″ or FOX 40 Performance Elite, 203mm, 27.5″|
|Shock||FOX DHX2 Performance Elite Coil 450 (M) 500 (L) 550 (XL) or FOX DHX2 Performance Elite Coil 400 (S) 450 (M) 500 (L)|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX DH 7spd|
|Shifters||SRAM GX 7SPD|
|Crankset||SRAM Descendant DH, 165mm, 34t, 29″ or SRAM Descendant DH, 165mm, 36t, 27.5″|
|Cassette||SRAM PG720 DH 11-25T|
|Bottom Bracket||BB GXP XR MTB83|
|Brakes||SRAM Code R|
|Brake Rotors||Avid Centerline, 203mm Front, 200mm Rear|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 Hellbender, ZS49 upper/ EC49 lower|
|Bars||Burgtec RideWide DH Alloy Bar|
|Stem||Santa Cruz Direct Mount 35×45/50|
|Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Front Hub||DT 350 20×110 32H|
|Rear Hub||DT 350 12×157 HG 32H|
|Rims||Race Face ARC HD 30 Rims|
|Spokes||DT Competition (32)|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Assegai MaxxGRIP 3C|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Assegai MaxxGRIP 3C|
|Tubes||Stans Sealant 2oz|
|Seat Post||Race Face Chester 31.6|
|Saddle||Ergon SMD20 Comp|