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Sixth-generation Santa Cruz V10 now available


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We saw it make its debut under the Syndicate riders back in July, and now it can be yours — the sixth generation of what is likely the winningest downhill bike ever is now on sale. Now you can ride what Ratboy rode to a World Cup overall championship and bone-crunching second place at the World Championship.

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While the VPP suspension layout remains largely unchanged, the bike is completely new, from the handlebars to the larger, 27.5 wheels. It moves 216mm through its travel in two adjustable geometry positions: High, with a 64-degree head tube angle and 360mm bottom bracket height, and Low, with a 63.5 degree head tube angle and 353mm bottom bracket height.

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Santa Cruz says the shock rate is less progressive than the previous model, leading to a more consistent feel throughout its travel. It also has a longer reach in each of its four sizes, as is the current trend, and since it’s a Santa Cruz you’ll still find a threaded bottom bracket.

Customers can build a bike however they desire, starting from a bare frame (in the higher-end CC carbon) with either a Fox DHX RC4 or RockShox Vivid R2C shock for $3,599. The standard C carbon frame built up with a Shimano Zee group and Fox 40 R fork it will set you back $5,699. The CC carbon frame with the downhill-specific, 7-speed SRAM X01 group and Fox 40 Float Kashima is a cool $8,799. And don’t forget there is always the ENVE wheel upgrade option…

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The V10 is available in white with red trim and black with white trim. Santa Cruz had the Syndicate team in the office for the annual Holiday party, and the red and white of the new V10 looked right at home.

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Santa Cruz offers limited-edition replica of Minnaar’s World Champion V10


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On September 1, 2013, Greg Minnaar won his third World Championship title, on a stock Santa Cruz V10 downhill frame in front of his home crowd in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. To celebrate his back-to-back gold medals, Santa Cruz has created a limited edition Minnaar V10 replica of which only 25 will be made, with two having already been sold!

The bikes have a totally unique build, born from Greg’s collaboration with Syndicate race mechanics and team partners. From the aesthetics, such as one-off frame, wheel, fork, and saddle graphics, down to the specifics such as the 808mm wide Special Edition ENVE Minnaarbar and cut down Shimano 7-speed 11-19 cassette.

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Equipped with stock Fox suspension and Shimano Saint groupset, the Minnaar V10 Replica is perfected with Chris King components, Burgtec stem, Gamut chain device and Maxxis Minion DHR II tires. Although Greg actually rides an XL, the replica will be available in four sizes, from small to XL.

Click here to see the build specs and more photos.

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