Bike Check: Ben Cathro's Santa Cruz V10

May 22, 2020
by Ross Bell  




It was exciting news earlier this year when Ben Cathro decided to race World Cups again and come on board at Pinkbike to become the new 'Privateer' in 'Walk The Talk'. Racing plans have been put on hold for now but this is the bike Ben will eventually be tackling the season on... A Santa Cruz V10 finished off with components from FOX, Shimano, Race Face, Deity, Schwalbe, and CushCore whilst Ben will be dressed in kit from Leatt and shoes from Five Ten.

Ben has been riding Santa Cruz frames for a while now and has been able to follow the progression of the V10 over the last few seasons. He stands just shy of 2 metres tall so is definitely on the upper extremities of bike sizing and has benefited from bikes stretching out in recent times as well as the introduction of 29ers to DH racing, something which Ben said he got his first taste of last season and felt immediately comfortable on. He's also familiar with FOX suspension and has got his hands on the latest generation of FOX 40 and DHX2. He said he noticed a big step up in both the shock and fork but it was the DHX2 that left a lingering impression on him, particularly when it came to its performance over square-edged hits.

Shimano Saint brakes and drivetrain are no stranger to Ben as well as the Schwalbe rubber, running CushCores has allowed him to drop his tires pressures slightly in the search for extra grip. He's running a DH CushCore in the rear and an XC version in the front which are tucked away in a set of Race Face Atlas wheels. He's opted to sample Deity's 35mm cockpit which is his first foray into the larger diameter bars and stem, but he also has a 31.8mm equivalent that he is wanting to test back to back with. His bars are uncut at 810mm, have a rise of 38mm, and are anchored to a 50mm stem.


Your friendly local Ben Cathro about to analyse the daylights out of the 2019 course.
Details
Height 6’7 / 199cm
Weight 93kg
Hometown Pitlochry, Scotland
Model Santa Cruz V10
Frame Size Extra Large
Wheel Size 29"
Suspension Fox 40 & DHX2
Drivetrain & Brakes Shimano Saint
Cockpit Deity Racepoint
Wheels & Rubber Race Face, Schwalbe & CushCore

Ben Cathro's 2020 race rig is an XL Santa Cruz V10, a bike which is no stranger below the lanky Scotsman.

You’re one of the lankiest riders out there, has it been a struggle to find bikes that fit throughout your career?


It’s an interesting thing because I’ve decided over the last few years that there’s no such thing. There are just bikes that are good for a purpose. I’m actually wanting to size down a few of my bikes now as I think they’re getting a bit too big and aren’t as fun. Way back in the day bikes were definitely too small for the purpose of downhill racing, but now I feel I’m pretty close. I could go bigger in terms of reach and length because my downhill bike at the minute is around a 497mm reach and my trail bikes are like 515mm and I’d quite like my downhill bike to be as long as my trail bikes… It’s been interesting starting from the year 2001 on a size medium V10 which was about 430mm reach I think maybe smaller and working up now to 500mm.

You’ve been riding Santa Cruz frames for a while now, did you not have one of Greg Minnaar’s prototype XXL frames a few years back? Were you giving any feedback for that?


Yeah, it was the one he ran in Lourdes when he had the bust thumb in 2015. It was a preproduction 650b but they were already going into production but I got mine before they released them, I snuck in there! I spray painted it and pretty much ruined it. I wish I hadn’t...

When did you jump onto a 29” downhill bike for the first time? What was that like, do you think it played to your strengths and suited your style of riding?


It must’ve been the start of the 2019 season, so last year was my first year on the 29er. To me, yeah it did but it wasn’t a very good year for me racing wise. I was like I’m gonna win f****** everything now! And then I kinda did okay… The bike felt really nice, it felt really comfy and I like the stability of 29” wheels for racing, even though I didn’t have the best of years. It looks way better than a 650b bike on an XXL frame which now just looks ridiculous! The wheels are just normal.

So what size of frame are you running on this current V10?


They shrank the amount of sizes, so my current XL is bigger than the XXL 650b that I had. It’s quite a bit bigger, I think my old XXL was just under 480mm reach and the new one is now 497mm with a reach extender cup in it. So a 7mm reach adjust and the rear end is in it’s the longest setting to try and balance things up.

35mm diameter Deity Racepoint bars are left uncut at 810mm, Ben has opted for a 38mm rise.
A 50mm stem has a 7.5mm spacer below it and a +7mm reach adjust headset cup.

Ben says he's particular about brake setup and runs what he calls an "average" lever angle, but he likes a short lever throw as he feels that helps with hand and arm pump.
A little mod he has made during lockdown boredom has been placing a little bit of adhesive tape below the brake pad fins to stop them from rattling on rough terrain.

It's not just the brake pads that have been getting the silent treatment from Ben, his cables have been wrapped in tubing and there have been some additions to the rear end to keep chain slap to a minimum.

Can you run us through how you’ve set up your new Deity cockpit?


I’m trying out the 35mm bars and stem this year. They come in an 810mm width so it’s the widest bars I’ve ever tried, they have a 38mm rise, I’m a big boy so like a big front end. I’ve also got a 7.5mm spacer under the stem to lift it up a wee bit more, then the fork crowns are about 3mm from the top of the fork legs so they’re pretty far up! The stem is 50mm.

How much do you think you’ll play around with that through the season?


I’ve got a 31.8 stem and bar to change and experiment with but I’m only going to do that when we can ride properly and test both. I’m also going to play with bar height a little bit as well, so the spacer might be coming out and I’m going to move the forks through the crowns once we can.

Have you tried 35mm bars before?


I’ve never tried them. I was always, well 25.4 and then 31.8mm.

I’ve already talked to a few people that say that 35mm bars are rubbish. Deity reckons these 35mm bars feel exactly the same, but I don’t know yet as I’ve not tried them so we’ll find out!

What’s your brake lever setup like?


I would say mine are pretty standard in terms of lever angle, kinda in the middle, but what I try and do is to have the start point before you even pull them as close as you can as I always find the further I have to hold my finger out the worse my arm pump is. So I have the start point as close as I can with the minimum lever pull before they bite, but then the bite point is pretty normal so it’s not super super close or anything. I don’t like my brake levers touching my grips as that means I’m losing out on power.

Fork
Pressure 105PSI
LSC 12
HSC 6
LSR 8
HSR 4

Shock
Spring 575LB
LSC 10
HSC 6
LSR 8
HSR 4

He has opted for a coil shock over air, he's been blown away by the new DHX2's performance and tunability.

You’ve just got ahold of the new FOX goodies, have you had much of a chance to play around with that yet?


The new forks don’t feel massively different but they are mint. The new shock feels insane. It’s so good, especially on square hits. You can tune in quite a low level of HSC and it still has good low-speed support, whereas with the old one it’d lose some support if you tried that. You’re able to make it supple on the harder hits but still holds you up so I'm really liking that. I’ve not had a lot of time on the new stuff though, and there’s a lot more to experiment with.

You’ve gone for a coil rear shock, why is that and have you tried the air?


I’ve not tried the air, I did on the old 650b and I liked it because I wasn’t able to fit a big enough spring in the coil but now it’s got a longer shock I can fit a bigger spring and like it. The Syndicate boys have all tested it and they think it’s pretty similar either way so I’m just going to stick with coil for its suppleness.

You’re running alloy wheels, are you fussed on trying carbon rims?


Yeah I'm on alloy Race Face Atlas rims now. I was quite keen to go back to alloy just to see what the difference was. I didn’t feel a huge difference if I’m honest, I think my old carbon wheels weren't overly stiff anyway. I’d need to do back to back runs, but my initial impressions are really good.

Schwalbe's Magic Marys in ultrasoft compound is his go-to tire choice at the moment.
Ben said he's enjoyed going back to alloy wheels with Race Face's Atlas wheelset.

CushCores are run front and rear, a DH version in the back and an XC upfront. He's been able to drop his tires pressures slightly as a result and is currently running them at 28PSI in the rear and 24PSI up front.

What’s your setup with the tires?


Schwalbe Magic Marys in ultrasoft but I’ve also been experimenting with the Eddy Current e-bike tires as well. I raced on them out in Barcelona and they were really good. My go-to pressures are 28PSI in the rear and 24PSI in the front with a big CushCore in the back and an XC CushCore in the front. It’s all a new setup with the wheels and the CushCores this year so I just went with something similar to what I’d had in the past but dropped it a couple of PSI because of the CushCore. But again I need to experiment with it to see what works, I’ve just not had enough time on this setup to know exactly.

Can you run us through your drivetrain setup?


So it’s all Shimano Saint, I’ve made a custom 7 speed cassette on the back, an 11-34 that I just take the top 3 rings off. With the pedals I run the pins with little spacers to make them not quite as tall and I’ve got the engagement I’d say tighter than most. I like quite a firm engagement. Crank length is 165mm. I’ve got a 36T chainring on this year, I used to always run a 34T but I’ve gone up a size for the World Cups. I also run my cleats as far back in the shoes as they’ll go.

A Shimano Saint drivetrain is nothing new for Ben as he'd been running them in his previous season of racing.

A custom 7-speed cassette has been made by taking the top 3 rings off an 11-34 cassette.
He's used spacers to reduce the height of the pins on the Saint pedals ever so slightly.

Have you noticed a difference in your strength and your bike handling since you’ve been training?


On my training rides because I’ve got some kinda reference through the winter, I was feeling stronger at the bottom of the descents when I was doing my cross country rides. That was the main thing I noticed.

So that hasn’t dictated any direction your bike setup has gone in with hardening up suspension etc?


I’ve not got to that point yet but it was starting to happen in Lousa and actually, in Lousa I noticed I was doing full runs on a rough test track and getting to the bottom and not being absolutely destroyed. It’s definitely feeling better because of that.

Is there anything you’re particular about with your bike setup?


My brakes. I’m the fussiest guy when it comes to brakes. Everything else could be f*****, I could have a flat tire and the seat snapped off and I could still be able to go flat out as long as the brakes were still working. If they don’t work I just ride like s***!

Are there any little customizations going on there?


I’ve done a few funky things. I’ve stuck adhesive tape underneath the brake pad fins to stop them from rattling. I stuck a load of that 3M mastic tape all over the chainstay and I’ve also stuck a couple of old FOX 40 bumpers so that the chain runs through them. Works pretty good! I’ve also done the classic bit of grip tape on the shifter, I find the upshifter takes less pressure so doesn’t need it but the downshifter needs it as it takes more pressure and you can sometimes slip off of it. I’ve also got some foam brake cable damper stuff that I’ve put on my cables where they come out the levers as I find they flap about and hit off the number plate and make a lot of noise.

Would you go over feel on the bike over looking at the stopwatch?


No. I like to do things by facts rather than feelings. Feeling is good for the bikes you ride for fun every day obviously go by feeling, but if it’s a racebike you need the hard data. I need the stopwatch.

Perhaps the most important mods of all... Ben has been busy making himself some customs stickers to plaster all over the bike.

Cathro ready to kick some ass once the race season finally gets going.


We'd like to extend a huge thank you to all of the sponsors who are supporting The Privateer: Walk The Talk.







146 Comments

  • 135 3
 Sexy. The bike isn't bad either.
  • 35 0
 hang on a sec....
  • 3 0
 i feel the same
  • 4 0
 Those shiny, wavy locks...ERM I mean rotors...
  • 4 0
 Looks like a V10.
  • 6 0
 He had me at noodle arms
  • 1 0
 Now we know who's who here...
  • 65 2
 Cathro for Priminister
  • 17 41
flag enduroNZ (May 22, 2020 at 3:39) (Below Threshold)
 It’s actually prime minister btw.
  • 64 2
 @enduroNZ: It's actually Prime Minister btw
  • 12 30
flag fracasnoxteam (May 22, 2020 at 6:02) (Below Threshold)
 @Davec85: it's actually a douchebag btw
  • 27 0
 Prime Memester
  • 11 1
 @Davec85: Its First Minister
  • 9 1
 Its Fist Ministeer
  • 11 0
 Prime Pinitsir
  • 7 6
 @fracasnoxteam: we're talking about england not france
  • 7 6
 @mtb-scotland: It actually Wee Jimmy Krankie btw ;p
  • 7 1
 @theunknowncustodian: an boom goes the dynamite.
  • 8 1
 @theunknowncustodian: There is a Prime Minister of England?
  • 5 0
 @Davec85: Technically the constitution does not make allowance for a Prime Minister, it would be The Right Honorable Ben Cathro for First Lord of The Treasury.

btw I don't speak as an expert, I just knew there was more to it than just Prime Minister so had to look it up and be a pedant!
  • 1 11
flag theunknowncustodian (May 22, 2020 at 9:50) (Below Threshold)
 @km79: apparently...at least he's better than sturgeon face
  • 2 0
 @theunknowncustodian: lol in what way specifically?
  • 1 0
 It's Rhyme Minister
  • 27 0
 Ben Cathro is very tall. I had never noticed this.
  • 9 3
 Yeah I honestly feel the main reason he's having a go at competitive riding is because there are finally bikes big enough for him.
  • 8 1
 Foot taller than me. I have to bend my neck back when ever I've talked to him lol
  • 3 1
 @GeeHad: he's raced in the past
  • 4 0
 @GeeHad: Hes not giving it a go, Ben is one of scotland's biggest racers (and i dont just mean height)
  • 4 2
 199 cm is 6 foot 5, not 6'7
  • 2 0
 @Boych12:
Uhm, not quite. It’s ~ 6.5 feet, aka 6’6”, damn non decimal systems!
  • 6 0
 @nedersotan: Holy moses you're right! I know better than to comment before coffee. Thanks for the correction.
  • 2 0
 I'm 6'2"and had to look up at him when I spotted him at fort bill last year.
  • 1 1
 @nedersotan: Yeah it's 6'6"
6.5feet doesn't mean anything as it's not decimal.
1/2 ft = 6"

Don't damn imperial, just criticise the use of cm for height!
  • 15 0
 Guy is so huge the bike looks like a quirky park rig next to him
  • 5 0
 Agreed, my first thought was "oh, he decided to go with the 27.5 wheels".
  • 1 0
 Based on sizing. He should be racing a slopestyle bike 10 years ago.
  • 2 0
 He needs some of those new 36" wheels Trek is testing.
  • 10 1
 The Saint finned brake pads are so annoying!!I remedied that by installing Galfer brake pads and it was the best thing ive done for my bike in a while.They work amazing and are completely silent.
  • 15 0
 Have just put more bend into the standard springs that separate the pads on my saints. Stops all rattles for free . . .
  • 8 0
 Do you all know that the saint/zee pads can be had for much cheaper and are available without fins?
  • 1 0
 @mattradical: I run the non-finned versions, work perfectly and no rattle. Haven't had any issues with overheating. I have two bikes, both with shimano brakes at the moment and oddly one bike won't produce any rattle with finned pads but the other one will. Which is odd. Annoying though, I can't believe shimano hasn't fixed it over all these years.
  • 8 0
 @gbeaks33: I overheat my brakes pretty easily on the long steep tracks in warmer climates. Combo of being heavy and loving comfort braking. No issues in the UK but the finned pads and ice tech rotors are a must at the world cups.
  • 3 0
 @ben-cathro: haha I bet you and I have different requirements. Best of luck going forward!
  • 1 0
 @ben-cathro: try Miles Racing pads. I've found them to be quite good, even the semi-sintered seem to be good on long runs
  • 3 0
 @ben-cathro:
I've found those Shimano wiz-bang Ice Techs that only come in center-mount do much better shedding heat(I'm 220lbs). Regular Ice Techs don't last long here in SoCal. Especially when silt bakes onto the rotors
They end up sounding like you're strangling a Turkey who's blowing through a Coronet, whether you're on the brakes or not
  • 2 0
 yes so annoying that they provide gobs of consistent fade free power
  • 1 0
 @andrewbikeguide: I still love them and use the brake pads when im waiting for new Galfer pads to show up in the mail.I just like the way the Galfer pads feel over the stock ones.Have you tried them?
  • 1 0
 @gbeaks33: poor design. They rattle because there’s an expansion gap to to stop the back plate buckling when the pad heats up an easy fix would to be make the the back plate wedge shaped so the pad can fit snuggly yet have room to migrate outwards with expansion but that’s clearly beyond shimano’s capabilities.
  • 10 0
 I read that entire interview in a Scottish accent.
  • 45 0
 So did I.
  • 3 5
 Och eye the nooo jemme
  • 6 2
 Says he is very particular about his brakes... as someone who has XT BR-M8020 and hates them, do the Saints have the annoying AF variable bite point issue?
  • 2 8
flag aljoburr (May 22, 2020 at 5:59) (Below Threshold)
 Bite point issues on Shamano brakes happen when you turn your bike up side down or crash?
  • 5 8
 Saint brakes are spot on
  • 8 1
 Yep, Saints have it too. They've got a ton of power so people often overlook it, but I rode both my buddy's Session and another friend's old Knolly with these exact Saint brakes and they still do it.
  • 7 1
 Have only had variable bite when I don’t regularly bleed.
  • 1 0
 @aljoburr: That would be a bleed issue.
  • 1 0
 @fredhay: Fit or forget or just ride something else, is the way too go!!
  • 2 0
 try bleeding them the way grag minnars mechanic explained a week or so ago, this method makes a lot of difference to getting a good bleed and increasing how the brakes feel
  • 1 0
 @mark3: you got the link ?
  • 1 0
 @TheLittleFox: This is an older one. Not seen the new one but presumably they are the same...

www.wideopenmountainbike.com/2018/03/how-to-bleed-a-shimano-saint-brake-with-the-syndicates-marshy
  • 1 0
 I've been doing the gravity bleed thing instead of forcing it from the caliper. Takes quite a few flicks of the lever to get the air bubbles out of the master cylinder but have never noticed a variable bit point on the last Gen 2 pot xt. They're still rubbish brakes though.
  • 1 0
 @mark3: keep in mind it wasn’t really a bleed, more of a burp.

If your oil is old / dirty, or you get new pads, a full bleed is required.
  • 2 0
 @friendlyfoe: i just get the bubbles out of the master cyl then gravity bleed too, never once had a moving bite point.
  • 1 0
 My first set of Saints were mint, never a problem, the second set were terrible with the wandering bite point. I read somewhere that people tried different oils in them which suggested that it helped. I used a 2.5W motorcycle fork oil (synthetic) which fixed the problem for me, the 5W worked too but when it got cold, I found the extra viscosity meant the return stroke happened too slowly until they warmed.
  • 1 0
 wow people's opinions are all over the place on this one haha. Yeah I have done the gravity bleed a couple times using Calivin Jones' exact method: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKZ6FIH6yzc

And yeah it definitely helps, but the issue persists and is pervasive as well.

What's weird is it is much worse in colder weather, but in +25C you don't notice it as much.
  • 3 0
 Tape on the backs of the pads stop them from rocking also. I do that in my trials bike but the heat generated might melt the glue on gorilla tape?
  • 2 0
 I was wondering about the heat as well. I'm first going to try expanding the spring as someone mentioned above.
  • 1 0
 I've put nitrile O-rings around the fins on the pads, so there's a wee buffer front and back between pad and caliper. Works perfectly. How Shimano can get away with XTR brakes rattling like they do, I have no idea.
  • 1 0
 @geometrygeeksbob: I’ve been running finned saint pads since whenever they became a thing, never had a rattling problem.

Maybe have a look at the spring and widen it a bit so it holds better?
  • 1 0
 @nvranka: Sorry I'm talking about the 4-pot XTR (but also applies to the 2-pot Ultegras on my road bike). I'm intrigued to fiddle with the spring now, but in case anyone else has the issue I can say 20x0.8mm nitrile O-rings do the trick.
  • 1 0
 @geometrygeeksbob: right on, figured they’d be similar, guess not. That sucks that they rattle.
  • 2 0
 simple curiosity, no bashing intended, what draws people to santa cruz bikes? Its a brand ive never understood or been particularly interested but it seems they have a pretty intense following
  • 1 0
 I had a Hightower LT last year (it was cheap to be fair) and even though it was a size too small it was the fastest, most fun bike I’ve ever owned - kicked the crap out of the Spesh Stumpy’s, Enduro’s and Giant Reign’s I’ve had.
I swapped it for a 2019 Reign (the right size) and frankly it’s a big disappointment so I’ll be lookin my for a new SC as soon as I can afford one. Never had one before this (I’m ignoring my old super 8 because that was 19 years ago and I can’t really remember it) but sure as shit want another one.
  • 1 0
 @probablyoutriding - I'll take a stab at that. Many offerings representing most mtb disciplines, decent prices and builds esp. when on sale which is often, consistent high quality, effective suspension system, gorgeous paint schemes, killer warranty with free replacement bearings for the original purchaser, free Der. hangers (just ask), always threaded bottom bracket, deep roots in the industry... I'm sure I'm missing something. I've owned 3 SC bikes but don't own one currently. Would buy another though.
  • 2 0
 Tubing idea is great. I actually need some for internals on my Ransom re-build. Might as well do the outside also. Whats the make and where did you buy? Cheers
  • 1 0
 Would like to know this too!
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: Just a thought but would this either keep in the heat from brakes or would this help shield against sunlight heating up brake fluid? Would it make a difference anyway?
  • 1 0
 @drmantistobogganmd: Presumably it would also insulate the hoses somewhat so they would take longer to cool down. Whether this would have any noticeable effect on your quality of life I have no idea.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: Is that soft enough to quieten it down though? 60A durometer is quite hard??
  • 1 0
 @Ralston88: well 60A durometer is deffo much softer than plastic outer coat of brake hose, typical center lugs on trail tires are around 60A. I personally use heat shrink with brake/shifter cable going together which creates something that is very stiff so it cannot hit anything ( that is the best way to reduce noise lol). this doesn´t work for people running moto style brake setup. To the heat management topis, every layer is going to act like insulation unless it´s made of good conductor (not this case), does it matter? If you are boiling your brake fluid all the time most likely it won´t help with that.
  • 8 0
 It’s jagwire internal cable damper. It’s a soft foam rather than a rubber.
  • 1 0
 Sam Hill used an old Camelbak hose on his Iron Horse Sunday for silencing. But obviously that's just one of the options. It is time for a brake hose silencer wrap group test. Next up we'll be seeing companies pop up releasing their own $40 hose silencer kits. The one that releases ribbed brake hose silencers gets the props.
  • 12 10
 Dont know why but have never liked Santa Cruz. Just something about them bores me but like I said I don't know why!
  • 11 1
 Bye bye Matt lol. The community doesn't like you to have an opinion that's not in line with current trends!
  • 6 10
flag BaldBilly (May 22, 2020 at 6:15) (Below Threshold)
 Agreed. Boutique brand. I respect and accept them however will never give them my $$$. Most trail riders in NE riding them are arrogant dicks who have far more money than skill or true love for the sport. Dentists.
  • 3 3
 @BaldBilly: Lol...Dentists!
  • 2 1
 @Matt76 Totally agree, otherwise known as Clitoris Bikes.
  • 8 0
 @BaldBilly: funny, west of the continental divide those same dicks ride a Yeti.
  • 5 0
 Sun, surf, redwoods, great trails, lots of women. What's not to hate?
  • 2 0
 @RayDolor: Maybe Ive just changed my mind lol!!
  • 3 1
 @Ironmonsoon602: I think there are certain bikes that all fit in same category (maybe)
Santa Cruz
Intense
Ibis
Yeti
  • 3 0
 I don't have anything specifically against Santa Cruz bikes, Rob Roskopp seems like a cool guy...but I do think, given that they are made in the same factories with the same parts as countless other brands, with very little objectively special about them (like say class leading innovation, manufacturing in their home country or interesting materials) they are just overpriced, so trade off their brand association more than anything else.

Surely Ibis get a pass these days for making a reasonably priced bike from aluminium eh @Matt76?
  • 1 0
 @alexhyland: oh yes, love an alunimium or steel rig!
  • 1 0
 @Matt76: I be serious, Matt: after the lockdown is over in the next decade, take a trip to California, and check
Santa Cruz out for herself. Just keep a firm grip on yer money clip and yer bike while you are there, and you'll never leave! Hotel California........
  • 1 0
 @RayDolor: Sounds bloody good to me! Even google mapped it earlier after you said. Cheers!
  • 2 1
 They are expensive for mass produced frames when you are just a brand in a bike conglomerates quiver. I guess the huge number they give sponsored riders has to be paid for somehow and that will always be the customer
  • 3 0
 Everyone gonna be rooting so hard for Cathro!
  • 8 1
 I like cathro but I don't think I'll be gettin a root for him
  • 2 0
 Looks just like last years bike, I thought fox 49s were for 29er wheels? Or do 40s work for both wheels sizes now?
  • 6 0
 They changed it back to just 40 for the latest ones, makes more sense since all of their other forks are named by the stanchion size regardless of wheel size
  • 1 0
 36" wheels will be the new standard whenever we get back into racing! Faster, rolls over anything, minimum input from the rider....just hang on for dear life!
  • 1 1
 That Battleship Gray forks pops with the SC down tube logos. @ben-cathro swap the Fox (only) sticker on the forks with the orange version and it would be mint with the coil; still subtle with a little "HEY MF'r!!!" Smile
  • 2 0
 im not sure how I feel about the half and half pants
  • 2 0
 You are a class act Mr. Cathro.
  • 2 0
 Ronnie Mac pull posture on the seat tube sticker, lol
  • 2 0
 That bike would look alot better with black lowers.
  • 1 0
 What kind of tape is that on the brake calipers? I'm tired of rattling pads...
  • 1 0
 One of the funniest photos there is - 199cm Ben with 147cm of my wife stood next to him...
  • 1 0
 What happened to the sweet chris king reserve wheelset?
  • 2 0
 race face sponsorship
  • 3 6
 Hmm, 2001 V10 in size medium with 430mm reach... I like Ben very much but I don´t think there was V10 in 2001 to start with and 430reach was between L and XL in 2016 lol. So in 2001 size medium of whatever bike he rode was closer to 330mm reach if anything.
  • 1 0
 It was an 02 Medium V10 1.0, he had a habit of washing out the front end and his dad bought a Large instead...

I almost bought the Med but hindsight is 20:20
  • 1 0
 Not sure the downvotes? Looks like V10 was from 2002? Size wise www.santacruzbicycles.com/files/v10.1_geomtery.png a medium had a wheelbase of 1160mm . As @Mondbiker said, even in 2011 ,a decade later a medium V10 had a reach of 401mm . www.santacruzbicycles.com/files/2011v104geo.jpg
  • 2 0
 @kiksy: man this is pinkbike, more downvotes you get the more right you are about the topic in question. I´m a bit disappointed here lol.
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 @Mondbiker: that means waki is always right? shoooooot, the world IS ending...
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 @jaycubzz: Well waki is right quite often (or at least he isn´t really "wrong")...
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 @Mondbiker: Waki is right a scary amount of the time....
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 Is that right for the spring, 575lb !?
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 This size bike like a mothership
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 Does it feature a Hollowdeck? That would be a nice touch, eh?
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 Lucky for all of us Fox has gone back to white lowers. Proper color match!
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 that bike looks gid
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 That's more than a piece of sticky tape under the fins.
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 That's a good looking machine
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 Hard not to read this in Ben's voice Big Grin
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 Last picture could be a new “Stevie” pose. Let’s see if it catches on... the “cathro”
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 I like Ben.
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 ..........looks like a session.........
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 Coulda been a baller.
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 6'7" does not = 199cm.... Which is he?
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 It’s close enough
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 If you assume one or other must be exact, perhaps, but 6'6.5" does equal 199.4cm. If you round both of those values to the left of the decimal point, you get 6'7" = 199cm.
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 @boozed: just so wrong maths
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