Bike Check: Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10 - Les Gets World Cup DH 2021

Jul 2, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

Greg Minnaar needs no introduction. The so-called GOAT has been at the sharp end of the World Cup field for two decades, evolving alongside the sport to stay at the top for all these years.

bigquotesI think one of the main things is to just keep developing and keep progressing, it's something I take in when I look at Loris and Luca setting up their bikes, how they ride stuff, it's hard you know through so many different areas trying to reinvent yourself each time and I think that is key. To keep with a young sport that is progressing so much over such a short period of time you've got to keep changing things, you can't be content with where you are, bike setup, training..."Greg Minnaar, 2017 interview with Ross Bell

Only missing the Leogang podium once in the race s history Greg Minnaar still leads the series by a whisker.
Greg Minnaar // Santa Cruz Syndicate
Age: 39
Height: 188cm / 6'2"
Weight: 86kg / 189 lbs
Instagram: @gregminnaar

The paint honors his South African roots.

Frame: Santa Cruz V10
Shock: Fox DHX2, 575 spring. HSC 8 / LSC 8 / LSR 8 / HSR 3
Fork: Fox 40, 98psi, 7 tokens. HSC open / LSC 7 / LSR 3 / HSR 3 (all from closed)
Wheels: 29" Reserve DH
Tires: Maxxis Shorty F/R, no inserts
Drivetrain: Top secret with XT shifter
Brakes: Shimano Saint calipers with XTR levers
Cockpit: Burgtec RW Carbon 35mm 800mm bar, 20mm rise, 50mm stem
Size: XL

It's Shortys front and rear at the moment. While they've talked about switching to something else, so far they've stuck with the mud tires because "the forecast looks suspect for the weekend" and it's good to keep things as consistent as possible before the race.

A Saint and XTR combo. Minnaar prefers the feel of the XTR levers over the Saints.

He's quite particular about his lever setup, especially when it comes to the symmetry of his grips and levers, and always runs his levers at 27 degrees down from flat.

Minnaar's chainstay adjustment flip chip is in the longer position, naturally. In years past he has used custom aluminum dropouts to extend his bike, but this year he has opted for what his mechanic says is a more balanced ride.

Even without custom dropouts, the bike is set up long and low. After Leogang, his mechanic said, he started using a new headset that adds 5.2mm in reach and slackens the bike by half a degree.

Sure looks like new Saint. "It doesn't exist," his mechanic said when asked about the drivetrain.

Minnaar swapped from a 550 to a 575 spring right before his race run in Leogang.

Stylish Chris King hubs (plus a bonus angle on that derailleur).

Burgtec bars, seatpost, and saddle.

Crankbrothers Mallets finish it off.


  • 74 4
 hey brits, do you pronounce shimano zee as zee or zed or do u just say zed-e-e
  • 1 1
 That's good
  • 7 1
 This *Z* is a zed.
  • 87 7
 No we pronounce it 'Hope V4'. Modulation and confidence in a consistent bit point is essential.
  • 17 3
 @drjonnywonderboy: can’t beat sram code RSC for actually being able to adjust the “bite” point, especially as pads wear.
  • 30 1
 Zed’s dead, baby
  • 4 1
 pronounced Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
  • 3 1
 @drjonnywonderboy: XTR levers without the Servo Wave cure that. And Hopes are spendy enough it's not even more expensive to do the Saint/XTR combo.
  • 1 0
 you could ask the same of your countrymen, like y'all speak the same
  • 3 3
 @drjonnywonderboy: Hope it stops V4
  • 42 2
 Depends on where you come from.

If Birmingham, it’s more “Zoy”.
If Liverpool, it’s more “Zeeee”
If Somerset, it’s more “Zoyee”
If London, it’s more “Zay”
If Bolton, it’s more “eeeeh! Look at that dead fancy stuff like”
  • 12 5
 @drjonnywonderboy: I'd love to like Hope but every set I've ridden feel wooden and underpowered. 5 pairs and all apparently bled and set up right.
  • 3 0
 @Mfro: love it!
  • 5 0
 @mrfish: Hope's adjust the bite point just as well, if not better...
  • 3 0
 @Mfro: nailed it!
  • 1 2
 Zee because we IQ's higher than 80
  • 4 0
 Can mericans even pronounce Shimano?
  • 2 0
 @Molesdigmyjumps: some people pronounce it shi man o
  • 1 0
 We say it zee min, ya ken fit I'm sayin.
  • 1 0
 @mior: the big she man
  • 1 0
 Shimano Ziti
  • 33 0
 I like big bikes, I cannot lie.
  • 8 1
 All you other brothers can’t deny
  • 8 1
 You get sprung
  • 7 0
 Really hope shimano also has a new saint brake in the works. That's what the people are really waiting for.
  • 2 0
 yes. I'll make the swap from my code rsc when there is a properly modern saint, with proper adjustments.
  • 2 1
 What is the "new headset that adds 5.2mm in reach and slackens the bike by half a degree"? I see the photo of the Chris King No Thread Set but can't find a match on their site.
  • 7 0
 The raw aluminum cups. Custom made There's a few people that can do that Works Components, Chris King buzzworks, Serjio tschenett, he can custom make them I machined a reach x angle set before. It took me all day on manual machines to make the setup to hold the cups and make them.
  • 2 0
 Ill stick with my trusty Saint cranks that I already have. They have never gave me a single problem. Those new ones look like crap kinda. But that derailleur looks sick!!!
  • 3 0
 They look like XT M8000 cranks with the logos rubbed off to me. I’m sure that’s what they are, with a bit longer and maybe thicker walled spindle
  • 2 0
 @jaame: Thats exactly what I thought. I kind of hope they look different in production tho. I think the current saints look pretty good and I was hoping they would do a dm chainring.
  • 1 0
 @ols532704: you would think they would use the current XT arms if they went down that route. Spiders are so 80s
  • 1 0
 @jaame: yeah I have the current xt cranks and they look pretty good
  • 1 0
 I’ve still got an original set of Saint cranks (and a set of Hones!) that are still going strong. Although they are on about their 29th BB!
  • 2 0
 @CustardCountry: I had some of those Hone cranks with the alloy spindle on my Corsair. They were good cranks. Having said that, all Shimano cranks are really good.
  • 1 0
 Sick bike! Would love to see a factory rider do a bike check of a privateers bike and hook them up with a set of tires or something else they could really use.
  • 1 0
 If it's a new DH group, I want Minnaar to name it. There have to be plenty of South African double entendres besides Ass(e)gai!!
  • 6 3
 "so-called GOAT". For real, PB?
  • 1 0
 I doubt it was an intentional dig but I thought the same thing…
  • 1 0
 Introducing...Greg Minnaar// Greg Minnaar needs no introduction// "I need no introduction"--Greg MInnaar
  • 1 0
 Those look like 30mm rise bars I have the same bars in 20mm and they look way flatter
  • 3 1
 What no Mullet?? Never!!?
  • 1 0
 What’s the red thing on the right lower fork w/zip tie in the pic w/saint/zee brake comment
  • 1 0
 That's a timing chip
  • 2 0
 I like bikeporn
  • 2 0
 Nice looking bike!
  • 1 1
 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 yep ok again to confirm 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Something new from Shimano for DH!!!
  • 1 1
 I predict Minnaar with be on a 530mm reach bike just before he retires from the
  • 1 1
 Why do pro riders use loads spacers rather than a higher rise bar? Noticed this on a few tall pro riders bikes now.
  • 3 0
 When you rise/lower often it's less of a hassle (read faster). + you can go just a few mm higher or lower.
  • 1 0
 Which Greg is the fastest? 2001 Greg, 2011 Greg, or 2021 Greg?
  • 2 2
 Minaar with bike long as a car. or maybe Trolley The GOAT rarely fall-y
  • 2 2
 Still not long enough for him. With that reach set his bike's reach is still short of 500mm.
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: Pretty long for a DH bike. They tend to have short Reach. Looks to be changing slowly though.
  • 2 0
 @gonecoastal: It's small for him. You can see it when he rides. It makes no sense to me why current trail bikes are longer in reach and wheelbase than most modern DH bikes!
  • 2 0
 @SintraFreeride: You're not wrong. I have a friend taller than Greg on the largest V10C 20er w/ max CS length which was 17mm longer WB than my MOJO G16. I'm 1.75m on the M.

I saw an old video of Greg riding 26" DH bike and oh god it looked like a circus bear riding a tricycle.

Be curious to see what the WB and FC on the next gen of Commencal DH bikes is. This current mullet edition is looking to get proper numbers.
  • 2 0
 @gonecoastal: I think Commencal and other brands will eventually offer +520mm reach DH bikes but it's going to take a while. In the mean time you can always get a Nicolai G1 and put on a longer shock to get +200mm of travel like Paul Aston (
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: Contemplating Dh38m.1 @ 180 or Nero R for the front now.
  • 2 0
 @gonecoastal: Can't go wrong with either though I'd recommend the new Dorado which you can also run a 180mm.
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: yeah that’s possible too. So many fork options. Selva R, ERA, new SC Öhlins 38

Depends on bike/frame configuration for fork selection
  • 1 0
 No inserts good
  • 1 2
 Wait, he is on 29 wheels yet not a 49 fork...
  • 3 0
 fox no longer sells the 49, as it didnt go well with its naming thing. Now its just a fox 40 29
  • 8 1
 @mior: plus they have to clear the way for the 52, which is the 31.25” wheel version slated for 2025 release
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