Bike Check: Walker Shaw's Santa Cruz V10 CC - Downhill Southeast - Windrock II 2020

Jul 14, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  

Walker Shaw is a jack of all trades on a bicycle. Having raced numerous World Cups, enduros, BMX races, and even cyclocross, the older of the two Shaw brothers dabbles in a little bit of just about everything. Currently, working at The Riveter, near Asheville, Walker spends ample time on the dirt jumps there while also frequenting the local trails in nearby Pisgah National Forest and the Windrock Bike Park while riding motocross in between.

At 6'2" tall and weighing 185lbs, Walker opts for a more robust build on his bike. Living the privateer life, he chooses parts that will last, favoring durability over anything else.

Walker typically runs a similar set-up to his brother Luca, minus a few differences. He's on a Santa Cruz V10CC frame, size XL in the long setting with an offset Chris King headset. He's riding this frame for the second year in a row because it's still working just fine for him. The bike is set up with 29" Santa Cruz Reserve wheels, front and back laced to Chris King hubs, the wheels also on their second year and a SRAM drivetrain with RockShox suspension.
Rider Name Walker Shaw
Age: 24
Height / Weight: 185 lbs / 84 kg; 6'2" / 188cm
Hometown: Pisgah Forest, NC
Instagram: @walkershaw

V10 CC Details
Frame: Santa Cruz V10 CC, XL size
Fork: RockShox Boxxer - 200mm travel
Shock: Fox Float X2
Wheels: Santa Cruz Reserve carbon w/ Chris King hubs
Tires: Michelin DH 34, no inserts
Drivetrain: SRAM X07
Brakes: Old School SRAM Code
Cockpit: Burgtec aluminum DH bars, 30mm rise; 50mm stem w/5mm spacer

High or low, Walker changes up the setting here frequently, experimenting on which works best.

Two rings... the symmetry and the ability to measure one run against the other.
The Boxxer has 5 tokens and 160 PSI, 6 clicks of rebound, the HSC in the middle and 8 clicks of LSC, along with a Riveter MarshGuard.

The Fox Float X2 shock has 290 PSI, 14 clicks of compression damping, 15 of LSR, and 16 of HSR.

Old Crankbrothers Mallet pedals with plenty of wear.

Michelin DH 34 tires with no inserts and 25-26psi in the front and 28-29 in the back.

Chris King hubs front and rear.

Old school SRAM Code brakes, Walker changes the compound of the pads, at times, depending on the conditions.


  • 77 0
 plenty of wear? those pedals look better than my pedals after 5 rides
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  • 18 0
 His little brother wont notice a missing part or two.
  • 59 1
 Wow he's using the same frame and wheels two years in a row? I didn't know $10k bikes were meant to last more than a season
  • 4 0
 @ihertzler right?!? that thing looks so dated. Unrideable.
  • 5 0
 Your fork is noodle if its stanchion is less than 38mm now.
  • 17 1
 Walker has the same specs as me, yet I have no fitness, muscles, or youth. Soon I will need a walker.
  • 13 0
 Legit question: So if "short offset" is the hot ticket for trail bikes... why do DH bikes run 58mm offset for 29" wheels? 44mm offset and a DH head angle (63*??) generates a traill figure that is "too much"?
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flag Ajorda (Jul 14, 2020 at 7:35) (Below Threshold)
 If you're going to be regularly getting 35+ MPH you want as long and steady of a bike as possible. These riders aren't looking to pop off rocks like they would on a trail bike, they're looking to mob through the rough stuff.
  • 14 0
 @Ajorda: but less offset = more trail = more stability, right?
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 @Ajorda: Short offset = longer trail = more stability.
It's a good point kinematix. Paul Aston tested short offset on DH bikes and it looked promising:
  • 1 3
 its the head angle, 44mm offset would have a huge amount of trail.
  • 4 0
 @thegoodflow: @rojo-1 Ah I got my terminology wrong, then. Thanks for the correction.
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 So rockshox offers shorter offset crowns, and the new 2021 40 is a 52mm offset. Fox had the 48mm offset for the 49. I think the ticket on a DH bike is anywhere between 50mm and 54mm, given personal preference. I've played with the MORC offset crowns on my 49, and am currently using a 44mm offset on an Ohlins DH38. The 44mm offset offers very quick response while still maintaining stability, however i ran a 50mm offset on my 49, which give the bike a very predictable carve to each turn allowing the bike to feel more neutral. If I had to choose for myself, I'd go 52mm as I think it would land directly in between.
  • 1 0
 neither fox nor RS are producing 58mm anymore, they finally realized DH bikes should be given modern numbers...
  • 2 0
 Id like a adjustable reach headset on my non dh bike. Why not ditch tapered headtubes? Guessing dh has triple clamp so therefore can have the less stiff straight headtube...?
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 DH bikes are having dual crown forks. If you are using the a smaller offset (say, 46mm vs 58mm), then you will end up with smaller turning angles, because the fork will interfer with your frame. I am using a 46mm offset boxxer and I can feel how limited the truning angles are compared to a 58mm one.
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 @pkuyeti: It's really easy to design around that though. Just put more offset in the crown and less in the lowers
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 When a SC fork is ridden, the flex makes the effective offset longer than that 44mm number.
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 @thegoodflow: You are right, but manufactures are just not doing what you said, as it is much easier to switch crowns than to switch the lowers.
  • 3 0
 I loved my avid codes. When they worked they were GREAT but when they didn’t it was always an awful time. That boxxer must barley move with that much psi. Cool ruby at build. Love the non carbon bits!
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 Same for the X, 290 psi sounds stiff af.
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 Thats not a chris king offset headset. You can clearly see by the pictures. Adding in that im almost certain they are made exclusively for the syndicate which would make them red...
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 What he said normal King headset not a buzzworks offset one, also He is running rock shox suspension you say but with the float x2 rear? You guys need to check the text with the pics....
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 @christiaan: edit = rs fork , fox shock
  • 5 0
 What frame size are extra-large humans supposed to ride?
  • 4 2
 Not santa cruz one for starters.
  • 1 0
 Nice bike and parts ,but that little and simple thing as 2 rings ,it might be (in my humble opinion) the best simple and fast thing to see how the fork behaves in changing things a bit (not saying that you could tuned correctly,it might be wrong and then worst ,but it’s your feeling ),gonna install was another one to my fork :-)
  • 3 1
 Those breakes were really nice, i wonder how they compare with the new codes
Pinkbike? Maybe you could test this in a cientific german way?
  • 7 10
 Had Code Rs for 1.5 years. They were terrible. Had to bleed them every 4-5 weeks and never got a really good braking point with them. On long descends, fading was an issue as well, next to lacking braking power. All in all they're terrible brakes. Changed to Magura MT5s... they're so far ahead of the Codes.
  • 3 0
 Those Old Codes are rockstars if you can keep up on the maintenance. As long as you stay above the Code R on the new stuff, you're good.
  • 4 0
 @Ajorda: what do you find wrong with the code r? I haven’t had any problems running them for over 2 seasons, they’ve been super reliable for me
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 @leadsledpaintrain: I'm also on Code R and they have been great. I would need to have a fair bit more expendable income to want to spend an extra $100 per brake to get RSC. I do wish they made a Code RS though.
  • 1 0
 @pacificnorthwet: I've seen Code RS a few times. I think they came as spec on some bikes. YT comes to mind.
  • 1 0
 I run the code RSC for 3 years now, never had an issue and I think I had to bleed them once.. I would like to know how they compare to the oldschool ones cause I had them when I was younger and used to love them!
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 @leadsledpaintrain: It may just be the production batch I had. I couldn't keep a decent amount of pressure, so they'd lose power halfway down a run at a low elevation change bike park. Went for some used RS models and haven't had the same issue.
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 It's probably worth noting that there is a big difference between the R's and the RSC's. If I remember correct, the R is a direct link, while the RSC is powerlink. In non-marketing terms, the RSC ramps up, while the R is a linear increase in braking force.
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flag jeremias (Jul 14, 2020 at 13:07) (Below Threshold)
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 @jeremias: Lol i bought my first codes at 265 lbs and they stopped me just fine.
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 @pacificnorthwet: They do for OEM. I imagine it will be available aftermarket, eventually.
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 Love the function before fashion set up. Little details like that fat stem spacer, mixed suspension, and OG brakes shows he is not part of the get along gang. Like me hahaha!

Walker- get your bro in the gym. Jolanda could be making him soft. Throw away season I guess. The real question is: who's better at hoops, you or Luca?
  • 24 2
 No way Jolanda could be making him soft.
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 @Thirty3: I’m dead.
  • 3 0
 hopefully we get to see Walkers brother between the tape this year at some world cups
  • 3 0
 Please Michelin, release the DH34 and DH22 in lighter casings! I'd love them on my enduro
  • 4 0
 You have wild enduro for that.
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 @tonit91: Bring back the Hot S!
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 On these bike checks are the rebound and compression measured from closed (slowest)?
  • 2 2
 I would assume that they are measured from open since you are adding clicks is synonymous with adding damping.
  • 5 3
 @pacificnorthwet: they are almost always counted from close (almost because almost everyone knows that´s the right way to do it)
  • 3 1
 And this is why nobody understands how to set up their suspension. Does nobody watch the Dialed series?
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 Always closed because it’s consistent, the first couple clicks from open can have no effect.
  • 1 0
 @ryankxf: thanks.

So I take it that this guy is running really high psi without much rebound damping.
  • 1 0
 @Mattysville: no, I don't have suspension so why would I?
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 @Gerlewis: the opposite, he’s running more damping. So he’s running 6 out with his psi. If he was to drop psi he would Have to back out the rebound (Less rebound damping) To achieve the same rebound speed.
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 @ryankxf: oh yeah, thanks
  • 2 0
 If he's looking for longevity why on earth is he running crank brothers pedals? Those are probably replaced every month!
  • 2 0
 Walker is a former BMX pro. Not a hacker or basher. I'm more shocked that he runs no lower bashguard on his chain guide, especially at Windrock, where stuff likes to flip up from your front wheel and mash the sprocket.
  • 2 0
 Is that the bike Walker stole from Luca Big Grin
  • 1 0
 6 clicks of rebound..... with what oil?
  • 2 1
 Mullet or no mullet? That is the question.
  • 1 0
 wow what a awesome bike
  • 2 1
 Still the best brakes
  • 1 1
 Workhorse of a bike!
  • 6 0
 This is pretty much a top level bike, isn't it? Chris King hubs and headset (probably, otherwise only a top cap), carbon rims, top level carbon frame... Fair enough Chris King stuff is workhorse level but only if you actually keep (and properly use) them until they're toast.
  • 1 1
 @vinay: 100% agree! I just stay pumped on bikes in general. I like that it's set up to take care of business and that it doesn't feel pretentious for a pro-level rider.
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 @vinay: the thing about king is that if they fit on every bike you will ever own, then you could keep transferring them. They are rebuild able and I've heard stories of headsets from the 90s that are still running even though the bikes they were on aren't!
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 @justgoride: Well, that's cool. I wouldn't question their durability. But as for the headset, hasn't the steerer tube interface changed in the mean time or is a straight steerer still common for dual crown forks? Same for the hubs. Would a 90's hub fit a modern all boost frame? There is a lot of energy that goes into the creation of such an accurate piece of gear. And that's well worth it you use it as long as it lasts. The transition from 20x110 or 9x100 to 15x100 and that from anythingx135 to 12x142 has been relatively smooth for hubs with cartridge bearings. But after that if you wanted to stick with "old" it often implied some kind of compromise. Luckily I'm not really into the latest tech and standards so for me CK would probably be a fine investment. But I honestly doubt the CK components on the bike in question have been used before (unless they've been his brothers' yesteryears stuff) and just the same I doubt they'll continue to be used if mountainbike standards continue to "progress" as they do. That said, I don't see much reason for standards to evolve much from now. But that's what we always think of course. But I'm with you, these won't ever see the trashcan. They'll always find a place on some bike. Even if it happens to be someones timeless steel hardtail!
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 @vinay: i believe straight steerers are still common for dual crown bikes. i wasn't, however, saying the headset was from the 90s. just that it is a very durable piece of kit that can be rebuilt over and over and over therefore makes sense if you can afford the up front investment. if you keep your bike for more than a few years a headset that will last that long makes sense, although in our 'bikes are disposable' culture many people sell them after just one season.
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 @justgoride: I've kept my previous steel hardtail frame for a decade even though I wasn't perfectly happy with it. It was pretty short but I got it because for me the low top tube was (and always is) the determining factor. I now have a hardtail frame built 100% to my specs. I see no reason to not keep it for a couple of decades. The previous hardtail had an FSA the Pig DH headset and it kept up just fine. For my current frame I was on the fence between Chris King and Hope. But it is a 150mm headtube for a 120mm travel fork, so loads aren't particularly high. And the frame builders (who also installed the headset) said that when properly installed and preloaded, the headset keeps up for years and I honestly don't expect it to fail. These headsets are built to survive use on bikes with 100mm headtubes (or shorter) and much longer forks than I run. But yeah I can definitely see myself buy a used Chris King hub and build myself a sweet new wheel.
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