The Santa Cruz carbon V10
has managed to get a lot of people very excited, and for good reason, it is one of the lightest and most advanced downhill frames available. We talked to one of the main men behind the development of the new super bike to get the lowdown on the how the new carbon frame came to be, and all of the other changes that have been made. Inside you'll find photos of both the bike and a frame that has been sawed in two to reveal it's secrets, as well as some great audio explaining each photo.Read on...
I had a long day of work before the time came to make my way over to the Santa Cruz booth to see my intended prey, the new carbon V10. If you think that she looks good in the photo, you should really give it a proper look in person - simply stunning. Right away the bike gives the impression that there is nothing extra, just the material needed to make it one of the fastest bikes on the hill. It is both lighter and more adjustable than the aluminum version that it replaces. That's right, no more aluminum V10 for next season, but don't panic too much, frame price will be similar to what the alloy model was offered at and will also include the Cane Creek AngleSet headset that it will ship with from Santa Cruz. Expect the shipping date to be around the coming December, just in time for Christmas. Have you been naughty or nice? Press play and let Santa Cruz's Josh Kissner tell you the details.
Want to look fast? Santa Cruz will be offering a very limited run of Syndicate team replica bikes that closely resemble the bike ridden by Peat and Greg Minnaar. While the are sure to be pricey, the team-only Edge carbon rims have been left off the build list in the name of keeping the price somewhat reasonable. There will only be 100 made and I'm sure they will go quickly. Listen to the audio to hear the details!
This carbon link was a hint of what was coming down the road. This was first used on the last generation aluminum frame and it is carried over to the new carbon model as well. Take note of the factory fitted shock mud guard, a nice touch that I wish more companies would use.
The new carbon V10 will ship with Cane Creek's AngleSet headset that allows you to fine tune the bike's handling to the terrain or riding preferences. Depending on your rear wheel travel setting, you'll be able to pick a head angle between 63 and 66 degrees. The great thing about the AngleSet headset is that it lets you adjust the head angle independently of other values. This is truly one of the best products of the year. Hear more information by listening to the audio.
The big news may be the new carbon frame, but there are more changes to talk about as well, one of the biggest being the ability to adjust the bike's travel. Up until now the V10 had a full 10 inches of travel, something that a lot of riders loved, but some wanted the option to have less depending on the course. The new model is adjustable from 10" down to 8.5". By setting the V10 into it's shorter travel position you'll also end up with a slacker and lower bike. Combine the travel adjust with the Cane Creek AngleSet headset and you have one very adaptable bike. Bring on the steeps and gnar, but she'll be ready for anything else as well. Push play to hear about it.
Just imagine having to cut one of these beauties in half... It nearly brings a tear to my eye. The carbon frame was in development long before you or I heard about it, and Santa Cruz used their Syndicate race team to help in the process. The carbon mold that is used to make the frame is incredibly expensive so it was very important that the geometry be 100% dialed before it was cast in stone. Listen to the audio to hear about the development process.
Santa Cruz knows that the some riders are still wary of carbon frames, no matter how strong they prove to be in testing. To that end they offer both a stand up warranty and an impressive crash replacement policy. The carbon frame has proved to be as strong as the aluminum model in every regard, and even more robust in some of the tests. The warranty and crash replacement program are great, but the fact that the aluminum frame has been discontinued is what shows Santa Cruz's confidence in what they have been able to achieve.
The new carbon V10's seatmast looks very different from it's aluminum brother. Take note of the visually different types of carbon used in different areas of the frame and then push the play button to hear Josh explain it.
Listen to audio to hear Santa Cruz's Josh Kissner explain the different layups and varying wall thickness's that you see in this photo. Check out how thick the carbon is just aft of the headtube! There is a reason that carbon is used on everything from F1 cars to the space shuttle, you can put material exactly where it needs to be and keep it thin and light in areas that don't require it, resulting in both an incredibly light and strong final product.
Massive amounts of carbon material have been used to build the ISCG-05 chain guide tabs and you no longer have to worry about voiding your frame's warranty when mounting taco-type protection.
The aluminum V10, in all it's different stages of development, was proved to be not only one of the most successful race bikes ever built, but also a reliable favorite of the average shredder. There isn't really any doubt in my mind that this new carbon version will find the same acclaim, but that's just my opinion. Lets hear yours below!
The guys at Santa Cruz felt that their current Driver 8 aluminum rear end could actually be made lighter than a carbon version, so that's what they did. They didn't simply want to use carbon for the swingwarm just because the front triangle uses it, but only if there was going to be an advantage, which there wasn't. Makes sense to me.
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