Spotted: New Santa Cruz V10?

May 27, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  
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With the Fort William World Cup only a week away, teams are starting to arrive back in Europe and are dialling in the bikes for the track. Instagram is addictive, but it's also a good place for companies to build hype and leak photos. As I was giving a good scroll through, sitting on a plane this afternoon, I noticed Luca Shaw's latest post of him riding at Fort William and the frame of his bike he was on blatantly scribbled out. I did a little more quick looking and Loris Vergier, along with the Santa Cruz Syndicate account both had more photos in their posts and stories showing blacked out bike frames.

Sydnicate riders, blacked out bikes... Something's about to drop.

I reached out to Santa Cruz Brand Manager Seb Kemp, asking what the deal with the posts and the bike was and received the following reply, "Hi Daniel, Our engineers are constantly working on new bikes and the Syndicate are a key part of that development process. The needs of the Syndicate drove the introduction of the prototype 29er V10 that they’ve been racing on since the Lourdes World Cup in 2017. That’s all there is to say for now." It's a pretty boilerplate answer. I'd bet more than a few margaritas that if I sent a message to any one of a number of other people at Santa Cruz, I'd get the same response, word for word.

These screengrabs from Loris Vergier's Instagram story show a little more detail of the bike.

Is this the new V10 that's near production ready? The link looks unfinished and it's too far away to tell if it's an alloy mule. If it's carbon, then it's likely that they've tooled up and are nearing production, but they do have some new carbon mule prototyping capabilities now. Judging from the fork, it's a 29" wheeled bike with a dramatically new front triangle and link, even from the prototype that we've already seen riders on since last season. With the obvious hype being built around this bike, I would suspect that we'll have more details to share in the following few days, especially once practice at Ft. Bill begins and our photographers are on the ground.

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134 Comments

  • + 160
 We called Horatio Caine to see if he can help enhance the potato. Stay tuned.
  • + 43
 YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!
  • + 101
 @gonecoastal:

(•_•) / ( •_•)>⌐■-■ / (⌐■_■),
  • + 65
 First bike to cost 20 grand
  • + 55
 “That’s one blacked-out bike, Horatio.”
“I believe the term, Frank, is........................... murdered.”
YEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 @makripper: If only, here in Minnaar land the V10 is closer to R200k obviously our money isn't the strongest currency but its 1CAD to R9,59
  • + 1
 Nice BP.
  • + 5
 No one noticed the picture from the pro grt article yesterday with Kiran Mackinnon (Santa Cruz R&D rider) riding an all white unbranded V10? Was clearly new, also had the new frame shuttle guard the new nomad has.
  • + 3
 @brianpark I'm sure it will help to spot the new saint
  • + 5
 Doesn't SantaCruz have to sell a production 29er downhill frame this year because they raced one last year? Isn't their some UCI rule that mandates that?
  • + 3
 @S3tigoHide: Nice!
@qman11: just headed there to have a look. Easily buried in the days articles. Nice spotting!
  • + 1
 @will54869: they did a small production batch. can't remember exactly but it was like 100
  • + 3
 @gonecoastal: comes in pixulated graphics
  • + 2
 @makripper: and still no water bottle mount.
  • + 1
 @Krzymndyd: i don't think i ever saw one of these for sale. are you shure they, made the 29er available to the public?
  • + 1
 @striveCF15: no I am wrong I was thinking of the Intense 29er. I was thinking about it last night. So stupid
  • + 36
 Looks like a Big Hit
  • + 15
 It look like Greg dropped his big balls on it
  • - 3
 Intense called they want their front triangle back! haha I really like it, I don't know why they didn't ride it in Croatia thou even for some practice runs to get some real work testing done.
  • + 38
 Is it just me or is it.... really ugly?
  • + 5
 Love how PB can't use the better high quality image everyone's already seen? lol
  • - 4
flag savmeister (May 28, 2018 at 13:08) (Below Threshold)
 @CrashBandit: think it's just you
  • + 1
 @CrashBandit: who cares, you wouldnt have bought one anyway
  • + 1
 Why hide a bike we’re all going to see at the weekend anyway?
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic: excitement value
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I’m not excited about an over priced bit of cheap Chinese plastic that I’m not going to buy or ever ride. Is anyone else?
  • + 0
 @thenotoriousmic: I rode Santa Cruz Bikes between 2008 and 2013. Then they became just another bike company. All the best luck to them but... like Ibis or Pivot or Intense... Cheap plastic. The only company from this pack that still excites me is Yeti.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: yeah I totally agree. I was so hyped when intense made that prototype 29 dh for last season sickest bike I’ve seen in years and I’ve never been more disappointed with the production carbon version.
  • + 73
 Will it climb like an xc bike? looks like a session , dentists , something about hub standards , room for a water bottle and heaven forbids that the bb will be press fit blah blah blah
  • + 6
 Hi hi
  • + 4
 Only if it descends like an enduro bike????
Someone call the MTB Police. ASAP.
  • + 5
 Hey, it's not black.
  • + 1
 Can i fit a plus sized wheel there?
  • + 4
 Lose the XT brakes
  • + 38
 Ok, new V10, but I want a scribble frame.
  • + 13
 First one looks like it came out of the bat cave. Second one looks like large, fuzzy dice that still hang proudly like testicles from rear view mirrors. Ft. Bill is the land of race bike ya-yas.
  • + 28
 *patiently waits for older V10 values to drop*
  • + 20
 What we all really want to know is when the Nomad 29 will be out! For the love all that is sacred!! Find us spy shots of that!
  • + 5
 Dear Santa, Please send us some spy photos of Nomad 29.
  • + 2
 Nope, what I really wanted to know was news about the v10. It's all about me right? Right?
  • + 15
 what nomad needs is different colour options
  • + 0
 @Asmodai: Agreed
  • - 4
flag krumpdancer101 (May 28, 2018 at 5:32) (Below Threshold)
 If they made the nomad 29 I think it could replace the v10
  • + 3
 @Asmodai: agreed, all SC bikes need more color options. Amazing bikes though.
  • + 1
 Amen!
  • + 3
 For myself, biggest surprise of N4 release was 650b wheels. Though for sure it would be 29er. Oh well got a MOJO G16 29er instead.
  • + 2
 @gonecoastal: Amen, forget the big frame manufacturers.
  • + 14
 Does it actually matter what bike Greg is riding at Ft Bill?
  • + 5
 he could be on a lame horse and still win...
  • + 3
 @glenndathesender: Or he could be on an Iron Horse and be on another planet like !
  • + 5
 @glenndathesender: or he could be on a goat......hang on a minute
  • + 9
 YT could afford to wrap theirs in spare tubes or whatever when they were trying to hide it. Syndicate had to use Lucas iPhone lol. How does that make sense when my V10 cost like $8k but I could get a decked out tues for $5k?!
  • - 7
flag andydhteam (May 27, 2018 at 22:52) (Below Threshold)
 The yt mob edition is 5k!? Last i checked it was $8400
  • + 12
 @andydhteam: $5500 USD for the flagship mob edition
  • + 1
 Thank you and exactly haha@acidwire:
  • + 39
 @andydhteam: @northshorerider7 appears to be from the United States, the USD price is $5499. You appear to be from Australia, where the AUD price is $8499. Mystery solved.
  • - 6
flag NYShred (May 28, 2018 at 9:25) (Below Threshold)
 To be honest, any bike in this industry over $3-4k is a sucker punch to your throat. Keep feeding the pig, buying overpriced steeds that will never make you a better rider or make you have more fun. I'd rather build my own for under $2k and shred the shit out of any trail in my way with a huge smile on face.
  • + 12
 A Nissan GT-R can smoke most Ferraris... But that still don't make it Ferrari... People buy brands... People aren't hindered by logic when they buy with their hearts! (or credit cards, same thing)
  • + 1
 @Spark24:
GT-R is so heavy that tires don't last long on race track.
  • + 6
 @NYShred: Please do, tell me how you can build a downhill bike for $2k.

A new set of Boxxers is over $1000.
  • + 3
 @NYShred: thats your opinion bud but my bike made me a way better rider. Gave me confidence to send shit without the fear of dieing and it rides a shit ton better then my old rig and i have alot more fun..
  • - 2
 @jamesdunford: boxxer is a shit dude
  • + 11
 100 bucks says it rides like a nomad Wink
  • + 10
 Made a nice bike look like dogshit
  • + 32
 Hey dad, grandpa's over here! He's mumbling about "damn kids" and "something about downhill both ways"
  • + 4
 @RideTahoe707: Downhill both ways....hahaha
  • + 10
 Looks intense.
  • + 2
 I thought that. Much preferred the protos looks.
  • + 8
 GOAT gave the engineers the best input when he snapped his V10 into pieces Wink
  • + 3
 The one on vital looked finished. Had the shuttle guard on it like the nomad. I want one, but will immediately regret it after I buy it.

Can you really say this is 4500$ better than a YT?

I’ve bought four Santa Cruz and every single one I feel ripped off on when I find out three days later that someone got it significantly cheaper. Guess that’s why the MSRP is so high because everyone is getting a bro deal and everyone’s bro deal is better than yours. Whatever... want to ride a dentist bike, you gotta spend like a dentist and I do like how it rides.
  • + 4
 Id go the yt
  • + 1
 Until I get some time between a YT and a vise, I'll vote SCB as better quality. Not sure how often you take frame ending hits, though. Yamaha vs Kawasaki
  • + 3
 We were at Fort Bill on Saturday. The syndicate boys were flying. Steve Peat was there too doing some filming by the looks of it. It was also great to see Bruni out on track. The track is nice and rough in a couple of places and very loose with next to no rain in a while. The change to the visit Scotland arch jump.... it's short now! If the line is taped around it, can't see many hitting the jump.
  • + 4
 So is Steve Peat hanging about/putting runs in at Ft. bill to act as a distraction?
  • + 1
 I hope this thing rides like a nomad V4, that thing is a beast. It's a mini dh bike. I have a nomad V3 and I blow through all my travel even with the biggest volume spacer you can get (float x) I think I need a X2 and run a lot of HSC. The V4 is so much more progressive though its travel. Hoping they come out with a Nomad 29er soon. Would love to get my hands on one of those. 29ers are the way of the future for people 5"11 and taller. 27.5 will always have there place and same with 26ers (slopestyle)
  • + 6
 I just pooped a little.
  • + 12
 Now why on earth would you go and do that? Irritable bowel syndrome? Dodgy curry for dinner? lol
  • + 3
 aw shit
  • + 5
 This new V10 goes to V11.
  • + 3
 Its been a while since it went to 10. Could've Had a V8
  • + 4
 There's more than just the V10 with some sassy new frame designs from SCB this year... you'll poop a little more later.
  • + 3
 Carry on..
  • + 1
 @samoooli: its not the Hightower......
  • + 4
 Where is the new Hightower ?!
  • + 5
 29er specific frame?
  • + 3
 Is It just me or does the New V10 look exactly like the Old V10? Obviously they haven't heard about the session..
  • + 4
 V10C29 for public consumption
  • + 7
 Prices reasonably jumping from 8.999 Eur to 14.299.
  • - 5
flag krumpdancer101 (May 28, 2018 at 5:30) (Below Threshold)
 It has fox 40’s so unless fake stickers has to be 27.5 still.
  • + 5
 @krumpdancer101:
ya because they have been riding 27.5 all last year. . .
  • + 2
 I just want to know what the hell shape head that dude on the trials bike has.....look how his helmet sits on his noggin. like a windswept conehead!
  • + 3
 too bad its a 29'r..might as well go buy a scooter
  • - 1
 Less than Half a degree slacker, little lower bottom bracket, boost 110,55446 forks 175,459234 cranks and they call it a new bike.... Marketing bullshits.....I ain’t spending another cent until I see a real new model and upgrade...????. Been bored with all the tests.. “it climbs fast and it descents even faster”. And I only ride for 2 years... I really like the sport but I have an enduro with 180mm upfront and 63 degrees HA. When industry gets there then I will have a new bike...
  • + 1
 Sounds like you need a Pole, Nicolai or custom geo Starling Murmer....
  • + 4
 They won't claim it a new bike. Just a 29" version of the V10.
  • + 0
 @kiwikonadude: yes I really like these bikes. Would prefer them a bit shorter but still they are ahead of their time. Especially Nikolai .....
  • + 3
 they're redesigning it to fit a bottle cage...
  • + 3
 Vital has a clearer shot Wink
  • + 4
 Looks like a session
  • + 1
 Why is it. That when you see a photo of a ufo, the yeti or the bigfoot. The picture is allways unfocused.
  • + 1
 I got a better photo of someone’s story
So how do I post a photo on here?
  • + 1
 post link? lol
  • + 1
 You've got sharper eyes than me to tell thats a different frame to the current one.
  • + 1
 My thought as well....
  • + 2
 What do you mean??? It's "dramatically" different!!
  • - 1
 @Superbfluous: Ohhhh, I see the change in color now. Can't wait to spend a few thousand for the new MY.
  • + 2
 I'm pretty sure that montesa trials bike is the best one in all the pics!
  • + 2
 It's got super boost Carlos fandango new hub standard ????
  • + 2
 Better shots and video on VitalMTB.
  • + 1
 Saw the bike in person this past weekend at mountain creek bike park's pro grt. The bike looks sick ????.
  • + 1
 who is that dude on the trials Moto. he's wearing fox X specialized pants and in the syndicate booth. lol
  • + 1
 Bring back the old bike, where it fractured and not the riders.
  • + 1
 I also noticed on Greg’s photos it looks like he is riding Trp brakes.
  • + 1
 That ain't no pedal-assist bike
  • + 0
 Enough of the fake spy photos... just present the product when ready, we dont have time to waist.
  • + 2
 None of these are spy photos, they're all snagged from Instagram feeds.
  • + 2
 Santa Cruz V31.5'er
  • - 1
 I Already thought something was of when i saw a Instagram story of Steve peate. But coudn't quit Find out what
  • + 1
 Looks like a demo
  • + 1
 It looks like a yt
  • + 0
 The new intense 29er dh is waaaayyy cooler
  • + 1
 Looks like a M9 to me.
  • + 1
 its a Montesa!
  • + 1
 Yup 4RT, sweet little bikes.
  • + 0
 Opa need look) Thanks

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