Video: Building and Painting a Custom, Full Metal Jacket Themed V10

Apr 28, 2019
by rieseldesign  

It’s every veteran mountain biker’s dream to build a bike from scratch. Carefully planning every detail, hand picking the hottest components on the market and finally putting everything together feels like real life magic!

At rie:sel design we are fortunate to experience this from time to time and so are you because Chris of Fiasko Racing did not only ask us to help him build his dream bike, he also created this incredible bike build video.

Grab a beer, sit back and enjoy about ten minutes of pure bike dorkery!

Santa Cruz V10 DH Dream MTB Full Carbon Santa by rie sel design

The build is based on a 2016 Santa Cruz V10 (size XL). Equipped with high-end components and carbon everywhere, it weighs 31.3 lbs / 14.2 kg. The custom design was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s cult flick Full Metal Jacket. Hence the working title of the project: “Full Carbon Santa”

rie sel design s special flip flop paint job for Santa Cruz V10 DH Dream MTB Full Carbon Santa
The flip flop coating changes color between green and purple depending on the angle. Golden camouflage, a secondary color with the rad name “Coffee Laser Brown” and Full Metal Jacket inspired decals round out the design.

custom Fox 40 Kashima for rie sel design s Santa Cruz V10 DH Dream MTB Full Carbon Santa
The Fox 40 Kashima received the same design treatment as the rest of the bike which rolls on Continental tires and handcrafted wheels by the Dresden based carbon specialists of BEAST Components.
Fast Suspension Holy Grail for rie sel design s Santa Cruz V10 DH Dream MTB Full Carbon Santa
The Fast Suspension Holy Grail has received shimstack tuning, a titan spring and carbon fiber adjustment knobs by Hopp Carbon Parts.

pinnacle of customization at the cockpit of rie sel design s Santa Cruz V10 DH Dream MTB Full Carbon Santa
The cockpit features a handcrafted BEAST Components carbon riser bar, a custom-made carbon fiber air cap and damper adjustment dial for the Fox 40 Kashima by HOPP Carbon Parts, rie:sel design’s carbon stem:cap and green titan bolts everywhere.

decals at rie sel design s Santa Cruz V10 DH Dream MTB Full Carbon Santa
Almost too beautiful to ride, but way too tempting to showcase only. What do you think?

Santa Cruz V10 DH Dream MTB Full Carbon Santa by rie sel design

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106 Comments

  • 125 6
 This is my bike. There are many like it but this one is mine. My bike is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my bike is useless. Without my bike I am useless. I must rip my bike true. I must shred faster than my enemy, who is trying to pass me. I must shralp him before he shralps me. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my bike and myself are defenders of my trail, we are the masters of my enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace, beers, and BBQ. Forever GNAR.
  • 8 0
 outstanding!
  • 27 4
 Well you can come over to my house and Fuk my sister anytime rooster.
  • 2 0
 Cheers!
  • 2 0
 @Fifty50Grip: Haha! Made our day!
  • 2 1
 Full carbon frame Big Grin
  • 2 0
 I need to frame this and hang it in my shop!
  • 44 0
 If it doesn't have "Born To Kill" on it, it ain't really FMJ...
  • 4 1
 or.... you can eat the peanuts out of my sh!t pilgrim
  • 14 5
 It's not. It just has camo. And I got neg propped for it down below, but I'll say it again, FMJ is not a cult film. Kubrick is considered by many to be the best director ever. It's like saying James Joyce or Hemingway wrote cult novels.
  • 1 1
 @rezrov: oh my gosh! You got beg propped!!
  • 33 5
 But does riding it capture the horrors of the Vietnam War?
  • 10 10
 Agreed. It's pretty odd that someone would want to glorify that on their bike.
  • 11 1
 I mean it's a 2016 frame, I don't know how he can bare the pain of riding a 2.5 year old bike tbh. Stay strong, painted-V10 owner.
  • 2 0
 No. It smooths them over Wink
  • 3 0
 It would if I rode it.
  • 20 8
 Aaaaaaand now it's obsolete the new V10 is available
  • 7 3
 Haha! That's one way to see it, but the process was already rolling when the new V10 came out and it still is unique ;-)
  • 11 7
 How is it obsolete? Doses mean all of a sudden the bearings lock up on the hubs, the shocks lock out, the grips fall off and all the fluid drains from the brakes? Does it mean he can now way ride the bike just because a new model is out? I bet he can have zero fun if the wheels even roll. How awful
  • 7 5
 @bman33: yeah you basically summed it up. Only thing missing is your sense of sarcasm.
  • 3 1
 @TannerValhouli: Yep. You forgot to use the sarcasm font. Zoomed right past me like a turtle. Big Grin
  • 2 1
 @bman33: oh you must be fun at parties
  • 2 1
 @TannerValhouli: that wasn't sarcasm, you bad-joke turncoat. The sar-chasm is closed on Mondays.
  • 1 0
 Why? All he needs to do is get Fox49 and a 29” front wheel and it will be more modern than the latest V10 29
  • 10 1
 Beautiful bike, I’d be hesitant to scratch it up though!!
  • 4 0
 Haha! That's true. But after the first big crash, you lose all your inhibitions :-D
  • 3 0
 Just wrap random bits of insulating tape around bits of tubing that might get scratched. Top quality solution on a par with the effort that went into this bike... honest.
  • 3 0
 It’s a commentary on the duality of man.
  • 2 0
 @DrPete: the Jungian thing Sir!
  • 7 0
 Looks amazing but not sure if I see the full metal jacket connection.
  • 3 0
 Looks great and all. But that paint and decal arrangement adds grams of weight! And you can save more weight if you don't use any grease. And cut the hardware down to only 2 bolts that hold the fork together.
  • 5 0
 These look so much better than the new v10s.
  • 3 0
 is no one else bothered by the fact he used the steerer cutting guide tool to clamp the crown assy while he used a pipe cutter instead??
  • 2 0
 Was too busy wondering why no one uses angle grinders for such jobs
  • 3 1
 @oldfaith: angle grinder is pretty much the best solution for all jobs, cable cutting included.
  • 5 0
 Dang, 31.3 lbs, that's only 65 big macs. Pretty light for a DH bike.
  • 1 0
 Love your way to put weight into relation :-D
  • 3 0
 Loved the attention to detail in both the paint and assembly. Beautiful bike Joker.
  • 1 0
 Your appreciation means the world to us! Thank you so much!
  • 3 0
 Thae paint is the same as a 1993 Honda Civic down the street from me. Very cool. I bet the v10 goes faster though
  • 1 0
 Haha! You made our day with that last piece of the comment :-D
  • 3 0
 Missing blood and guts. But it is running continental so it wont take long to add those.
  • 1 0
 Haha! You definitely got a laugh from us :-D
  • 1 0
 Like the detail, but FMJ theme? I don't see it. Plus, Most Infantry wore drab green during that war, and only a select few, like SOG and SEAL's wore camo, which was tiger stripe. It don't say Too Buku ,Too Buku! either.
  • 1 0
 up in the morning to the rising sun. Gotta run all day till the running's done. Ho Chi Min is a blue whistler trail. Got the tables, berms, and the flow all day.
  • 2 0
 Also a balls out enduro descent in glentress, not super steep but fast
  • 3 0
 Not to my taste at all, but I appreciate all the work put in
  • 1 0
 That's such a nice comment! Thank you so much for your feedback. Taste is different, but the passion for mountain biking connects everyone of us.
  • 2 0
 Everything matches except the grips. Seems like a simple oversight. They're all I can see now.
  • 1 0
 They are camo themed but yeah, it might be something to change in the future. Simple black grips or a dark brown like the coffee lazer coating. Wondering about the color of the shock's titan spring as well. Kashima color might be a good fit. What do you think about it?
  • 1 0
 They're camo and called Deathgrips (and really comfortable) so seems like a solid choice? Once they're dirty they'll be darker green too :-)

I'd keep the gunmetal grey shock spring and do black DLC on the fork.
  • 3 0
 this is my rifle, this is my gun. this is for fighting, this is for fun...
  • 2 0
 How to add 6K to your 13K bike. And then barely riding it bacause you’re afraid to make it dirty I guess lol
  • 1 0
 Chris will use it to shred! You're losing your inhibitions after the first real crash anyway :-D
  • 2 0
 yeah, its nice that they clear coated over the vinyl graphics. most of us dont have a spray booth in our garage.
  • 3 0
 I though I already watched this episode of Orange County Carbon Choppers?
  • 1 0
 :-D good one :-D
  • 3 0
 Is that you John Wayne?
  • 7 0
 Who said that? Who the f*ck said that? Who's the slimy little Communist shit twinkle-toed cocksucker down here, who just signed his own death warrant?
  • 1 0
 Curious about those water-bled Brake force One brakes, especially on a DH bike.
  • 2 0
 were all the details just vinyl stickers with clear coat over them?
  • 1 0
 We don't do "just vinyl stickers". It has to be much more resilient for riding. That's why we developed a special "clear coat finish" so the bike looks nice for a long time. We want our customers to be happy with it for much more than a few rides. So we put quality above all.
  • 2 0
 ...and now a video of the bike ripping.
  • 2 0
 Will follow soon. Take a look at Fiasko Racing's channel. Those guys know how to shred!
  • 2 0
 Looks great, but a lot of missed opportunities with movie references.
  • 1 0
 Haha, true! We're still in the process of enhancing our inner nerd ;-)
  • 1 0
 click bait “full Carbone” my ass, more like 75%
only thing what I happy to see is BFO set
  • 2 0
 Saw this bike at Sea Otter. Thing is sick as hell.
  • 1 0
 Thanks, mate! Glad you remember it!
  • 1 0
 I won't look like Vietnam unless it's covered in mud anyways. Best to give it what it wants...TRAIL WARFARE!
  • 2 0
 Soooooo "$5 for everything" or what?
  • 2 0
 Great build and fun to watch!
  • 1 0
 Thanks, mate!
  • 2 0
 are those bars rolled real far forward or is it just me?
  • 3 2
 Get it ridden, "rolling artwork"
  • 4 2
 It is indeed :-) Thanks mate!
  • 2 1
 Work of art ....best looking bike out there
  • 1 0
 Wow! That's a bold statement. Thank you and happy ride :-)
  • 1 0
 need to see video of christopher d'onofrio riding it...
  • 1 0
 Wondering what the white stuff was on the BB and the Crown. Anti sieze?
  • 3 1
 Lord, lead me not into temptation...
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: :-D Cut those nasty thoughts!
  • 2 0
 29er too buku.
  • 2 0
 Bike porn done right
  • 1 0
 A bike porn video will follow. This was "just" the build ;-)
  • 1 0
 Just don't let Mary Jane Rotten Crotch on it.
  • 2 1
 That was a great watch!
  • 2 0
 Glad to hear that! Thanks for the appreciation :-)
  • 1 0
 Mmmmmmh... Bärlauch!
  • 1 0
 M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E
  • 1 0
 cult film?
  • 1 0
 Grips are rank.
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