Bike Check: Laurie Greenland's Santa Cruz V10 Mullet Race Bike

May 15, 2022 at 13:04
by Nick Bentley  

I stopped by at the Santa Cruz Syndicate pits to check in with Laurie Greenland and get the lowdown on his new Santa Cruz V10. Unless you have been living under a rock recently you will know it's Laurie's first season with the Santa Cruz Syndicate and after such a long time riding his previous bike, it was interesting to get the details of how he's got his V10 dialled in so fast.

Laurie was on it all weekend with a stacked field at the Fort William round of the UK National Downhill Series. It was a really tough field of riders to get a result in but with the Bristolian taking home 3rd it's going to be interesting to see if he can carry that pace over to the World Cup in the same venue this week. Anyway enjoy this stunning Santa Cruz V10

Laurie Greenland // Santa Cruz Syndicate
Age: 25
Hometown: Bristol
Weight: 70Kg
Instagram: @LaurieGreenland_

Santa Cruz V10 Mullet
Frame:Santa Cruz V10
Shock: Fox factory DHX2 215mm
Fork: Fox 40 factory.
Wheels: Mullet set of Reserve wheels
Rims Reserve DH
Hubs: Chris King
Tires:Maxxis Minion DHR II front and rear.
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint
Brakes: Shimano XTR
Handlebars:Burgtec Carbon DH
Size: Medium

bigquotesThe V10 is fast as fookLaurie Greenland

The Santa Cruz V10 Laurie rides is a medium frame, however, there is a Chris King Buzzworks headset fitted giving an extra 8mm of reach on top of the 435mm of reach, the standard bike comes with.

The rear mudguard is a nice detail and keeps the Fox DHX2 clean, not that mud was an issue at Fort William for a change.

The Fox DHX2 at the heart of Laurie's V10 has, as you would expect, a custom tune in it from the team at Fox. But it is running a standard 500LB Fox spring with the high-speed compression set to 5 clicks, low-speed compression to 11 Clicks. High speed rebound is running 5 clicks and the low-speed rebound is set at 12. Out front there is a Fox 40 Factory fork with 79 psi of air in it and the high-speed compression set fully open.

Low-speed compression changes between 8-12 clicks dependent on the track, high speed rebound is running 7 clicks and the low speed rebound is set at 8 (all clicks from fully closed). Laurie likes his suspension to be on the faster side and running as supple as he can get it.

As we are at the front of Laurie's bike let's talk handlebars. There is a carbon set of Burgtec's Ride Wide DH bars fitted with 20mm of rise 9 degree Backsweep and 4 degree Upsweep. These are cut down to 780mm wide. They are held to the top crown of the Fox 40s by a Burgtec Direct mount Mk3 stem which is 45mm long. Also, it's interesting to see that Laurie runs his brake leavers close to horizontal.

The brakes on Laurie's V10 come from Shimano and they are a set of the popular XTR 4 pot brake accompanied by a set of finned Shimano brake pads.

Shimano once again provides the rotors, these are their floating Ice tech versions that are 203mm in diameter both front and rear.

When it comes to drivetrain it's a full set of Shimano Saint for Laurie with an Ultegra road cassette combined with a Shimano 34T chainring. The chain is kept in place by a Shimano modular chain device. Pedal wise it will be no surprise to anyone to see the Crank Brothers DH mallet pedals fitted to the cranks on Laurie's bike.

Wheels are a Santa Cruz Reserve Chris King build running Peaty's sealant and tubeless valves. For tires there is a set of Maxxis Minion DHR II's fitted with a 29"x2.5" to the front running 22psi. In the back, there is a 27.5"x2.4" fitted with 25psi of air in it and no tire inserts.

Lastly, Burgtec takes care of the saddle and seat post with their The Cloud saddle and Xpress seat post.


  • 78 1
 "break leavers" - didn't realize you Brits spell it like you say it.

Also, this is Pinkbike's best bike check in ages.
  • 38 2
 It's just the writer's bias toward SRAM brakes.
  • 2 0
 Remember when they weighed bikes cuz we were all trying to figure out how to get ours under 44lbs?
I guess we’ve settled in.
  • 4 37
flag HankDamage (May 16, 2022 at 9:42) (Below Threshold)
 Ok, agree, but would it have been so hard to make a video. I can't read all this.
  • 44 1
 Congrats to the Syndicate for acquiring all of the remaining stock of 6 bolt CK hubs…? See? We do still want these over center lock.
  • 16 29
flag slickrides (May 16, 2022 at 9:29) (Below Threshold)
 what is better about 6 bolt? i am sorta preferring centerlock at this point
  • 27 1
 @slickrides: looks at almost every bike multi-tool sold in the last decade…
  • 12 1
 @slickrides: tools. You kind of carry the right tool to quickly snug up the 6 bolt pattern. Centerlock needs the cassete tool or the bottom bracket tool, that no multitool have.
  • 17 4
 @slickrides: it’s just a poor design. Like mentioned there isn’t a centre lock tool on your multi tool or in any random persons garage, local rural hardware store and the tool required is massive so you won’t have one in your pack and after all that they’re noisy when braking in rough ground and require something like 50 nm of torque which never feels nice with those sketchy lock on nuts that can slip at any moment and your limited to what rotors and hub you can use and they’re never as cheap as 6 bolt alternatives. Just shimano being shimano and telling us what we want not the other way round. Got to be careful what I say on here incase I’m forced to run a front derailer again or worse service cup and come hubs.
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flag Aburjakowsky (May 16, 2022 at 10:57) (Below Threshold)
 Hahah I was driving while reading this article
first thing I noticed when I saw SC syndicate I went straight to the kings... I see 6 bolts suddenly you hear every *%(&*%!#! word come out
  • 4 0
Just one more “standard” limiting compatibility. Already have to choose a driver standard when speccing hubs, don’t want to have to choose a brake standard as well. 6 bolt works with everything, nothing wrong with it, and all the tool comments add to the preference.
  • 8 2
 @slickrides: I'm brave enough to publicly agree with you lol.
I kind of get what these people are saying about the multi tool thing but I've never had a center lock or a bolt from a 6 bolt setup ever come loose. Generally they are actually difficult to get off.

My main reason for liking center lock is that 6 bolts are tedious to remove and in
  • 9 1
 @slickrides & @nskerb : To add a bit more explanation about Centerlock over the "no carryable tool" argument, there is the fact that the threaded interface for Centerlock requires the wheel bearing to be pushed inward on the disc side which makes for a less optimal bearing placement than what can be achieved with a 6 bolt hub. This can lead to premature bearing wear in some cases. Also, it does seems counterintuitive that a "better" standard would require to "worsen" another part of the system.

Add to that the fact that manufacturing the splined interface on both the disc and the hub requires more intensive machining than drilling + tapping 6 holes and you end-up with a both a hub and a disc that likely costs more to produce. Considering the fact that the disc is a wear item, I feel like I would rather go with a simpler disc design to minimize overall maintenance costs than the other way around.

But then some might prefer the ease of installation of a Centerlock interface, which is fine. I just feel like pushing only for Centerlock isn't necessarely the best avenue for all customers and I would rather brands don't simply discard a simpler design which just works well.
  • 1 0
 Is there a negligible difference between 6bolt rotors, centre lock rotors and floating rotors? There 5K bikes that got a basic 6bolt rotor system, so obviously it's negligible to the rider?
  • 3 0
 @charlovelo: that all makes sense. None of those reasons really apply to me, but I totally see why they would apply to and matter to people other than me. If you ride a lot then having something that tends to wear out wheel bearings faster than normal would be a huge bitch.

I don’t really push the center lock should take over but if I had to pick one to exist over another I think I’d pick center lock for selfish reasons.

The realist in me prevailed and I bought 6bolt hope hubs last week because I don’t want to deal with the headache of finding center lock rotors if I bend one, so I guess I’m just totally wet noodling on this opinion.
  • 3 0
 @nskerb: it’s really sucks if you taco a rotor on a ride and you can’t take the thing off. Only seen that once, but that was enough for me.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: hmmm "cup and come hubs" sound like they'd roll pretty... smooth?
  • 2 0
 @charlovelo: That's some good insight I haven't thought about. Glad to learn!
  • 3 0
 @thenotoriousmic: I hate the 1,5mm thick lock ring that came with my adapter and got a wolftooth one, it's at least twice as thick. Way better!
  • 36 7
 What's the point of giving clicks on a suspension with a custom tune? Not that it would be useful for any mortal being otherwise, but still...
  • 28 0
 B3caus3 people on here keep asking for it. They get upset when it’s not confirmed if the clicks are from fully opened or closed, let alone not saying how many at all
  • 4 17
flag AyJayDoubleyou (May 16, 2022 at 6:29) (Below Threshold)
 @CustardCountry: I dont even know which is fully open and fully closed. Fuly wound clockwise would imply that something is all thhe way in, therefore closing a gap or valve.
I still hate when people say "add 2 clicks of rebound" when they mean add rebound *damping*. Yes it can be an abbreviation but it has the opposite meaning if you take it literally.
  • 11 0
 @AyJayDoubleyou: fully closed means you have turned the dial clockwise as far as it will go. your assumption is correct, in that you're closing a small valve inside the shock.

i agree that the language around this stuff is quite imprecise but at this point, i think i have a solid grasp on what people mean. typically "adding a click of rebound or compression" does mean what youve said. theyre adding rebound damping, thereby making the rebound slower.
  • 6 0
 I can't speak for the fork but the tune on the shock is available to anyone. Just need to get your hands on CM compression and JCR011 rebound main pistons.
  • 27 0
 That is true. I guess you could call Fox, ask for his tune, set the clicks identically, then feel absolutely no different on your local trails because you're so slow. Lol
  • 26 0
 I don't think shimano makes floating rotors. They are just a 2 piece design and are held in place by rivets.
  • 2 20
flag freeridejerk888 (May 16, 2022 at 10:15) (Below Threshold)
 Literally a floating rotor
  • 1 8
flag freeridejerk888 (May 16, 2022 at 13:28) (Below Threshold)
  • 22 1
 Why is he running Hope Cranks with Saint graphics?
  • 12 1
 Maybe the crankset is a prototype such as his rear mech.
  • 13 0
 They also ignore what looks like a prototype rear mech
  • 1 0
 to mess with us
  • 10 0
 Because Saints give Hope? Or because Hope are the Saints of MTB components? Or because you have to have the riches of a Catholic Saint to afford Hope gear? And like you Hope, I'm gonna end this horrible attempt at humor for the love of Saints.
  • 6 2
 He's also running a 7spd "Ultegra" cassette - which they haven't made since the early 90s. This is the new Saint.
  • 1 0
 Have you not seen the Instagram page @thanksshimano ?
  • 3 1
 @bforwil: nope, it’s a cut down XTR. So he can get the 10 tooth cog
  • 1 1
 @bforwil: you realise it’s just the bottom 7 off a 10 or 11 speed cassette?? I’ve ran a 4 speed ultegra set up for years despite them never making it as a set product
  • 1 0
 @Joebohobo: same but different. this is based on a 12-speed cassette though. so they get HG +
  • 1 1
 @havroski: yeah understood, just trying to correct the person who seems to thinks it couldn’t be an ultegra cassette
  • 3 0
 @Joebohobo : That's good for you. This still is NOT an Ultegra cassette.

Look at the cogs, the first four are steel, the next 3 are titanium :

That tech & material configuration is only used on new the XTR cassette; not Ultegra, not Dura Ace.

So either it's a cut down XTR cassette or the new Saint & considering he's got a new Saint derailleur on there, that's where I'd put my money.

And shoutout to @havroski , for calling that out.
  • 14 0
 2.5” DHRII??
  • 9 0
 Yeah, seems to be DH pros only at this point.
  • 8 3
 Wish they would sell these to the public, they have the molds it seems. If you are reading this Maxxis: please, please, please give us a 2.4” Assegai.
  • 9 0
 @GBeard: From Maxxis & me to you: the 2.5" Assegai is a true 2.4" on a 30mm rim. You are welcome.
  • 1 0
 You know what I mean, don't be dense.
  • 9 1
 I’ve got a bet with my son. If Hart beats Green Land in the overall, he owes me a fiver. If Green Land beats Hart, I owe him a fiver. Either way, it’s all good. I’m happy that the young lad is getting into following the World Cup and having a favourite rider even at a young age.
  • 5 0
 "Enjoy this stunning V10..." - Dude, they painted it "institutional-furniture" gray: visually, it is about as exciting as pedaling a filing cabinet on wheels.
  • 1 0
 Artic arctic?
  • 21 2
 No context links, yeah let’s all open them!
  • 3 0
 It took me a sec to realize what just happened. Now I need a new computer.
  • 1 0
 @pbuser2299: sorry lorry
  • 2 0
 @Afterschoolsports: ps: it was worth it.
  • 3 0
 500lbs spring by 70kg...what kind of spring do you need at 94kg? I know he ride a stiff set-up but it must be really difficult to find a spring for stronger rider or not?
  • 4 1
 That spring rate is exactly what SantaCruz recommends for a 70kg rider. Not particularly stiff.
  • 1 0
 previously had a v10 and weighing 97kg kitted up (6'3 and around 12-15% BF) i was using a 600/650lbs spring for wet soft stuff then 700lbs for faster / rough / jumps. That was the previous version of the V10 though. Did manage to get my hands on a proto link to borrow for a while and this felt like it changed the leverage ratio ( and +7mm CS length) as I was on a 550/600 on that link before had to give it back
  • 3 1
 The v10 needs an update with that. A 200lb person is in a 600 or more spring
  • 1 0
 depends on the leverage ratio and progressivity. Looks like he got a custom lower link.
  • 5 0
 He was second at the Fort William race last week, not third.
  • 4 0
 Strangely written article I thought, has a ‘translated in google translate’ vibe to it.
  • 2 0
 All of the latest bike checks have the same vibe and style. Thought it was just me for a hot second ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 1 1
 would be interesting to know what tune shock he is running. A local suspension service centre suggested that the new dhx2 has a very hard spring on the HSC system, said they can feel harsh when adding LSC + HSC, also suggested changing the tune to a BV-3 (I think thats the tune). anyone any experience with this?
  • 1 0
 Somebody up above in the comments said "CM compression and JCR011 rebound main pistons" FWIW
  • 1 0
 the tune would be cool, but we don't know about the custom lower link either.
  • 2 0
 Tune is not necessarily going to be the same track to track.
  • 7 2
 Astrology sign?
  • 2 1
 Told us no there are no inserts, but not what casing the tires have. Some icon and "ZK" in the usual spot on the hotpatch: something new? Prototype?
  • 3 0
 It’s the DH casing. You can see it blurred out on the right side of the hotpatch. See it here:
Double down have a big red DD on the side.
  • 1 0
 @GBeard: Ah, yes, good eyes. I was looking for it in the usual spot that EXO is in, forgot DD and DH are at the end of the patch. But what is that ZK in the EXO spot!?
  • 6 3
 Mullets rule.
  • 2 0
 70kg.. the stuff of dreams :'D
  • 9 0
 Really? Isn't that a bit heavy for a bike?
  • 3 0
 @colincolin: badum tsssss
  • 2 0
 great shots, excellent bike check.
  • 3 0
  • 2 0
 New version of V10 soon???
  • 6 0
 current is still SO good
  • 1 0
 I'd like to see Minnaars just behind this one, just to get a comparison between the two.
  • 1 0
 I thought Laurie got 2nd at the Fort Bill BDS!
Edit: hmm 2nd Elite, but A junior Jordan Williams did just pip Laurie on time
  • 1 0
 Anyone else want to run their rebound faster on a coil shock but can't get over the top out noise/feeling?
  • 1 0
 I have the same tubeless valves but in red, surely the reason why I’m slower
  • 2 0
 I love bike porn
  • 5 4
 Shimano makes a floating rotor?
  • 22 2
 yup, pairs nicely with the wandering bite point
  • 6 2
 @f00bar: Bleed them properly and/or use Putoline HPX 2.5
  • 2 0
 Fork offset?
  • 3 0
 About an 1" to 1-1/2" left of your dinner plate.
  • 4 4
 We got the weight of the rider but not the weight of the bike?

Might as well tell us his astrological sign as well.
  • 1 0
 How come the syndicate doesn’t run the new reserve valves?
  • 3 0
 gotta have the Peaty's logo somewhere
  • 2 1
 Why can’t Santa Cruz ever use the correct Fox logo on the chain stay?
  • 2 0
 Was thinking the exact same thing. it's really not that hard.
  • 2 3
 Syndicate is sponsored by Fox Factory for suspension and Fox Racing for clothing. Logos look correct.
  • 1 1
 @tavaenga: you're correct about the first part. Incorrect about the second. Logos are not correct.
  • 1 0
 @tavaenga: they are using a realllly old fox factory logo from like the 2000’s
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