Bike Check: Vero Sandler's Santa Cruz V10 - Darkfest 2022

Apr 14, 2022 at 10:34
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  

Another newcomer to the Darkfest experience is Wales-based Kiwi, Veronique Sandler. Spending her time at home sending at Revolution Bike Park, not even the Vision line at Revs can prepare a rider for the scale and speed of the hits here in South Africa. We catch up with Veronique to chat about her new V10 and how someone prepares for event of this magnitude for the first time.

Santa Cruz V10
Frame: Santa Cruz V10 CC, small
Fork: Rockshox Boxxer Ultimate, 180psi, rebound 2 clicks from slowest, full compression
Wheels: Santa Cruz Reserve DH rims with Chris King hubs
Drivetrain: SRAM XO drivetrain w/ 170mm cranks
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC Brakes
Cockpit: Title handlebar (740mm width) and stem (35mm rise); WTB Grips
Pedals: DMR Vaults
Saddle & Seatpost Title JS1 saddle and seatpost

bigquotesI didn't really know how to set my bike up my bike for something like this as I've not hit something of this size before. I played at Hellsend and messed with my settings until it felt good and paid attention to how much suspension I was using etc. Getting tips from the boys has been amazing as they've got a lot more experience on this stuff. I've got a pretty good set up I think, I've got an air shock in to make it easier to change the settings instead of changing out springs. It's obviously a lot stiffer and slower to how I would usually run it.Veronique Sandler

Vero's bikes are usually set up for playing around near her current home in the UK, but the size of these jumps means that this week, her suspension is stiff and slow.

Some red Chris King details complement the CC frame - Santa Cruz's highest end carbon.

Those small details - like well-worn and familiar grips - make a big difference, and an even bigger difference at an event like DarkFest.

SRAM Code RSC brakes are in charge of stopping.

That Title MTB saddle is a popular choice in the freeride realm.

This bike is made for charging.

And it's DMR Vault pedals for the bike's final contact point.

Cheers to big hits.


  • 30 0
 Must be the new Industry Nine Chris King crossover hubs I've heard so little about.
  • 20 0
 Kingdustry Niso hubs are they’re made in the USA in North Coregon.
  • 1 1
 @WRCDH: in Benshville to be precise.
  • 1 0
 @barbarosza: You mean Portville?
  • 16 0
 Hell yes, more shredding ladies! A+
  • 14 0
 Those industry nine hubs sure look like chris king’s…
  • 4 0
 Ah, ya beat me to it while I was typing.
  • 1 0
 @initforthedonuts: real recognizes real lol
  • 8 0
 Can we please have a video, entitled, “Honey, I shrunk Ben Cathro’s V10”?
  • 6 0
 Greg Minnaar chainstay extenders mounted backwards would be pretty cool on that rig tho...
  • 4 0
 Thanks for including a picture of the rider. Having a face to associate with the name is pretty helpful. I recognize Vero Sandler but probably no other people.
  • 4 0
 Sure don’t look like I9 hubs.
  • 3 0
 These bikes look really cool in the smaller sizes. It looks less....spindly, than Cathro's V10.
  • 3 0
 170mm cranks are an odd choice, you'd think 165mm or less given that she looks about 5 feet tall (1.5 meters)
  • 3 0
 "The bike has tires, we assume"
  • 3 0
 Standard MM's....Magic Markered.
  • 3 0
 Kenda Helldivers front and rear?
  • 1 0
 And they forgot to mention that in this report!
  • 1 1
 I think that is the idea, although when I compare them on the respective websites, they look more like a Schwalbe Rock Razor than the Helldriver. Probably better to just skip them than to have the comments section call out the differences.
  • 4 0
 So full 27.5?
  • 1 0
 I was coming to say the same thing... Nobody has noticed?
when is the return of the new 27" bikes? jajajaja XD
  • 3 0
 Semislicks front and rear, that's gnarly
  • 1 0
 Interesting choice??
  • 3 0
 Suspicious lack of info about the shock, being a SRAM fit bike ;-)
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Sweet rig
  • 1 0
 Pedals be dankness
  • 1 0
 Fox Float X2 rear shock.
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