It shouldn't come as a complete surprise that Greg Minnaar showed up to the first round of the 2017 DH World Cup with a 29" wheeled Santa Cruz V10. After all, the 6'3" rider's quest for longer and bigger bikes has been well documented
, making him a prime candidate for a downhill 29er. Now that forks, tires, and wheels are truly up to snuff, the doors have been opened for riders to experiment with the bigger wheels. Will they make a difference? We'll have to wait until race day to find out, but in the meantime, read on to find out the full details on Minnaar's new ride from Jason Marsh, Greg's longtime mechanic.
Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10 29 Details
• Rider height: 6'3"
• Rider weight: 187lbs / 85kg
• Frame size: XXL
• Wheelsize: 29"
• Travel: 210mm
• Wheelbase: 1300mm (center of axle to center of axle)
• Chainstay length: 462mm
• Head angle: Approximately 64°
• Tires: 29 x 2.5" Maxxis Shorty WT 3C compound
• Weight: Approximately 36 pounds
• Handlebar width: 815mm (end of grip to end of grip)
What has Greg's initial feedback been about the new bike?
Last year Greg raced at the EWS round in Finale aboard a Hightower - was that what got this project underway?
How much does the complete bike weigh?
Is there anything particular about the setup of the bike's front end?
Can you reveal any details about Greg's suspension settings? Full audio of Ross Bell's interview with Jason Marsh: