The mixed wheel Santa Cruz V10 downhill bike developed for the Syndicate is available for purchase now. Santa Cruz will be offering the V10 in 27.5 (front and rear) in size small to large frames, both 29-inch (front and rear) and mixed in medium and large frame sizes, and 29-inch only for the XL frame size.
|Just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water the Syndicate found another puzzle to ponder - to mix wheel size or not to mix wheel size? Greg Minnaar, being tall and looking for pure speed on the clock, settled on his choice of 29-inch wheels. Loris Vergier, shorter in stature but similarly looking for efficiency has chosen a mixed wheel setup (29-inch front and 27.5-inch rear). Luca Shaw chose what feels fun because to him if he’s having fun he’s going fast, so he’s also on a mixed setup. Marshy thinks it's just because they're tired of cleaning their race pants.—Santa Cruz Bicycles|
The mixed wheel size V10 comes in an S build and an XO1 build. The S build retails for $5999 USD and comes with a Fox 40 Performance 29" fork and a Fox DHX2 Performance Elite coil shock, SRAM GX drivetrain, and SRAM Code R brakes.
The XO1 build retails for $7999 USD and comes with a Fox 40 Factory 29" fork, Fox DHX2 Factory coil, SRAM XO1 drivetrain, and Code RSC brakes.
Luca Shaw, Loris Vergier, Greg Minnaar and their mechanics discuss their decisions behind their wheel size decisions in this video.
You can find more details on the mixed wheel V10 here
If I bought one, I’d have the fork lowers & crowns painted with a matching top coat of translucent cherry red =)
Also PRO tip for all creaking SC bikes, if your bike is creaking like hell, buy 4pc of 0.25mm thin M15 PTFE washers, put it on each hole of VPP link and it will never creak again.
I just need to refresh bearings, axles, etc. Can obviously source the bearings elsewhere, but I've always been a sucker for just buying the links and popping them in.
Was hoping they might reassign the guy that spent all that time learning to ride the toy bike with his fingers to the small parts shop. But guess it's time to try email and phone.
Mullet bikes with smaller wheel in the back are more nimble with space for maneuvering and faster to accelerate due to a smaller wheel while they keep the advantage of 29" wheel up front to roll over obstacles instead of diving in.
This is more of a race setup rather size option for a specific height group. However in edge cases such as XL size and height group, it does not bring probably that much extra.
Link on mine, but smacken the hell outta my 170 cranks. Considering le mullet in a 160 fork.
Been skating about 15 years now.
But seriously, I never learned to skateboard as a kid, but I boight my boys a nice longboard and use it about 5x as often as they do. I have no skills, but its really fun to just cruise along down a paved rail-trail.
Haha, maybe. Skateboarding can be brutal though! The only place I like to skate nowadays is nice, smooth bowls.
This is seems correct, and I would add increased weight to that issue. Everything on a dh bike is bigger and heavier than an enduro bike.
YT Tues Pro Race 29 with Fox Factory 40/Factory Float X2, Renthal carbon cockpit, SRAM X01 DH drivetrain and Code RSC brakes, E13 LG1 carbon wheelset, E13 carbon cranks and SDG carbon seatpost/I-beam saddle.
so $500 less for a superior build on a bike that has won a World Cup title more recently (so don't argue about capability). I rode a 2020 V10CC this season, it's an awesome bike and yes the suspension feels different than horst-link but it is not better.
Bad frame, bad fork, but good brake mount?
In a world where they are constantly trying to conform to standards, that are always changing, just to keep the Public happy. The last thing a bike needs is to have it's self esteem lowered with idle comparisons based solely on looks.
Be bold... Take the V10 for a ride. You might find underneath the perceived exterior lies a oasis of understanding, anticipation, pleasure & playfulness you've been looking for all your riding life...
Take the V10 out again, just to confirm what you have already realised...
You may never look at another bike again...
Also, are we now calling all suspension systems with counter-rotating twin links "VPP"?
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