Pro bike gallery: Cedric Gracia's Santa Cruz V-10 Carbon

A splash of color for the flamboyant Frenchman

Cedric Gracia (CG Racing Brigade) is one of the most colorful characters on the downhill circuit so it's no surprise that the aesthetics of his Santa Cruz V-10 Carbon match his personality. What started life as a basic matte black carbon frame is now a flying rainbow of black, red and yellow – all perfectly co-ordinated, of course.

Gracia's machine isn't all flash, however, as there's plenty of performance tucked away beneath the bright livery, courtesy of Santa Cruz's well-proven VPP suspension design and light but stiff carbon fiber front triangle (Cedric's bike doesn't sport the new carbon rear end developed last year for the Santa Cruz Syndicate).

Equipment includes Mavic DeeMax wheels, custom etched Hope Tech Evo M4 four-piston disc brakes, a Shimano Saint transmission, a Fox DHX RC4 rear shock and new air-sprung 40 fork, hand-clipped Panaracer tires, and even Fox's upcoming DOSS dropper seatpost. Total weight as pictured was just over 16kg (35lb). Check out our image gallery for lots more pictures.

Four-piston hope calipers with titanium hardware on cedric gracia's (cg racing brigade) santa cruz v-10 carbon: four-piston hope calipers with titanium hardware on cedric gracia's (cg racing brigade) santa cruz v-10 carbon

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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