Racer-only Santa Cruz V10 29er now available

Developed by the Santa Cruz Syndicate race team, the all-new 29er is joined by a 650b version and new Reserve DH wheels

The new V10 29er will be available to buy in February 2019 after two years of development by Syndicate team riders Luca Shaw, Greg Minnaar and Loris Vergier.

The all-new bike comes in two wheel size options — 29er and 27.5-inch ­— with each frame featuring its own suspension kinematics and geometry.

The 29er V10 first exploded into the public eye at round one of the 2017 UCI MTB DH World Cup in Lourdes, France, taking the rest of the field by surprise and leaving other brands scrambling to produce their own 29er-wheeled DH bikes.

The 650b version shares the same silhouette as the bigger wheeled version
The 650b version shares the same silhouette as the bigger wheeled version

Longer, lower and slacker

Find out how the new V10 came to life

Updated with the latest geometry figures, the new 29er comes in three sizes (from medium to extra-large) with high and low bottom bracket height settings and two chainstay length options.

The medium and large bikes share chainstay lengths at 445mm (short) and 455mm (long), and the extra-large gets 450mm (short) and 460mm (long) chainstays.

Santa Cruz's 29er V10 is a looker!
Santa Cruz's 29er V10 is a looker!

Although the new 27.5-inch bike drops several size options (the outgoing V10 can be bought in sizes S to XXL), the new one only has small to large options but receives longer reach numbers across all sizes, and an increase in wheelbase length thanks to front centre and chainstay growth.

The gear cable is routed through the inside of the swing arm to minimise damage
The gear cable is routed through the inside of the swing arm to minimise damage

Santa Cruz decided to keep the 650b variant of the bike to offer more choice to consumers – they claim that people looking for a smaller bike will be better suited to the 27.5-wheeler and riders looking for a bigger bike should consider the 29er option.

American Syndicate rider Luca Shaw putting the new V10 through its paces
American Syndicate rider Luca Shaw putting the new V10 through its paces

Both bikes share a 63.3- or 63.7-degree head angle depending on whether the bike is set in its high or low geometry position. Reach figures have grown from 410mm for the small 650b bike to 492mm for the largest 29er V10.

V10 29 geometry

Medium (low / high)Large (low / high)Extra large (low / high)
Reach (mm)435 / 437460 / 462490 / 492
Stack (mm)631 / 632635 / 637640 / 641
Head angle (degrees)63.3 / 63.763.3 / 63.763.3 / 63.7
Head tube length (mm)100105110
Seat tube length (mm)445455465
Chainstay short (mm)445445450
Chainstay long (mm)455455460
Front centre (mm)806833865
BB height (mm)351 / 356351 / 356351 / 356
BB drop (mm)21 / 1621 / 1621 / 16
Wheelbase short (mm)1,252 / 1,2511,279 / 1,2781,316 / 1,315
Wheelbase long (mm)1,262 / 1,2611,289 / 1,2881,326 / 1,325
Standover (mm)713 / 718714 / 719714 / 719

V10 275 geometry

Small (low / high)Medium (low / high)Large (low / high)
Reach (mm)410 / 412435 / 437460 / 462
Stack (mm)602 / 603610 / 612615 / 616
Head angle (degrees)63.3 / 63.763.3 / 63.763.3 / 63.7
Head tube length (mm)100110115
Seat tube length (mm)435445455
Chainstay short (mm)430435440
Chainstay long (mm)440445450
Front centre (mm)769798825
BB height (mm)351 / 356351 / 356351 / 356
BB drop (mm)3/-23/-23/-2
Wheelbase short (mm)1,200 / 1,1991,234 / 1,2331,266 / 1,265
Wheelbase long (mm)1,210 / 1,2091,244 / 1,2431,276 / 1,275
Standover (mm)707 / 712707 / 712707 / 712

Race ready off-the-shelf

Santa Cruz has been busy developing the brand-new chassis with feedback from its top racers, so it comes as no surprise that the bike’s ready to tackle even the gnarliest of descents right out of the box.

The two models, named DH XO1 and DH S, have the same components across wheel sizes.

The top-of-the-range model comes equipped with Fox Factory suspension front and back, SRAM X01 groupset, RaceFace ARC HD 30 rims wrapped in Greg Minnaar’s signature Maxxis Assegai DH tyres. SRAM’s Code RSC brakes are fitted with 200mm rotors and there's a mix of Ergon, Burgtec and Santa Cruz finishing kit.

The inbuilt mudguard sits on the bike's swingarm
The inbuilt mudguard sits on the bike's swingarm

The lower-spec DH S gets a mix of SRAM’s GX DH, Descendant and RaceFace parts with Fox Performance suspension and the same RaceFace wheels and DT Swiss hubs as the top-spec bikes.

The geometry can be adjusted using a flip chip on the lower shock mount
The geometry can be adjusted using a flip chip on the lower shock mount

The frame-only option comes equipped with Fox’s DHX2 Factory SLS coil shock and all 29- and 27.5-inch bikes have 215mm of travel.

V10CC DH X01 29/27.5 specs

  • Frame: Carbon V10 CC 215mm Travel VPP
  • Shock: Fox DHX2 Factory SLS Coil
  • Fork: Fox 49/40 Factory 203mm
  • Derailleur: SRAM X01 DH 7-speed
  • Chainguide: E.13 LG1+
  • Shifter: SRAM X01 DH
  • Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
  • Crankset: RaceFace SIXC, 36t
  • Cassette: SRAM X01 DH 7-speed
  • Handlebar: Santa Cruz AM carbon
  • Stem: Santa Cruz direct mount
  • Saddle: Ergon SMD2 Pro Ti
  • Tyres: Maxxis Assegai 29X2.5 MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Hubs: DT Swiss 350
  • Rims: RaceFace ARC HD 30

V10 DH S 29/27.5 specs

  • Frame: Carbon V10 CC 215mm Travel VPP
  • Shock: Fox DHX2 Performance Elite coil
  • Fork: Fox 49/40 Performance Elite 203mm
  • Derailleur: SRAM GX DH 7-speed
  • Chainguide: E.13 LG1+
  • Shifter: SRAM GX 7-speed
  • Brakes: SRAM Code R
  • Crankset: SRAM Descendant DH, 36t
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-720 DH
  • Handlebar: Burgtec RideWide DH alloy bar
  • Stem: Santa Cruz direct mount
  • Saddle: Ergon SMD20 Comp
  • Tyres: Maxxis Assegai 29X2.5 MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Hubs: DT Swiss 350
  • Rims: RaceFace ARC HD 30

Inbuilt details

The new bike has a spattering of neat details such as internal derailleur cable routing to help protect the housing from chain damage, replaceable frame protectors on the down tube, and chain slap noise reduction protectors on the chainstay.

There’s also an inbuilt mudguard to protect the shock and integrated fork bumpers.

There's a replaceable down tube protector on the underside of the bike
There's a replaceable down tube protector on the underside of the bike

Reserving the best until last

The new Reserve rim is DH-specific
The new Reserve rim is DH-specific

Remember the rims Danny MacAskill tried to trash by riding down a set of set of steps without a tyre? Well, now Santa Cruz has made a DH-version of the famous and virtually indestructible Reserve wheels.

Full wheelsets will be built onto Chris King hubs and retail for £2,499 / $2,499. The rim-only option is going to cost £630 / $649 per rim.

Santa Cruz V10 and Reserve DH wheels pricing and availability

The top-of-the-line X01 full bike build will set you back the princely sum of £7,999 / $8,199 / AU$12,899, the S Build, which uses slightly lower spec components is priced at £5,999 / $5,999 / AU$9,999. The frame only option retails for £3,599 / $3,699 / AU$5,999.

The 29er model and Reserve wheels will be available in February 2019, with the 27.5-inch bike arriving in April.

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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