2014 was a great year for Josh Bryceland and the Santa Cruz Syndicate team. They saw a lot of success during the 2014 World Cup season and World Championship on-board a new 27.5″ V10. It should come as no surprise to you that Santa Cruz Bicycles has released their new 27.5″ wheel V10. Learn more about it inside.
The arrival of 27.5” wheels marks a sea change in the V10’s evolution.
In development with the Syndicate since early 2013, we wrung full potential out of the new wheel standard before unveiling it at the races. The restraint paid off, and the new V10 hoovered up a 2014 World Cup title and a World Champs medal within weeks of being released.
Drawing on feedback from Peat, Minnaar and Bryceland on their personal settings, the 6th generation of our flagship model now offers 216mm / 8.5” of travel in two adjustable geometry positions:
HIGH: 64° headtube angle / 360mm bottom bracket height.
LOW: 63.5° headtube angle / 353mm bottom bracket height.
The shock rate has been tuned to be less progressive than the previous model, delivering more consistent damping throughout the travel.
Carbon lay-up analysis and frame shape optimization allowed for more efficient use of material, and the savings were then reinvested into other areas to ensure the bike withstands Ratboy’s huge flat landings. The front triangle and swingarm sport larger-diameter sections, but we’ll refrain from the usual drone about the positive effect that has on strength and stiffness.
The new frame benefits from a slightly longer reach to suit evolving rider preferences. However, our athletes felt we always struck a good balance with our chainstay length, so we focused on maintaining this dimension when accommodating larger wheels.
As if a complete redesign weren’t enough, we’ve also introduced the new Carbon C frame with a Zee build kit. This build puts V10 performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. See more at santacruzbikes.com