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Model Info


Honed from years of brutal testing by the Santa Cruz Syndicate, the production V10 is exactly the same as the bikes raced by Minnaar, Peaty and Bryceland.

This is our flagship model when it comes to representing the years we've dedicated to pushing limits in suspension design, geometry and materials to create a competive advantage.  

The V10 quickly adapts to different race courses and rider preferences thanks to 216mm (8.5") of VPP™ travel that can be adjusted up to 254mm (10") if required.  The carbon fiber front triangle and swingarm delivers precise handling and significant weight savings, and still holds up to years of abuse.

In 2010 the V10 was the first carbon bicycle to win a downhill World Cup.  In 2012 it was the first all carbon bicycle to win a World Championships.  Then again in 2013.  In 2014 it continues to win World Cup races.   So there's no shadow of a doubt about its abilities... and that's a fact every DH racer wants in the back of their mind. 

Not looking for a full-on DH race bike?  Then perhaps take a look at the Nomad.  It shares a V10-style upper link, 165mm of VPP™ travel and aggressive, downhill-oriented geometry that's perfect for going fast, too.




  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • 216mm (8.5") to 254mm (10") adjustable VPP™ suspension
  • 26" wheels
  • Carbon upper link
  • Forged lower link
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Dual grease ports on lower link for easy maintenance
  • Integrated fork bumpers with cable guide
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • 157mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded BB for creak-free riding and easy installation
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Direct mount rear derailleur option
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL

Frame Geometry

Top Tube Length555mm21.85"595mm23.43"617.5mm24.31"640mm25.2"
Seat Tube Length444.5mm17.5"457.2mm18"463.6mm18.25"469.9mm18.5"
Head Tube Angle65°65°65°65°65°65°65°65°
Seat Tube Angle71.5°71.5°71.5°71.5°71.5°71.5°71.5°71.5°
BB Height375mm14.76"375mm14.76"375mm14.76"375mm14.76"
Head Tube Length125mm4.92"125mm4.92"125mm4.92"125mm4.92"
Chainstay Length440mm17.32"440mm17.32"440mm17.32"440mm17.32"
Standover Height743.8mm29.28"743.8mm29.28"743.8mm29.28"743.8mm29.28"

Frame Size Information

5'0" — 5'6"
5'5" — 5'11"
5'10" — 6'3"
6'2" — 6'6"

Tech Info

Suspension SystemVPPTM
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Seat Post30.9mm
Fork Compatibility203mm
BB ShellStandard
Brake TypesDisc
Water Bottle MountsNo compatibility

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Tech Info

Shock: DHX RC4

Rider WeightSpring RatePreloadBoost ValveBottom Out AdjustmentShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)300 lbs1 turns150 psi2 turns23-29 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)300/350 lbs1 turns150 psi2 turns23-29 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)350 lbs1 turns150 psi2 turns23-29 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)400 lbs1 turns150 psi2 turns23-29 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)400/450 lbs1 turns150 psi2 turns23-29 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)450/500 lbs1 turns150 psi2 turns23-29 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)500 lbs1 turns150 psi2 turns23-29 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)500 lbs1 turns150 psi2 turns23-29 mm

Shock: Rockshox Vivid R2C

Rider WeightAir PressureShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)130 psi23-29 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)150 psi23-29 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)170 psi23-29 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)190 psi23-29 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)210 psi23-29 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)230 psi23-29 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)250 psi23-29 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)275 psi23-29 mm

Tech Info


Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting.  Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

It looks like the lower link is off center in my frame- is everything ok?

Yes- this is correct. With our newer pivot system, the pivot axle draws the link over to one side in order to properly preload the bearings. This offset is accounted for in the frame design so everything ends up nice and straight in the end.

Should I grease the headset cups when I install them?

Yes, we recommend this. Do not use the Carbon Assembly Compound on the headset, as it will make it more difficult to remove from the frame.

What is the torque spec for the seat collar?

We don't provide a torque spec for the seatpost, because it really depends on what seatpost you are using. Some seatposts are slippery, and require more torque to stay put, and others are very thin- and can be crushed by overzealous tightening. Some are both slippery and thin... Make sure you use the Carbon Assembly Compound included with your carbon frame, and use some common sense.

You will not damage your frame by overtightening the seat collar, assuming you have a 30.9mm seatpost in it.

What kind of headset does the V10 use?

The V10 uses a standard 1.5" headtube. We spec a 49mm internal headset (Zero Stack). The SHIS name is ZS49/28.6 ZS49/30.

What kind of rear brake adaptor do I need?

This frame uses a standard IS rear brake mount. Just pick your rotor size and order the correct adaptor to go from IS to post mount (all modern brakes).

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

The V10 uses an 83mm threaded BB. Most downhill cranks are compatible with this standard.

What size hub do I need?

The V10 uses a 157x12mm through-axle rear hub. An axle is included with purchase of a frame or complete bike.

What size seatpost do I need?

We use a 30.9mm seatpost. Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 100mm (4").

What size shock does it use?

The V10 uses a 240x76mm shock with 22x8mm eyelet hardware (21.8mm x 8mm for SRAM). Please do not use any other shock size or modify with eccentric shock bushings- this can cause damage or clearance issues with the frame.

Why does this frame use a standard thread-in bottom bracket, when many of your competitors use press-in style (BB30, Pressfit 30, BB90, BB92, BB86)

It is true that there are some slight weight savings available with the various pressfit bb designs (exact weight savings obviously vary depending on system, frame manufacturing techniques, and crank model), but we don't feel this small savings make up for the inconveniences. We are still able to make a frame that is lighter than most of our competitors, while still using a heavier bb system. There are a number of disadvantages that exist with press fit systems:

1) Special installation and removal tools are required for these parts, including a headset press. This is not convenient for most home mechanics, and they are quite expensive. Traditional external BB's can be installed or removed with a simple $10 hand tool.

2) "Permanently installed cups". Shimano doesn't recommend removing and re-installing their press in bb cups (as they may become damaged), so moving parts from bike to bike is no longer an option.

3) Creaking or shifting bb's can be common with these systems. Since the bearing is pressed into a cup, which is then pressed into the frame- it can be hard to get all of the press fits snug- without being too tight on the bearing or too loose in the frame.

4) Reasonable tube sizes. One of the most commonly claimed advantages of a larger bb shell is the larger diameter downtube that goes with it. This may be an advantage on road bikes, where tubes can be incredibly thin and large for optimal stiffness. On a mountain bike, this area of the frame sees a lot of abuse from rocks and crashing, and needs to have a certain amount of wall thickness to survive actual use. Using what we consider a "safe" wall thickness and carbon layup, and a fairly typical tube diameter, we get an exceedingly stiff, light, durable product. If we used a larger downtube, we would either have a heavier frame (same wall thickness but larger diameter), or a less durable product (thinner walls and larger diameter).

5) Chain clearance. Take a look at some of our competitors frames with press in bb shells. The down tube comes so close to the chainrings that many frames have chainsuck guards on the downtube! In our mind, the chain should be able to fall off on a mountain bike and not get jammed between your crank and thin-walled carbon downtube.

6) Backwards compatibility: Many of our customers purchase a frame and build it up with their choice of parts, or parts from an old bike. By using a standard bb, we are compatible with everything without requiring confusing adaptors.

7) Chainguide compatibility: While it may seem strange to talk about putting chainguides on a short travel bike, it is becoming more common now with 10 speed drivetrains. Thread in bb's mean the frame is compatible with bb mount chainguides. We like versatility....

Warranty & Registration

Five Year Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for five years from the date of sale and applies to the original owner. This warranty does not cover custom finishes.

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles frame bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: send your used bearings back to Santa Cruz Bicycles in an envelope marked "Warranty Bearing Replacement", and be sure to include your return address. We'll turn your package around within 48 hours, and cover the shipping back to you. That's it!

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.