Santa Cruz Bicycles - Syndicate - Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar


Greg first started racing BMX at 4 years of age. He soon moved over to motocross and raced for 11 years before his parents bought a bicycle shop and his path to DH stardom began.  

Greg was initially inspired by the rivalry between Nico Vouilloz and Steve Peat. He worked his way up to the Santa Cruz Syndicate team to eventually ride alongside one of those childhood heroes.  

Greg's won back-to-back World Championships on the Syndicate, and is widely recognized as one of the smoothest and most consistent DH racers on the circuit.

Greg's personal sponsors include Oneal, Oakley, Kabuto, Oprtix, Five Ten, and Gamut.


  • Team: Santa Cruz Syndicate
  • DOB: 13th November 1981
  • Height: 6'3"/191cm
  • Home: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Bike Setup

  • Model: Santa Cruz V10.6
  • Size: XL
  • Fork: Fox 40 Float RC2 / 27.5
  • Shock: Fox (proto RAD 8.75)
  • Rear Dérailleur: Shimano Saint 10sp (using SCB direct mount hanger)
  • Shifter: Shimano Saint 10sp
  • Crankset: Shimano Saint 165mm
  • Chainguide: Gamut P38S DH Guide
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-25t
  • Brakes: Shimano Saint w/ 203mm rotors
  • Headset: Chris King "Buzzwork" offset (8mm)
  • Bars: ENVE DH Minaar Bar 808mm
  • Stem: ENVE DH Direct Mount 60mm
  • Grips: Lizard Skins Peaty Lock-On
  • Front Hub: Chris King ISO 20mm Thru-Axle
  • Rear Hub: Chris King ISO 157mm w/ 12mm Thru-Axle
  • Rims: ENVE 27.5" M90 DH
  • Tires: Maxxis 27.5 DHRII (dry) & Shorty (wet)
  • Seat Post: ENVE 30.9 w/ zero offset
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado w/ Minaar graphics
  • Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet DH Race

Career Highlights

  • 2013 UCI World Champion
  • 2012 UCI World Champion
  • 2008 UCI World Cup Champion
  • 2005 UCI World Cup Champion
  • 2003 UCI World Champion
  • 2001 UCI World Cup Champion
  • 16 UCI World Cup Wins
  • 62 UCI World Cup Podiums
  • Podium at 60% of World Cup Races Entered