Virtual Pivot Point (VPPTM) Suspension Design


Patented design

VPP is based on the patented principle of having two short links rotating in opposite directions.  This system provides huge design flexibility, allowing us to manipulate shock rates to the intended purpose and character of each model; from short travel endurance bikes to World Championship winning DH machines.

Principles are one thing, understanding them are another.  What really sets Santa Cruz apart is the deep knowledge we've gained over the years on how to tune VPP into all the various shock, drivetrain, wheel size and travel configurations to create the perfect balance.  We don't need to come up with new suspension gimmicks each year.  We just keep refining our winning one.

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Short and sweet

Short counter-rotating links connect the front and rear triangles to create an extremely robust chassis. Simple linkages contain the pivot points to prevent slop from developing over time; grease ports make it serviceable; pivots run on large diameter axles and bearings, which we offer free lifetime replacement for.

A lifetime of joy

With grease ports on the lower link providing super easy maintenance and a lifetime support on all bearings, the VPP system is guaranteed to keep running forever*.

*or at least a very very very long time.