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

The beauty of VPP system is that the short links allow us to create compact tidy suspension designs.  Combine that with large diameter pivot axles running on angular contact bearings and you get the integrity, responsiveness and precision that Santa Cruz frames are famous 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.