Santa Cruz Bicycles - Greg Minnaar - Andorra 2019

Greg Minnaar


Regarded as the greatest downhill racer of all time, South African Greg Minnaar has spent over two decades at the top of the sport. His journey there started at age four, racing BMX, and it was followed by another 11 years racing motocross.

He discovered mountain biking around the age of 15, entered the thick of World Cup racing at age 16, and by the age of 20 he had put his stamp on the world of elite downhill racing by taking the overall series title in 2001.

In 2008 he joined the Santa Cruz Syndicate and started what would become one of the most successful relationships in World Cup history. Greg makes elite racing look like just another day in the office.  Make no mistake - riding this fast, this effortlessly, this consistently is unparalleled anywhere else on the circuit.

That’s why he’s a 3 time World Champion and the only male racer with 21 World Cup DH race wins to his name. Bagging another podium at the Worlds in Mont Sainte Anne, Greg’s 6th overall in the World Cup standings was also solid.  But this tall South African hunts only the biggest game and won’t stop until he’s on that top step again.

Greg's 29" V10. Get a look at the details on 'Mixed Opinions.'


A little action from the Syndicate Youtube channel.


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

Bike Setup

  • Frame: V10 29", XXL
  • Fork: Fox
  • Shock: Fox
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano
  • Shifter: Shimano
  • Crankset: Shimano
  • Cassette: Shimano 
  • Brakes: Shimano
  • Headset: Chris King 
  • Bars: Burgtec
  • Stem: Burgtec
  • Seatpost: Fox
  • Wheels: Santa Cruz Reserve Rims with NAWA Technologies 
  • Tires: Maxxis
  • Saddle: Burgtec
  • Pedals: Crankbrothers

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
  • 22 UCI World Cup Wins
  • 75 UCI World Cup Podiums