Santa Cruz Bicycles - Syndicate - Greg Minnaar

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 age four, racing BMX, followed by another 11-years racing motocross.

After discovering mountain biking, it didn’t take long for Greg to find himself in the thick of competition entering his first World Cup, aged just 16. By the age of 20, Greg had put his stamp on the world of elite downhill racing, taking the overall series title in 2001.

Joining the Syndicate in 2008, Greg started what would become one of the most successful relationships in World Cup history. Responsible for 14 wins, two world championship titles and countless podiums aboard the V10, Greg’s consistency, and effortless style continue to inspire.


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

Bike Setup

  • Frame: V10 29", XXL
  • Fork: Fox 40 29"
  • Shock: DHX2 8.75x2.75, 500lb spring
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Saint
  • Shifter: Shimano Saint
  • Crankset: Shimano Saint
  • Chainguide: Gamut
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 
  • Brakes: Shimano Saint
  • Headset: Chris King "Buzzworks
  • Bars: Burgtec
  • Stem: Burgtec
  • Seatpost: Burgtec
  • Tires: Maxxis
  • Saddle: FI'ZI:K
  • Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet

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