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.  

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. 

He's also the only man to have 22 World Cup DH race wins to his name.


  • 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
  • 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