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Puzzling Ain’t Easy

At the 2017 World Cup season opener in Lourdes, Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw, and Greg Minnaar qualified 1, 3, and 6 aboard the ‘controversy machine’—a V10 with a new swingarm rolling on 29-inch wheels.

The clouds broke open before the top qualifiers, soaking the track, and the question of technological supremacy would have to wait…for five weeks, when Greg Minnaar climbed to the top step at Ft. William for the seventh time.

The arms race was on.

Over the next winter, using what we learned during the 2017 race season, we set about designing an entirely new V10—longer reach, better shock rate, and better frame and cable protection. All three frame sizes (and Reserve carbon DH wheels) were designed and manufactured in time for a week of testing before the Ft. William World Cup in 2018. Greg crashed in those sessions, breaking his arm, and effectively ending his season. A few days later, Luca qualified first and Loris third on the new bike. Loris put down a scorcher in the finals that only fellow Frenchman Amaury Pierron could top, but Luca flatted high on course and had to cruise down.

The new school had arrived, and they had new wheels.  

Testing continued throughout the 2018 season, usually in the form of link sets designed to tweak the shock rate or make minor alterations in geometry. We had the big variables figured out, but fine-tuning the suspension under the Syndicate during World Cup season guaranteed regular, high-level feedback and lots of high-stakes puzzling. The result is perhaps the most refined suspension performance available outside of a World Cup pit.

That brings us to now—kind of.

Pairing 29-inch wheels with 215mm of travel makes a juggernaut of a race bike, but racing isn’t everything. Depending on the type of trails or riding style you’re into, breaking out the biggest artillery might not be ideal. Rider height also looms large when deciding which wheel size is optimal and a lot of people may opt for smaller wheels.

So we decided to make a 27.5 V10, too.

No compromises, no gimmicks, no shortcuts—it was designed in parallel to the 29er V10 as an original suspension platform and chassis. The 27.5 bike comes in Small, Medium, and Large, while the 29 comes in Medium, Large, and XL. Make your choice according to your size or riding style, and you’ll be the recipient of every bit of work and puzzling that’s gone into the Syndicate’s race bikes.

The most successful bike in downhill history shows no signs of slowing down.

 

More details for the realest puzzlers:

  • Adjustable chainstay length to optimize front/rear balance
  • Lower leverage rate for optimal shock performance
  • Internal derailleur cable routing on swingarm to protect housing from chain damage
  • Looking for some aftermarket DH wheels? Check out the new Reserve Carbon DH 29 Wheels
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Key Features:

  • Available in: Carbon CC More Info
  • Wheel size:
    27.5" or 29"
  • Rear travel: 215mm
  • Priced from $3699 (MSRP)

The New V10 — Puzzlin' Ain't Easy

Santa Cruz Bicycles - New Reserve DH Wheels

Reserve DH 29 Wheels

Introducing the Reserve carbon DH wheels. Only available aftermarket and only in 29" with Syndicate-spec red Chris King hubs.

The Syndicate put these through the wringer over the past year, and we can confidently say that they're some of the absolute toughest downhill wheels on the market.

See Reserve DH

Build & Price

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  • 27.5"
  • 29"

Geometry & Sizing

Rollover table below to highlight frame dimensions.

High

Flip chip in rear dropout has two positions: short and long. Flipping the chip changes chainstay and wheelbase length by 10mm.

SML
AReach412mm16.22"437mm17.2"462mm18.19"
BStack603mm23.74"612mm24.09"616mm24.25"
CHead Tube Angle63.7°63.7°63.7°63.7°63.7°63.7°
DSeat Tube Length435mm17.13"445mm17.52"455mm17.91"
EFront Center769mm30.28"798mm31.42"825mm32.48"
FBB Height356mm14.02"356mm14.02"356mm14.02"
GBB Drop-2mm-0.08"-2mm-0.08"-2mm-0.08"
HWheelbase1199mm47.2"1233mm48.54"1265mm49.8"
IChainstay Length430mm16.93"435mm17.13"440mm17.32"
JHead Tube Length100mm3.94"110mm4.33"115mm4.53"
KTop Tube Length
LSeat Tube Angle
MStandover Height712mm28.03"712mm28.03"712mm28.03"
NEye to Eye Length250mm9.84"250mm9.84"250mm9.84"
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Flip chip in rear dropout has two positions: short and long. Flipping the chip changes chainstay and wheelbase length by 10mm.

MLXL
AReach437mm17.2"462mm18.19"492mm19.37"
BStack632mm24.88"637mm25.08"641mm25.24"
CHead Tube Angle63.7°63.7°63.7°63.7°63.7°63.7°
DSeat Tube Length445mm17.52"455mm17.91"465mm18.31"
EFront Center806mm31.73"833mm32.8"865mm34.06"
FBB Height356mm14.02"356mm14.02"356mm14.02"
GBB Drop16mm0.63"16mm0.63"16mm0.63"
HWheelbase1251mm49.25"1278mm50.31"1315mm51.77"
IChainstay Length445mm17.52"445mm17.52"450mm17.72"
JHead Tube Length100mm3.94"105mm4.13"110mm4.33"
KTop Tube Length
LSeat Tube Angle
MStandover Height718mm28.27"719mm28.31"719mm28.31"
NEye to Eye Length250mm9.84"250mm9.84"250mm9.84"
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27.5" Frame Sizing

s
5'1"155 — 5'6"168cm
m
5'6"168 — 5'10"178cm
l
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm
m
5'7"170 — 5'10"178cm
l
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm
xl
6'1"185 — 6'5"196cm

Tech Support

Can I convert the bike from 27.5" to 29" or vice versa?

No, we decided to make two different compromise-free frames. They are not convertible.

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

The V10 uses ISCG-05 mounts and fits most standard chainguides. We've been using MRP and E13 guides here, but most will bolt on no problem.

How does the chainstay-length adjustment work?

The bike ships in the short position, and nothing unusual is required for this setting. The brake mount is Post-Mount 180, so just add whatever adaptor you need to make it work for your chosen rotor size (none if you want 180). Included with the bike is a special brake adaptor to adjust to the long setting. This setting only works with 200mm or larger rotors- use the included 1.5mm spacers between your caliper and the bracket if you are using 203. Omit them if you are using 200mm. Once you've changed the adaptor, install the long derailleur hanger and then flip the chip around in the non-drive dropout.

I want the sweet Reserve DH rims that the Syndicate rides. Can I buy them?

Yes, as long as you want 29". We're offering the exact wheels the Team rides, with Chris King hubs, DT Competition Race spokes, and Reserve DH 29" rims. This isn't an offering on any of the complete bikes, only as an aftermarket item.

I want to try an air shock on my V10- does that work?

The leverage curve was definitely designed with a coil in mind, but DH-oriented air shocks will feel good as well. The Fox Float X2 does work, as long as the air valve is oriented correctly. It must be oriented at the 10 o'clock position, when viewed from the rear. Unfortunately, the Rockshox Super Deluxe AIR shock does not fit, due to interference with the rebound knob. The Super Deluxe Coil fits no problem.

Should I get the 27.5" bike or the 29er?

Good question. There's a lot of personal preference at play here, as with most 29" vs 27.5" discussions. As usual, 29" will roll faster and get you a bit more traction. 27.5" will be more nimble and accelerate quicker. Pick your poison depending on what's most important to you. We don't really recommend the 29" bike for riders shorter than 5'7" or so, as the wheel will get awful close to you when you're getting full travel!

What kind of headset does the V10 use?

The V10 is designed to use a 49mm external lower cup, and an internal (Zero-Stack) upper cup. This gives maximum flexibility for geometry-changing headsets without changing stack or BB height