Santa Cruz V10cc – First Look

Probably the most excited Tom’s been opening a bike box, the Santa Cruz V10cc has arrived.

The Santa Cruz V10 – one of the most iconic downhill bikes of modern time. Peaty, Ratty, Minnaar to name just three legends who have carved out significant chunks of their careers aboard one of these bikes. Now in its sixth version, the V10 has evolved and moved with the times. Over the years it’s followed the mantra “longer, slacker, faster” and scooped up world cup wins and World Champs stripes along the way. All of this is great, but not every one of us is Greg Minnaar, so this test is going to be more about how the V10 works out for the standard “mid pack” rider!


Straight out of the box it’s a beautiful bike. Both the front and back end are smooth, big section tubes. Tubes isn’t really the right word though, as the whole bike is more flowed together than the collection of cylinders, look closely and you won’t spot an imperfection. The V10, as with most of the Santa Cruz Range is available in C and CC versions, the CC being the more expensive carbon lay-up that uses a fancier (and therefore more expensive) Carbon Fibre, allowing it to achieve the same stiffness for 280g less.


Integrated fork bumpers/cable guides keep the chunky front end looking neat and tidy. The massive head tube gives plenty of room to run angle and offset headsets. Combined with the two shock positions and 5 sizes, this gives you the chance to perfect your bike.


The VPP back end is similarly beautiful. The shock is nestled low in the frame, well protected by the back end between the stays being solid. All the controls are easy to access, and as with all SC bikes the linkages have grease-ports to keep the bearings running sweet.


Fox have the suspension covered on this one with their X2 shock and Float 40s out front. So far I’ve only set the sag, and booked a day of uplift to get the settings dialed in!


The bike is dripping in Santa Cruz branded parts including bars and stem. SRAM 7-speed drivetrain and Guide TRC brakes are both uncompromising options for DH racing.


  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • Carbon C and Carbon CC frame options
  • 216mm (8.5″) VPP suspension
  • 27.5″ wheels
  • Adjustable geometry with HIGH & LOW settings
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Dual grease ports on lower link for easy maintenance
  • Integrated fork bumpers with cable guide
  • Molded clip-on chainstay and upright protector
  • Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • 157mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL


There was only one set of pedals for this bike; Cheers Peaty!

Frame Material Carbon CC
Fork Fox 40 Float RC2 27.5 Factory Flat Crown
Shock Fox DHX2 Factory
About 7-Speed DH kit, Fox fork and shock
Chainguide E13 LG1+
Rear Dérailleur SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed
Shifters SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed
Crankset Raceface SIXC Carbon 36t 165mm
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Cassette SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed
Chain Sram XX1, 11sp
Brakes SRAM Guide RSC
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 203mm Front, 200mm Rear
Headset Cane Creek 40
Bars Santa Cruz Carbon 800mm Bar, 35mm clamp
Stem Easton Havoc 35 Direct Mount 50mm stem
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub DT Swiss 240 110×20 DT 240s
Rear Hub DT Swiss 240 157×12 DT 240s
Rims DT Swiss FR 570 m90/10 ENVE Rims with custom color options
Spokes DT Competition double butted spokes and alloy nipples
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHR2; 42d; Wire Bead; Dual Ply; 27.5×2.4
Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHR2; 42d; Wire Bead; Dual Ply; 27.5×2.4
Tubes Maxxis 27.5″ Presta Valve
Seat Post Thomson Elite, 30.9x287mm
Saddle WTB High Tail Team


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Frame: £3,299
Custom Builds from £7,399


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