Developing the Santa Cruz V10 Carbon Swingarms 3

Syndicate mechanical guru, Doug Hatfield, pleased as punch with the new V10 frames as Joe Graney, the man behind the design, runs you through these fresh new sleds. -Gary Perkin

The carbon rear end is not about stiffness or tweaking the structure, but purely about weight savings and giving the Syndicate that edge where milliseconds count. The one-off rear end is about 300 grams lighter than the aluminum version.

A 34lb masterpiece, ready for racing. The Santa Cruz V10c with carbon swingarm and prototype, feather-weight front triangle. 650 grams lighter than the last frames they raced on, the Syndicate gets frames you and I will never get our hands on.

V10 carbon swing arms running down the line at the Enve facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Greg Minnaar and Steve Peat of the Santa Cruz Syndicate are running completely new carbon V10 downhill bikes for Val di Sole this weekend. Get your questions answered with this complete, in-depth look, featuring video we've had to sit on since April!
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  • jmblur

    8/21/2011 10:52 PM

    Would love to see some behind-the-scenes on the lab testing they mentioned - I geek out over that stuff!

  • DeZender

    8/18/2011 11:00 AM

    Hmmm... if your average DH frame weighs around 10 (ish) lbs (and I know the stock V10c is lighter), this is a significant percentage when they're fighting for fractions of a second at races. I'm all for the idea of custom "factory" bikes, as the tech. does eventually trickle down to consumers. However, as a consumer I also understand "race day" products vs. the durability needed for something I'll use all season or for years.

  • misterpeanut

    8/18/2011 9:38 AM

    WHOA! 650 gram/1.43 lb weight saving! Geezers

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