In-Depth: The Full Carbon 2013 Santa Cruz V10c - 'World's Lightest and Strongest Downhill Frame'

Following two World Cup seasons of testing by the Santa Cruz Syndicate, the full carbon Santa Cruz V10c is officially ready to roll for 2013. The bike has been refined in dozens of ways, the weight savings are huge, and the strength is still through the roof. Join us on our trip to the small Italian bike village of Massa Vecchia to experience this exciting new bike firsthand. - Photos by Gary Perkin, Brandon Turman, and Sven Martin



Eager to get your hands on one? They'll be rolling out the door in January 2013 starting at $3,499 with a Fox DHX RC4 shock. Visit www.santacruzbicycles.com for more details.
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26 comments
  • Peresite70

    11/21/2012 7:27 PM

    That bike is redonk!!! And does anyone know what brand those platform clipless pedals are?? I love how wide they look compared to my mallets...

  • syngltrkmnd

    11/21/2012 1:06 PM

    That bike just looks more and more badass with each iteration.

  • 91001

    11/21/2012 11:17 AM

    I miss Ferrentino

  • Big Bird

    11/22/2012 8:26 AM

    Is he gone from Santa Cruz?

  • 91001

    11/22/2012 1:04 PM

    Yup, true story.

  • Varaxis

    11/20/2012 11:21 PM

    I appreciate products more when I see their inner workings, such as seen in that cut-in-half front triangle.

  • ricky.thefifth

    11/20/2012 11:15 PM

    My new ride for 2013 !!!

  • canadmos

    11/20/2012 8:14 PM

    Nevermind the bike, where is the story on Cedric riding? Some people were saying he was done with his career, and here he is less than half a year later riding. Props.

  • bturman

    11/20/2012 8:22 PM

    CG fought back, worked his butt off, and is now happily shredding the DH bike. Just a few weeks ago he won an enduro event by a minute over Barel. Far from "done." He'll soon start training for the 2013 World Cup season.

  • syngltrkmnd

    11/21/2012 1:06 PM

    Good to hear. Peaty is on board for another full WC season, right?

  • Larkin_Kelly

    11/20/2012 6:55 PM

    With all the emphasis on carbon they still use the Thompson masterpiece posts and e13 alloy cranks! Those would be among the first parts that I would go carbon with. Sweet bike though.

  • Roots_rider

    11/22/2012 10:04 PM

    The Thomson Masterpiece is actually lighter then any carbon post that is comparable in strength by nearly 40 Grams.

  • Dirty Jane

    11/20/2012 2:12 PM

    The bar has been raised.

  • bjenson

    11/20/2012 12:34 PM

    god that thing is beautiful. rubber bits, built in fender, and CG ftw. was cool to see inside.

  • Joe_MTB

    11/20/2012 12:26 PM

    Time to order one up

  • wyomingone

    11/20/2012 8:16 AM

  • flozza

    11/20/2012 12:29 PM

    if i recall correctly, they are referring to the complete bike weight. with full enve team setup etc.

  • Dave_Camp

    11/20/2012 2:23 PM

    the title of the article is The Full Carbon 2013 Santa Cruz V10c - 'World's Lightest and Strongest Downhill FRAME'

    Still a sweet frame, just not *the* lightest.

  • louevilcyclist

    11/23/2012 1:01 PM

    According to one of the engineers at Santa Cruz that posted on another forum that they did weigh several of the other frames in that weight range and the trek weighed 8.2lbs actually. I also saw an independent post of the trek frame minus shock on a scale and the shock weight and it came out to exactly 8.2.

  • Kiran

    11/20/2012 3:45 PM

    FTW: The Trek Session 9.9's ACTUAL WEIGHT (not claimed) is just over 8 lbs with the Fox DHX RC4.

  • Dave_Camp

    11/21/2012 12:49 PM

    Have you weighed the 2013 V10? Just sayin'.

  • Kiran

    11/21/2012 1:00 PM

    Yes, actually.

  • Uncle Cliffy

    11/20/2012 7:11 AM

    So how much do kidneys sell for?

  • Roots_rider

    11/22/2012 10:04 PM

    Think it was about 30k last time I checked, and yes I have checked.....

  • One Ghost

    11/24/2012 5:36 PM

    LOL!