About a month ago, Shimano asked us to send them a downhill frame and suspension. Why? They wanted to build up a new Vital MTB test bike outfitted with the 2013 Saint M820 group. Given the Syndicate's partnership with Shimano, it seemed only natural to choose the Santa Cruz V-10 Carbon and Fox suspension.
The new Saint parts were plucked from the front of the production line, flown into Whistler over the past few weeks, and this beauty was assembled just in time for our arrival and three days of glorious shredding. Take a closer look at the new Saint lineup in this gallery and stay tuned for our first ride impressions in a few days.
Credit: Brandon Turman
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