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2006 Santa Cruz V10 vs 2021 V10 with Steve Peat - Are DH Bikes Faster Today? 15

Watch as Peaty sends it down Morzine, putting his 2006 Santa Cruz V10 against his 2021 V10 to see which is faster.

2006 Santa Cruz V10 vs 2021 V10 with Steve Peat - Are DH Bikes Faster Today?

Peaty dusts off his 2006 V10 race bike (that he won the World Cup Series Overall on), some old race threads and tries to put down a heater on Morzine's famous Le Pleney downhill course. Bikes have got longer, more stable, more reliable and suspension has got much better. No questions asked, he must be  faster on his current V10, right? Can he even get close to his time on the current day race bike? You might be surprised at the result. Maybe Peaty was in his prime in 2006...


In 2006 we all drooled over Peaty's Santa Cruz V10, which now looks like a dated relic from the past. It's phenomenal how much mountain bikes have evolved in 15 years. Enjoy some side-by-side comparisons from then to now and let this serve as a perfect example that it's never the bike making the magic happen; it’s always the rider.

2021 Santa Cruz V10 - 29-inch wheels, carbon frame

2006 Santa Cruz V10 - 26-inch wheels, aluminum frame

Shimano Saint rear derailleur
SRAM XO1 rear derailleur (can you still hear it now?)
29-inch carbon Reserve wheels
26-inch DT Swiss aluminum wheels with tubes
Burgtec cockpit, Shimano XTR brake levers, Chris King headset and FOX 40 Factory fork with drop crown
TruVativ Holzfeller handlebar, Chromag stem, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes with carbon BlackBox levers, Chris King headset and RockShox BoXXer with riser crown.
FOX DHX2 Rear Shock
FOX DHX 5.0 with PUSH stamp of approval


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