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WINNING BIKE - Mitch Ropelato's Santa Cruz V10cc

Mitch Ropelato just took a slippery, sloppy victory at the Pro GRT in Port Angeles, Washington. America's rowdiest free-racer (can we say that?) let's his riding do the talking as he runs a completely stock bike with off-the-shelf parts that you can get. The racing was incredibly tight with the Top 10 Elite Men separated by less than 3 seconds, but Mitch made it happen by just .05.

Photos and Interview by Zach Faulkner

Learn about Mitch's Santa Cruz V10cc in the audio


Mitch Ropelato's Santa Cruz V10cc bike spec

  • Santa Cruz V10cc frame, size medium, 27.5-inch wheels
  • RockShox BoXXer World Cup fork, RockShox Vivid Air shock
  • SRAM X0 DH 7-speed drivetrain
  • MRP SXg Chainguide
  • Crank Brothers Mallet pedals
  • Truvativ Kyle Strait Descendant bars at 760mm, Truvativ direct mount stem
  • Sensus Lite grips
  • SRAM Code brakes
  • Specialized Hillbilly front tire, Butcher rear tire
  • Specialized Roval Rims laced to SRAM X0 DH hubs
  • Fabric saddle

Truvativ cockpit with Senus Lite grips


SRAM X0 DH 7-speed drivetrain


SRAM Code brakes and plenty of mud to boot.


Well done, Mitch!

View Pro GRT Port Angeles DH results

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