Pro Bike Check: Matt Thompson's Santa Cruz Quiver

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Matt Thompson is a good, long-time friend of Vital. In fact, he's probably the reason Vital MTB exists. Sometime back in 2008 when gordo was making littermag, Matty told gordo about the Vital MX slideshows which prompted gordo to reach out to Vital about making an MTB site. The rest is history.

Matt is a staple of the Colorado MTB scene and has been racing bikes since the days of cantilever brakes and elastomer forks. He earned a Masters Downhill World Champs title in 2012 and when he's not racing, he's making MTB trails around the world with Momentum Trail Concepts.

Dig into Matt's current quiver of Santa Cruz bikes...all of which run flat pedals. YEW! -spomer

Photos by Jeff Cricco

Santa Cruz V10c

  • Size - XL
  • Fork - RockShox BoXXer WC
  • Rear Shock - RockShox Vivid R2C
  • Headset - Cane Creek 110
  • Bar - Gamut Cillos DH 800mm
  • Grips - ODI "O" grip
  • Stem - Gamut Cillos Direct Mount set at 45mm
  • Crank - SRAM XO1 DH X-Sync, 165mm
  • Chainguide - Gamut P30s
  • Pedals - Burgtec Penthouse Flat mk4
  • Derailleur - SRAM XO1 dh, 7 speed, X-Horizon
  • Shifter - SRAM XO1 DH 7 speed trigger shifter
  • Cassette - SRAM XO1 DH, 7 speed, Mini Block
  • Chain - SRAM PC-XX1
  • Seatpost - Thomson masterpiece
  • Seat - SDG ti-Fly
  • Wheels - Sun-Ringle´ ADD pro
  • Tires - Specialized Hillbilly

Santa Cruz 5010c

  • Size - XL
  • Fork - RockShox Pike, 140mm
  • Rear shock - RockShox Monarch+ RC3
  • Headset - Works Components, -1.5
  • Bar - Gamut Cillos DH, 800mm
  • Grips - Santa Cruz Palmdale
  • Stem - Gamut Cillos 50mm
  • Crank - SRAM XX1 X-Sync
  • Chainguide - Gamut Trail SXC
  • Pedals - Burgtec Penthouse Flat mk4
  • Derailleur - SRAM XO1 X-Horizon
  • Shifter - SRAM XX1 trigger shifter
  • Cassette - SRAM XG-1199
  • Chain - SRAM PC-XX1
  • Seatpost - RockShox Reverb Stealth
  • Seat - WTB
  • Wheels - SRAM Roam 50
  • Tires - front, Specialized Butcher, rear, Specialized Slaughter

Santa Cruz Jackal

  • Size - long
  • Fork - RockShox Pike DJ
  • Headset - Cane Creek 40 series
  • Bar - Gamut Cillos TR
  • Grips - Sensus
  • Stem - Gamut Cillos 50mm
  • Crank - SRAM XO1
  • Chainring - SRAM X-Sync Direct Mount, 28t
  • Pedals - Burgtec Penthouse Flat mk3
  • Chain - SRAM PC-XX1
  • Seatpost - Thomson Elite
  • Seat - SDG Patriot
  • Wheels - SunRingle´ DJ Single´
  • Tires - front, Specialized Renegade Control, rear, Specialized Compound Control

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