World Championship Bike Check: Greg Minnaar’s Custom Santa Cruz V10 Downhill Bike

This is the custom painted Santa Cruz v10 that Greg Minnaar will be riding as he tries to defend his world downhill title in Les Gets, France this weekend.

The Santa Cruz Syndicate driver won a fourth world title in Val di Sole last year, aged 39, and his V10 will thus wear the number one plate in Les Gets.

As you’d expect from the downhill legend, Minnaar’s Santa Cruz V10 has a few tricks up its sleeve for Saturday’s race, including a custom lower link on the Fox DHX2 Factory rear shock, a prototype rear derailleur Shimano, a new set of pedals for the worlds and a handful of Minnaar signature parts.

The Fox shock is completed with a Fox 40 Factory fork, with suspension data collected by a Motion Instruments data acquisition kit.

Burgtec supplies the Ride Wide DH bar, with Minnaar’s Burgtec Bartender grips, while the 29-inch Reserve DH carbon wheels, spinning on Chris King hubs, are wrapped in a Maxxis Minion DHR II tire at the rear and the Minnaar’s signature Assegai tire on the front.

Let’s take a closer look.

As the reigning world champion, Minnaar’s bike sports the number one plate this weekend, attached to its highly tuned Fox 40 Factory fork, with a data acquisition kit bolted in place. Greg runs 29-inch wheels front and rear (rather than a mixed-wheel setup) and an XL-size frame.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

Minnaar is more than familiar with the Santa Cruz V10, having signed with the Syndicate team in 2007 (to race on their bikes from 2008 and onwards). He has since bagged three world championship titles (to add to his other win in 2003) and another overall World Cup victory.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

After spotting an electronically loaded Fox shock on Greg’s bike last season, we expected to see the same this weekend. Instead, Greg appears to be using his usual DHX2 coil damper, but we’re sure there’s something pretty special going on with the internals.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

The lower link that drives the rear shock is machined and hasn’t been anodized, so it’s likely designed to alter the kinematics of the V10 from the stock bike. Also worth noting is the reduced bash ring that covers half of the deck to help protect it during heavy drops or accidental impacts.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

Greg is a great rider and regularly plays with the height of the bar. His mechanic, Lyle Hyslop, will raise and lower the V10’s bar height depending on the slope of the track. Apparently, the bar has been raised for Les Gets compared to the last round of the World Cup in Mont Saint Anne, Canada.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

At the rear of the bike is a prototype rear derailleur. This is most likely a first edition of the latest Shimano Saint derailleur. Shimano hasn’t updated the Saint group for a long time, so hopefully we’ll see it in production very soon.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

The Chris King hubs will have had all thick grease removed, replaced with a thinner lubricant, and the bearings honed in to spin as fast as possible.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

Just in case you don’t know who this Santa Cruz V10 belonged to.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

Minnaar (along with the rest of the Syndicate team) uses their signature Burgtec Bartender handles.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

Burgtec Ride Wide DH bars left full-width help keep the V10 on track.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

The Santa Cruz Syndicate saddle also comes from Burgtec.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

This little black box is a Motion Instruments Tracer transceiver and is used as part of the Motion Instruments Data Acquisition Kit, used to set up Greg’s suspension.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

The World Championships are a very special race, which is why many brands, including Crankbrothers, will produce special and unique colors, just like these chrome Mallet DH pedals.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

A quick reminder that Minnaar won this prestigious event last year… at the age of 39.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

Another look at the custom lower link that drives the Fox DHX2 Factory rear shock.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

Team Syndicate uses Santa Cruz’s Reserve DH carbon wheels, which sport a 31mm internal rim width.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

Minnaar uses a Maxxis Minion DHR II rear tire in the rear and their signature Assegai tire in the front.
Jack Tennyson / Our media

About Wesley Williamson

Check Also

Orchids and onions: Thursday, November 10, 2022 | Opinion

Another beautiful day in Havasu… Orchids at Tia in Cha Bones. A lovely lady and …