2020 Santa Cruz V10 CC X01 29

Article code DBR142360
At the 2017 World Cup season opener in Lourdes, Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw, and Greg Minnaar qualified 1, 3, and 6 aboard the ‘controversy machine’—a V10 with a new swingarm rolling on 29-inch wheels.

Puzzling Ain’t Easy

The clouds broke open before the top qualifiers, soaking the track, and the question of technological supremacy would have to wait…for five weeks, when Greg Minnaar climbed to the top step at Ft. William for the seventh time.

The arms race was on.

Over the next winter, using what we learned during the 2017 race season, we set about designing an entirely new V10—longer reach, better shock rate, and better frame and cable protection. All three frame sizes (and Reserve carbon DH wheels) were designed and manufactured in time for a week of testing before the Ft. William World Cup in 2018. Greg crashed in those sessions, breaking his arm, and effectively ending his season. A few days later, Luca qualified first and Loris third on the new bike. Loris put down a scorcher in the finals that only fellow Frenchman Amaury Pierron could top, but Luca flatted high on course and had to cruise down.

The new school had arrived, and they had new wheels.  

Testing continued throughout the 2018 season, usually in the form of link sets designed to tweak the shock rate or make minor alterations in geometry. We had the big variables figured out, but fine-tuning the suspension under the Syndicate during World Cup season guaranteed regular, high-level feedback and lots of high-stakes puzzling. The result is perhaps the most refined suspension performance available outside of a World Cup pit.

That brings us to now—kind of.

Pairing 29-inch wheels with 215mm of travel makes a juggernaut of a race bike, but racing isn’t everything. Depending on the type of trails or riding style you’re into, breaking out the biggest artillery might not be ideal. Rider height also looms large when deciding which wheel size is optimal and a lot of people may opt for smaller wheels.

So we decided to make a 27.5 V10, too.

No compromises, no gimmicks, no shortcuts—it was designed in parallel to the 29er V10 as an original suspension platform and chassis. The 27.5 bike comes in Small, Medium, and Large, while the 29 comes in Medium, Large, and XL. Make your choice according to your size or riding style, and you’ll be the recipient of every bit of work and puzzling that’s gone into the Syndicate’s race bikes.

The most successful bike in downhill history shows no signs of slowing down.



  • Kit
  • Weight
  • Wheel Size
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Crankset
  • Cassette
  • Chain
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Brakes
  • Brake Rotors
  • Headset
  • Bars
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Front Hub
  • Rear Hub
  • Rims
  • Spokes
  • Front Tire
  • Chainguide
  • Rear Tire
  • Tubes
  • Seat Post
  • Saddle


  • X01
  • 16.07kg / 35.43lbs
  • 29
  • FOX 49 Factory, 203mm, 29"
  • FOX DHX2 Factory SLS Coil 450 (M) 500 (L) 550 (XL)
  • SRAM X01 DH 7sp
  • SRAM X01 DH
  • Race Face SIXC Crank 83/165mm, 34t
  • SRAM X01 DH Cassette 7 Spd
  • SRAM XX1
  • Race Face BSA 83mm BB
  • SRAM Code RSC
  • Avid Centerline, 203mm Front, 200mm Rear
  • Cane Creek 40 Hellbender, ZS49 upper/ EC49 lower
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x800
  • Santa Cruz Direct Mount 35x45/50
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • DT 350 20x110 32H
  • DT 350 12x157 XD 32H
  • Race Face ARC HD 30 29" Rims
  • DT Competition (32)
  • Maxxis Assegai 29x2.5 MaxxGRIP 3C
  • E13 LG1+
  • Maxxis Assegai 29x2.5 MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Stans Sealant 2oz
  • Burgtec Xpress Carbon Post, 31.6
  • Ergon SMD2 Pro TI 


      LOW                              S                            M                         L 
  Reach 410mm 435mm 460mm
  Stack 602mm 610mm 615mm
  Head Tube Angle 63.3° 63.3° 63.3°
  Seat Tube Length 435mm 445mm 455mm
  Front Center 769mm 798mm 825mm
  BB Height 351mm 351mm 351mm
  BB Drop 3mm 3mm 3mm
  Wheelbase 1200mm 1234mm 1266mm
  Chainstay Length 430mm 435mm 440mm
  Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 115mm
  Top Tube Length      
  Seat Tube Angle      
  Standover Height 707mm 707mm 707mm
  Eye to Eye Length 250mm 250mm 250mm


  High                                    S                      M                      L
  Reach 412mm 437mm 462mm
  Stack 603mm 612mm 616mm
  Head Tube Angle 63.7° 63.7° 63.7°
  Seat Tube Length 435mm 445mm 455mm
  Front Center 769mm 798mm 825mm
  BB Height 356mm 356mm 356mm
  BB Drop -2mm -2mm -2mm
  Wheelbase 1199mm 1233mm 1265mm
  Chainstay Length 430mm 435mm 440mm
  Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 115mm
  Top Tube Length      
  Seat Tube Angle      
  Standover Height 712mm 712mm 712mm
  Eye to Eye Length 250mm 250mm 250mm