Hot News: Santa Cruz unveils 27.5-inch V-10 downhill bike

Bryceland already raced mid-wheeler to UK championship

27.5 DH News

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The all-new Santa Cruz V-10 650b will see action at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup this weekend.

Santa Cruz Bicycles has revealed a new, 27.5-inch wheeled version of their World Championship winning V-10 downhill bike. The Santa Cruz Syndicate team of Greg Minaar, Josh Bryceland and Steve Peat will be aboard the new mid-wheeler for the Mont Sainte Anne, Canada stop of the World Cup this coming weekend.

Although the company has not released specifics yet, Santa Cruz Marketing Director Will Ockelton told Mtbr that team riders have been testing “mule” versions of the bike for a several months and that Bryceland surreptitiously won the UK national DH crown aboard one a couple weekends ago, beating out Gee Atherton by a sizable 3.5 second gap.

Mtbr has exclusive photos of the bikes being built at the Santa Cruz factory that we’ll post tomorrow. For now check out the studio shots of the new 27.5 Santa Cruz V-10.

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Santa Cruz V-10 650b Frontal

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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  • John says:

    Great bike I am sure, but it is too bad Santa Cruz is moving more and more toward the graphics excess some of the other manufacturers have been adding to their bikes. I’ll take understated any day.

    • Mtbr says:

      John- It IS a race bike after after all…and like they did on the Nomad, where on one hand you have the cupcake sweet baby blue/magenta on the wild side of the spectrum, and the stealthy gloss-on-matte black at the other extreme, we’re likely to see something more subdued when production time comes.

  • courtney says:

    What? it’s white and red. how is that extreme?

    • Gamalier Lozada says:

      Sometimes simple is better. Have less on your bike and let the ridding do the talking. Sometimes you see bikes loaded of graphics like a Nascar car and the rider doesn’t match up to the hype. From all the racing bikes I believe the SC Syndicate uses some of the simplest layouts. They only use special graphics for the World’s Championships which is understandable.

  • Sun says:

    Gosh it’s pretty. It looks so purposeful.

  • Bob says:

    Nothing beats the Grey on matte black TRC…

  • Bret says:

    I think it’s fu@kin’ sexy!
    When 650b first came out, we were writing in the 650b forum how this wheel size would be awesome for gravity bikes….and here it is in style.

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