Santa Cruz Bicycles – Driver 8!

Here’s our new bike. We call it the Driver 8.

It has 8 inches of next-generation VPP rear wheel travel. It also has enough room to raise or lower the seat through a 7-inch range. It’s got a 1.5″ head tube, an 83mm wide bb with ISCG05 mounts and 150mm rear spacing with a Maxle thru-axle. So, just what kind of bike is it supposed to be?

8″ of next-generatoin VPP travel

Mud flap shock cover.

We designed the Driver 8 to be a general duty, daily driver gravity hauler. It is a super tough, super versatile bike that is ideal for a life at Whistler. It’s a damn good long travel high speed trail bike (Wait, is that freeriding, or all-mountain high speed trail riding? What about low speed, sphincter pinching gnarl? Does it speak with a Canadian accent? Man, this gets confusing…)

12mm Maxle rear thru-axle

83mm bottom bracket with ISCG 05 mounts

Anyway, it’s a kickass park bike, more lively and poppable and jumpable than the V-10. And it is also a very handy downhill race bike, probably a better race choice for most riders who aren’t World Cup pros on most courses that aren’t World Cup courses. But it can still plow through big rocks and huge drops with the best of them. 8 inches of travel is still a whole lot of cushion for the pushin’…

When the seat is slammed all the way down (7 inches of up and down adjustability, remember?), it is in a similar fore/aft location to the seat on a V-10, but can be run even lower. However, due to the angle of the seat mast, when the seat is raised up as far as it will go, the pedaling position is about the same as that of the Nomad, which is a pretty good location to kick at the cranks and point a bike uphill.

7 inches of up and down seat adjustability

With regard to that “general duty, daily driver” comment, we’ve gone heavy duty with the VPP links. The upper link is carbon fiber, insanely strong, and pivots on four beefy radial contact sealed cartridge bearings. The lower link gets grease ports for easy service, huge 15mm pivot axles with the same trick locking collet head feature as the Blur LT, Nomad and new Blur XC, and it swings on EIGHT angular contact bearings. All bearing sets, top and bottom, are encased in a further set of lip seals and labyrinth washers to further combat the ingress of dirt. The bike comes with its own grease gun, and you won’t need a personal mechanic to deal with any of that.

Carbon fiber upper link with 4 radial contact sealed bearings

Easy service grease ports

You can call it a freeride bike, if you’re into that. You can call it a park bike. You can call it a downhill bike. It can do all that, and more. We’re sticking to our guns. We call it the Driver 8.

$2399 US MSRP, powdercoat frame w/RockShox Vivid 5.1
$2561 US MSRP w/Fox DHX RC4
(add $200 for anodized finish)

Available to customers mid-May, 2009, in all the usual powdercoat colors as well as an anodized, as yet to be named, sort of golden color

Accepting orders for FRAMESETS now

Accepting complete bike orders April 1st, 2009

For more info including sizing and geometry, please click here

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  • Slyp Dawg says:

    I kinda was wondering what RS was going to make to replace the VP-Free. geometry wise, though, this thing seems to have a kind of Heckler-Nomad relationship going, except this one is Bullit-Driver 8. well, kinda. the Bullit has a narrower BB shell, is a half degree steeper with the same fork, and has an inch less squish. but other than that, the Driver 8 totally has a Heckler-Nomad sort of thing going on with the Bullit

  • Ferrentino Shot my Dog says:

    So when did they kill the VP Free? And what’s the real difference between this and the VP Free?

    Seems funny that they tout the seat height adjustability when their poster boy Weir has been hocking that telescoping post for so long…

  • Richard says:

    More of the same style of bikes they already build. How often does one use a bike like that? once or twice a year at a bike park? Lame.

  • Chris says:

    Can this bike be used to hit the hard trails and compete in some competitions or races?

  • Jose says:

    So why do I need to raise my seat for if I don’t have a granny gear to drop down the hammer to? Isn’t that the purpose of being able to raise your seat up and down? You kind of defeat the purpose if you don’t have a front derailleur. Other than that, this bike looks sick.

  • Jim H says:

    I will keep my first generation Nomad and be happy since this thing looks like a pure downhillbike.

  • Jim H says:

    I will keep my first generation Nomad and be happy since this thing looks like a pure downhillbike. Also very expensive for a frame made in Taiwan!

  • Graham says:

    This looks like the perfect filler for that gap between the V-10, which is overkill for all but the fastest/gnarliest of courses, and the trail oriented Nomad. Obviously not a great choice for a spandex guy like Richard, but I’m sure it will be a godsend for the VPP-loving gravity crowd. As for the granny…throw a Hammerschmidt on there if you’ve got the better part of a grand. Any idea how it’s weighing in?

  • Dan says:

    your an idiot these bikes arnt made in taiwan theyre made in cali you fool

  • SamBO says:

    sorry Dan, but they are made by Giant in Taiwan. Same as the new Nomad, BLT, Blur Carbon. great bikes no doubt, but the priceing is out of line!

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