Santa Cruz V10 Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

June 4, 2020

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Santa Cruz V10

If you're looking for a race-winning bike, you can't go wrong with the Santa Cruz V10. The V10 is a World Championship winning bike that comes race-ready straight out of the box.

This bike is light, which makes it easy to ride.

You can choose between 27.5" or 29" wheels.

The Santa Cruz V10 is beautifully designed and has the best quality bike components.

Prices for the Santa Cruz V10 start from $5799, so this is not a cheap bike to own.

There is nothing not to like about this bike, but maybe Santa Cruz could make it available in more colors.

Legendary skateboarder Rob Roskopp started Santa Cruz Bicycles in the 90s. Today the bicycle company has a reputation for manufacturing high-end full-suspension mountain bikes that have led several top cyclists to the podium finishes in numerous bike competitions.

The Santa Cruz V10, which is a downhill mountain bike, has won many World Cup races and 4 World Championships. So if you're thinking of buying this bike, you'll be getting yourself a premium ride that is built to perform beyond expectations. 

The V10 was first introduced to the market in 2002. Since then, the bicycle has undergone several changes to make it perform better. Specs on the 2020 V10 include a frame made from Santa Cruz's highest-quality CC-grade carbon fiber, a FOX 49 Performance Elite fork, SRAM Code R brakes, Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon 35x800 handlebar, and an Ergon SMD2 Pro Ti saddle.

The 27.5" Santa Cruz V10 is available in small, medium, and large sizes, while the 29er comes in medium, large and extra-large.

Are you interested in checking out other high-quality bikes? Have a look at out our reviews of the Specialized and Cannondale bikes.

Who is this bike for?

  • If you're looking for a high-quality mountain bike with outstanding performance, you should get the Santa Cruz V10. Santa Cruz has spent years perfecting this bike so you can expect nothing but excellent quality and performance from it.
  • If you don't mind opening your wallet for a high-end bike, or you have saved up for a premium mountain bike, the Santa Cruz V10 should be on your list of bikes to consider buying.
  • This bike is also a good option for professional mountain bike riders. The bike is built to win races, and it could be what you need to finish first in any bike competition you enter.
Santa Cruz V10

Performance

  • As I mentioned earlier, the Santa Cruz V10 is available in 27" or 29er wheels. If you're looking for speed advantage in a race, the 29ers roll faster and could give you an edge over the competition.
  • The FOX suspension makes it extremely comfortable to ride this bike on rough terrain as the bumps on the road are absorbed well.
  • The lightweight of the bike makes it respond quickly to your input.
  • When it comes to shifting the SRAM X01, DH drivetrain offers a precise change of gears even on rough terrain, and the E13 LG1 chain guide ensures the chain doesn't come off
  • The SRAM Code RSC brakes provide excellent stopping power without having to apply too much pressure on the brake levers.
  • The Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips can get uncomfortable, but you can easily change these.

Conclusion

The Santa Cruz V10 is a well-built bike. In our opinion, the high-end components used to make this bicycle make it one of the best-specced and fastest downhill mountain bikes on the market. 

So, if you're a race minded rider, look for the perfect bike to get you winning competitions seriously consider purchasing this bike. Its price is undoubtedly high, but if you decide to buy it, you'll be paying for a topnotch bicycle that you'll have fun riding.

Specifications

Frame:

Carbon CC

Suspension

Fork:

FOX 49 Factory, 203mm, 29"

Rear Shock:

FOX DHX2 Factory SLS Coil

Front Travel:

DT Swiss 240 110x20

Rear Travel:

DT Swiss 240 157x12

Crankset:

Race Face SIXC Crank 83/165mm, 36t

Bottom Bracket:

Race Face BSA 83mm BB

Shifters:

SRAM X01 DH

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM X01 DH 7sp

Number of Gears:

SRAM X01 DH Cassette 7 Spd

Brakes:

SRAM Code RSC

Wheel Size:

Race Face ARC HD 30 27.5" Rims

Tires:

Maxxis Assegai 27.5x2.5 MaxxGRIP 3C

Handlebar:

SCB AM Carbon Bar 35x800

Stem:

Santa Cruz Direct Mount 35x45/50

Seat Post:

Burgtec Xpress Carbon Post, 31.6

Saddle:

Ergon SMD2 Pro Ti

Headset:

Cane Creek 40 Hellbender, ZS49 upper/ EC49 lower

Chain:

SRAM XX1

Santa Cruz V10

If you're looking for a race-winning bike, you can't go wrong with the Santa Cruz V10. The V10 is a World Championship winning bike that comes race-ready straight out of the box.