The Santa Cruz Driver 8 isn't meant to be a full-time, dedicated DH rig. Don't be mistaken; you wouldn't enter it in a road race, but it's lighter, livelier, and more snappy than the longer-travel V-10. 8 inches is still a whole lot of travel, so feel free to hurl your carcass off of much bigger drops than you're used to, but that isn't all it does. Santa Cruz designed the Driver 8 to accommodate a full 7 inches of seatpost adjustment, so you aren't stuck pushing if a little bit of climbing is n
Strengths: Epic, this bike is still my favorite, it is just a little heavy, but it is a downhill bike, so don't try using it going uphill. Super pedaling power, comfortable frame shape... really fun to jump with.
Weaknesses: No real weaknesses apart from the fact that you cannot go uphill, but my home trail is Rothorn, and there is a lift to bring you and your bike up.
Still the best bike ever, even after all the BS of Specialized and Trek came out only because it was really stylish to do DH at that time, this is THE downhill bike people want, too bad Santa Cruz doesn't mass produce it anymore.
a Weekend Warrior
from BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 18, 2011
Strengths: Strong, stiff, rails corners, stable and predictable in air, tons of seat post adjustment, downhill race capable, yet supper poppable and can easily be pedalled as an all mountain.
This is the best bike ever, I can't believe Santa Cruz discontinued it. Whistler is my local hill and this is the perfect bike. It absolutely eats downhill, rails corners is nimble and quick in tech sections and will sail anything you can send. And yes you can pedal it!!! The best time to get this bike was yesterday, so go and get one.
Bike Setup: Totem solo air fork,rock shox vivid 5.1 shock, avid elixir r, Howitzer cranks, Crankbrothers 50/50 pedals, Sunringle ADD wheel set, X7 shifter, deraileur
from Chico, Ca, USA
Date Reviewed: August 2, 2011
Strengths: Amazing ride, easy to handle, even with the weight i can cruz up a long climb just as well as many other xc bikes (a little bit of youth also helps)
Weaknesses: A little heavy but for what its made to do it doesn't matter
The only thing slowing me down when i ride it is my brakes cause i feel like if i were fall of it would keep going and not slow down. it is so down and will go through anything. the first time i got on it i went over a curb and didn't even notice it, it'll absorb anything and keep going. Great bike.
Favorite Trail: Upper Park, Chico & Foresthill Divide, Auburn
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: Bicycle Emporium
a Cross Country Rider
from pleasanton, ca usa
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2010
Strengths: Stout frame, killer looks.
Weaknesses: Could only be the RIDER of this bike.
The best bike ever. It IS the best pedaling bike I have ridden. 41 lbs, but the way it pedals cancels any weight issues you may have. I XC this bike with no problem all the time. Wonder why I never see these bikes out there on the trails? Oh well, my little secret weapon I guess. BTW, it goes downhill like you wouldn't believe. See ya at N* (or any of the local trails too)
Similar Products Used: Vp Free, Kona Stinky, 2011 Boxxer Team
Bike Setup: 2011 40, RC4, Medium black (SICK!), Maxxis DHF - High Roller, Saint cranks, 2011 Elixir R's, AMP adjustable post for XC rides - Yes, XC rides. Bearing on the rear shock spring seat - amazing for small bumps!
a Weekend Warrior
from Loveland, Colorado, USA
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2010
Strengths: Able to fly down and over any obstacle. Solid (at 41 lbs) yet set up well enough to out-climb many riders on bikes 10 lbs lighter and with 50-100mm less travel (need to be in shape, but it is worth it.)
Weaknesses: Santa Cruz - no weekness, Foxx 30 RC has an annoying fork spring rattle as you hit misc bumps.
The best bike able to provide the combination of downhill and the ability to hit the technical obstacles and uphills. There is no comparison to the feel as you climb by bikers with 2-4 hinches less travel and 10 lbs less weight when they make the comment: Aren't you tired yet? I have ridden lighter bikes that don't measure up. Driver 8 is the closest bike to perfect in my book and it looks killer too. I say this even though my wife has a sweet 2010 Ibis Mojo SL that holds it's own.
Similar Products Used: 07 Specialized Enduro Pro (31 lbs 150mm travel), 06 Specialized Enduro Expert, (34 lbs 150mm travel)
Bike Setup: XO rear derailuer, Sram 990 Mango Cassette, Hammerschmidt DH crank, XO shifters, Fox RC40 Fork, Fox DHX RC4, KMC gold chain, Sun Ringle single track wheels, Kenda Small Block 8 2.35 tires
from San Ramon ca
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2010
Strengths: Everything ! It's a Santa Cruz need I say anything more?
Weaknesses: I can't go as fast as the bike.
I can ride this bike anywhere (local trails climbing up etc...) and still have a legit kick ass downhill race bike
(and I'm fat & old!).
The new generation VPP enables this bike to accelerate better (yes, better) than my nomad, and the thing rails turns.
As usual, another bike from Santa Cruz that puts a smile on your face and inspires confidence.
Bike Setup: Vivid rear with obtainium ti spring, boxxer wc, saint cranks, mavic wheels, code brakes 38.2 lbs
from Brighton UK
Date Reviewed: November 15, 2009
Strengths: Plush, tough, great travel but pedals well, pops off lips, doesn't feel too much like a heavy bike. If you are not sure you need a full on race downhiller, but want something that will thrash and wont break, this is it.
Weaknesses: Despite the possibility to raise the seatpost to a good pedaling position you only want to be pedalling it to the dop of your downhill run, not back up!
I built mine up with Totems but am going to put Boxxers on it to equal out the travel to 8 inches front and rear. If you use Totems be sure to run lots and lots of rear sag or you'll be front heavy. I didn't run quite enough perhaps and maybe my forks were a bit on the soft side but the result was that the front wheel occasionally Jack-knifed in tight corners, resulting eventually in a broken wrist! But I put it down to inexperience with set up. Outside of sharp cornering where handling was off it felt like an amazing bike.
Great bike, cant wait to get back on it when my wrist is better.
Bike Setup: Totem coil forks (soon to be Boxxers)
Hope pro2 hubs
Mavic 721 rims
hope reducer headset
thomson 50mm stem
Titec el norte scoper prolite seatpost
Strengths: Super quality frame build. Bike does everything; it pedals, it jumps, it handels technical trails very well.
Weaknesses: I poped off one of the grease nipples during the first service. It didn't stop me from riding and SC, my importer and the dealer were very quick in suppling a new nipple and getting the problems solved.
always looking for the perfect or alternative LED Driver .
recently built a 2 x 4XPG, with an HBFlex,
and wanted to run it of 2S batter (6cell).
unfortunately , does not work with that low a voltage.
3S+, works fine.
Want ~30Watts on Leds.
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I think the title says it all. I'm very seriously considering one. It'll get some general trail use and would go with me to Whistler. Seems like the perfect big bike for what I want to do.
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