Santa Cruz Driver 8 Downhill Full Suspension

4.88/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $2183.95

Product Description

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

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Radical DH

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2013

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JBL123 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.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Schleyer

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2150.00

Purchased At:   Life Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Norco Shore

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nanner11 a Racer 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Upper Park, Chico & Foresthill Divide, Auburn

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Emporium

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by beratlis 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.

Bottom Line:   
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)

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Favorite Trail:   Pleasanton Ridge

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $6000.00

Purchased At:   Beratlis Bikes

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!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by teichinger 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Coyote Ridge to Devil's Backbone

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $6700.00

Purchased At:   Competiive Cycliste

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rongarr a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything at N*

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz nomad

Bike Setup:   Vivid rear with obtainium ti spring, boxxer wc, saint cranks, mavic wheels, code brakes 38.2 lbs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jotaro13 a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, cant wait to get back on it when my wrist is better.

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Favorite Trail:   Cwm Carn

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $6600.00

Purchased At:   Evans Cyles Gatwick

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Totem coil forks (soon to be Boxxers)
vivid shock
saint brakes
saint deraileur
saint cranks
Hope pro2 hubs
Mavic 721 rims
hope reducer headset
thomson 50mm stem
Titec el norte scoper prolite seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hoekstra_joest a Downhiller from Geneva, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2009

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.

Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   Jura, Saleve, Finale Ligure

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $6000.00

Purchased At:   Hotpoint, Genevea, S

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Perp

Bike Setup:   Rockshox Boxxer Team fork
Mavic EX823 rims
Hope Pro II hubs
Hope M4 200mm disks
Goodridge brake and gear cable
Shimano Saint rear derailleur
Shimano Saint crank
Spank 777 bar
Oury lock on grips
Maxxis tires
Rockshox Vivid shok
Truvative stem
e-19 chain guide
Sram rear cassette
Specialized freeride seat
Thomson seatpost

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