It makes mountains into molehills. Two years on the drawing board, now fully realized in all its metal glory, the VPP-derived V10 signals the changing of the guard in suspension technology. Everything else just became old news. Featuring 10 inches of rear wheel travel, controlled jointly by a titanium sprung Progressive 5th Element shock and the revolutionary VPP linkage, the V10 smashed all of our preconceived notions about what constitutes downhill performance. Even when running an ultra-plush, mega-Barcalounger 4 inches of negative travel, the V10 still pedals without any bobbing and accelerates faster than any downhill bike has a right to. Heck, it accelerates faster than some cross country bikes we could name. And still devours every obstacle in its path.
Crafted from 6066 aluminum alloy, all pivots running on sealed cartridge bearings, featuring replaceable dropouts (not just hangers, bunky, the whole dang dropout. Shifting performance is key!), with a fully floating rear brake and the best shock money can buy, the V10 is a revolution unto itself. The future starts here. Don't get left behind.
from Australia, Tasmania
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2012
Strengths: Long travel, immensely plush. Bombproof. Looks awesome. Pretty light, for an 07 model, I think the 3.6 kilo 888's weigh it back.
Weaknesses: Not really anything I can think of. Perhaps the two bottom rear linkages, they are not sealed, so you can attract dust and mud into the hinges, which causes squeaking. It's eaisly fixed though, I did it my self with a set of allen keys and some RP7. Problem Solved.
Great bike, buy it now.
The first time I hit the local DH trails on a HT, I nearly died, but I had loads of fun. So, I decided to get a decent DH bike. I've wanted to own a Santa Cruz bike for ages, and this came up at a good price locally. So, after a quick test ride in a carpark, I decided that this was the most incredible bike I've ever ridden. I took it up to the local dh and WOW. So incredible. It handles well, and silently soaks up anything i can throw at it. This bike has already done 5 years of serivce for someone else, and I truly believe it could handle another 5 or more for me as well. I can not rate this bike highly enough.
from Porto, Portugal
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2011
Strengths: It has all the travel you can possibly need for the biggest drops you might encounter, it corners well.
Weaknesses: Top Rear link breaks if you do too many flat landings and you cant bull the front of the bike easily (only in the air).
I originally puchased a Specialized Demo 8II 2010 size M and I couldn't adapt as well to a size M on the demo as the size M on my previous Specialized Bikes (Enduro Expert 2005 and BigHit FSR III 2007). I then swaped the Demo frame w/FOX DHX RC4 for the V-10 frame size L 2007 w/FOX DHX 5.0 and 700 euros, so it is basically a 2007 V-10 vith 2010 Demo 8II parts. The Demo cost me 3500 euros with a season done with one of the Specialized Portugal riders.
I'm rating this bike as great for now even though I'm sure that it is Outstandingly good I just havent ridden it enough yet.
Bike Setup: Frame: Santa Cruz V-10 2007 Red
Susp: Rock Shox Boxxer WC 2010 Black
Shock: Elka 5th Stage with Elka Spring 450x2.75
Rims: Mavic EX823 Tubeless Black
Hub Fr.: Specialized Demo
Hub Tr.: Hope Pro II 150x12 Red
Spokes: DT Swiss Ti Black
Spoke Heads: Ti Red
Crankset: Race Face Evolve DH
Chainring: Race Face DH
Brakes: Avid Code 2011 Silver
HandleBar: Specialized Demo Black
Break Discs Fr.: Hope V2 Vented Ti Gold
Break Discs Tr.: Avid Code 2010
Seatpost: Thomson Elite
Seat: Selle Italia Troy Lee Designs Piston Bone Ti Silver
Pedals: Crank Brothers 5050XX Ti
Rear Tire: Wicked Will
Front Tire: Specialized Clutch
Drivertain: SRAM X.0 Red with X.9 Shifter
Stem: Answer integrated stem boxxer mount-on Red
Chain: SRAM 9V Ti
Date Reviewed: December 24, 2010
Strengths: A solid bike, extremely stiff and extremely fast. The 3 inches of sag in the rear sticks to the ground like nothing else I've ridden. The stability of this bike over everything is great, especially at speed. When one gets used to the travel, and learns how to rail this bike, it is utterly unstoppable.
Weaknesses: Low speed maneuverability... You shouldn't be moving slow on it anyway though.
Tears of joy SEVERELY impede visibility.
Utterly purpose built downhill machine perfection. I don't always downhill, but when I do... I prefer the V-10.
Strengths: SHREDS. I have been on some fun dh bikes but for some reason this one is the funnest, best dh bike I have ever ridden. Scary to finally be here, where your bike can do anything, its up to you now. You are the limiting factor in your riding. Not your bike. Get some 40's and an rc4 on their and ADJUST THEM PROPERLY and this bike will take everything you throw at it.
Weaknesses: Maintenance on bearings can get irritating. If water gets in there, they rust, and start creaking. Re-building them lasts a while (months) but when they start creaking you must re-build. Be careful with the limit screws, stripping anything on this bike means you're out $3000 and on welfare.
I have been on some fun dh bikes but for some reason this one is the funnest, best dh bike I have ever ridden. Scary to finally be here, where your bike can do anything, its up to you now. You are the limiting factor in your riding. Not your bike. Get some 40's and an rc4 on there and ADJUST THEM PROPERLY and this bike will take everything you throw at it. Depending on your susp. set up, this bike will either plow like your grandmother's cadillac or bounce around like a pogo stick in case you want to ride some xc-ish stuff. The 10" might seem a bit much at times, but its nice to have it when you need it. You need it a lot more than you think. I also race on this bike. Which is what it was built for. This bike has given me the confidence to push myself to new levels. I would recommend this bike only to serious downhillers. People who race at an expert or professional level or are very serious about downhilling and want a bike that will give them the ride of their life.
Bike Setup: fox 40rc2 hope motos dt wheels race face bars stem cranks
e thirteen bash gard
from Bradford, UK
Date Reviewed: March 30, 2010
Strengths: EVERYTHING. It will take whatever you can throw as it, Jumps great, easy to pedal for a downhill bike and corners like its on rails
Weaknesses: None at all
This bike took me a year to build and cost me a fortune, but it was worth every penny. If you can afford a V10 then forget about any other bike. I used to ride a 224 and that bike does not come close to a V10 it is in a totally different league, i couldnt belive the differance in the two the v10 will soak everything up that it hits and is so much faster and plusher than the 224, it is a majour confidance booster. Ive only rode it three times now and it really does feel like your riding the Rolls Royce of DH Bikes, cant wait to let her loose on fort bill and the alps
Bike Setup: RC4 Rear Shock, 2010 Boxxer WC, DT Swiss FR2350 Wheels, Formula The One Brakes, Sram XO Redwin Red Derailer and Shifter, Race Face Diabolus Bars, Seat Post and Crank Arms, Chris King Headset and Bottom Bracket, Renthal Chain Ring E13 LG1+ Chain Guid, Sram PC991 Hollow Pin Chain, Sram PG990 Cassett, Burgtec MK3 TI Pedals, Point One Ltd DM Stem, SDG Ti Saddle
Date Reviewed: February 6, 2010
Strengths: Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I rode, I knew such lovely pictures!
Weaknesses: good one! hahahahahahahahaha!
This bike is a moon age daydream. Perfectly stable at speed, incredibly forgiving suspension. Sticks to the ground in turns because of the 3 inch sag... a proper bicycle. Delicious, get one.
Bike Setup: 08 Large Black frame, Fox 40's, Sram x-9 drivetrain, Mavic wheelset, FSA headadset, Raceface cranks, bottom bracket, stem, Easton dh carbon bars, gamut chainguard. Basically no japanese/chinese parts. (difficult to achieve, but I'm boycotting fuel-efficient-car-making continents)
from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2009
Strengths: Everything! Light weight, excellent traction, amazing handling, super plush suspension, excellent brakes, pedals great thanks to the VPP suspension. Just point and shoot the bike and it will take what ever you can throw at it. The fox products have great adjustability and the included manuals are very helpful in setting them up for your preferences. The AVID ELIXIR brakes are ingenious. They have the most user friendly brake lever reach adjuster I have ever encountered on a hydraulic brake setup.
Weaknesses: Comes with Presta valved tubes. Luckily the DT Swiss rims are pre-drilled for schraeder and have adapters in place for the Presta Tubes. Kenda Tires. Didn't have much luck in the past with them (I prefer Maxxis or some other brand)I will run them until they fail though. The upshifting engagement is a little stiffer than what I would prefer.
The E-thirteen guide is a little noisy, but I can live with it.
If cost is not a real big issue to you and you want the best downhill bike you can buy this is it. This is the Ferrari Enzo (or Bugatti Veyron, or Koenigsegg CCXR, or McLaren F1, you get the idea) of downhill mountain bikes. Lightweight design, superb handling capabilities, and state of the art suspension technology. If your like me and you don't want to mess around with lower quality bikes even though they are cheaper, you really can't go wrong with the V10. It's got credentials that few other bikes on the market can match. The outrageous ten inches of rear travel is very useable and contrary to the fear that is would just sink and bob through g-outs and under pedaling, it just doesn't. It uses its travel where it matters most, over bumps and on big-hits. This bike will boost your confidence level substantially. It may even make you overconfident because it can just plow through anything (with the suspension setup right). The myths are true that the rear suspension is so active (over rough terrain) that you can't tell its moving. Its like you just float over rocks and roots. As a mechanical engineer (I work in the medical instrumentation field) I can say that Santa Cruz really did their homework on this bike. The build quality is phenomenal. You feel very special purchasing one of these bikes too. They are made to order (one by one, there is no "batch" ordering). You even get a picture id and signature of the guy/girl at Santa Cruz that fabricated your frame. You support the American workforce since this bike is made right here in the USA. One thing to note you need to cycle the suspension A LOT to break in the fork. Bob on your suspension for a few minutes for a few days to get the seal stiction to dissipate. Give yourself a few runs down the mountain to dial in your suspension settings before making any judgment. Your suspension tuning will make or break your impressions of this bike. Once its broken in you will be amazed.
Similar Products Used: KHS Lucky7. KHS AM1000. Older FOES RACING DH Bike. IRONHORSE Sunday. (I borrowed all of these bike from friends for test rides the V10 is my first DH bike)
Bike Setup: 2010 FOX 40 RC2 with FIT damping
2010 FOX DHX RC4 shock
AVID Elixir CR Hydraulic Brakes
DT Swiss FR600 Wheels
SRAM XO Shifter, Rear Derailleur, and SRAM cassette
Easton HAVOC Handlebars
Large Anodized Black 2010 V10 Frame
Specialized CR-MO MAG pedals
RACEFACE Atlas Crankset
Chris King Headset
E-Thirteen Chain Retention System
Thompson Elite Seat Post
Strengths: Light (for a 10" frame), Responsive, Efficient, Strong, VPP, it is a Santa Cruz, Made in the USA
This is an absolutely amazing bike, super fast, strong in all situations...the quintessential DH race bike. I have loved this bike from the beginning and it excels in all types of DH racing. It pedals strong, corners on rails and descends with no trepidations. Race weight - 34.8lbs. The hands down best DH bike I have ever ridden.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale Judge, Giant Glory, Morewood Izumu
Bike Setup: Shimano Saint Cranks, FOX 40, Formula THE ONE, WTB DH Team Kit, PO1NT 50mm DM Stem, Crank Brothers Mallet Pedals, Sunline v-one Bars, XTR Shifters/derailleur, Thomson Masterpiece, Full Ti Kit
Strengths: This is for an 09 V10- I cannot say enough how great this bike is. It pedals extremely well, corners exremely well, It is very easy to control in the air and is so light and chuckable. Rockgardens are a dream to ride through as the VPP suspension takes everything and the travel feels bottomless! It's one amazingly fast bike!
Performance aside, the V10 is also incredibley good looking, the carbon fibre and generally the shape of the bike is stunning. The welds are very neat at this is definately one of the best looking bikes!
It's very good quality as you would expect from a bike of this price.
Weaknesses: Absolutely none! The bike is truely amazing!
Truely an amazing bike. If you have the cash to spend on a DH bike like this then do not think twice about buying a V10, you will love it! It's worth every penny and the quality is amazing! If you are looking for a top line DH bike to take you to the next level, this is it.
Similar Products Used: Orange 224, Cannondal Perp.
Bike Setup: 2009 ano black v10 with fox DHX5 (large), all 2009 Parts with 2009 boxxer teams.
The main brands on the bike are-
Mavic, Hope, Sunline, Race Face, Shimano, e13, Fox, Rockshox.
from Bothell, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: March 16, 2009
Strengths: Rear wheel sticks to the ground
No pedal feedback
Weaknesses: A lot of bearing to replace
Bike is a huge confidence builder. With a pushed 2009 DHX 5.0 the rear wheel sticks to the ground. Plows through rough/steep terrain like it's nothing. No kick back when hitting large drops. Pedals like a much shorter travel bike. With full DH set up mine comes in at 38.2 lbs.
Bike Setup: Pushed Fox dhx 5.0 with ti spring
from Rathdrum ID USA
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2008
Strengths: The suspension allows you to hit anything with confidence and speed. This is the 08 frame, the sligtly lower front end corners better than my 06 did.The reduction in weight is nice also - built with same parts as my o6 and weighed 2 lbs lighter.
Weaknesses: None so far
I do not consider myself to be a really fast rider, however this bike allows me to easliy keep ahead of my riding buddys. When I am behind them I am always wondering why they are riding so slow! As you can see from above I have tried a few different bike in the last couple years, the Sunday is as fast, but I found that the bike I always reach for first is the V-10 - especially if the trail is extremly knarly - the V-10 allows you to just go and not worry about what you are going off or over. It does take a bit to get used to jumping it though. The pedalling is amazing also - you just do not feel any bob when cranking, even when cranking up a hill. Take your time getting the suspension set up for your riding - it makes a big difference in how the bike handles.
Similar Products Used: 06 V10,07 IH sunday,06 IH 7.7,06 SC VP Free.
Bike Setup: 09 Fox 40,TI spring on fox 5.0,deemax wheelset running without tubes,07 saint brakes, SDG saddle and post,xt shifter and drailer,FSA Gravity cranks,Hope steering damper,this setup on my med frame weighs 39.8 lbs
Strengths: it is an overall pretty good bike. huge amounts of travel. nothing it cant go over. a plow best describes the bike.
Weaknesses: my bike is a 2005 setup with rc2 40's, and if you want a bike that is strictly for hitting the gnarliest rock sections, then this is the bike for you. but, the problem is that this is a slow and steady wins he race frame. my bike has a fairly light setup and its weighing in at 44.5 pounds. that extra weight makes it tough to turn, haul ass over rock piles, and jump.
if you just want a fun bike to ride, this is a grat bike. but, it is far from anything close to a race bike. you will find this bike feeling sluggish and slow over anything you do, and eventually you wont like it anymore. if you want a race bike, and ive ridden all the top brands, i would spend your money in a turner dhr. they are the most expensive frame on the market [about 3 grand] but it has the perfect amount of travel, handles like a sunday, jumps like a demo 8, and plows like a v-10. and they arent changing their frame next year so you wont be stuck with the old stuff. turner wont change their dhr frame for another 3 years. my advice, try them all. there is one bike out there that will feel completely natural and thats the bike youll want.