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Staff Rides: Dylan’s Santa Cruz V10 Downhill Machine

Staff Rides: Dylan’s Santa Cruz V10 Downhill Machine

When it comes to leading by example, our Product Manager Dylan shows how it’s done, not just in the office but also on the trails. Dylan’s Santa Cruz V10 8 CC is a prime example of what it takes to dominate the most challenging downhill trails. Here’s a closer look at the components that make his bike an absolute downhill beast.

Frame: Santa Cruz V10 8 CC (Size Large)

At the core of Dylan’s setup is the Santa Cruz V10 8 CC frame. This large-sized frame is built for speed and stability, providing the perfect geometry to tackle the steepest and most technical descents. The V10 is renowned for its robust construction and incredible performance, making it a top choice for serious downhill riders.

Fork: Fox 40 Factory 29"

Up front, the Fox 40 Factory 29" fork offers a plush 203mm of travel, soaking up big hits and keeping the front end under control. The larger 29” wheels help smooth out rough terrain, making it easier to maintain speed and control over obstacles.

Rear Shock: FOX DHX2 Performance Elite Coil with SLS Coil

The rear suspension is handled by the FOX DHX2 Performance Elite Coil with an SLS Coil. This shock provides consistent damping and a smooth ride, ensuring that every bump and jump is absorbed with precision.

Handlebar: Title MTB FORM 31.8 x 25mm (800mm width)

The Title MTB FORM handlebar is 800mm wide, offering excellent stability and control. The 31.8 x 25mm dimensions provide a comfortable grip, making it easier to maneuver through technical sections and sharp turns.

Stem: Title MTB DM1 31.8mm (coming soon)

The soon-to-be-released Title MTB DM1 31.8mm stem will be a perfect match for the handlebars, providing a strong and reliable connection. This stem is designed to handle the rigors of downhill riding, ensuring that every input is translated into precise movements.

Grips: Title MTB L01 Black

The Title MTB L01 grips in black provide a secure and comfortable hold, reducing hand fatigue and ensuring that you stay in control, no matter how rough the trail gets.

 

Saddle: Title JS1 Black

Comfort and durability are key when it comes to saddles, and the Title JS1 in black delivers both. It provides the support needed for long descents without compromising on performance.

Seatpost: Title CP1 31.6mm

The Title CP1 seatpost holds the saddle firmly in place, offering reliability and stability in the most demanding conditions.

Pedals: Title Connect C Clipless Prototype Pedals

The Title Connect C Clipless Prototype pedals provide a large platform and excellent grip, ensuring that your feet stay planted, giving you the confidence to tackle any trail with ease.

Brakes: SRAM Code Bronze Stealth

Stopping power is critical in downhill biking, and the SRAM Code Bronze Stealth brakes deliver. Known for their reliability and power, these brakes provide the confidence needed to handle steep and technical descents.

Rotors: SRAM HS1 220mm Front, 200mm Rear

The braking setup is complemented by SRAM HS1 rotors, with a 220mm rotor at the front and a 200mm rotor at the rear. This combination ensures powerful and consistent braking performance, allowing for precise control when you need it most.

Crankset: SRAM Descendant DH, 165mm, 36T

The SRAM Descendant DH crankset, with a 36T chainring, offers the strength and durability needed for downhill riding. The 165mm length provides a perfect balance between clearance and power transfer.

Shifter: SRAM GX 7 Speed

Shifting duties are handled by the SRAM GX 7 Speed shifter, offering precise and reliable gear changes. This is essential for maintaining momentum and control on varied terrain.

Derailleur: SRAM GX 7 Speed

The SRAM GX 7 Speed derailleur works in harmony with the shifter, providing smooth and accurate gear shifts, even under the harshest conditions.

Cassette: SRAM PG720 DH, 11-25T

The SRAM PG720 DH cassette, with its 11-25T range, offers the ideal gearing for downhill racing. It allows for high-speed runs while providing enough range to tackle any terrain.

Rims: Santa Cruz Reserve AL 6069

The Santa Cruz Reserve AL 6069 rims are built tough, designed to withstand the rigors of downhill riding. They offer a perfect balance of strength and weight, ensuring reliability without compromising performance.

Hubs: Industry Nine 1/1

Industry Nine 1/1 hubs are known for their reliability and quick engagement. They provide instant power transfer and ensure your wheels stay true and spinning smoothly.

Tires: Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5" 3C DH MaxxGrip

Finally, the Maxxis Assegai tires, with their 29 x 2.5" 3C DH MaxxGrip compound, offer unmatched grip and durability. These tires are designed to handle the toughest trails, providing the traction and control needed for aggressive downhill riding.


Dylan’s Santa Cruz V10 is more than just a bike; it’s a downhill racing machine that offers unmatched performance and reliability. Whether it’s bombing down steep descents or tackling technical trails, this setup provides the confidence and control needed to push the limits.

Happy trails!

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