Santa Cruz Syndicate teammates Luca Shaw and Loris Vergier (shown above) put up impressive runs, with Loris sitting on the log leader’s throne for a few minutes but ended up third overall. The two were both riding V10 29ers, which they’ve been testing since 2017 and still not available at retail. But, with production-looking graphics, including a “V10 CC” on the top tube, we suspect it must be coming soon enough.

Loris Vergier santa cruz v10 29er downhill bike check from crankworx les gets 2018

Components on the bikes include Burgtech bar, stem and seatpost; Lizard Skins grips; Fizik saddles; Santa Cruz’s carbon rims; Chris King hubs and Maxxis 29×2.4 tires. Both riders pasted their official number plates on top of Marsh Guard holders.

Loris Vergier santa cruz v10 29er downhill bike check from crankworx les gets 2018

Loris Vergier santa cruz v10 29er downhill bike check from crankworx les gets 2018

Vergier glued bits of folded inner tube to his chainstay to prevent chain slap, and used a Shimano Modular Chain Device to prevent the chain from dropping.

Luca Shaw santa cruz v10 29er downhill bike check from crankworx les gets 2018

Luca’s bike had only minor differences…

Luca Shaw santa cruz v10 29er downhill bike check from crankworx les gets 2018

…mainly different grips and a switch to an MRP chain guide. Both riders were running Shimano Saint groups with Crank Brothers pedals.

Luca Shaw santa cruz v10 29er downhill bike check from crankworx les gets 2018

Luca Shaw santa cruz v10 29er downhill bike check from crankworx les gets 2018

A couple things on the bike suggest it is still pre-production, like fork bumpers that look like 3D printed plastic…

Luca Shaw santa cruz v10 29er downhill bike check from crankworx les gets 2018

…and a shock link that’s machined but not yet anodized. Check out the team page here to follow them through the season.

1 COMMENT

  1. “Mosh Guards”? Another name mistake when the correct spelling is in a picture! Come on, BikeRumor, you should be better than this.

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