Santa Cruz Bicycles V10 Frame with DHX RC4 - 2012 - $1,899.00

As good as the V10 was, Santa Cruz knew it could be far better based on what they learned from their earlier reincarnations of the Nomad and Blur series in carbon fiber. What was once an absolute terror on the World Cup circuit is now a full pound lighter, stiffer, and thoughtfully tweaked with input from Steve Peat and the rest of the Santa Cruz Syndicate riders -- the result is the V10 Carbon. If downhill is your game, then the V-10 Carbon sits at the top of your wish list.For the 2012 Santa Cruz V10 the full carbon construction is limited to the front triangle. Even in its prototype stage, the V10 Carbon was ridden to wins at Maribor and Leogang with Greg Minnaar at the helm. Reports from the riders corroborate the results from the test bench. The carbon V10 is the stiffest bike that Santa Cruz has ever made. While we recognize the riders have much to do with the race results, the new frame deserves more than a minimum of recognition. Its plush and capable VPP rear suspension is adjustable from 215 - 254mm (8.5 - 10") of travel and works to not only control the forces from myriad obstacles on the typical downhill course, but it actively works to keep the rear tire on the ground, even while pedaling. After all, more grip on the trail means more control which means faster DH runs.We know light isn't everything, especially if light means the bike rides like a noodle or is so delicate that one crash will wreck it. The V10 Carbon doesn't suffer in either regard. It's the lightest V10 yet, and it's also the strongest and stiffest. The front triangle is molded in one piece. This way Santa Cruz can precisely control the layup. And that the carbon fibers are continuous throughout, running from one tube to the next, assures the strongest tube junctions possible. The rear triangle is made from aluminum. - $1,899.00