Santa Cruz Launch Syndicate-Tested V10c and Reserve Wheels.

With two full seasons under the Syndicate, the new Santa Cruz V10 and Reserve DH wheels are now available to the public in both 27.5 and 29″.

2019 will see you able to ride and race the same bikes and wheels that Minnaar, Vergier and Shaw have been fine tuning over the 2017 and 2018 race seasons.

With the 29″ V10 and wheels being the derivatives of the Syndicate team bikes, the 27.5″ equivalents have been developed in tandem.


We know Minnaar likes his bikes long, and the new V10 might well be the latest expression of that. While you won’t get your hands on anything like the South African legend’s custom frames, the new Santa Cruz downhill weapon is definitely a far longer beast in both wheel sizes than the outgoing model.

Reach jumps over 30mm on the medium, from 402 to 435, with the head angle losing 0.7 degrees from 64 to 63.3 in the ‘Low’ position. Wheelbase in both wheelsizes stretch from sub-1200mm (1192) to almost the best part of the 1300 (1279) mark.

Despite having developed two distinctly different frames for each of their chosen wheel sizes, geometry remains very much identical between the two.

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Frame only kits are £3,599.99 and the complete bike is available in two builds, the S at £5,999.99 and the XO1 at £7,999.99. 29″ bikes will be available in February, the 27.5″ bikes in April.

Reserve DH.

The Reserve DH wheels will be the dog’s proverbials and for the asking price, you might well expect them to be. At £630 a rim, or £2,499.99 for the wheelset, cheap they are not.

A 31mm internal width has been ‘optimised for DH racing’ and the wheelset will roll on Syndicate-spec Chris King hubs in ‘Syndicate Red.’

Rims weigh 630g each, or with the Chris King hubs, tape and valves 2774g. Front hubs are available in 20 x 110mm Boost only, with the rear in 157 x 12mm with a HG or XD driver.

Wheels and rims in all sizes will be available in February 2019.

Check out the full specs on the new V10s and Reserve DH wheels on Santa Cruz’s website.

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