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V10 Downhill

Puzzling Ain’t Easy

At the 2017 World Cup season opener in Lourdes, Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw, and Greg Minnaar qualified 1, 3, and 6 aboard the ‘controversy machine’—a V10 with a new swingarm rolling on 29-inch wheels.

The clouds broke open before the top qualifiers, soaking the track, and the question of technological supremacy would have to wait…for five weeks, when Greg Minnaar climbed to the top step at Ft. William for the seventh time.

The arms race was on.

Over the next winter, using what we learned during the 2017 race season, we set about designing an entirely new V10—longer reach, better shock rate, and better frame and cable protection. All three frame sizes (and Reserve carbon DH wheels) were designed and manufactured in time for a week of testing before the Ft. William World Cup in 2018. Greg crashed in those sessions, breaking his arm, and effectively ending his season. A few days later, Luca qualified first and Loris third on the new bike. Loris put down a scorcher in the finals that only fellow Frenchman Amaury Pierron could top, but Luca flatted high on course and had to cruise down.

The new school had arrived, and they had new wheels.  

Testing continued throughout the 2018 season, usually in the form of link sets designed to tweak the shock rate or make minor alterations in geometry. We had the big variables figured out, but fine-tuning the suspension under the Syndicate during World Cup season guaranteed regular, high-level feedback and lots of high-stakes puzzling. The result is perhaps the most refined suspension performance available outside of a World Cup pit.

That brings us to now—kind of.

Pairing 29-inch wheels with 215mm of travel makes a juggernaut of a race bike, but racing isn’t everything. Depending on the type of trails or riding style you’re into, breaking out the biggest artillery might not be ideal. Rider height also looms large when deciding which wheel size is optimal and a lot of people may opt for smaller wheels.

So we decided to make a 27.5 V10, too.

No compromises, no gimmicks, no shortcuts—it was designed in parallel to the 29er V10 as an original suspension platform and chassis. The 27.5 bike comes in Small, Medium, and Large, while the 29 comes in Medium, Large, and XL. Make your choice according to your size or riding style, and you’ll be the recipient of every bit of work and puzzling that’s gone into the Syndicate’s race bikes.

The most successful bike in downhill history shows no signs of slowing down.

More details for the realest puzzlers:

Frame Features

  • Available in: Carbon CC
  • Wheel size: 27.5" or 29"
  • Rear travel: 215mm
Build
V10 CC 275 DH S
  • V10 CC 275 DH S
  • V10 CC 275 DH X01
  • V10 CC 29 DH S
  • V10 CC 29 DH X01
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Build Options

V10 CC 29 Frame Only: £3,699V10 CC 27.5 Frame Only: £3,699

Full Builds

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  • V10 CC 27.5
    DH S
    £6,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
  • Fork
  • Fox 40 Performance Elite, 203mm, 27.5"
  • Shock
  • Fox DHX2 Performance Elite Coil
  • Chainguide
  • E.13 LG1
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX DH, 7spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX, 7spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Descendant DH, - 165mm 36t
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG720 DH, 11-25t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110, 11spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 200mm
  • Handlebar
  • Burgtec RideWide DH Alloy Bar
  • Stem
  • Santa Cruz Direct Mount 35x45/50
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 49 ZS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Chester, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • Ergon SMD20 Comp Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5", MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5", MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 20x110, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 350 ISO, 12x157, HG, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace ARC HD 30 27.5"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • V10 CC 27.5
    DH X01
    £8,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5
  • Colours
  • Matte Carbon
  • Fork
  • Fox 40 Factory, 203mm, 27.5"
  • Shock
  • Fox DHX2 Factory SLS Coil
  • Chainguide
  • E.13 LG1
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 DH, 7spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 DH
  • Crankset
  • Race Face SIXC Crank - 165mm 36t
  • Cassette
  • SRAM X01 DH, 7spd
  • Chain
  • SRAM XX1, 11spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 200mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Santa Cruz Direct Mount 35x45/50
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 49 ZS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Burgtec Xpress Carbon Post, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • Ergon SMD2 Pro Ti Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5", MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Assegai 27.5"x2.5", MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 20x110, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 350 ISO, 12x157, XD, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace ARC HD 30 27.5"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • V10 CC 29
    DH S
    £6,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Battleship Grey
  • Fork
  • Fox 49 Performance Elite, 203mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • Fox DHX2 Performance Elite Coil
  • Chainguide
  • E13 LG1+ Chainguide
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX DH, 7spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX, 7spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Descendant DH, - 165mm 34t
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG720 DH, 11-25t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110, 11spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 200mm
  • Handlebar
  • Burgtec RideWide DH Alloy Bar
  • Stem
  • Santa Cruz Direct Mount 35x45/50
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 49 ZS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Chester, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • Ergon SMD20 Comp Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5", MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5", MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 20x110, Boost, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 350 ISO, 12x157, HG, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • V10 CC 29
    DH X01
    £8,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Battleship Grey
  • Fork
  • Fox 49 Factory, 203mm, 29"
  • Shock
  • Fox DHX2 Factory SLS Coil
  • Chainguide
  • E13 LG1+ Chainguide
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM X01 DH, 7spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM X01 DH
  • Crankset
  • Race Face SIXC Crank - 165mm 34t
  • Cassette
  • SRAM X01 DH, 7spd
  • Chain
  • SRAM XX1, 11spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Code RSC
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 200mm
  • Handlebar
  • Santa Cruz AM Carbon
  • Stem
  • Santa Cruz Direct Mount 35x45/50
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 49 ZS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Burgtec Xpress Carbon Post, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • Ergon SMD2 Pro Ti Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5", MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5", MaxxGRIP 3C
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 350, 20x110, Boost, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 350 ISO, 12x157, XD, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant

Geometry

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  • Imperial
  • Metric

Flip chip in rear dropout has two positions: short and long. Flipping the chip changes chainstay and wheelbase length by 10mm.

High / 27.5

    S M L
A Reach 412mm16.22" 437mm17.2" 462mm18.19"
B Stack 603mm23.74" 612mm24.09" 616mm24.25"
C Head Tube Angle 63.7°63.7° 63.7°63.7° 63.7°63.7°
D Seat Tube Length 435mm17.13" 445mm17.52" 455mm17.91"
E Front Center 769mm30.28" 798mm31.42" 825mm32.48"
F BB Height 356mm14.02" 356mm14.02" 356mm14.02"
G BB Drop -2mm-0.08" -2mm-0.08" -2mm-0.08"
H Wheelbase 1199mm47.2" 1233mm48.54" 1265mm49.8"
I Chainstay Length 430mm16.93" 435mm17.13" 440mm17.32"
J Head Tube Length 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 115mm4.53"
K Top Tube Length      
L Seat Tube Angle      
M Standover Height 712mm28.03" 712mm28.03" 712mm28.03"
N Eye to Eye Length 250mm9.84" 250mm9.84" 250mm9.84"

Low / 27.5

    S M L
A Reach 410mm16.14" 435mm17.13" 460mm18.11"
B Stack 602mm23.7" 610mm24.02" 615mm24.21"
C Head Tube Angle 63.3°63.3° 63.3°63.3° 63.3°63.3°
D Seat Tube Length 435mm17.13" 445mm17.52" 455mm17.91"
E Front Center 769mm30.28" 798mm31.42" 825mm32.48"
F BB Height 351mm13.82" 351mm13.82" 351mm13.82"
G BB Drop 3mm0.12" 3mm0.12" 3mm0.12"
H Wheelbase 1200mm47.24" 1234mm48.58" 1266mm49.84"
I Chainstay Length 430mm16.93" 435mm17.13" 440mm17.32"
J Head Tube Length 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 115mm4.53"
K Top Tube Length      
L Seat Tube Angle      
M Standover Height 707mm27.83" 707mm27.83" 707mm27.83"
N Eye to Eye Length 250mm9.84" 250mm9.84" 250mm9.84"

High / 29

    M L XL
A Reach 437mm17.2" 462mm18.19" 492mm19.37"
B Stack 632mm24.88" 637mm25.08" 641mm25.24"
C Head Tube Angle 63.7°63.7° 63.7°63.7° 63.7°63.7°
D Seat Tube Length 445mm17.52" 455mm17.91" 465mm18.31"
E Front Center 806mm31.73" 833mm32.8" 865mm34.06"
F BB Height 356mm14.02" 356mm14.02" 356mm14.02"
G BB Drop 16mm0.63" 16mm0.63" 16mm0.63"
H Wheelbase 1251mm49.25" 1278mm50.31" 1315mm51.77"
I Chainstay Length 445mm17.52" 445mm17.52" 450mm17.72"
J Head Tube Length 100mm3.94" 105mm4.13" 110mm4.33"
K Top Tube Length      
L Seat Tube Angle      
M Standover Height 718mm28.27" 719mm28.31" 719mm28.31"
N Eye to Eye Length 250mm9.84" 250mm9.84" 250mm9.84"

Low / 29

    M L XL
A Reach 435mm17.13" 460mm18.11" 490mm19.29"
B Stack 631mm24.84" 635mm25" 640mm25.2"
C Head Tube Angle 63.3°63.3° 63.3°63.3° 63.3°63.3°
D Seat Tube Length 445mm17.52" 455mm17.91" 465mm18.31"
E Front Center 806mm31.73" 833mm32.8" 865mm34.06"
F BB Height 351mm13.82" 351mm13.82" 351mm13.82"
G BB Drop 21mm0.83" 21mm0.83" 21mm0.83"
H Wheelbase 1252mm49.29" 1279mm50.35" 1316mm51.81"
I Chainstay Length 445mm17.52" 445mm17.52" 450mm17.72"
J Head Tube Length 100mm3.94" 105mm4.13" 110mm4.33"
K Top Tube Length      
L Seat Tube Angle      
M Standover Height 713mm28.07" 714mm28.11" 714mm28.11"
N Eye to Eye Length 250mm9.84" 250mm9.84" 250mm9.84"

* Effective top tube
** Seat Tube length measured from center of BB to top of seat tube

Size Guide

27.5

s
5'1"155 — 5'6"168cm
m
5'6"168 — 5'10"178cm
l
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm

29

m
5'7"170 — 5'10"178cm
l
5'9"175 — 6'1"185cm
xl
6'1"185 — 6'5"196cm

Shock Setup

FOX DHX2 Factory SLS Coil

Rider WeightSpring RateShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)350 lbs19-21 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)400 lbs19-21 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)450 lbs19-21 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)450 lbs19-21 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)500 lbs19-21 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)550 lbs19-21 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)600 lbs19-21 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)650 lbs19-21 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)700 lbs19-21 mm
280lbs (127kg)750 lbs19-21 mm

FOX DHX2 Performance Elite Coil

Rider WeightSpring RateShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)350 lbs19-21 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)400 lbs19-21 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)450 lbs19-21 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)450 lbs19-21 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)500 lbs19-21 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)550 lbs19-21 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)600 lbs19-21 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)650 lbs19-21 mm
260lbs (117.9kg)700 lbs19-21 mm
280lbs (127kg)750 lbs19-21 mm

FAQS

Can I convert the bike from 27.5" to 29" or vice versa?

No, we decided to make two different compromise-free frames. They are not convertible.

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

The V10 uses ISCG-05 mounts and fits most standard chainguides. We've been using MRP and E13 guides here, but most will bolt on no problem.

How does the chainstay-length adjustment work?

The bike ships in the short position, and nothing unusual is required for this setting. The brake mount is Post-Mount 180, so just add whatever adaptor you need to make it work for your chosen rotor size (none if you want 180). Included with the bike is a special brake adaptor to adjust to the long setting. This setting only works with 200mm or larger rotors- use the included 1.5mm spacers between your caliper and the bracket if you are using 203. Omit them if you are using 200mm. Once you've changed the adaptor, install the long derailleur hanger and then flip the chip around in the non-drive dropout.

I want the sweet Reserve DH rims that the Syndicate rides. Can I buy them?

Yes, as long as you want 29". We're offering the exact wheels the Team rides, with Chris King hubs, DT Competition Race spokes, and Reserve DH 29" rims. This isn't an offering on any of the complete bikes, only as an aftermarket item.

I want to try an air shock on my V10- does that work?

The leverage curve was definitely designed with a coil in mind, but DH-oriented air shocks will feel good as well. The Fox Float X2 does work, as long as the air valve is oriented correctly. It must be oriented at the 10 o'clock position, when viewed from the rear. Unfortunately, the Rockshox Super Deluxe AIR shock does not fit, due to interference with the rebound knob. The Super Deluxe Coil fits no problem.

Should I get the 27.5" bike or the 29er?

Good question. There's a lot of personal preference at play here, as with most 29" vs 27.5" discussions. As usual, 29" will roll faster and get you a bit more traction. 27.5" will be more nimble and accelerate quicker. Pick your poison depending on what's most important to you. We don't really recommend the 29" bike for riders shorter than 5'7" or so, as the wheel will get awful close to you when you're getting full travel!

What kind of headset does the V10 use?

The V10 is designed to use a 49mm external lower cup, and an internal (Zero-Stack) upper cup. This gives maximum flexibility for geometry-changing headsets without changing stack or BB height

Frame Specs

Suspension System
VPP
Front Derailleur
No compatibility
Seat Post
31.6mm
Seat Clamp
36.4mm
Eye to Eye length
250mm
Stroke
75mm
Fork Compatibility
203mm
Max Tire Size
2.5"
Max Chainring Size
36t
Shock Mounting Bushing Front
25x8
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear
30x8

Bearing Adjustment & Service Documents

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