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Santa Cruz is redesigning the V10

What will Minnaar and Goldstone race in 2023? It might be something new...

Santa Cruz V10 Photo by: Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz revealed that it is hard at work on the eighth generation of its V10 downhill bike.

The bike is very much still in development, with even Santa Cruz saying it won’t be available any time soon. But the California brand says it will be sharing a very behind-the-scenes look at the new race bike’s development. That will take the form of a new web series, called The Eighth. The first episode of this series dropped late Thursday.

Santa Cruz: The EighthV10 Development: Ep1

What’s Santa Cruz saying about its soon-to-be-bike?

This is the eighth generation of V10, one of the winningest downhill bikes of all time. What you see here is still very much in the prototype stages.

This video series goes behind the scenes and shows the work that the team at Santa Cruz and the Syndicate put into this and other bikes. Episode one takes us back to just a few weeks after Greg Minnaar won the 2021 World Championship and went to work validating numerous test mules to decide the direction of the next bike. You might be surprised to hear that other suspension designs were tested before Greg settled on VPP.

The Syndicate will be racing this bike in 2023 and they will continue to develop it throughout the year. Future episodes will dive further into the process of making a world-class downhill race bike.

When will it go on sale? No time soon. This is development in plain sight.