Santa Cruz is raising hackles with the claims that this is the world’s lightest and strongest production downhill bike — both are, at minimum, debatable — but look past that and you’ll see a bike that is very much an object of desire. The V10C is an all-carbon carpet-bombing machine, with 8.5 to 10 inches of travel, clocking in between a tick under 7 and 7.9 pounds frame weight depending on the shock. And yes, if you’re paying attention, the V10 used carbon before, but not in the rear triangle — this is the first all-C DH rig from the Northern California crew. The disk mounts, dropouts, and upper link are carbon, too.
Cost? About $3,500 frame only. For more, visit http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/v10-5-carbon/index.php.