“Definitely the modern classic when it comes to DH bikes" reads the 2012 Dirt 100, and what changes can we expect for 2013? Very few, thankfully, and why would they change such a proven design?

New paint schemes are the only evident addition to the near-perfect bike and that swing-arm is still aluminium (a full-carbon frame is still in the making). Santa Cruz are one of the few companies that are licensed to use the ‘VPP’ (Virtual Pivot Point) suspension design, something that they quietly tout with a sticker on the chain-stay of the bike, and a system that has stood the test of time simply because it works so well! When you put the power down on this bike, you know about it.

What can we tell you to reiterate this bike’s superiority over all but possibly one? Sleek looks, planted yet playful ride character, supreme full-build kit and fantastic track-record. Steve Peat recently raced his twentieth World Championship on-board a V10 that he personally had painted in his favourite colours (the British colours, of course), and the bike looked every bit the part of a legendary collaboration, a machine that has carried Peaty through the latter stages of his career and one that has become as honed as the man himself.

Price: Frame £2999.00, Complete £6599.00

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