V10 DH X01 in Oxblood
V10 DH X01 in Oxblood


  • Overview
  • Bike Builder
  • Geometry and Sizing
  • Technical Support
  • Warranty

Puzzling Ain’t Easy

The V10 is designed to be exactly the right bike for anyone who steps up to the startline with eyes on a podium. The racer who chooses a V10 is the recipient of every bit of work and puzzling that’s gone into the Syndicate’s race bikes.

The continuous fine-tuning that the V10 has undergone with the Syndicate for World Cup season after season has guaranteed regular, high-level feedback. The result is perhaps the most refined suspension performance available outside of a World Cup pit. 215mm of VPP™ travel is exquisitely refined and the ease of tuning and serviceability of the VPP system makes it a hit in the pits with mechanics and privateers.

Wheel size has been the latest puzzle to ponder. Greg Minnaar, being a tall and looking for pure speed on the clock, focuses his choice on 29-inch wheels. Luca Shaw chose what feels fun because to him if he’s having fun he’s going fast, so he’s on a mixed setup.

Because there’s so many flavours and needs we offer the V10 in 27.5 (front and rear) in the smallest size up to a size large, both 29-inch (front and rear) and mixed in medium and large frame sizes, and 29-inch only for the XL frame size. So your V10 is optimized for who you are.

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


Additional details for the realest puzzlers:

  • Adjustable chainstay length to optimize front/rear balance
  • Lower leverage rate for optimal shock performance
  • Internal derailleur cable routing on swingarm to protect housing from chain damage


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Key Features:
Available in:
Carbon CC
Wheel Size:
27.5", MX, 29"
Front Travel:
Rear Travel:




Head Tube Angle63.7°63.7°63.7°
Seat Tube Length435mm445mm455mm
Front Center769mm798mm825mm
BB Height356mm356mm356mm
BB Drop-2mm-2mm-2mm
Rear Center430mm435mm440mm
Head Tube Length100mm110mm115mm
Standover Height712mm712mm712mm





Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

The V10 27.5" is available in sizes small - large.

The V10 MX is available in sizes medium and large.

The V10 29" is available in sizes medium - extra large.

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.



152 - 168cm
152 - 168cm


168 - 178cm
168 - 178cm


175 - 185cm
175 - 185cm


185 - 196cm
185 - 196cm


Racing the V10 on a World Cup DH track
Riding the V10 downhill
Racing the V10 on a trail with roots
Racing the V10 at a World Cup downhill
Cornering on the V10
Racing the V10 on a World Cup DH track
V10 CC DH X01 downhill bike in Oxblood with Reserve carbon wheels

Maintenance Information

Reserve Wheels

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Something not right? Use our warranty claim form to file a claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible.

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If you have any other questions or would like to follow up on a warranty claim, contact our Warranty Department.

V10 Tech Support

Suspension SystemVPP
Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeZS49 upper/ EC49 lower
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Eye to Eye length250mm
Fork Compatibility200-203mm
BB Shell73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size2.5"
Max Chainring Size36t
Shock Mounting Bushing Front25x8
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear30x8

Download the shock setup PDF for this bike and get even more detailed sag, high/low rebound, and high/low compression recommendations for shocks below and get recommendations for the fork in each build.


Rider WeightSpring RatePreloadShock Sag
100lbs (45.5kg)350 lbs1-2 turns17.5-19 mm
120lbs (54.4kg)400 lbs1-2 turns17.5-19 mm
140lbs (63.5kg)450 lbs1-2 turns17.5-19 mm
160lbs (72.6kg)500 lbs1-2 turns17.5-19 mm
180lbs (81.8kg)550 lbs1-2 turns17.5-19 mm
200lbs (90.7kg)600 lbs1-2 turns17.5-19 mm
220lbs (99.8kg)650 lbs1-2 turns17.5-19 mm
240lbs (108.8kg)700 lbs1-2 turns17.5-19 mm

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 install a Chris King bottom bracket on my bike?

No, there's a chance that the bike's rear triangle will contact the outer section of the bottom bracket. If this happens, damage to the rear triangle may occur. 

Can I fit a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting. Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

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.

Tobin O. getting ready for a ride, putting on his shoes while his mechanic check over his 2022 Blur
Tobin O. getting ready for a ride, putting on his shoes while his mechanic check over his 2022 Blur

Lifetime Warranty and Support

Missing a ride sucks. That's why we build the very best bikes and offer legendary rider support for life so that you don't.

Working on a megatower at EWS

If you know the difference between a wrench and a spanner then we have a host of simple-to-follow guides for the basic service jobs.

We design our bikes to last, to be easy to work on and we make sure to provide the parts and information so you can make your bike last for many lifetimes.