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Pro bikes, August 24, 2006

Steve Peat's Santa Cruz V-10

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Photos ©:Mikkeli Godfree/Cyclingnews

Fastest on the mountain

By Mikkeli Godfree

Nathan Rennie posted the fasted time in qualifying for the world Downhill championships and picked up the bronze medal on his machine on Saturday. Steve Peat finished narrowly out of the medals on his V-10, but was second on Thursday's seeding run.

Even if the V-10 bike doesn't win the World Championship, Peat is poised nicely to take the World Cup Series with an almost unassailable lead as the riders head off to the last round after the World Championships down under.

We talked to the Santa Cruz mechanics Ed Chavez and Matthiu Dupelle about the setups on both Rennie and Peat's bikes after the seeding runs. "The two greatest differences between the two bikes is the suspension setup, Rennie's is harder. Tyres also is a big area of difference. Peaty always goes with a little harder compound and a narrower tyre (a 2.2" on the back).

Nathan does a little adjustment to the upshift lever on the XO shifter and he also runs way wider bars, almost 20m wider - Nathan runs little extensions on them actually (little solid aluminium ones). Peaty doesn't use lock-on grips like a lot of other riders. The grip on them is better than most of the lock ons and he doesn't like the metal edge on the lock-ons.

"The greatest similarity between the bikes is that they both have Nathan Rennie stickers on them! Nathan likes Peaty's bike so much he put his sticker on it. Steve's got a sense of humour though so he just left it on. It does confuse people though!

"We'll probably keep the setups the same right up through to the race because it won't dry out too much and there is a lot of loose dirt up there and a lot of moisture, that and showers are forecast for Friday and Saturday's race day. "

Spec differences

The two greatest differences between the bikes is the suspension setup, Rennie's is harder. Tyres are also a big area of difference. Peaty always goes with a little harder compound and a narrower tyre (a 2.2 on the back).

Rennie does a little adjustment to the upshift lever on the XO shifter and he also runs much wider bars, almost 20m wider. he runs little extensions on them actually - little solid aluminium ones. Peaty doesn't use lock-on grips like alot of other riders. The grip on them is better than most of the lock ons and he doesn't like the metal edge on the lock-ons.

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Full specification - Steve Peat's bike

Frame: Santa Cruz V-10 Aluminium
Fork: Rockshox Boxxer World Cup Black Box
Rear Shock: Fox DHX 5.0 w titanium spring custom tuned by Push.

Stem: Chromag direct mount
Handlebar:
Hozzerfeller DH Riserbar
Headset: Chris King - Blue and Red cups

Brakes: Code callipers
Rotors: Shimano XTR
Brake Levers: Avid Ultimate Black Box levers w. Code callipers

Rear Derailleur: SRAM XO short cage
Front Derailleur: MRP Carbon (with thicker plate than usual)

 

Crankset: OCT Holzerfeller
Chain: SRAM 991 hollowpin
Cassette: SRAM 990 12-24

Tires: Maxxis Wet Scream Super Tacky (lighter tube in the back than the front)
Hubs: DT
Rims: DT
Spokes: DT
Wheels: DT Swiss Fr2350 Wheelset

Saddle: WTB Rocket V
Seat Post: Truvativ Team World Cup seatpost

Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet

The rear end with full SRAM throughout
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Looking down the barrel of the gun
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The same setup at the front
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Looks can be deceiving
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SRAM XO short cage rear derailleur
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Rennie’s bike with that lovely carbon mudguard
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Down low on Rennie's bike.
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A custom filing job
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