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Santa Cruz Virtual Pivot Suspension
Santa Cruz Bicycles has developed a new DH model, the V10, featuring the VPP suspension. It is slated for delivery in Spring 2002. The V10s efficient VPP suspension offers 10" (254mm) of total travel (6" positive, 4" negative), plus high torsional and lateral rigidity. The frame also features replaceable dropouts that provide the option of using through-axle or standard rear hubs, and an optional floating disc brake mount. The frame comes equipped with the highly adjustable Progressive 5th Element shock with Titanium spring and will retail for $1799 in the base version or $2199 for the frame with through-axle rear hub and floating disc brake mount. Complete bikes will sell for $4750 - $5050 and be available with an exclusive racing version of the Rock Shox Boxxer Pro fork featuring low friction Ti Nitride stanchion tubes. Frame weight is 10.5 11 lb. (including rear shock) depending on size.

Santa Cruz V10

About the VPP suspension: The torque-sensitive VPP system balances the downward movement of the rider with an equal and opposing upward force on the frame. This leaves the suspension neutral and able to comply with both bumps and depressions while eliminating power loss. The VPP system can maintain efficient pedaling through a large portion of the travel providing excellent acceleration even while running sag. This makes the suspension more compliant and conserves rolling momentum better than a topped out or over damped set up.

Santa Cruz, a leader in single pivot full suspension, was started in 1993 to bring lightweight full suspension designs to the competitive and recreational rider. Santa Cruz will add new models utilizing the VPP system to their existing line-up of single pivot bicycles. Santa Cruz Superlight, Super 8, Bullit, Chameleon and Juliana models are sold through 250 US dealers and 25 international distributors. Customers can build their dream bike, viewing color, fork and kit combinations.

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