Is Greg Minnaar the GOAT? Well, you could certainly make a case for it. He has won the Downhill World Championships four times, including a banger just last year in Val Di Sole, Italy, and has been World Cup champion three times. Part of the reason the likable South African has stayed on the sharp end of the stick is his focus on bike set up.
Obviously his settings have changed over the years, as bike geometry, components and suspension system has development (and race speed have gotten faster and tracks rougher), but one thing has stayed the same: He is constantly pushing himself to go faster, more comfortably and that focus starts with his bike.
Check out the latest updates on his bike setup.
Remember when the 29er came of age in downhill? Well, it's no surprise that Minnaar was leading the charge: he's tall, 6 foot 2 inches, and if you've ever stood next to him, leggy. His waist is at least 2 inches higher than most people his size. Point being, an XL-size V10 29er make a lot of sense.
Frame: Santa Cruz V10 29 – Frame Size XL
Shock: Fox DH X2, 550lbs Spring, HSC 5, LSC 10, HSR 3, LSR 9
Fork: Fox 40, 101psi, Volume Spacers 7, HSC - Open, LSC 7, HSR 2, LSR 3
Headset: Chris King Buzzworks (+5.3mm -0.5 deg)
Handlebar: Burgtec Ride Wide DH AL 800mm 30mm rise
Stem: Burgtec 45mm w/ 4 x 5mm spacers
Grips: Burgtec Bartender Standard
Brakes: Shimano XTR levers with Saint callipers
Rotors: Shimano Saint 203
Shifter: Shimano Saint
Derailleur: Shimano Saint
Cranks: Shimano Saint 165mm
Cassette: Shimano CS-6700 – 8spd 11t-21t
Chainring: Shimano Saint 34t
Chain: Shimano CH-HG95
Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet DH
Rims: Santa Cruz Reserve 29″
Hubs: Chris King
Tyres: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 (Front) 24PSI / DHR II 2.4 (Rear)26PSI
Saddle: Burgtec Cloud