Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tim Wilding talks about the Ibis Silk

Ok, I be the first to admit that I don't know too much about road bikes, so I got Tim Wilding to give me his honest opinion. Tim has spent more time on road bike than most and has some pretty impressive results to show for it.
Look out for Tim at the last 3 rounds of the NZ National MTB Champs, he'll be the lucky bugger on the first 2007 Superlight. He must have friends in really high place's, because I don't know where mine is!

Anywho, here's Tim's rave;
' In honesty, I wasn't expecting much out of my Ibis Silk Road before I received it. The last carbon frame I was on, from one of the 'big brands' was a bit of a dog, never tracking well and seemingly moving every way but forward. But a month on I can honestly say that the Silk road has surpassed even my most extravagant hopes, and that it is my frame of choice. Actually, one ride was all it took (and I've done more than one ride in the past month, honest!) but I like to spend at least a bit of time before i go around chucking superlatives. Because these are what Ibis deserves.

Should we start with the build? Now i know that there has been a proliferation of bare carbon bikes so such a 'paint job' is relatively de rigeur. But the Silk Road stands out for its elegance. Ibis have foregone strangely shaped tubes and garish decal schemes in favour of a classical look that just looks oh so beautiful when built with Campagnolo. The little touches like a beautiful (and metal!) head tube badge and exquisite seat clamp all reinforce the feeling that your on something special. I like that this bike doesn't have to scream it. My bike is a bit deceptive because its a farm-gate-esque 61cm but the tubing is actually quite over sized. The bottom bracket is reassuringly solid and everything just seems proportionate. The Silk Road has built up beautifully but for those of you who are avowedly anti bare carbon you can get a painted Silk Road from February onwards in a variety of colours. My favourite by far would have to be the cream white designed to resemble the head of a pint of Guinness. Nice!

And then the ride. I built it, then i rode it. Immediately i felt connected to the bike, chucking it into corners as hard as i could. Having a bike like this makes me wish i was back in Wellington with its tight windy descents and frenetic traffic to dart amongst. I have yet to feel like I'm losing the bike on a corner - I obviously need to go faster still, but right now my legs can't keep up!
On the flats and whilst climbing the Ibis seems to float along, taking out a lot of the buzz of a road. But this isn't a soft frame; I have yet to detect any deflection at all in the frame even whilst sprinting a climb. Its difficult to explain exactly how the Silk Road rides but its kind of the best of both worlds. You have this slight give that takes the edge off and keeps the wheels planted but there is an underlying and uncompromising stiffness. As i understand it, this comes out of the layup of the carbon during the building process. Many brands don't seem to have the knowledge to get it right but it would seem that Ibis do.

Ibis isn't a big brand, but on the strength of my Silk Road i would have to say that it is one that is difficult to go past. Two gangly thumbs way up'

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What the! A New Heckler


While I wasn't watching, Santa Cruz re-designed the Heckler.
You Inter-Web people probably already seen it and it's all 'old hat', but I'm pretty excited about the whole thing.

2007 Heckleriffic!


“Sweet and simple” are words that usually have some sort of double meaning when strung together. They damn with faint praise – “Sure is a sweet dog you got there. Shame it’s so dang ugly...” “These directions are so simple, a monkey could understand them...” But in the case of the new Heckler, the third and final member of our single pivot revival, those words are perfect.

All the lovable traits of Hecklers past are retained, with some new tweaks added to make a good thing even better. The stout 6069 aluminum front triangle features advanced gussets reinforcing the headtube without adding boat anchor weight. The shaped downtube leaves enough space for any single crown fork to fit with room to spare. The rear swingarm now pivots on an optimally placed, 15mm diameter axle, rides on lifetime guaranteed bearings and coughs up 5.9-inches of travel. A new replaceable rear derailleur hanger sits independently of the rear dropout, and all the frame components can be disassembled or put back together with a few allen wrenches.

Light & durable advanced 6069 gussetsIt’s an all-season, all-terrain all-rounder. It’s a tough duty trailbike that can be ridden hard and put away wet and always be ready for more. It’s sweet, like alpine singletrack on the first warm day after the snow has melted. It’s simple, like a real sharp ax. Sweet, simple, and proud of it.

  • Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • Plenty of tire clearanc
  • Burly 15mm main pivot, lifetime bearing guarantee!
  • 5.9” rear travel, 6.4lb frame and shock weight (medium, Fox Float R shock)
  • Clearance for 8” brake rotors
  • Updated geometry designed around 140mm forks, able to take up to 170mm
  • Super clean replaceable derailleur hanger# Recessed, threaded shock mounts and tool friendly design
  • Available in choice of five powdercoat, two anodized, and one polished finish

National Mountain Bike Racing

Ok, another quick update.
There have been two rounds of DH racing, Treble Cone and Coronet Peak.

Jenna Makgill's results are great with a 3rd and a 2nd placing.
Peter Cooper, also with a 3rd and a 2nd placing, in the Junior men.
Eddie Masters, 11th and 8th in the very competitive Junior men race.

XC results from Coronet Peak.

Anja McDonald, our latest member to the Santa Cruz team had a great result for her first race in the pro-elite series and on her new Blur XC, with a 2nd place finish.
Josh Barley, finished with a very convincing 6th place
And how about we not mention my result?

FYI,

Members getting points for 2007 Team Santa Cruz NZ are;

Anja McDonald

Jenna Macgill

Eddie Masters

George Bennett

Mike Stylianou

Road Racing News

Ok, I'm still 'Out of the Office' and doing my bit to be a XC mtb racer.

A quick, but very belated update on a Tour De Vineyards results.
Tour de Vineyards, a great little tour in a fantastic part of the world. For the complete results click here.
Anyhow Josh Barley finished 8th overall and 3rd U23, with some very strong competition. Josh is now riding a new Ibis Silk which seemed to do the job very well, all the feed back I'm getting from new owners of Silks, is 'all good'. The bike is very light and very stiff in all the right places and better than any of their previous carbon road bikes they have owned.

George Bennett finished 13th overall and 3rd in U19. Watch out for George at the next round of the national mtb champs. He'll be the one on a Superlight.

Congrat's goes to Brenda 'Bob' Clapp, our friendly Nelsonian got 3rd overall at the TDV in the biggest women's field in the history of the TDV.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Bullit FAQ and R&D at Santa Cruz

This just in from Santa Cruz, I apologise for the lack of updates, been trying to catch up on some office work.

Click here for an open and honest discussion about Santa Cruz's R&D efforts.


Bullit FAQ
All
1.5” headtube
30.9mm seatpost
34.9mm seat tube
73mm bb shell
ISCG05 chainguide mounts
ISO disc mount
M8x22mm shock hardware
8.5”x2.5” rear shock

For QR dropouts (135x10mm)
50mm chainline
34.9mm top swing/top pull front derailleur (anything but a Saint)


For through axle dropouts (150x12mm)
55-57mm chainline
Use Howitzer 73x56mm chainline bb if holzfeller howitzer cranks
73/128mm ISIS bb
Raceface Diabolus or Evolve DH cranks for 83mm bb with 73mm adaptor kit
No Saint cranks available for this bb shell/chainline combo
34.9mm top swing/top pull SAINT front derailleur


Floating Brake dropouts (150x12 through axle)
55-57mm chainline
Use Howitzer 73x56mm chainline bb if holzfeller howitzer cranks
73/128mm ISIS bb
Raceface Diabolus or Evolve DH cranks for 83mm bb with 73mm adaptor kit
No Saint cranks available for this bb shell/chainline combo
34.9mm top swing/top pull SAINT front derailleur
-----Single Chainring recommended- front derailleur limits placement of floating seat tube clamp-----