Wednesday, June 27, 2007

We Just Work Here, more info


Caleb from Spoke Magazine has got friends in high places and has managed to see We Just Work Here already.
Caleb had this to say;
I watched We Just Work Here over the weekend. Its like nothing you have ever seen. And if you wanna talk "soul" it makes the Collective look like a average MTB porn. Check you bike film preconceptions at the door.
Just a note: this film should interest everybody but if you own a Santa Cruz bike its a must have, seriously, you cant have one without the other.

Don't forget about the preview in Wellington and if you want to secure a copy, get it on-line off the Spoke website, pre-orders are being taken here

I can't wait!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

We Just Work Here


Brian Vernor works for Santa Cruz Bicycles. He also makes movies, his latest movie is about working for Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Spoke and Vorb are having the Australasian premiere of We Just Work Here in Wellington on 6th July at the Film Archive, 84 Taranaki Street.

You should probably get down to see it!

Click on this for short preview; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI_pY0kzDa0#

SYNDICATE BOYS TEST NEW FORT WILLIAM TRACK


Sunday June 17, 2007 Fort William, Scotland The Scottish Downhill Association held a downhill race this weekend at Fort William, Scotland giving riders a chance to test out the new additions to the long downhill track to be raced at the World Championships in September. It was a fine weekend, with just a bit of rain on Saturday and the excellent race organization made for a great time with a good turnout of riders. Steve Peat and Nathan Rennie (Santa Cruz Syndicate), were eager to test themselves and preview the track and did so in convincing form placing 1st and 2nd in the race. Peaty barely edged out Rennie with a 4:59.63, his time a mere .05 faster than Rennie's 4:59.68. Last year's winning time was 4:25, so the course addition at the top of the track adds on about 30 seconds+. Peat says, "It's pretty easy, not technical, but it makes it longer and more physically demanding." With Rennie breathing down Peaty's neck at the finish, it shows that he has overcome the shoulder injury he suffered the last time he raced in Scotland.


Report and photos courtesy of Kathy Sessler

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Euro's Mad for Mojo's

For those multi-lingual folks out there, there is some good reading to be had on the Ibis website, http://www.ibiscycles.com/

While spending some quality web surfing time on the Ibis site, I noticed that they have put a couple of more reviews on the Mojo, one from the German magazine Bike Sport, the other from the Spanish mag, Solo Bici.
Basically they like it......a lot! I so wish I could read German and Spanish now.

For those of you into blog's (you are reading one right now), Scot Nicol (that's Mr. Ibis to you) has one called 'Chuck's Spew', which isn't a blog (yeah, right). Anyhow, you be the judge http://www.chuckibis.com/chuck_spew/

Also, Jarna at Outside Sports in Queenstown (yeap, that Jarna, cover model for NZMTBer), got to build two lovely 'his and hers' Mojo's. Nice.






Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hallelujah

OK, sometimes I get into trouble for being a bit preachy about Santa Cruz and Ibis and that these bikes just can't be as good as the reviews say etc.
But, it's not just me......the customer is always right.
Below is email is from a Phil, he gets to travel for work and he takes his bike with him. He recently got a Nomad....this is the email I got from Phil.




The life of a real Nomad.

Street Hucking in Napier
Trail riding in Esk Forest
Dirt Jumping in Palmerston North
DH (road) Whakapapa ski field to Village
DH-ing Riverhead (nice and wet) photo included
BMX park Te Atatu
XC riding Woodhill
DH riding Woodhill
Static installation at the Art Gallery

All on one sleek bike.
A few turns of a few dials and DH becomes XC becomes Huck becomes Commuter.
If you are thinking about getting a Nomad, stop thinking and go get one, why prolong the pleasure.

Yes I do clean it and it gleams brilliant white when I do.

Cheers Stylie and cheers Jono and Mike from Planet Cycles Mt Eden


Email No.2, this is from Dave from Pedal Power in Napier, long time fan first time Santa Cruz owner. Be careful if you go into Pedal Power for the next few weeks, he might corner you and tell you how good his new 2007 Heckler is.

Hey Mike
Here is my new bike. maiden voyage was at craters last Sunday, I love the bike, climbs wicked descends awesomely and looks cool, I didn't know what I was missing.

I am a bonafide Santacruzian, Andrew & Eddie reckon I should get a tat.

See Ya
Dave


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

PEATY LEADS UCI WORLD CUP DOWNHILL


This just is....OK, it's a bit late.


PEATY LEADS UCI WORLD CUP DOWNHILL, FINISHES SECOND TO MATTI LEHIKOINEN, HILL HAS AMAZING RUN!!

Sunday June 10, 2007
Champery, Switzerland

The second downhill round of the UCI World Cup Series was held in the quaint Swiss mountain village in Champery, Switzerland today, where it rains every afternoon. Too many stories to tell here, but Matti Lehikoinen takes the win, Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), is second and now leads the World Cup Overall, and Sam Hill comes third with a history making run, gaining the awe and admiration of all, and showing just what this World Champion is made of.
Here’s how the week went.

‘STEEP’ is the word to summarize this downhill track which twists it’s way through the trees down a serious, slippery slope. Even in the team manager’s meeting it was brought up that one risked breaking both ankles to attempt to walk the course. In fact, during a walking inspection Greg Minnaar slipped and dislocated a tricky shoulder, so it was no joke. The only way to get injured riders off the mountain was to pluck them off the mountain with a helicopter, which was fondly called “Carcass ‘Copter” and “Yard Sale Collector”.

Peat says, “The track is easy for half the field and hard for half the field. I like it, a lot of people don’t, but I liked it from the first practice. If it rains it will be a horrible mess. If it stays dry it will be good to race. The turns are blowing out now, and when it comes to finals tomorrow we’re going to have to be a little cautious. (Saturday afternoon brought a heavy rain shower).

“It’s a tough track and you need to relax in practice but that is tough because it’s steep and you don’t know the track for the first few runs. It’s a good track and it challenges everybody. It’s good the guys clipped in can see the advantages of flat pedals.
Yesterday a bunch of guys ran out and bought 5 Ten shoes and trained on flats,” said Rennie.

Tire changes happened each run as riders tested the traction and they ran bigger rotors for better stopping to manage the steep track. The sounds of the beating helicopter blades were heard repeatedly though the day plucking up course casualties.

Qualifier morning, practice started late after a one hour rain shower greased up the course. After practice chatter: “That is carnage out there. People are like Go, Go, Go, and I don’t want to. I love it when they yell ‘Go Rennie’ then I cartwheel into the fence, and they still cheer. You just have to go slower into those turns. I’m just going to try to keep my tires rolling,” said Rennie. Peaty says, “The hardest thing is slowing down. I’m just going to try to get down without crashing.

Qualifier is just finishing and Sam Hill posts the fastest time with a 4:01.89. But to summarize qualifier in one word it is crash! Most everyone had multiple crashes and as they compared run notes it was ‘how many times did you crash?’ Peaty and Rennie both crashed twice with times well back at 4:49.73 and 4:42.76, qualifying in 60th and 41st respectively.
Greg Minnaar came down crashing with a 5:54 .58 and said the catch netting worked really well, and when he crashed he just grabbed his arms tight to protect his shoulder and rode the ground torpedo style. Vanessa Quin said it is hard to get your bike out of the netting. Carnage and destruction was the name of the game for qualifier, and the destruction Hill put on everyone hurt the most. His time beat second place Mickael Pascal by a whopping 14.56 seconds!!

Race time, here’s what went down: Peat comes down early with a 4:11.81 and takes the hot seat. Teammate Nathan Rennie crosses the line, finishes 30th and says, “I rode really good between crashes!” Peaty protégé, Josh Bryceland, one of the last few to come down in the dry, finishes with a 4:22.95 and places 7th overall and wears the junior leaders jersey.
Matti Lehikoinen flies down and bumps Peaty from the hot seat. A few raindrops are felt, Peaty says, “If you’re ‘gonna rain, do it,” and the heavens opened up and delivered a deluge.

Riders struggled in. Nico Vouilloz proves he is not an alien by crashing with the best and places 63rd.
But the story is Sam Hill, the last man down the track rides as if it was dry, crashes and comes in third with a 4:11.84, just .03 behind Peat and 1.63 behind Lehikoinen.

Overheard: Neethling says, “If Sam wins I’ll walk out of here in my underware. Neethling starts to strip down as we see Hill’s split as the impossible suddenly seemed real. “Sam is the king today, give him the crown. What he did was amazing!” said Peat.
Lehikoinen said, “Sam is the winner today.”

Packing up and still raining…

The boys go to Scotland next week to race at Fort William then on to Mt. Ste. Anne for the next World Cup.

Top Ten:

1) Matti Lehikoinen Team G-Cross Honda 4:10.21
2) Steve Peat Santa Cruz Syndicate 4:11.81
3) Sam Hill 4:11 84
4) Fabien Barel 4:4.91
5) Mick Hannah 4:21.52
6) Adam Brayton 4:22.15
7) Josh Bryceland 4:22.95
8) Marcus Klausmann 4:23.09
9) Adam Vagner 4:23.95
10) Remi Thirion 4:25.61


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