Friday, July 27, 2007

Eddie Masters Wins Crankworx "Jim Beam Air Downhill"

A fantastic result for Eddie Master winning the Jim Beam Air Downhill.

A course that is described as "The world's most famous freeride downhill trail, the iconoclastic A-Line - the standard by which all other trails are measured. So measure this: 200 of the world's best riders, nearly 100 jumps, game on for Air Downhill gold: bermin', airin', rippin', full stop giviner. "

I'm sure Eddie will be happy with a win! Eddie has a bit of bad luck with the Garbanz Enduro Downhill with a punture after leaving the start gate!
Check out all results here;

Thursday, July 26, 2007

2008 Ibis Sneak Peak


Distractions

Does the weather suck where you are right now?

Maybe it's time for a motivational video or two?

A couple of YouTube's from Mark Weir's Pump Track.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR2jNIY0Uyw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiH3C2UbPi0

Don't you want to rush out and build a pump track in your back yard now?
Kid's please ask your parents first.

I like this one.....caution contains Nomad's!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6pytA2pEdw

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

NZ Santa Cruz Riders selected for World Champs

Congratulations to Anja McDonald, Eddie Masters and Peter Cooper on your selection for the World Champs in Fort Williams, Scotland.

A team of 35 New Zealand riders will be heading off to represent NZ at the World Champs and from what I heard, the Fort Williams course's are both fun and challanging. What more could you ask for?

For more info on the NZ Team, check out the BikeNZ website here;

For more info on the Fort Williams World Champs, click here;

Saturday, July 21, 2007

2008 Ibis Sneak Peak

If you go to http://www.ibiscycles.com/ now, you'll see a glimpse of what Ibis are working on for 2008.

I've tried to extract some info out of them, but they won't tell me anything until after Eurobike, so speculate away........'cause I don't know.

I will continue to harass them and see what happens.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Hackett

Photo Courtesy Caleb Smith

I usually don't have famous magazine photographers take pictures of me, but since Caleb Smith (Spoke Magazine), came to Nelson to take some pictures some very talented mountain bikers, I thought it would be good to tag along for a ride.

Anyway, this is the lovely Hackett Trail, just down from Browning Hut. One of my favourite trails in Nelson.

If you want to see more of Caleb's photo's, make sure you purchase the next issue of Spoke.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jamie Goldman's prototype Jachameleoner


Looks like the guys at Littermag.com have friends in high places.

This is custom made Jackal/Chameleon frame, just for Goldman.

My guess is that the new Chameleon will have the new family look head-tube, top-tube and seat-tube combination.

I do know that the new Chameleon will have an eccentric bottom bracket, so I doubt it will have horizontal drop outs, as shown in the picture.

Santa Cruz they will release official details soon.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

High Performance Car Owners like High Performance Bikes


I always try do my part to make sure the world wide web stays popular, I regularly check MTBR.com. It's a good source of information and I will admit to keeping a close eye on the Santa Cruz and Ibis forums....as we all should.

I was happy to see the Mojo owners share a passion for high performance vehicles too. This leads me into posting my obligatory picture of a sports car. An Ozzie Mojo owner has got a custom bike rack for his Lotus Elise, very nice. For more nice cars (and Mojo’s) click here; http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=312515

You should also make sure you keep an eye Ibis website, they always post Mojo reviews from around the world. I have also seen that Road Bike Action (yes, from the people that bring you Mountain Bike Action), have a quick look at the Ibis Silk....of course they like it, it's a great bike.


My last shipment of Mojo's has basically sold out, I have a few more arriving soon. If you are keen on a Mojo, you should be harrasing your stockest. They don't hang about and usually have a long waiting list. The next shipment will have painted frames, which just look hot! Orange and Blue are my favourites.


Monday, July 09, 2007

Love My Ride


Lisa Morgan is the first to tells us why she 'Loves Her Ride', her new Blur XC.

More on Lisa and more picture of the first anodised black Blur XC in NZ can be found on her on blog, http://lisamorgan.blog.com/

B-Day - Time to christen the Blur that had sat in the garage for over a week looking oh-so-pretty and just begging to be taken out. I woke up a couple of times during the night with pain burning in various places but nowhere near enough to keep me off the dirt today. I didn't start out too early and with not too much cloud cover there was no need for the lights I'd fitted in anticipation of this ride. On Robyn's advice today's ride would be shorter than planned, but that was perferable to the tentative suggestion that I might even think about taking the day off: 'Oh no, there's no need for that' = 'I want to ride the Blur dammit!'.
And where to ride - Makara Peak of course! My previous 2 mtb's were christened on Ridgeline and I saw no reason not to do the same with the Blur. To save some time I headed up the 4WD track and dropped in to the down hill section of Sally Ally, testing the grip of the Larsen TT's I've never ridden before and getting a general feel for the bike.
Oh. My. God! It's lush. It's more than lush - it's plush. If I had to sum it up in one word that word would be Smoooooooth. But then it's also fast like a rocket! And confidence inspiring. My intention had been to take it nice and easy but it just wasn't right. As I boosted out of Sally Ally and in to Missing Link I readied myself for the usual jarring of the first few rocky corners... nothing - where had the rough stuff gone? I could see it, I just couldn't feel it. The RP23 soaks up the bumps like they're simply not there, down and up. And speaking of up, it begs for out of the saddle action and even in the slippery conditions it still stuck to the terrain like glue. I had one minor loss of traction on a muddy switchback and was able to quickly drive the rear wheel back down and recover.
Once at the summit I stopped to smell the roses, or rather the cold winter morning air. To the west Makara valley lay under a fine white blanket of morning frost. Karori had smaller versions of frosty parks and lawns and further north the snow was clear on the Tararuas. Over east was more snow on the Orongoronga's. I looked south hoping to see the Kaikoura's with their helping of white stuff too, but I couldn't, and I didn't much like what I could see - a dark looking wall of cloud. Time for the descent...
Riding up to the high point of Ridgeline everything still seemed easy - the bike is so light and just loves the standing climbs. And those Singletrack bar ends are bliss (thanks Robyn)! Crest the high point, flick through the gears and let's go! My latest technical goal is to master 1-finger braking. Too easy on this bike - Charlesworth, you set that up beautifully :o)
I had been slightly apprehensive about the conditions and how hard I should really push things after yesterday but the bike just soaked everything up and begged for more, so I drove it harder on each turn and through each technical section and it just ate everything up. While everyone else is getting ready for work and sitting in traffic here I am, high on a hill (no goats today) picking my way down it on a machine I'm already in love with. Even after literally hundreds and hundreds of hours on the trails of Makara Peak I still get a sense of freedom and joy every time I'm up there. I would have kept the big open-mouthed grin on all the way down the hill if it hadn't been for the mud flying in to my teeth!
The Blur just kept eating up the trails and before I knew it I was in the crispy, frosty final couple of hundred metres to the car park. I left crunchy tire marks in the grass, did a lap of the car park, discovered the water in the hose was frozen and rode back to the car. When I got off I wasn't even upset to see the Blur covered in mud. I could have happily let that ride go on all day but alas, it was time to clean it up, clean me up and head in to the office.

Lisa Morgan.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

What's new in 2008 for Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz just updated me with some small but exciting changes for the upcoming 2008 season....which actually starts sooner than you think.

First up, a new Chameleon, all I know is that's it's better and now comes with an eccentric bottom bracket. The Chameleon will also finally be available in anodised bronze or red. Nice.

Sand.......that will be new colour for the 2008 season, I can see that fitting right in at Woodhill.

Complete bikes and 'Meal Deals'.

Finally Santa Cruz will offer complete bikes to the NZ market, the Superlight and Juliana will be available out of the box with a D XC kit from August.

The Superlight will have the colour options of Black or Sand, the Juliana in Liquid Blue or White.

The Heckler will be available complete with the D AM kit and RockShox Recon 351 single air fork. Heckler colour options will be Gang Green or Sand.

We'll have to wait until the end of the year before the complete Hecklers will be available.


Meal Deals, that's right, package deals.....a complete Santa Cruz at a better price.

Superlight D XC pc frame w/ Float R, D XC kit, Tora 318 Solo Air 100
Superlight R XC pc frame w/ Float R, R XC kit, 32 F100 R
Juliana D XC pc frame w/ Float R, D XC kit, Tora 318 Solo Air 100
Juliana R XC pc frame w/ Float R, R XC kit, 32 F100 R
Blur XC R XC pc frame w/ Float R, R XC, 32 F100 R
Blur XC SPX XC ano frame w/ Float RP23, SPX XC kit, 32 F100 RLC
Blur XC XO XC ano frame w/ Float RP23, XO XC kit, 32 F100 RLC
Blur XC XTR XC ano frame w/ Float RP23, XTR kit, 32 F100 RLC
Blur LT R AM pc frame w/ Float R, RAM kit, Revelation 426 DA fork
Blur LT X9 AM ano frame w/ Float RP23, X9 AM kit, 32 Float RLC (140mm)
Blur LT SPX XC ano frame w/ Float RP23, SPX XC kit, 32 Talas RLC
Heckler D AM pc frame w/ Float R, D AM kit, Recon 351 SA fork
Heckler R AM pc frame w/ Float R, R AM kit, Revelation 426 DA fork
Heckler X9 AM pc frame w/ Float R, X9 AM kit, 32 Float RLC (140mm)
Bullit R FR 1.5 pc frame w/ DHX 3.0 Coil, R FR 150 kit, Domain 318 UT 1.5
Bullit X9 AM 1.5 ano frame w/ DHX 5.0 Air, X9 AM kit, Lyrik 2 Step Air 1.5
Nomad R AM 1.5 pc frame w/ Float R, R AM 1.5 kit, Domain 302 Coil 1.5
Nomad X9 AM 1.5 ano frame w/ DHX 5.0 Air, X9 AM 1.5 kit, Lyrik 2 Step Air 1.5

All coming soon to your favourite Santa Cruz dealer.

Lets Talk About Socks


Just for something a little different, Mickey Fan, a Superlight classic owner told me he was going to go for a 65km off road run with his brand new Santa Cruz shaka socks......I personally thought this was a little nutty on many levels, the obvious one being that he didn't take his Superlight with him! Anyway, I thought he'd be the perfect person to review the new SC Shake socks.

Recently I decided tag along for a 65km run through the Greenstone/Caples circuit out in the back country of the Wakatipu region… during a South Island winter. And I thought this would be a great opportunity to test these brand spanking new (not to mention beautiful) Santa Cruz Bicycle socks (cheers Mike).

The terrain was unbelievable!!! We ran through everything imaginable, across rocky slope covered in hoard frost, along wide open tussock field, climbing up the roots of great beech forest, trekking through the ankle deep snow along the top McKellar Saddle and down frozen creek and rivers. More than once during trip, I had to pleasure of really putting these socks to the test by dipping my feet into some refreshingly icy water during the countless creeks and stream crossings, partly for experimental purposes, and partly due to muscle fatigue.

13 hours of running/jogging/crawling later we were back at the car. And how did the socks perform? Fantastic!!! These socks kept my feet toasty warm for literally hours and hours. I was very impressed with how well these socks coped with the freezing (and wet) conditions.

These sock are a must have for the winter season, especially if you’re likely to encounter rain, snow or mud in your travels

Mickey Fan

For the full story and photos
http://www.vorb.org.nz/article-61913.html