Wednesday, November 21, 2007

SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE WELCOMES GREG MINNAAR!


November 20, 2007
Santa Cruz, California

The Santa Cruz Syndicate is excited to welcome Greg Minnaar onto the Syndicate for the next two downhill racing seasons! We expect the addition of Minnaar to raise the bar even higher for the Syndicate and are eager to get the new Santa Cruz V-10 underneath him. Having Steve Peat, Nathan Rennie, and Josh Bryceland work and train together with Minnaar should elevate the playing field to new levels in the downhill arena.

Rob Roskopp (owner, Santa Cruz Bicycles), has had an eye on Minnaar for a few years now, and when Honda made the decision to end their involvement in downhill racing, Roskopp saw this as the chance he was waiting for to add Minnaar to the successful Syndicate program. Having talented bike racers with big personalities is a prerequisite for the Syndicate, and Minnaar brings his professionalism, engaging personality and dedication to his craft to the squad. Something that impressed Roskopp the most was Minnaar’s performance at the World Championships in Fort William, Scotland, when in his race run, he crashed and continued on to a successful 4th place finish with a dislocated shoulder and broken scapula suffered in the crash! Witnessing that type of mental determination and control was compelling for Roskopp to aggressively pursue signing Minnaar.

Roskopp comments, “I’m very excited to have Greg on the Syndicate. I admire his talent, professionalism and work ethic and have wanted him on the Syndicate for some time. The Syndicate will now have a broad range in the downhill squad from young, up and coming Josh, to seasoned pros and legends, and will truly be a very international group. Having Greg will be amazing, and I look forward to seeing him race on the V-10.”

“The most important factor for me in choosing a team I race for is the level of support, and the ability to race at my best. It’s clear that the Syndicate is driven by people who love to race. To have a race winning bike beneath me as well as team mates that will continue to push me, makes me very excited about the upcoming season. We are going to be a pretty tough team to beat!” says Minnaar.

Something we strive for in the Syndicate is to create an environment where each rider can express their unique individuality and develop their personas in the sport. Supporting and maintaining the momentum Minnaar has attained in his career will be a feature of his program.

Steve Peat remarks, “Greg is going to be a huge asset to the Syndicate. He and I have been friends since he first visited the UK, a long time ago, and I can see how his drive to win along with his professionalism will be a huge plus for us on the circuit. Welcome aboard Greg!” Josh Bryceland excitedly says, “That's awesome news! I can't think of a much stronger group with Steve, Nathan and Greg! I have looked up to Greg as much as I have Nathan and Steve the whole time. His style and his consistency will just make the Syndicate even stronger! Also, we can both be newcomers together, ha-ha!”

Nathan Rennie welcomes Greg to the team with his sense of humor, “Looks like there are going to be three naked 6’ 3” men in the back of Steve’s van this year. I had enough trouble understanding Steve’s accent.... Welcome, and oh, by the way, that’s my sandwich Greg.”

Once again, it is with great pleasure that we make this announcement and welcome Greg to the Syndicate!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ibis Mojo, Bike of the Year

The Mojo is still getting rave reviews and why shouldn't it? It's worth raving about.....it just keeps on kicking the competitions arse.

What Mountain Bike (UK mag) rated it as it's bike of the year. Readers and Riders at MTBR.com rated the Mojo as their best 'All Mountain' bike. More reviews on the Ibis website, some in Italian, which makes them hard to read.....but it's worth trying. http://www.ibiscycles.com/mountain/mojo/press/


Also there is a great little movie on the Ibis site too, check it out...but it you'll want to stop whatever you are doing and ride your bike.....so that's what I did.
This is all very good timing, because at the moment, there are a few Ibis Mojo's in stock which don't currently have a home, very rare. You might also a choice of the new full XT or XTR built bikes too. But don't slack around, these will be snatched up fast.....you might even be able to choose a colour!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Latest Spoke Out Now.

The latest Spoke Magazine is out in the shops now.....and for you 'train spotters' out there, yeap that's me in there.....rapidly using up my 15 seconds of fame.

The above picture is a rare one, it's a picture of Caleb Smith (Mr. Spoke magazine to you and me)......and what's that he riding? A Nomad and this is what he has to say about the bike that people keeping raving about.

2008 Santa Cruz Nomad
I haven't owned a full suspension bike for a long time. About six years in fact, it was such a disastrous affair, three broken swing arms, one totaled rear shock and way to much bob. Things have changed since then, good shocks now make crap bikes work and those same shocks make real good bikes that much better. My new 08 Nomad definitely fits the later. There's no denying Santa Cruz's VPP suspension is one of the best platforms around and when you throw in a new 08 Fox DHX 5.0 rear shock, well, it just gets better. The first ride had me pedaling faster, taking crazy new lines and just loving riding that little bit more. I do ask a little extra out of my bikes, I'm not a small guy (I'm 6ft 4) and when I'm riding with camera gear I can weigh up to 115kgs. The Nomad doesn't care or judge me, she just pedals along as if I was an 80kg all mountain legend.

If you don't get it, you wont get it.


Anyway, rush out a get a copy of Spoke magazine......you know you want to!

No More Polished Frames

All good things must come to an end. Santa Cruz will no longer offer polished frames, so if you're after one of these lovely looking babies, you could offer me way too much money for my Nomad or Bullit with polished rear swing arms.....offer the next person you see riding a polished Santa Cruz way too much money for there one, etc.

If you want to check out a lovely polished Santa Cruz, I suggest you head down to Bicyclette in Auckland http://www.bicyclette.co.nz/thestore.asp and see the last polished Nomad available and if nobody is watching, touch it.....but not for too long....that might weird someone out and you'll get kicked out of the store!