Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Carbon Blur XC is here in NZ!

The first Carbon Blur XC is here in NZ, actually right now it's in Nelson. Dirk Peters will be getting himself ready for the NZ MTB National Champs, so if you want to spot this bike, Nelson is the place to be.

Still Not A Brake Burner Report

A MASSIVE congrat's to Laurence and Kashi, took out the teams category.

Laurence rides a lovely orange Heckler, just like the one we're giving away at the Coppermine.

So maybe next year you could enter the Coppermine and the Brake Burner?


n-duro summer cup series final - by annika smail

the 3rd and final round of the n-duro summer series was held yesterday in the whaka forest. hope it wasn't the final of summer though!?! na, it's pretty chilly this morning but i am sure summer will return soon :)
the course was great and again different to the last two events, which makes for more interesting racing and riding. there were a few nice climbs in it and some cool downhill single trails were waiting as little treats at the top of the climbs ;)
we had quite a bit of rain on friday and a few more showers on saturday and over night to sunday but race day was dry, very lucky! a few of the trails were puddly but it wasn't too bad at all. i was riding most of the race by myself which was a bit odd and i kept thinking i might have gotten lost, but i hadn't. maybe i should have pushed a bit harder but there wasn't any urgency.
i won my race and the series, very happy about that.
the boy's had a great tight race where Mike Northcoat, Clinton Avery and Cabin Lieshman battled it out for 1rst to 3rd.
what's so great about these races is the socializing before and after the race (and on the occasion while racing ;) ), there are so many familiar faces hanging about keen for a chat and to have a laugh. good times :)

sorry no pics again! :(
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Monday, February 09, 2009

Bike Radar Interview: Santa Cruz owner Rob Roskopp

The Bike Radar interview of Rob Roskopp is a great read, check it out here;

Yeap, that V10 does look very nice indeed.

Not a Brake Burner report.

What do you mean you weren't at the Brake Burner? We were there, no photo's, no real report.....a lot of Santa Cruz riders did very well indeed.

Big Up's to;

Sandra Williams
Rob Smail
Barny & Fen Robinson
Callum, Trish and Ruby Smith
Andy Ried
Jono Baddiley
Neil (not Phil) Great support mate
Leighton and Pauline (even more great support).

Brake Burner, 6 hours of riding downhill (mostly) and the ability to get a good coffee or beer while you are 'racing'. What more could you ask for?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Dirk Peter's Nduro Round 2 and Ozzie National Champs report


NDuro Round 2, Rotorua
I had intended taking this weekend off from racing to have a short spell before focusing on the final race of the Raboplus South Is XC cup series at Coronet Peak, Queenstown & then a couple of weeks later the NZ Champs.

But within a couple of days of being back from racing in Australia, the organizers of the Nduro summer series had been in touch to see about my availability to compete in today’s race. There had been a bit of interest from other competitors as to whether I’d likely be racing. The 1st race in the series had a tight finish between 1st & 2nd place with other place getter's not too far behind. So I decided to give it a crack.

The weather in Rotorua today was fine & hot with tracks in mint condition. The race pace was very fast, and early on I got away with a small bunch of riders. This was a point to point race, so I was wary about not letting anyone get out of sight if I could help it. It was also my intention to be patient & see how the front end of the field sorted itself out. At the start of the first major climb up direct road myself, Cabin & Stu picked up the pace & separated from the chasers. We held this to the top of Frontal Lobotomy where Stu had gear cable problems & was dropped.

Later in the race I got through to the lead & and went as hard as I could through Spring Roll to open up the gap. I was then able to consolidate that lead through to the finish. So I am pretty satisfied with the result.
Australian National Champs, Canberra
I travelled to Canberra, Australia on Wednesday last week along with a bunch of other NZ riders to compete in the Australian XC National champs held on Sunday, covering the U19 men & women, U23 men & elite women categories.

My preparation for this race had been very good with the North Is XC cup series behind me and feeling strong & ready to give this event a good go. As I'd expected the NZ U19 riders were all at the back of the start grid in a line up of 33 riders. This didn't worry me too much as I'd raced on the Stromlo track last year & was comfortable with things.

After the gun the pace was on as we were running on a hot mix tar seal surface for the first 300 meters & then onto a hard smooth fire road climb for the first 1km.I had got up into 2nd position by the time we hit the first single track which was a technical rocky climb of about 0.5 km. During this stage I took the race lead & started opening a gap on the leading Aussie rider, who seemed to be struggling with the technical parts of the course. Very soon after opening up a handy gap I punctured. Got going again but then had to start climbing back through the field.

I had a really fast second lap (the fasted recorded lap of the race) & then to my horror I shredded a tyre on the 3rd lap with a long way to run to the tech zone. Put a new wheel set up on & then finished the race. I ended up in 17th place, which was really disappointing as I felt I was ready to give this one a real good go.

I'm still pleased to have got another race in on this track, as it is being used for the world champs later this year. But I'll be using heavier duty tyres next time.


Regards
Dirk

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

race #2 n-duro summer cup - by annika smail


the second round of n-duro summer series was held on sunday in stunning summer weather conditions, yeah it was slightly hot but we don't want to complain about a sunny day ;). the course was awesome, loads of single trail and a good mix of core network trails and newer trails. it's great to do some of the old trails in a race as i don't seem to ride them any other time, even though they are great fun too.
the field seemed bigger this time round, i guess because the race didn't clash with too many other events.
i had a pretty average race as i couldn't get my legs going and it took me about an hour to warm up. oh well, can't feel good every time ;) and it might pay to give the body some recovery time to freshen up before a race. i do actually know this, but the weather has been too good not to ride or run ;).
i did win the women's category though and am therefore still leading the series. next and last race is in 3 weeks. looking forward to it and will try to be more rested for that one.

Josh Kissner of Santa Cruz Bicycles talks about the new Driver 8


I spotted this post on MTBR.com from Josh Kissner of Santa Cruz bicycle which gives more info on the new Driver 8. It's worth a read, if you want to see the complete forum postings, click here


Alright guys,

usually I find it interesting to see what is being said on this forum, and try to stay out these things. Plenty of industry folks have gotten sucked into never ending forum wormholes, and I am going to try to stay out of that situation. That said, you guys are killing the poor Driver 8, and I want to give a little background so you can see it the way we do.

I'm going to guess that most of the folks mourning the VP Free have never ridden a V10. When I first got on the Free many years ago, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I rode it everywhere, and loved it. Then I tried a V10... There really is a night and day difference between the suspensions on these two bikes, and after riding a V10, the Free feels harsh, high and heavy in comparison.

Harsh: The Free has a very, very different shock leverage curve than the V10. It doesn't absorb bumps very well in the top of the stroke, at least for an 8" bike. This shock rate was designed for hucking cliffs, not for really for the typical dh riding we all do. We wanted the Driver 8 to feel more like the V10- which required a lower link mounted shock. This really gets in the way of any possibility of a front der. Sorry.... But the bike is much, much, more fun to ride in any sort of actual down situation. Try one!

High: People complained about the bb/ride hight of the Free, as they probably should have. An 8" bike needs a high bb. An 8" bike that is designed to be pedalled all over needs a REALLY high bb. This makes it less fun on the down. These bikes are for the down, primarily.

Heavy: Well, it needed to be heavy- it was being hucked off cliffs! The Free was the strongest bike we ever made. Which is kind of at odds with a pedaling bike, don't you think? Too much versatility CAN be a bad thing.

Why buy the Driver 8 instead of the V10? Here's the deal. We really like riding big bikes. We go up to whistler a couple of times a year to go play with Bullits, Frees, and V10's. Maybe we take the Free out one day, the V10 the next- you get the idea. As you might expect- the V10 is by far the most fun on the super gnarl rocky, rooty nastiness. The Free (and Bullit) is great on the jump trails, local trails, and some tighter stuff. No one wants to switch their bike every run, just so they can have an optimum experience on each different trail. Of course- no one really wants to buy two bikes, either. So basically, the Driver 8 is a mix between the V10 and Free. It is damn fun everywhere. It is heavier than a V10, because it is meant to live a hard life. The stays and tubing are all thicker to resist denting better, and in general should add up to a very durable bike. It also is a lot more fun to jump. Playful bikes are fun.

While we were at it, we wanted to work on the pivots. DH bikes see a lot of abuse, and we experience that ourselves when we are slopping through the muck all day long, powerwashing the poor beasts, and generally just being rude to the bikes. The V10 doesn't really like that. The Free doesn't really like that. The Driver laughs at it. There are so many seals on the thing that the grease ports are just icing on the cake. We have had protos up in BC for about 8 months now, and our test riders are loving it. The bike can take a beating.

Why doesn't it look as cool as the V10?

There were a ton of design considerations with this bike. We knew we weren't doing a new Free, so we wanted to keep some practical considerations in mind. You may notice we are making a big deal about the seatpost extension- that is because we spent a LOT of time trying to make this work. The steeper seat tube is what makes the pedaling position reasonable, but to keep the same down seating position as the V10, we had to start from a postion that was further back. That is why the seatmast sticks out further, not just because it looks cool. There was an insane amount of time juggling seatstay braces and the upper link with shock clearance, front triangle clearance and seatpost clearance. You can put the post basically all the way down to the shock without hitting anything. Getting that right was a pain in the...The bent downtube has to be there for fork crown clearance and shock clearance. No way around that...

Why isn't it cheaper?

Originally this was going to be a tubed bike, and the goal was a much lower retail price. After spending a lot of engineering time on this concept, we found that the monocoque was really the only way to make this bike so it made sense. To get something this strong in a cheaper, tubed version would have been significantly heavier. We came upon a lot of similar challenges throughout the development, and usually we went the route that cost more, but made a better bike. Hopefully you guys can respect that. We like to make nice bikes. Anyhow, that is the story behind this bike. Have fun out there!


Josh Kissner
Santa Cruz Bicycles