Monday, November 30, 2009

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Huka XL - by annika smail

Saturday was an early start, I am slowly getting used to them, as it is getting easier to get up. This time it was quarter to five when the alarm went off so not quite as early as the week before. It felt a bit odd to be heading out for a mountain bike race as I hadn't done one for sooo long! It was a good feeling though; I like to mix things up a little as I might get bored otherwise, I have done a few running races lately. I also knew it was going to be a good race as I had done it last year and really liked the course. And the other massive plus was that I was going to be riding my awesome new bike, the carbon lt! - Rob reckons the best bike ever ;) I would have to agree :)
It was nice to see some familiar faces on the start line; the atmosphere was very social, as we were chatting away while waiting for the race gun.
It took me a little while to warm up but that was expected and so I was taking my time to get the hang of riding my bike and the different style of trails. The trails in Taupo are really quite different to the ones we have in Rotorua, they are much more tight and windy, with little kickers and not much time for rest.
I had a really fun race, enjoying the endless single trails, which covered the bigger part of the 80km course, to be fair it was mostly single trail. Plus it was great to see all the smiley marshals along the course, cheering us on and having a good time, I hope they did!
Time went by rather fast as I, despite having done the race the previous year, wasn’t quite sure what was coming up as they had changed a few bits and so you keep getting surprised about what’s coming up. And on top we got to see some stunning scenery; rode through beautiful old bush, along magnificently coloured streams and obviously the Waikato river.
I won my race second time in a row, might have to go back next year ;)

Ps: my bike is sooooooo much fun I had to take it out again on Sunday, and I felt surprisingly strong, I blame the bike as it’s so much fun to whip it through the trails - so I guess it took number one on my bike chart

Sorry couldn’t find any pics yet, hope to find some soon and put them on.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wired Magazine review the Blur LT carbon



Those guys at wired magazine don't seem content with just reviewing netbooks, home servers, MP3 players, etc. they have started reviewing quite a few bikes.  But that might also explain why a hand built wheel set with DT240 hubs and DT4.2 rims looks like DT EX500 rims to them and they think the bike is ugly?  Well I never.
Anywho click here; and you can see what the uber geeks at wired think.

They gave it 8/10, they like it.........I might be biased, but I would go all the way up to 11.  That's and 11/10 for me.....I love the bike, will rave about in one day.....but I would rather ride it.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Greg Minnaar recovering from Injury



When preparing for the Roof of Africa enduro, Greg Minnaar sustained a broken collar bone and needed surgery for a blood clot.  He's recovering well.
Vitalmtb got to talk to him, click here;

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bike Magazine Review the Ibis Tranny



Tim Wilding won the NZ Single Speed Champs on one, Kieran Hambrook raced his at the world champs in Ozzie, I have customers raving about them and I want to build one up as a pump track bike.

This is what Bike Magazine had to had to say about it (basically it's really really, really good).  Click here;

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Secret Syndicate Testing - Vitalmtb


More here;

Distractions - Labretta in NYC

Donny's lil' sis' was a little bit country, my sis' is all Rock 'n' Roll.


Anyway she's trying to make it in New York, because if you make it there.........her and the band (the Motel Six) are in the U S of A recording their new album.
Any who, the Village Voice has noticed her. Nice.
Here's a nice video of them singing on the roof tops in K Road, Auckland NZ.




More info? Click here;

Friday, November 06, 2009

Distractions - Ferrari 458 Italia

Hard not to be distracted by a new Ferrari, especially on a Friday afternoon.



Even a Lotto win won't cover it......

Thursday, November 05, 2009

MADE Trailer

New Callum Swift DVD 'MADE', will be released in December.

Contains the Syndicate Boys and a few others riding fast as.
Oh yeah, originally blogged by the darklord on his 104Bronson blog, what do you mean you haven't checked it out?
http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/104bronson/


MADE Trailer from Callum Swift on Vimeo.

Straitline Ghetto Shop tour


Also the new colour from Stratline is orange, I can't wait.......mmmm orange