Tuesday, April 27, 2010

SUSAN DEVOY TAKES OUT IBIS AND SANTA CRUZ RIDERS IN SHOCK ACCIDENT

Susan Devoy made headlines earlier in the week with a career shift to Mountain Biking and was quickly signed to ride for team Santacruz Ibis. Her First race of the season was the New Zealand Singlespeed nationals held at Seven Mile reserve in Quenstown aboard her new Ibis Tranny.


The race was a pretty savage five lap course for everyone in all grades with two beer pit stops on route. To stretch the field out, participants started with a 600m run, front wheels in hand, to their bikes, whereupon they had to attach it and ride out onto the course.

The leg strength from Susan's past sporting endeavours showed through on the run as she ledf the field at the transition onto the bike. On the bike Susan was equally strong, establishing an early lead well clear of her team mate, Anja McDonald, in second place. In the men's race, the boys were all a little shook up as Susan was in front of her male team mates, Chris Burr and Tristan Rawlence, who were, at the time, sitting well up the field.


However, disaster struck when Susan hooked her skirt on her saddle on one of the downhill sections of the course and crashed. Tristan and Chris came upon Susan on the side of the track nursing her injuries and pulled the pin on their race to help. Chris described the injuries as "horrific", "Susan must have hit the ground really hard, by the time I saw her she was off the side of the track, all her hair had fallen out, her left breast had ruptured and she was clutching her collar bone saying it was broken, in fact the injuries were so bad she looked a lot like my mate, Andy Reid." he said.


Susan was admitted to Queenstown Lakes hospital where, unfortunately, her other breast fell out as the nurse was cutting off her addidas squash outfit. She was later diagnosed with a broken clavicle and an uncanny resemblance to Mr Reid which is bound to cause much confusion on the MTB circuit for years to come.

Back at the race Anja McDonald piloted her Ibis Tranny all the way to theTattoo parlour with Brenda (Bob) Clapp coming in third on her trusty Santa Cruz Chamelon dressed as a very classy nurse. Cant remember who won the men's race, all i know is the top five riders all rushed off into the bushes to have a cuddle and warm up as they all rode 29ers.


At the Tattoo Studio -Photo courtesy of Scott Kennedy / Adventureskope

12 HOURS ALONE WITH A TRANNY





The jewel in the crown of Mountain Bike Otago's race calendar is undoubtedly the R&R Naseby 12hr Challenge. Once a year, the usually peaceful, picturesque Otago village is turned into a seething mass of lycra, warm-up cream and carbo gels. This year we put a couple of Trannies into the mix, to see if we could shake things up a bit. In our infinite wisdom, we thought 12 hours in the saddle would be perfect preparation for the following weekend's Single Speed nats in Queenstown, so we were both doing this event uni-cogged and solo.

Anyway, it turns out that these bikes are pretty plush... for a hardtail... and thank God for that, cos 12 hours of sustained badgering from an unforgiving frame could well leave you in tatters. So the racing was pretty close. However, Tristan's longer, finer legs got him a substantial lead during the Le Mans start.

As dusk drew near, and i started taking short spells to better savour my iced animal biscuits, Tristan knocked it into another gear (figuratively, of course) and somehow got faster. The split expanded to almost 20 minutes - big enough for him to squeeze in another lap before the 8:30pm cut off, leaving me in second on 21 laps and him taking line honours (and 3rd solo overall) on 22 lap

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Story of Santa Cruz's APP Suspension



What Is APP?

In the words of the lead engineer on this project, APP is "a kind of bogus acronym." It means Actual Pivot Point, and since we are an acronym-averse company, those three letters represent both a totally new suspension system and the fact that we don't take our marketing nearly as seriously as we do our engineering. The name "Actual Pivot Point" initially came about as a spoof on "Virtual Pivot Point," and was used in joking reference to our single pivot bikes when we first began working with VPP a decade ago. When it came time to name this new suspension system we were working on, the APP moniker resurfaced, and in spite of our best efforts to come up with something else that accurately described what was going on and sounded cool, the name stuck.

Yeah, But What Is APP?
APP is a single pivot suspension that utilizes a pair of links to create a variable shock rate. It represents the confluence of two different SCB technologies- combining our proven single pivot location with the shock rate characteristics of our VPP suspension - and is the result of a design process that started back in 2005.

We built some mules so ugly only a mother could love them and proved to ourselves it would work. Then we applied for some patents, the first of which was granted in 2009. By this point, we had four years into the design, and had evolved it away from an initial floating shock concept toward the more streamlined bikes in this presentation, the 150mm-travel Butcher and the 125mm-travel Nickel.

Not all single pivot suspensions are the same, so don't go tarring them all with the same dismissive brush. The single pivot used on our new APP bikes is similar to that found on our highly evolved Superlight and Heckler models. It features a high (but not too high) forward (but not too forward) placement that is about the very best place you can locate a single suspension pivot. The placement creates a slight degree of anti-squat, which allows for lively pedaling response, and the high-forward positioning provides a more neutral braking reaction than other lower, more rearward, locations.

We use 15mm diameter aluminum axles in the main swingarm pivot and at the APP link/swing link pivot. Those axles roll on angular contact bearings, thread directly into their swingarm or link counterparts on one side of the bike and feature locking collet heads on the other. The links themselves are stout little chunks of forged aluminum. They don't flex. The axle and bearing design, aside from being a whole lot more sophisticated than just about anything else on the market, is sturdy, reliable, and when the time comes, easily serviceable.

The Story of Santa Cruz APP, Design - More Mountain Bike Videos

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Moron the Santa Cruz APP bikes

A few vimeo video's, which I haven't figured out how to embed yet......been on holiday you see, still catching up.

http://www.vimeo.com/10791221

http://www.vimeo.com/10783388

http://www.vimeo.com/10782342

Working on NZ pricing now

Santa Cruz launch new APP Bikes

Two lovely new bikes from Santa Cruz, the Butcher and the Nickel. Sweeeet!
These two new bikes will be the first to use Santa Cruz's new APP (Actual Pivot Point) Suspension design.

Here's some pictures, check out the new colour, chocolate..........mmmmmm.

Expect June delivery.






Caleb at Spoke Magazine got the inside info on these bike way before me, there is a lot more info and a PDF download on spokemagazine.com

Friday, April 02, 2010

New Carbon Nomad Pictures

I got so excited, I couldn't wait for Stylie to get back from holiday to post some pictures up on the Hyperformance Hardware blog.

More pictures and details at www.santacruzbicycles.com.

HOT!!

New carbon fibre frame

VPP goodness!

Also comes in a super-stealthy shade of black