Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Other V10 Carbon

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, being shown at the Paris Motor Show.
999kg's, 570hp, 0 - 100km/h in 2.7 seconds and lots of carbon.

More here; at Jalopnik.com

I wonder if you could get it in the Syndicate colours?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

V10 Carbon Bike Builder up and running

Black is the new black. 

The V10 Carbon is now up on the bike builder and there will be two colour options, carbon/black or carbon black/gold.

The V10 Carbon will hopefully be available early 2011 and if we're really lucky, maybe there will be one ot two in NZ a little before that.
So you can get a frame only and put on all your bling and/or thrashed out parts in or just get a complete bike.
Above is a picture of the V10 carbon at Interbike and while we're talking about Interbike, the virtual trade show booth is up on MTBr.com for those of us who like to like our lives virtually.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Colours - Straitline Pedals have landed

Black may well be the new black.

For those of you who have been waiting for your new Straitline pedals, well they have landed.
Lots of colours too, JL matte black, black, white, pink (I was convinced to bring pink in, I thought pink was over), red, blue and the new fire and ice.....which you can see to the right of the picture.

More straitline silent guides, because if you are using anything else.....you're not being silent.

Lot's of stems, mostly in black so you can finish off your murdered out ride.

Well, what are you waiting for?  Operators are standing by.

Oh yeah, how could I forget....make sure you check the Straitline blog often, it's alway funny.  http://straitline.blogspot.com/

And Singletrack world review the silent guide here;

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Interbike 2010 - Seb Kemp rides the Nickel (or is that Nuckel?)

This has blantantly been borrowed from NSMB, click back there if you want to read all of Seb's riding adventures.....it's pretty funny.

SANTA CRUZ NUCKEL

Words by Seb Kemp. Photos by David Ferguson.

Date: 2010-09-23

The APP is the anti-acronymn. It's half this and half that, but ends up being more than the sum of two differing halves. Like cutting a tiger and a lion in half, sticking them together and getting a rocket fueled Liger. In this case, which is real life and not a Napoleon Dynamite daydream, this means they have taken the single pivot added a rocker link and so has the benefits of both systems. In the Single Pivots case, the placement of the pivot 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. And as for the linkage it gives a variable shock rate more like the full blown VPP bikes (Nomad, Blur, V-10, and the err...Tallboy).
However, this overview is starting to sound more and more like a catalogue which I know Santa Cruz wouldn't like. They would probably be 6 beers deep and playing some garden game in the shade, like they were during the dirt demo. So hold on a moment why I pour Cam, Fergs and myself a tequila (a lovely estate bottled Anejo if you care to know. I love the states and it's hyper cheap liquor).


Ahhhh, thats better, so what was I saying? Ah the Nickel! So the Nickel is the 125mm version. A slightly more feathery implement for cutting and carving trails on the face of things. However I found the 68degree headangle and stable geometry (longer cockpit, low BB) of the Nickel to give this bike some balls to attack the trails whilst going down, and the short rear end makes it climb very well indeed. The geo of the APP bikes is very different to the VPPs. Slightly slacker (relatively speaking), longer cockpits, and shorter rear ends means that it is the kind of geo that provides riders with a lot of confidence and stability. This is a friendly geometry, the kind of geometry that you instantly feel like very good friends with, you trust them, and you know that no matter how long it is between meetings you will always be on the same page. Good for intermediates who don't want to be bitten yet with the kind of characteristics that turbo trail chargers will like the smell of.

Anyway, that will be the strong pour of the tequila speaking. I will finish up by saying that the Nickel has a tapered headtube and can although comes with a 130mm fork it could take more. I would personally but a burly fork up front but keep the travel down to still keep the axle to crown down but had lots of strength and flex resistance. Then it could be raced when needed but still have the pumping bulging loins of the Liger it is. The Nickel starts at $2200.

I would of liked to have got onto the Butcher which is the 150mm travel APP and I think would suit those with even more gnar tendencies, particularly from the Sea to Sky Corridor. However the Dirt Demo is full of riders who also want to ride the bikes you do. However, not everyone is built equal. For one it's really hard to get on the bikes you want to actually ride because there are too many people at the Dirt Demo. It is supposed to be a chance for retailers, distributors and media to get their hands on the bikes and get a feel for the product out there. However, there seems to be a huge percentage of hacks that have slipped through the rigorous badge printing process and who are just there to have a ride on some bikes for free. They don't know what, they don't care what. They are just here to grab a lovely fresh new bike and take it out and smash it, because, as I heard the Lycra Bandit (see yesterdays pictures) say as he rides off down the trail with both tires flat "It's not my bike, I don't care, haha."

Seriously, whats the point in manufacturers and companies spending a lot of time and money to bring a very expensive fleet of bike here if they are going to be so slammed fending off requests for vagrants, and fixing broken bikes for the growing queue of vagrants who want to break them again?
I had one dude at the Santa Cruz tent come and push past me (nothing new, no one in Vegas has manners, but thats OK, they are on holiday from everything, including manners) and ask for a large bike. When told that the only large bikes currently available at that time was the Driver 8 and the Tallboy he replied that he didn't care so long as it is large. I turned to him and asked (politely) whether he knew what each bike was and the difference between them. He replied that he didn't, but he didn't care so long as it was large. I bit my lip and asked whether he was planning on doing some DH or more XC style riding on his TEST lap. He said "Son, I don't know what you are saying, so long as I gets myself a bike damn it I don't care if it triple x or not". It's at this point I should of directed him to the Ellsworth tent or perhaps the Hannebrink stand. I didn't, I was crying inside.

This and other such dumbfounded incidents happened a lot over the two days. I am glad I don't work as a demoist because I might be a murdering demoist after no time at all. Those guys must have the patience of saints.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Interbike 2010: Santa Cruz Butcher | Vital MTB

Interbike 2010: Santa Cruz Butcher Vital MTB

Mike Ferrentino at Interbike talking VitalMtb about the Butcher.  Well he gets around to talking about the Butcher eventually.  Go on, click on the link, its a laugh.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Syndicate Repilca V10's

If you want a bike that looks EXACTLY like this;
And has been tested by this guy

And this guy
You better speak up fast.  Santa Cruz are only making 100 Syndicate Replica V10's, which are the same as those Syndicate Boys ride (no Edge carbon rims, those are still in development).

There are THREE mediums allocated for NZ and that's it. 

I am pretty much planning on keeping one to put on the wall (don't tell Sandra), so there are two left.

Better give me a call if you want one.....no mucking around.

Oh yeah, a MASSIVE thanks to Patrick of http://www.maximumexposure.co.nz/ for the action shots.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ed goes back to his roots

Sunday saw the second round of the popular PNP MTB series, with another awesome turn out of riders. If you’re wondering where my spiel from round 1 is, well to cut a long story short, don’t turn up to a race with well worn drive-train (or you’ll get chain suck all day long).



After the so called ‘largest storm on Earth’ skipped the mountain bikers in Wellington and rather dumped itself on the trackies in Invercargil, we were treated to a stellar day in the capital; nothing but the best for MTB’s of course! With the awesome crew from the WTP (Wainui Trail Project) grooming the tracks for some serious traffic, all was set for another fun day of skids (only on the firebreaks of course WTP ;-)).

After a quick spin down the road, dodging a randomly parked local’s car as you do, it was straight up the 4wd past the water tower; nothing like starting a race with 15mins of climbing. Right from the start I knew I had good legs so felt intent on testing them and the other guys; not long in I pulled a small gap but could still feel them breathing down my neck. Down Labyrinth then Snails, it looked liked I had pulled a decent gap, so I settled into a nicer rhythm that I could sustain for the whole 2hrs. Near the top of Jungles on the way back up I could see Alex Revell chasing hard, obviously Alex was going to be a challenge to dislodge as always. Into Beeline for a quick descent, pulling a few risks was in order to open a gap on Alex, so down I slide (on my wheels of course). On the way up to Spoonhill I managed to find a nice rhythm helping me to pull out a decent gap, but I still had the infamous descent of Spoonhill to go. In its usual sloppy style, Spoon was slippery, entertaining (still no crashes, wow) and bumpy, but that’s half the fun of riding in Wainui. Through Spoon Link, Wetlands, then onto the road, lap 1 was done and dusted.

Even with daylight behind me I didn’t let up one bit, always another carrot to chase after; the next time up the 4wd I could see Hiskey off in the distance, a perfect target. It did take me all the way to the top of Labyrinth to catch him, but the thrill of descending behind him is always worth it. Apart from the near head on with a rider lost on Snail’s, everything went smoothly. Other highlights from the final lap is passing Tiger on Jungles letting him know he still has 2 more climbs to go, and getting stuck in traffic down Spoon which by now was truly thrashed! Back on the road, into the college grounds and across the line for my first win of the series.



Another well run and enjoyable PNP race, all in my hometown Wainui (that’s right, I grew up in Wainui, but escaped before I become a prisoner ;-)). Huge cheers as always for the race organizers (Marco, Ash and big bro Al), the WTP for providing some amazing tracks (Spoon is my favorite in Wgtn) and, SantaCruz for an awesome bike (ride in the series and YOU could win a SantaCruz bike, wicked!).
Look forward to seeing everyone at Mt Vic in three weeks.

Friday, September 17, 2010

OMG - 26lbs Nomad Carbon

This Nomad C is Mike Metz's personal ride (It's his birthday today too), so if you are passing Bike Culture, wish Mike a happy birthday and go and ogle his 26lbs Nomad Carbon.

I am now off to wieght each individual part on my bike........it's raining so, why not.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tough Decisions

Nomad Carbon, Van36 (with Kashima coating) 1 x 10 set up, 30lbs....maybe less...might go to RP23
Mojo HD, Van36, 1 x 10 set up, a little less 30lbs

Both of them are almost finished, just need some fine tuning and they'll be ready to ride.

Which one first?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Vote for the Coppermine Santa Cruz Spot Prize

The Baker Heckler

With the Auckland Super City Mayoral elections and The Ozzie elections looking like so much fun......I thought maybe we at Hyperformance Hardware needed to vote for something too.

As you are probably aware we have been giving away a Heckler at the Coppermine (which you are just about to enter....right? YES, there is a free beer too).

For the 2011 Coppermine, you can vote for the Santa Cruz model that you think we should give away.....just look the the top right of the screen and make your choice.

I rode the new Nickel when I visited the Santa Cruz factory recently......Sandra and I were lucky enough to be shown the local Santa Cruz trails by Mike Ferrentino.  (Who I have blatantly ripped off his links in blog thing).  Now it's been a very looooong time since I have ridden a bike with less than 140mm of travel, so I thought I would find it hard to adjust the Nickel (125mm rear, 130mm front).....long story short, I loved the bike. 
Climbed like a scalded cat and it's relaxed geometry made it descend like a longer travel bike....so I'm leaning towards the Nickel as the perfect Coppermine bike.

What do you think? 
Vote now.

(OK for all you eagle eyed spotters, yes orginally I did post a picture of a Nickel instead of a Butcher.....all fixed now)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Damian Stones - when he's not on the Firepit Pump track


Day light savings is almost here and I really can't wait.....hopefully this picture will get you in the right mood, oh and if you're in Christchurch and you're still being shaken, the weather on Sunday in Nelson "should" be OK, if you want to go for a ride........I should have my new bike by then......more on that tomorrow.

A BIG thanks to Grant Stirling (http://www.stirlingimages.com/) for the picture.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Marco Toniolo at the Santa Cruz stand at Euro bike

I don't think I could of said it better myself.
For those of us who couldn't make it to Eurobike, Marco Toniolo has us covered.


Eurobike 2010: Santa Cruz Bicycles from Marco Toniolo on Vimeo.

2010 World Championships Mont Sainte Anne, Canada

Photo thanks to Patrick Fallon of http://www.maximumexposure.co.nz/

Mont Sainte Anne is probably one of the most famous venues for Mountain Bike racing in the World and this year the World Championships coincided with 20 years of world class events held at Mont Sainte Anne which is quite an achievement given Mountain Bike racings short history.


I arrived in Canada good and early to acclimatise and get comfortable on the course. Getting to know the track was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the very dry conditions which were so extreme that some sections were very similar to trying to ride in the sand dunes at the beach. Mont Sainte Anne is known for its technical nature and it lived up to its reputation this year with plenty of challenging terrain and the now well known rock garden. A couple of tough climbs, combined with the bumpy rough single track were quite hard on the body making it a tough track to race on.

Starting in 32 place I was forced to line up in the middle of the grid which is often the worst place to be as usually any crashes that are going to occur happen in that area. But fortunately I got off the line well and dived round the outside of the first couple of corners gaining places as everyone tried to take the shorter inside line. From there it was flat stick to the first hill. I lost a few positions for a while but made it back up to 34th over the line after completing the start loop, which was pretty good by my usual standards and with six full laps left things were going well.

Things were pretty frantic for the next couple of laps as a very quick pace was set by the leaders. It was a case of hold on as long as possible. I struggled for a while dropping back into the 40’s but once things settled down a bit after the first part of the race I was able to get into my own rhythm and I started to ride a lot stronger and made good progress moving back into the mid 30s.

However despite nothing actually going wrong, I felt I wasn’t ever really able to get to maximum spark and as the laps ticked by I couldn’t make any further progression up the field. My end result of 36th was not what I had been looking for at the World Championships. Still despite being a bit disappointed with the way this race went I still have three more years left in the U23 age category. So I have time to progress up towards the pointy end of the field and all things going well a podium finish in the next few years.

Dirk Peters

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Eurobike - New Colours for the LTc and XCc

New colours for the Blur LTc and Blur XCc were shown off at Eurobike, yeap, they look nice......no I can't tell you when they will be available.....not yet, probably not next week.....not the week after either.

As we all know, good things come to those who wait.





The Bike Builder has been updated with the new colours too.

Nice

Monday, September 06, 2010