Friday, August 26, 2011

Santa Cruz Syndicate - Val Di Sole


Santa Cruz SYNDICATE - Val Di Sole, Italy 8/21/2011 from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.

Petrol Head Friday - The Rotary Engine




A sad day for petrol (rotary) heads everywhere, Mazda has killed off the RX-8 due to falling world wide sales and not being able to meet tighter emission standards.

Felix Wankel was awarded the patent for his wankel engine way back in 1929.  The wankel (or rotary) engine has always seemed like a good idea, the supposed advantages always looked good on paper.  The engines are lighter and contain less moving parts than the equivalent sized piston engine.  It is also supposed to be smoother, have better power to weight ratio and be very reliable.

The problem was the engine seemed to have far more disadvantages than it should.  It was not a very economical engine, it is even less economical than a V8 outputting similar power.  And best we don't mention the emissions of the engine.
Also we have all seen a Rotary powered car on the side of the road with a bunch of guys in black t-shirts looking under the bonnet and scratching their heads at why the car is not running.....so it's reputation for reliably has also been on the weak side.

Of course the rotary engine is responsible for the yoof of New Zealand (maybe the world?) being able to do this;


Is this someone we know?  RockShox sticker on the window.

Of course the Mazda RX-8 was a very liked car by the media, Evo mag gave it 4/5 and even Top Gear like it....well sort of.
Rumor is that Mazda are still working on the next generation rotary engine, but we'll see what happens.  The death of the internal combustion engine may well be greatly exaggerated.....but the writing is probably on the wall.....currently it's just on a white board...but it's there.

Anywho, you can pick up a used RX-8 in NZ for less than $20K and they all seem to have low miles?
So if you want to experience the best of the rotary engine, this might be the time......who knows, they might all become collectors items and increase in value.
Ok, just for Mr. Woodward, who thinks I am taking the piss about the rotary engine, a video clip of the 787b at Le Mans.


Oh yeah on a completely other petrol head tangent, (Ex-?) Libyan leader, Ghaddafi owned an all electric Fiat 500.  I suppose it makes sense, best not eat the candy if you own a candy store, right?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oregon Super D Finals - Sandy Ridge Course Preview

This little clip has been going around the ol' Internet for the past few days.  I first spotted it when Brian Lopes tweeted about it, then Santa Cruz Bicycles stuck it on their facebook page.....well Jamie Goldman is in the clip.

Hmmm, is just over $3k in airline tickets to get to Portland......Looks like a great course.


Sandy Ridge Course Preview from Kris Jamieson (Jaymo) on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Almost Spring - Get Out and Ride.


Jono Gooder, when he's not showing off the latest XTR components, he's borrowing Basic Bikes Stigmata and thrashing the bejebus out of it.  Photo thanks to Timo St Anton
Emma (Mrs. Spoke Magazine) riding the North Face.....and why wouldn't you, it's not everyday there is snow in Wellington and her Blur LT carbon needs some single track.
Photo thanks to Caleb Smith.....of Spoke Magazine fame.
Hannah Thorne winning the TransWales, after seven grueling days of racing, Hannah wins by just over a minute margin. This great picture of Hannah was borrowed from the MTBtransuk website.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Santa Cruz Blur TRc - I'm Still Smitten With It.


With the only constant being change (my ancestors figured that out around 500BC, who am I to argue?), I thought it was time for some small upgrades to my TRc.   
First up, the 2012 RP23 with kashima coating and adaptive logic (man that's a mouth full).
After a weekends riding with it, I am pretty sure that the kashima coating does make the RP23 plusher (no, I am not just making this up) and the rebound seems to have more usable adjustment.  I still keep the pro-pedal knob on the fully open position.

The kashima coated RP23 will be a standard option on the TRc.

Those of you that are paying attention, will notice that I have decided to put a red straitline seat clamp on it.  Nice eh?
I doubt that any of you will be surprised to see that I have new forks.  These are the 2012 Fox Float 32 130RLC Fit, factory tune with kashima coating.  This WILL be available as an option on the Santa Cruz build kit.....with the black legs.....nice.

They feel a lot nicer to ride than the Float 32RL's and of course look a lot better too, what more could you want?  Oh yeah, they also seemed lighter too, which is pretty important.
Last, but not least.....a RED Cane Creek IS110 headset.  Mainly because it's red and possibly because of the 110 year warranty.  Can't argue with that.
Not a standard Santa Cruz option......but I am sure I can track one done if you NEEDED one.  Also available in blue and black.

I'm still smitten with the TRc, it's like Santa Cruz put all the best bits of all their bikes into one, light weight, nimble, great handling, great pedaling, fun bike.  Honestly, it is hard to explain how much fun this bike is to ride, you just want to ride all your favorite tracks at 11 and then go back and do it again.

Santa Cruz have come up with a bike that is just that little bit more special than anything else on the market and I like it....I really can't see how anyone could not.

Anywho, daylight savings around the corner and the tracks are starting to look mint (especially if they aren't covered in snow)....so get out and ride!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Petrol Head Friday - Best Open Top Super Car on the Stelvio Pass

I think the guys at Evo are just showing off now, OK I get it, you guys have the best job in the world.



And this one is easy, the Alfa Romeo 8C.  Looks and Sounds wins it for me.....and I like Alfa's....now where did I put that Lotto Ticket?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I See Red!



Into matching coloured anodised bits?  Maybe we can help?  

No matter what you ride, we can probably add some lovely red bits to your current ride. 
We've got bit's from Straitline Components, grips for you Ibis or Santa Cruz and even some red upgrade options like a red cane creek IS110 tapered headset.


Or maybe you actually need a new frame to match your collection of red bits.  Check out the new 2012 Santa Cruz Tallboy Alloy...thought you might want to know what they look like.....since they're aren't released until Interbike time.  Mmmm kashima coated rear shock too.


Also, we can do other colours too.......but I kinda like the Split Enz video.

Blur TRc Faster Than Snow Melting in Rotorua

For most parts of New Zealand, snow has been falling in places it usually doesn't or has more snow than usual.
So even though it's a bit nippy out, Nick Lambert (current NZMTBer cover model) didn't stay inside by the heater, no, he had his new Blur TRc to go and ride.

Nick's thoughts after his first ride, it's bloody fast, which is the feed back I have got from my other customers.

I'm still smitten with my TRc and I'm about to give mine a few little upgrades, but that's another story.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Steve Peat Dual World Champs

Oldnews.com?
Since I feel like staying on the Butcher topic for a little longer....and I only just stumbled across this little clip of Seb Kemp winning the 2011 World Dual Champs at the Steve Peat compound.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Petrol Head Friday - Ayrton Senna

Drove Fast, died young.  41 Formula 1 wins, 65 Pole Positions and 3 World Championships.

You NEED to see this movie.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Spoke Magazine - Butcher, Three Month Update.


Spoke give us a three month update (hmmm, April to August...that's three months, right?) after thrashing the Butcher around.  It's very thorough, thought out and a well explained account of riding the bike for 3+ months.
Personally I can't wait for the next installment......hopefully they will test it's 'huck to flat' ability, which is very important test.
Anywho; click here to jump to Spoke Mag.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Straitline Silent Guide 32T Specific.

Right-t-o then, Straitline have made a run of 32T specific Silent Guides.  They use the older ISCG standard, because the b/b adapters are lighter, slimmer and more minimal.
So you need to get your hands on one of these; 
Then you need to get one of these;
Then you simply install the ISCG adapter via the bottom bracket and bolt up the Straitline Silent Guide to the ISCG adapter.  Now would be a good time to change the slider colours to the ones that match your eye colour...or what ever.
 Then install your cranks with a Straitline Race Ring and the bash ring supplied with the Straitline Silent Guide.
Go riding!