Retailers in New Zealand
Retailers in New Zealand. These good guys & gals will have a range of our bikes and products in store and ride them too
213 Dominion Rd, Mt. Eden, Auckland 1024
09 630 6940 planetcycles.co.nz
33 Barry's Point Road, Takapuna, North Shore 0622, Auckland
09 489 5494, 0800 KIWIVELO, firstname.lastname@example.org
K Road, Auckland 1010
09 309 6444, email@example.com
1133 Pukuatua St, Rotorua
07 343 9372, firstname.lastname@example.org, bikeculture.co.nz
Central Bicycle Studio
69 Walding Street, Palmerston North, 4414
06 358 6151, email@example.com, centralbicyclestudio.co.nz
93 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington
04 385 0398, mountainbikingwellington.com
Cnr Rutherford & Bridge Street, Nelson 7010
03 548 4999, firstname.lastname@example.org
206 Wordsworth St, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023
03 366 3773, email@example.com, scottybrowns.com
1 Picton Ave & Blenheim Road, Tower Junction, Addington, Christchurch 8011
03 365 2178, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forge Building, Cnr Camp & Shotover Streets, Queenstown 9300
03 409 0409, email@example.com
99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305
03 443 7882, firstname.lastname@example.org, racersedge.co.nz
70 Stuart St, Dunedin 9016
03 474 1211, email@example.com
Friday, August 26, 2011
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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 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.
Straitline Race Ring and the bash ring supplied with the Straitline Silent Guide.