Friday, September 30, 2011

Damian Stones Springs into Action for Ground Effect

New Spring 2011 Ground Effect Catalog is out and Damian Stones makes an appearance, he didn't make the cover, nor is the page three girl/guy......you have to flick all the way to page 17....but it is an action pic.

Petrol Head Friday - Toyota Hilux - 'Now I know what you're thinking'

Best thing about a new Toyota Hilux, the TV ad's.

First up, the ad specifically designed for New Zealand.


The one for Oz, this one's a bit of a tear jerker, so get your hankies ready.



The South African ad sticks to the tired and true stereotyping



And least we forget, the Barry Crump commercials, 'hold on it gets a bit bumpy'

Monday, September 26, 2011

Drink Beer (or any other liquids)? More SC Pint Glasses have landed


Just in time for that post ride brew, just landed more of the SC pint glasses.  Go and see your dealer and secure yours now or flick me an email.  Operators are standing by....honest, the last batch sold out faster than I could pack them.

Also just landed, the new SPX kits too, now with shimano XT brakes....so nice. SPX29er, SPX XC & SPX AM.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tallboy Carbon - two more colour options.

Santa Cruz have been busy beavering away on the bike builder......plus added a little surprise too, the Tallboy Carbon has two more colour options, blue and gloss black with red (think Highball).


For more info via the official Santa Cruz newsletter, click here

Friday, September 23, 2011

Petrol Head Friday - Bike Magazine Porsche Duathlon

I think Bike Magazine and Porsche are fans of Petrol Head Friday....well someone reads my blog....all eight of you.

The real PHF action starts at about the 2.43 mark....unless you're into watching someone try to ride a bike around a track designed for cars.


Bike Magazine / Porsche Willow Springs Duathlon from Bike magazine on Vimeo.

Now I am all for safer roads etc......but sometimes, I do wonder about if we have too many road rules?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daylight Savings is THIS Weekend....Time to Dust Off Your Bike

Damian, at the Firepit
Tristan, Queenstown
Anja, CX National Champs

Jake Boylett Kaka DH
Dave A, probably Wellington

Another man called Dave, Cape Epic

Not Dave (Ben actually), TransWales....it's summer too.

Eloise, Heaphy
Jamie (with the Butcher he won at the Coppermine), Kill Devil

Dirk, World Cup Racing in Europe.

Tim....holding 2nd place in the Coppermine
Nathan, Kaiteriteri MTB Park
Ian, RNR Super-D
James, a secret location in Nelson.
Some Gezza, Nydia Bay (it's such a sweet track too)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Petrol Head Friday - Most Exciting Things of the Show

Yes, yes, yes......I am a little late with PHF because Interbike is keeping me distracted.  On the other side of the world, Frankfurt to be precise, the Frankfurt Motor Show is going on.

The best news is that Alfa Romeo WILL put their 4C into production.  Looks like the perfect mountain biker's car too me.

The next most exciting car is still by the Fiat Group and that's the Abarth 695 Competizione.  Need a super car squeezed into a Fiat 500 body?  How about 180bhp in a car that small too?  Rear seats are over rated too.

Of course there was a whole bunch of hybrids and electric cars that were all on display too.  A few concepts that will never see the light of day, but looks like a good collection of cars.  The death of the internal combustion engine is not here yet....but some of the alternatives are looking pretty good now too.
Need to know more about the cars on show?  Check out autoblog.com (FYI pictures are from autoblog.com too)

And I will leave you with this clip of a stolen Porsche Boxter chase scene in Queensland.
My only question, why steal a yellow one?

What We've all been waiting for - Mike F at Interbike in front of a camera

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's not just me raving about the TRc


I know, there are a bunch of you skeptics that think I just rave about every new model of bike that I am riding.....but honestly, I don't make this stuff up.
Here is an email from a good customer (who we'll call Matt from Taupo) of Bike Culture (have you checked out their new website yet...go on, click on the link).
Anywho, Matt from Taupo just got his new Santa Cruz Blur TRc, and he sent Bike Culture and myself the email below.  Matt from Taupo previously had a LTc and previously to that an alloy LT2.


I have to admit with all the build up and accolades the TRc had been given (yourselves included) I was sceptical has to how (if any) real improvement there would be over the LTc, if fact I did wonder if I was really doing the right thing?

Until I rode it....... Oh heck! The difference of “Day & Night” is not worthy of a phrase of comparison. The TRc is simply amazing. Finally I have a bike that I feel “grounded” to when riding, the suspension works better and for the first time “I” am actually jumping my bike in the air, I feel that confident (this is big for me).
After a 3 hr ride my ave ride speed was 2km faster than on the LTc, true and I felt less fatigued, honestly crazy facts.

Faults: ..... I am always changing gears “up”, the dam thing just rolls so well it increases speed and I am always clicking up to keep the cranks speed up, this is honestly a pain! I seriously put this down to the carbon rims, they do all the work for me (again, the rims are a must).

Biggest impressions: Rolling Speed, Stable confidence, How incredible quiet it is? I can hear twigs breaking under my wheels “true”! Chain guide is again so quiet, it perfect. The brakes are also perfect XTR is way better than my old brakes.

Most of the ride I was truly lost for words, there were so many advantages I was not expecting and couldn’t believe. I thought the change over from the LT2 to the LTc was big, but this is that much bigger than any bike I have changed too.
Matt from Taupo

Thank you Matt from Taupo.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Petrol Head Friday - Good News



Good News, the Alfa Romeo 4C will go in production in 2013.....might only be left hand drive.
Good News, Lapo Elken (heir to the Fiat/Chrysler empire) is a bigger ass-hat that you or I, he managed to block traffic in Turin, by parking over some tram tracks.
Good News, the Bugatti Galibier will not go into production, it's not outrageous enough.
Good News, the Pink Panther's Panthermobile is up for auction, you better rush, bidding closes 14th October.
Good News, the first person to crash a Lamborghini Aventador found.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Anja McDonald is the face of the Love NZ billboard campaign


If you happen to be driving around Auckland CBD, you might of noticed the large billboards for the loveNZ campaign......actually they are pretty hard to miss. The billboards are pretty massive.

Who's that girl with the Blur LT carbon you ask?  Well that's Anja McDonald, Anja told me it was a hard day of riding her bike and stopping to be photographed on what looks to be a damp day in Queenstown.  Or it might of been a really sunny day in Queenstown and I got sent some blurry photo's of the billboard.

The really interesting coincidence is that Anja's fiancee, Tristan Rawlence, is currently appearing in local mtb magazines (like the latest issue of Spoke).   This advert came out without Tristan's knowledge, he was racing the 6 hour Super-D in the picture.  Nice bike Tristan, looks familiar.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Not the PHF - More Bike Stuff from Around the World.

I've been a little too distracted the last couple of days to think about Petrol Head Friday.


Firstly a MASSIVE congrat's to Anton Cooper for his silver medal win at the UCI World Champs Junior Men XC race.  Anton won the last two world cup rounds and he's being noticed.......who's noticing, how about Greg Minnaar!  More info on Spokemagazine.com, where else?

Greg Minnaar
Anton Cooper rider of the day, 21st ish through to 2nd.... Nice one mate
So I really wish that I was in Champery to see his race and of course, there is a lot more racing to going on at the World Champs.
The UCI are also causing a little bit of controversy over their new sponsorship arrangement with a website that no one has heard of.....more on this over at Dirt.mpora.com 

While the Mountain Bike World Champs are on, there is also Eurobike to think about.
Ibis are showing off their new bike the Ripley 29er, with it's new eccentric DW linkage design.  If you want to know more about this new DW linkage design, Dave Weagle himself is posting on mtbr.com forum.
Straitline Components are also at Eurobike showing off their wares, like their new AMP pedals and what they're currently working.....like the AMP stem.


Santa Cruz  are also at Eurobike and of course their Syndicate Team are at the world champs and they are the main sponsors for the Oregon Super-D which is having it's final this weekend.
Santa Cruz are showing off their current range and of course their new editions, the Blur TRc, Tallboy Alloy and the Highball.
picture thanks to www.portugalbike.com
picture thanks to www.portugalbike.com
picture thanks to www.portugalbike.com
And of course we're all missing the Eurobike fashion show, thanks to the guys at Santa Cruz Bicycles for posting this on facebook.....it's just like being there.

OK, if you've got this far, then you deserve some PHF to get you through the weekend.....I'll be fine, I have the latest issue of Evo to read.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Ibis 29er - Believe it or Not.

Introducing the Ripley 29er from Ibis, if you're lucky enough to be sifting around Eurobike (oh why am I not there right now?), you'll be able to check out Ibis's latest bike.  The above picture of their proto-type.

Now Ibis have been working on the Ripley for about 3 years, the really funky thing about it is they're using DW's new eccentric links to replace the usual links.

Big Up's to Caleb @ Spoke Mag for being one of the first to post info on the Ripley too, looks like he was burning the wick at both ends to get this story out.

Also , Bikerumor.com, seem to have more pictures of the eccentric link.


Here are Some of the Features of the Ibis Ripley 29

  • 29" wheels
  • 120mm rear wheel dw-link travel
  • Twin angular contact composite bearing eccentric linkages
  • Full carbon fiber monocoque with sacrifical core molding
  • Tapered head tube (Cane Creek AngleSet & Chris King InSet compatible)
  • Kashima coated Fox Float RP23 with Adaptive Logic Boost Valve technology
  • Clean cable routing with molded carbon cable stops and provisions for cable-actuated adjustable seat posts
  • BB92/Press GXP style integrated BB is lighter and stiffer and better for molding
  • 142mm Maxle rear axle provides high axle stiffness with QR ease of wheel removal and installation
  • 160mm carbon fiber post mount rear brake mounts
  • High direct front derailleur, mounted to swingarm
  • Geometry designed to work with 120-140mm forks
  • 34mm fork stanchion approved
  • 4 Sizes (S, M, L, XL)
  • Weight TBD
  • Price TBD but in line with our other frames
  • Delivery TBD, but not in 2011