Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Straitline AMP Pedals - Got Some


Managed to land a handful of AMP Pedals, they look great, feel light as and of course, are up to the usual very high straitline standards.  Honestly they are a work of art.

So if you're a flat earth pedaller .....you NEED a set of these.

'Like' Santa Cruz Bicycles - Press Like

OK, so I just noticed that ONLY 39 of my supposed facebook friends 'like' Santa Cruz Bicycles facebook page.
Santa Cruz Bicycles ONLY have 13,989 friends, which isn't that much...really.

Go on, go and press 'like'

What's in it for me?  Well, if I am really lucky, I'll get an old un-ironed T-shirt, which is one size too big for me, but I have always wanted one......and it's almost my birthday too....well, less than a month.....and it is the time for giving.



Friday, November 18, 2011

Super D2 Action - 30+ Men Hogged the Podiums

Mildy setting a scorching top 10 over all time and 20+ seconds faster than everyone else in the 40+ class
Nice Bike

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but we do have wisdom from experience.  KB is the man to beat at the Nelson Super-D series, he's raced as a pro-DH in the US of A and he's not shabby riding up hills as well.  But us older folk know, that no matter what your engineering mates tell you, 3 bolts are not enough to evenly distribute the stress of your rotor.  Click here for clarification.
Anwho, top fastest times were set by local shreder Derrek Winward and second fastest by Ricky Pincott on his Santa Cruz Nickel.  Full results can be found here.
Boyd G, fastest board member, fastest Mojo SL in Nelson (NZ?) and 3rd in the 30-39 class....so it's his shout  today.
Recovered from his nasty 'mud in the eye' incident.
Ethan Glover, fastest whipper snapper, 3rd fastest time and just broke the 9min barrier, nice bike too
thinks he would be faster of a Blur TRc, can't argue with that.  Also not a board member (yet), but we will be happy for him to shout us a round.
Bob, 3rd fastest woman and looking smooth, as per, on her LTc, setting a time quicker than some of the younger folk.
Chris Burr, keeping it low and fast.....but not quite fast enough.  But real winners come 4th.
Also, he is recovering from either avian bird flu or giardia, well that's what I reckon and I sell bikes for a living.
Unknown TRc rider sporting the new Santa Cruz Tech-T
All photo's thanks to Dave Chadwick.

Petrol Head Friday - Sex Stills Sells the Abarth 500?



The Fiat 500 is a great little car, although not selling as well in the USA as expected, I could on for days on why that could possibly be.....but that's another story.

Anywho, JLo is the face of the Fiat 500 in the USA(check out the clip below....man I think I just fell asleep), but for the Abarth 500, they went back to the basic Italian Marketing Formula.  Sex Sells.
Now if only they made a Abarth 500 wagon, so I could try to squeeze my bike in the back.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dun Mountain Trail Officially Open Now

Dun and Dusted, the Dun Mountain Trail is now open, it's officially part the of the NZ Cycle Trail (thanks to our tax paying dollars) and it's always been the Santa Cruz Coppermine Enduro course.

Unfortunately, I was out of town for opening day, so I missed the 7.30am ride in the mist and the speeches and the ribbon cutting and the sausage sizzle.

Here are some photos so we can all live out our lives a little more virtually.
All photos thanks to Murray Drake, "Thanks Murray".
1 point for spotting Damian and other point for spotting Chris Mildon and 200 points for spotting Mildy's Butcher with red straitline levers (nice)
Also Mr. Kennnett (of Kennett Bros. fame) had this to say about the course
"The uphill is one of the best in the country - gradual and scenic. But the downhill is an unforgettable buzz."
The beginning of the unforgettable downhill 
Damian always looks good cornering.
Katherine (Mrs. Firepit pump track) making easy work of the perfectly designed corners on her Nickel

Nathan Faavae - A Quick Wrap up from the Adventure World Champs


This just in from Nathan Faavae about the 2011 Adventure Racing World Champs.  You can find more info here; www.arwc2011.com

Nathan tells me that in general, there were a few levels of disappointment, but mainly with themselves.
The team forgot to take our GPS tracker on the second stage. They knew it was a mistake that they shouldn't make.
The organizers slapped a 4-hour penalty on them, (wow) which pretty much took them out of the race.

Nathan tells me they felt let down that the other competitors didn't support them, traditionally in the sport the top teams have raced with a lot of integrity and stood up for each other, but this race was really cut throat.

In Nathans own words,
"We raced our guts out trying to put the penalty into void, but it forced us into racing to hard, damaged a bike and blew in the process.
We led the race for 51 of the 53 checkpoints, then we had to sit out a 4-hour penalty, 35km road ride from the end."


"2 teams passed us during that time, we ended up 90-minutes behind 1st and 3-minutes off second, settling for 3rd. Gutted."

"We take responsibility though, had we truly raced like world champions, we'd be world champs."

"2012 ... utu."

"The Santa Cruz (tallboy), as expected, was faultless"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2012 is almost here.

Some of the new Santa Cruz colours are starting to show up, the new blue Tallboys look good.....only got one of these in the country, more on their way.  Lime Green Nomad Carbons look flash as too, but I forgot to take pictures of those......doh!


Been waiting on a Santa Cruz Tech-T?  They're on their way to your local now.....they look good and they are a nice fit (the medium doesn't look to big on me).  Short sleeve riding top's, just in time for summer.....might wear mine at the Super-D tomorrow.
Good Guys Wear Black...with green or grey.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tom Flimer Video by Matty Bruce on PinkBike

Two young local talents in one blog post, Matty Bruce of Fixedfocus.co.nz can usually be found snapping photo's at Nelson MTB events, has made this clip for his mate, Tom Flimer (nice bike, by the way).
Tom was lucky enough to be the recipient of an AMP scholarship too.....nice work....to both Tom and Matty.


Tom Filmer Edit on pinkbike.com

Santa Cruz Bicycles - Spread the Like Contest.


Santa Cruz Bicycles are trying to help Rob Roskopp tidy his office (hell looks better than mine, I haven't been able to get inside my office for about a year...although I do wish I had some Enve carbon wheels just lying about).
So they are running a facebook competition and will give something potentially awesome.....anywho, click here to go to the facebook competition.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Straitline appear in MTB Zombie movie - Strahan of the Dead (for 1.2 seconds)

We all know that Zombies are the new black and we all love mountain biking, so Alan LaRocque made this short film to combine both. Also Greg from Straitline appears for 1.2 seconds.....nice.





More on Pinkbike.

Friday, November 04, 2011

No PHF - Here's the Super D

Nelson Super D round one, you can look up the real results later on the Nelson MTB website.......but it's all about bragging rights for the Board Members.  With excuses-a-plenty, only five board members turning up for round one.  One things for sure, the Firball, Pipiline Super-D track is probably the hardest sub 1/4 hour race you will ever do.

First shout goes to Andy Reid, still waiting for official times.....but he was the clear winner of the board members.  Looks like the rest of us need to get some practice runs for the next event.
Boyd G, had a bad case of 'mud in the eye', which slowed him down.
Straight from the firepit and into the flame?  Damian looking quick and smooth, as you would expect......but no man-made berms for him to carry his speed.
Bob dressed for the muddy conditions, a lot white going on to match her bike....got the race face sorted!
Aero race plate and looking well ahead, didn't help out this geeza.....and did he have the excuses?  Broken rear derailleurs....man, he had a week to sort it out.....anyway, no bragging rights for this guy.  Who ever the hell he is.

Pictures thanks to David Chadwick photography.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Preparing for the Coppermine

The Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic is no walk in the park and the organisers start early, sorting things out, so come race day, everything runs like clock work.


One of the first task is to pre-ride the new descent from Coppermine Saddle.  The complete loop in now part of the NZ national cycleway, which will also include an extra 6km from the Maitai dam.  This should be ready come race day.

But before we did anything hasty, it seemed like a good idea to have lunch at Middy Hutt, which was about an hour and a half of mostly downhill, techy, rooty, rocky single track.  Honestly this ride was so much fun, nobody remembered to stop and take photo's.
There was no mucking about, a quick break for lunch and the bikes had to be reload ready for quick trip back to Coppermine saddle.
So an hour and a half down and about six minutes back.....in a helicopter.

Back on the bikes, we had a job to do, pre-ride the new descent and get some footage for the Coppermine promotional clip.

Of course all good things come to an end, so all of us who enjoyed our heli-biking outing are recovering from post 'greatest ride for a while' blues.

The other thing that has come to an end, of it's short and sweet life,  was my XTR Shadow Plus rear derailleur.
It didn't actually let me down, I made it back to the car, just needed to go easy on the shifting, but as you can see, the cage is busted, it's quite bent and doesn't really work any more.  Oh well....at least it has a good story to tell.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Coppermine Epic - Which Santa Cruz to give away? Vote, Vote.....Vote.

So many great bikes, so little time to ride them all.
Since there is a general election on and everyone is getting into the swing of voting.....you can vote for the bike that we here at Hyperformance Hardware will give away......and there is no MMP here, it's first past the post......unless you want a Nickel with 29er wheels and LT rear swing arm?

Blur LT
The Blur LT rules. Seriously. It has a super-durable and comfortably light aluminum frame with 140mm of VPP suspension travel, featuring grease ports in the lower link, carbon fiber upper link, and big 15mm alloy pivot axles running on adjustable angular contact bearings. Straddling the line between XC performance and all-mountain abuse, the LT is a leggy trailbike that climbs sweetly, throws nicely into turns, and flat hauls ass downhill. If you could only have one bike, this would be a hard choice to beat.
The Nickel
Meet our newest all-round trail bike, the Nickel.
With a long top tube and snappy pedaling manners, it's a climb-happy, nimble bike with sure-footed geometry that begs to go claim some tall peaks in the backcountry. And with five inches of sophisticated APP suspension travel designed to eat rocks and roots and jumps with all the ability of longer travel bikes, it also does a mighty fine job of whipping the descents into shape as well. Does that sound a little schizophrenic? Maybe so.
The Nickel's a perfect bike for those days when you have to flip a coin to decide where you want to ride.

The Tallboy
Tallboys have become mighty popular bikes in the relatively short time since we introduced them, and they have been getting rave reviews from the press and, more importantly, from the thousands of riders who’ve rolled off into the sunset aboard them. The pairing of VPP suspension and 29” wheels created a fast rolling, crisp handling, versatile bike that exploits the benefits of big wheels to the best of their advantage, at home anywhere from remote alpine singletrack to crowded jittery start lines. Now the tall can is available in aluminum – same geometry, same lines, same great suspension, teeny bit more weight, whole lot less money.

To vote, you have to rush off the facebook to answer the question......and you go could win your Coppermine entry back.
And of course, to the enter the Coppermine, go to coppermine.co.nz