Friday, December 23, 2011

Season's Greetings From Hyperformance Hardware


Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from Hyperformance Hardware.....we're off to ride our bikes.




























What.....what are you still doing here?  Go ride your bike.....stay away from the computer.

Super D Action - Round 4, Turners & Dead Dog


Nelson Super-D number 4 (number 3 was canned due to a little bit of bad weather) and to be honest, it's quite surprising how quickly a bunch of local volunteer's rushed out and sorted out the tracks in Nelson so we could all ride our bikes again........thanks very muchly guys.

Super star of the Nelson Super-D's has to be Jamie Nicoll, if you haven't heard of Jamie by now, you should probably ask around.  Long story short, Jamie had 2nd and 3rd degree burns from a work accident in Chile, just over a year ago.
Not exactly sure when Jamie got back on a mountain bike, but since he set the fastest time, I think his recovery is going well.  Jamie is the man to beat at Super-D racing.
Harriet takes a short study break and again sets a scorching time and then rushes off to work
Anywho, another great Super-D in Nelson, looking forward to the National Champs and Oceania Super-D events this summer.
Strongly recommend you get out and do a Super-D, most races are sub 10 minutes long and mostly downhill.....probably the perfect race.
Bob sticking to the low and fast technique, seemed to work for her, 2nd fastest women.
Ethan, fastest XC whippet, 2nd in the Senior men and just broke the sub 8 minute barrier.


Mildy fastest 40+ (not sure what the guy who came in second was doing), keeping it low and fast.
Boyd G getting BIG air, which I think may of been 8 seconds of air time?

Jake Glover, part of the XC whippet Glover family takes out the U19 class.

Unknown rider, pretty happy to get got some air for the camera.
Righto, massive thanks to Mildy and the Nelson Mountain Bike Club for a fantastic series.  To the board members....we do remember  that some of you still owe a round of beer.  David Chadwick for hanging around in weird arse places to take some great photo's.

Petrol Head Friday - Xmas Special

Righto, some video clips to get you in the Xmas spirit and we here at PHF will wish everyone a Merry Xmas and we'll see you in 2012.

First up BMW give us the fastest Xmas card.


Jonnie Walker advise us not to drink & drive with a AMG Mercedes.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dirk Peters wins final round of the Mid-Nth series

Dirk looking smooth, as per.......photo thanks to Cycleshotz
Looks like Dirk is in good form leading up the the 2012 race season.
You can find a write up on the race at Sportzhub.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Petrol Head Friday - Some Real Petrol Heads

This could be bloody good, a new youtube channel called DRIVE, starts in early January.  It will include one of my favorite motoring hacks, Chris Harris, the rest of the list of contributors is basically a who's who of the petrol head world......so a bunch of guys thrashing cars we can't afford in places we wish we could get to.....sounds perfect to me.

Check out the clip below and then click subscribe, supposedly launching the 2nd Jan, just in time to avoid the family over the holidays or distract yourself if your 'working' and saving your holidays until later.
Press release below.



DRIVE on YouTube Set to Launch January 2, 2012

New York, NY and London, England — DRIVE, the new YouTube original channel that celebrates the culture of cars announces a launch date of January 2, 2012. DRIVE takes our audience on the road, to the races, to the factories, to the studios — and to other places car lovers have always wanted to go, but never had the chance.

Focused on telling real stories of communities around cars, trucks, and all sorts of things that go, DRIVE enlists a wide range new-media talent including hack motoring journalist Chris Harris, Matt Farah from SPEED's The Car Show, transcontinental speed record holder Alex Roy, Mike Spinelli and Ray Wert of Jalopnik, Leo Parente from Fast Lane Daily's SHAKEDOWN, and professional motorcycle crash test dummy Wes Siler and automotive gadfly and raconteur Jon Alain Guzik.

Watch DRIVE starting in January to activate your passion in the world of cars, performance, racing — and even plain ol' commuting — that surrounds you. Cars may be something you need, but drive with us and you'll never look at them the same way again

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Makara Peak Enduro - People Riding Santa Cruz's do quite well.

Ed Crossling looking smooth and relaxed
Enduro racing is probably the new black, while we here at Hyperformance Hardware are getting our heads around Super-D racing, those cool folk in Wellington are all into Enduro racing now.....hard to keep up really.

Although, living in Nelson didn't seem to disadvantage Santa Cruz riders at all.
Jamie Nicoll was so fast on his new Blur LT Carbon that Vertphoto's didn't even get a chance to take a picture of him.  I would say Jamie Nicoll (occasional board member too) would be the man to put money on at any similar events. (That's my gambling tip of the day for ya.)
Anywho Jamie took the win, with Ed Crossling being edged out to second place on his quite new Nomad Carbon and Ricky P (another occasional board member) taking out the real result of 4th place on his Nickel.
Ricky P, do you have your fingers on the brakes going up hill?

All photo's thanks to Pete Marshall and a BIG 'Good Work' to Andrew King for organising the event.....really wish I could have made it.  Results can be found here.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Petrol Head Friday - Toyota Shows us the Future

The 42nd Tokyo motor show has just been and as you would expect, there are a lot of new cars shown off and a few concept cars flaunted too.

This is what Toyota thinks the future of the car will be, if this is the way things turn out, I will spending a lot more time cycling.


Now before we all rush to conclusions about Toyota and the future of the automobile, Toyota released an actual car too. The new GT 86 (the name plays homage to the AE86, which you should really should know more about).



Toyota have been working with Subaru  (they have the BRZ), to create a car that all petrol heads should go slightly ga ga over.
The important bits to know are;
2.0L Boxer engine (naturally aspirated)
197hp @ 7000rpm and 151 1b-ft of torques @6,600prm
6 speed manual (and for some reason there is an auto option?)
53:47 weight distribution (to some this is the holy grail of weight distribution)
Rear wheel drive.
Really, really low center of gravity
Light, 1220kg's.

Why should you be excited about these new little coupes?  These are REAL sports cars, they used the Porsche Cayman as a reference (which is good).  These are drivers cars, cars that are all about handling, handling and handling.
Anyway, I'm pretty excited that car companies are still making cars with the priority of driver involvement and handle, not about blue tooth connectivity, driver aid systems (with as many acronyms they can muster) and not just marketing spiel about being fun to drive, premium looks, intelligent motoring and more electronic things on the dash than something out of USS Enterprise.



Right, enough rambling....I'm going off to figure out how I can convince my better half that we need another car in the garage...........oh, I prefer the Subaru......but not sure what they were thinking about with the music to the above clip.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Xmas Gifts that will keep you away from the Mall - No. 1.

Xmas is a mixed time for most, depending if you are glass half full or glass half empty sort of guy (or gal...equal opportunity marketing here at Hyperformance Hardware), you'll either love or hate Xmas.

One thing's for sure, you don't want to spend any time at the malls.....any who....straying off topic.....half full, half empty?  These will sort your Xmas gift ideas out.....or just keep them for yourself.....I still have a few in stock.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Ibis Mojo SL-R - Good Things Take Time


What's black & blue, large and rare as.......Ibis Mojo SL-R's in NZ.
I haven't even seen one in the flesh (carbon) yet, been rushed off in the dead of night to waiting dealers.
If you haven't got a call from your local friendly Ibis dealer, chances are, it's not your bike.  Next shipment will have more medium and/or large frames.....but not many.

If you want to see one in the flesh, Planet Cycles and Bike Culture will have their bikes in store for a short time, before their awaiting owners take them away.

As we all know, the waiting is the hardest part.....but, good things take time.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Morvelo - Ride Everything

Anja McDonald used to ride with the Morvelo guys, explains why she's so handy on her 'lugi.



Yeah, it's raining in Nelson too, what's the world coming to?

Friday, December 02, 2011

Petrol Head Friday - Old Skool Datsun vs. New Skool Nissan

40 years of technology between these two 'Datsuns'....as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
My first car was a 1971 Datsun 1200, a great first car, but nothing like a Nissan Juke.

Thursday, December 01, 2011