Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Bikes From Santa Cruz - Superlight 29er and Highball A


NEW BIKES! SPRING!
It has become something of a spring tradition at Santa Cruz Bicycles to spring some new bikes on an unsuspecting public. While it might be a bit early in the year, there are blossoms on trees around here and we're optimistic that spring is beginning to be sprung, so what the heck, let's introduce two new big wheel bikes.

HIGHBALL


Yes indeedy, the skinny carbon fiber killing machine has now been joined by a new ALUMINUM brother (and therefore will now be known as the Highball C). Taking the swift and light intent of our 29" wheeled carbon Highball and crafting it out of aluminum, we’ve added a couple very notable other features: value and versatility. The proprietary aluminum tubing allows for a strong, respectably light frame, and features the same responsive geometry as our carbon race bike. Riders have the option of running a fixed position rear dropout for geared use, or a pivoting, adjustable dropout for single speed use. Clean lines and super-versatility aside, this is also one of our most affordable bikes, redefining the notion of "bang for your buck." Check out these features:

S, M, L, XL sizes (note that the 22.2" top tube length and 28.3 standover on our small is shorter and lower than that claimed on some other "extra-small" bikes)



  • Fixed or swinger SS dropouts
  • Tapered headtube
  • Hydroformed top- and downtubes
  • Asymmetrical forged chainstay yoke (for optimal strength, stiffness, and chainring clearance)
  • Brake strut on non-driveside for vibration-free braking
  • Two bottle mounts
  • Threaded bb shell (we think this is still the best, most user-friendly, widely compatible, globally serviceable way to install a bottom bracket.)


SUPERLIGHT29


We've been wanting to build this bike for a while now. Combining the proven value and performance of the legendary Superlight with the smooth rolling stability of larger wheels, we present the Superlight29. Custom hydroformed aluminum tubing, a reliable, efficient, responsive single pivot suspension design offering 100mm of travel, terrain eating 29" wheels and kickass value for money all add up to a timeless sweetheart of a bike. The big wheel Superlight is also available in a small size with the lowest standover in this class of bike, and is packed with features that would be at home on much more expensive bikes:

S, M, L, XL sizes (note that the 22.2" top tube length and 27.3 standover on our small is shorter than what some other folks are calling "extra-small", and lower than anything else in this class)

  • Hydroformed top- and downtubes
  • Tapered headtube
  • Replaceable derailleur hanger
  • 100mm travel
  • 7.875x2" shock and "large" swingarm for L and XL sizes
  • 6.5"x1.5" shock and "small" swingarm for S and M sizes (better for standover clearance)
  • 15mm collet axle pivot hardware
  • Custom tuned Fox Float RL shock
  • Continuous cable routing, dropper post routing
  • Threaded bb shell (we think this is still the best, most user-friendly, widely compatible, globally serviceable way to install a bottom bracket.)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Petrol Head Friday - Derelicts by Icon

Man, been a few distractions (Coppermine Epic, new bikes, Single Speed Champs, etc)

Anyway back on board, I think Jonathan Ward is my petrol head hero.



There is another great clip about the derelicts on eGarage.com, which you guys really need to follow on facebook.

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic - What A Day That Was

T-Rex on his Tallboy Carbon, pretty much, controlled the race until the last 50meters.
The 2012 Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic, wow, and I mean, wow.  280 entrants, sun, a great vibe, great people, perfect weather, great prizes......well, you get my drift, if you weren't there, what the hell were you thinking?
So a quick re-cap of the day.
photo thanks to the Sprig & Fern Brewery's facebook page

You need the obligatory start line, now if you look very closely, you'll see that's a pretty strong line up....pretty relaxed too........until someone yells 'GO!'
photo thanks to the S&F brewery's facebook page, go on, you know you like them.

Then, it's all on.
thanks again, S&F 
Of course, you need the fast up and coming local to take the lead....which Tom Filmer did, and it was almost like clock work, Tom Filmer, was the fastest male to the top of the climb and took home $150, thanks to NBS.
The climb to the top of Fringe Hill, was typically brutal, but as always, the rewards are worth it.
Hmmm, Adam Wright not lost....yet.
Of course there is the racing bit to do too, which is lots of fun on the recently upgraded NZ cycle way.
Ethan Glover, a good race season so far, photo thanks to DavidChadwick.co.nz
Tom Filmer, fastest to the top, 1st junior and 3rd over all, not too shabby.
thanks to David Chadwick for the photo

An impressive ride for Dave Sharpe, 4th fastest time and his first time at the Coppermine, he'll be back.
http://www.davidchadwick.co.nz/events/item/coppermine-epic-2012

Ed Crossling, second Coppermine Epic race, 7th fastest time of the day, nice work.
The other battle to watch was between Craig Tolson and Andy Reid, both riding Nomad Carbons (for you nay sayers that think the Coppermine Epic is too smooth now).  Andy and Craig battled hard right up to the end, with Andy beating Craig by only 7 seconds.  They also got 9th & 10th fastest times, with Andy going about 30 seconds faster than last year.  Anyone want to try to beat their time on a 160mm travel bike?

Andy Reid, first in the 6 inch travel class.....and that's coil and oil set up there.  Fox36Van on the front, RC4 on the rear

Hannah Thorne, usually prefers multi-day events like Trans-Wales or BC bike race (this year she is heading off to do the Tran-Provence), finished 3rd  fastest women.  Not bad at all.
Sven Martin, styling it up or cooking the corner?  Where is he looking?
Anka Martin, a little more controlled than her husband.
Liv Johnston....a late, but welcome entry.

As mentioned, Tim controlled most of the race, but had to run the last 50m due to a twist in his chain.......check out how close Ethan was.  Tim now holds the course record of 2:01:21.
How the hell does that happen?
https://www.facebook.com/SprigandFernBrewery

Coppermine first timer, Kim Hamer-Hurst, set a new women's record of 2.38.00, (actually that's wrong, Meg   Bichard still holds the record of 2.35.09, Meg got second this year).
Kim also was the fastest to the top of Fringe Hill too.  So a bloody good day in the office.....who the hell is Kim Hamer-Hurst?  Check out her blog.

Ethan happy(ish) with second place...who is the guy at the finish line?
Fastest guy to the top, fastest junior and 3rd fastest time of the day....except good things from Tom Filmer.
Dave Sharpe, 4th fastest time of the day......and tells me it's the best race in the country, why argue?
James, Coppermine royalty, gets to mark the course on Friday, race it on Saturday.
A visitor from Rotorua and one from Guernsey, see Coppermine Epic is world famous.
How about the Windsurfing World Champ turning up to do some cross training?  That's Dorian van Rijsselberghe all the way from the Netherlands.....18th fastest time of the day too, not shabby on a mountain bike eh?
We thought we had gone all out with the course marking this year, leaving nothing to chance.
The Coppermine godfathers and Adam Wright
A Sven Martin photo, thanks mate
So crazy story of the day, we were starting to panic there for a few minutes and the search and rescue guys were starting to get fired up, because no one had seen Adam Wright since the last check point.  Half way through the Santa Cruz Blur LT, coin toss give away.....in rides Adam, looking 110% knackered and rides in to the middle of the spot prize give away.  Four coin tosses later, Adam has a new bike and has forgotten about getting a little lost.
Thanks to James and Ian for creating this great race/day.  Santa Cruz Bicycles for helping me out with the spot prize and everyone involve/entered/helping out etc.

I think that's about it....best bloody race in the country, see you next year.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The 2012 Santa Cruz Coppermine Spot Prize is a Blur LT, nice

OK, start off with a Santa Cruz Blur LT frame.
Grab a fork.....this one happens to be a Rock Shox Sektor 150mm, which really is better than you think.
Add and out of the box R XC kit, straight from Santa Cruz Bicycles
Put it all together and you have one sweet bike, that some lucky Santa Cruz Coppermine entrant will win.

Actually, tempted to hit the trails on it myself.....for set up purposes, you know, the gears will need tweaking and shock pressure will need some adjusting too.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Last Day to Enter the 2012 Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic

If you haven't entered yet, you better bloody hurry up and do it Right Now.

So hurry up and enter the Coppermine, bro.

And for those of you who need to visualise the descent and get your lines sorted, Damian Stones follow's Rhys Palmer, via helmet cam......13+ minutes of descending.
First obstacle to remember is 18 seconds in, big rock, outside corner......usually get's people the first time down.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Three Vid's for Thursday

3 4 Thursday.....aren't you guys lucky?

First up, Greg Minnaar riding his Stigmata better than I ever will.


The Greg Edit from Bikeparks.co.za on Vimeo.

A video of riding in the UK right now, to make you appreciate the NZ summer (get out on ya bike right now, before summer ends).
I can't embed this video, so you'll just have to click here;

And last, but not least, Cedric Gracia on his tallboy, making sure I can never start any conversation with, well, you can't do that on a......

Teaser 29ROCKS! DH session with Cedric Gracia & Simon André on 29ers from Enduro Tribe / VTT29 on Vimeo.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Syndicate Team now with Fox / Shimano

Petrol Head Friday - Super Bowl Ad's

The Super Bowl may not mean too much to us here, down under.......but there is one thing you need to know, it's when car company's spend up large on advertising and car ad's are big at the Super Bowl.

There is a great flow chart at Jalopnik on how to make a Super Bowl Car Ad.....and we're all into flow charts.
The ad's range from bloody funny to WTF were you thinking Mathew Broderick?

Personally, I give the Audi ad the thumbs up, Echo & the Bunny-men soundtrack and killing off vampires can't be a bad thing either.


So Honda decided that Ferris Bueller would end up in a Honda CRV, personally, I'm not buying it....and I don't think I'm the only one.


Honda also enlisted Jerry Sienfeld too, Sienfeld get's to show off the new NSX.  Sienfeld is a known petrol head, so it sort of make sense.  I would of given Honda the win (clip contains the soup nazi and Jay Leno), but I still haven't recovered from the CRV ad.  Anywho, check it out here; 


VW got some coverage last year with their 'The Force' ad....now they bring us The Dog Strikes Back......James Brown sound track....and an appearance from Vader himself.


Kia went with supermodels and Motley Crew; check it out here, doesn't work for me.
Chevy, they went with aliens for the Volt....a bit lame......check it out here
Caddy went to the green hell, not bad.......check it out
Hyundai went crazy, they got 3 ads up and running, ad one, ad two (I kinda like it) and ad three

OK, you can go back to thinking about bikes now.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

2012 Ibis Single Speed Champs of Awesomeness


OK, we're basically live.  Hyperformance Hardware & Ibis are proud to support the 2012 Ibis Single Speed Champs of Awesomeness.
More details here; http://2012ibissschamps.blogspot.co.nz/
And you can tells us if you are going to come along here;

More news to come.