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By: Bike Culture  05-Apr-2012

John Kirkcaldie’s new SantaCruz Tallboy Carbon, complete with Enve carbon wheels. SWEET!!

Dirk wrapped up the National Series Elite Title in the weekend with another dominant display in Napier. All the best for the up coming Oceania Champs to be held in Rotorua on the 10th March, GO DIRK!

If your not sure about switching to a carbon SantaCruz from your alloy frame because your not sure carbon will be strong enough check out this link,

Alice was in late friday night to pick up her new SantaCruz Nomad Carbon. Have to say this is one of the best looking bikes we have ever built up!

Our man Adam King aka “Honky” takes out the Rotorua round of the National DH series Masters Class held in the weekend. WOOPWOOP! Yea Boi!

NZ National Champs 2012

The previous years National Champs in Dunedin hadn’t gone the way I wanted them to, but I had made sure I learnt from my mistakes for this one. Nelson has always been a good track for me and I was feeling very confident that I would be able to put together a good race. It is one of the rougher courses we race on and it seems to suit my style of riding pretty well. Conditions were extremely dry and the trail surface was very loose, with a lot of small rocks and plenty of dust. And it was hot!

We started at a steady pace and I slotted in behind Mikey and Carl for the first downhill. Mikey was off to a flyer and quickly opened up a little lead. I was behind Carl so couldn’t do much about it but wasn’t too worried, as I was expecting it to be quite close for the early part of the race at least. Coming down the second main downhill, Carl washed out in front of me and suddenly the race was wide open. I quickly closed the gap to Mikey and then as I was feeling pretty good took the opportunity and moved into the lead. My legs had that extra bit of speed that I have been lacking for a while and it felt so good to be riding out in front of a race again.

Knowing that I had the advantage in the single trail sections which made up the majority of the course, I smashed it up the main road climb to open up a decent gap. There were several parts around the track where I could monitor the others’ progress and it was pleasing to first see that I was increasing my advantage, and then after several more laps move into a comfortable lead.

From there I was able to settle in and enjoy the rest of the race, focussing on keeping things smooth and controlled so I didn’t throw the win away with a careless mistake. The heat did start to get to me a bit on the last lap with a bit of cramp kicking in but nothing too bad. Coming into the finish to take the win in the Elite Mens race was such a great feeling and this will definitely go down as one of my most enjoyable days out on the bike.

Thanks everyone for your support. I am looking forward to getting out and racing in the National Champs Jersey this year and will definitely be making the most of it.

Massive congrats to Dirk on winning his first Elite Mens national title. Dirk smashe the field on his Santa Cruz Blur XC buy over 2 minutes!!

Well done buddy!

The Renovo Wooden bike. Red Stag timber here in Rotorua had this wooden frame made by Renovo bikes in the USA using pine from  the Whakarewarewa forest and exotic Hickery and asked us to build it up, bit of a head turner!

We arent really supposed to post this picture but it looks sooo good! This is the only new Red Blur LTc in the country! $3990 including building, cables and setup! get in fast if you want it, its med.

Weve got a pair of Easton EA90 29 wheels, normally $1699. We are doing them for $999!!! only one set so……

All the best, we are now closed until wednesday the 4th. See you then. happy trails!

Not often we build two Santacruz V10 carbons at the same time! These arrived just in time for Xmas.just.

I have been lucky enough to receive a new 2012 Santacruz Blur XC for the New Year. The frame has been redesigned and is a definite improvement from the previous model with beefier tubing resulting in a stronger and stiffer frame. Weight wise it is also a bit lighter and with the new features it is a lot more responsive and rides really nicely.The total bike build easily comes in under 10kg which is not bad for an XL frame.

I have begun working towards the New Zealand summer after enjoying a good offseason. Training started seriously again in mid October and so far it has been going well. I have competed in a few of my usual build up races including the Mid North Island series and the Rotorua to Ohope road race. Unfortunately one of our big early season races the Huka XL in Taupo had to be called off due to the weather. High winds were making things extremely dangerous in the forest with trees and branches coming down all over the place and the organisers made the right decision by calling the race off. It ended up being shortened with the results getting taken from where everyone was at the point that the race was stopped. As a result I ended up with second place which wasn’t too bad considering although it would obviously been nice to have completed the full course and had a true race.

This weekend I managed to pilot the new machine to its first win at the final round of the Mid North Island Champs here in Rotorua. It was a good race with plenty of riders travelling to have a crack at the new rock garden we have built for the Oceania Champs in March next year.

Over the next few weeks, training is going to be really important with time flying by and the National series kicking off down in Dunedin on January 15th. Before then I will probably take part in the new summer race here in Rotorua, the Pig & Whistle Tour de Whaka and do my best to get out and make the most of the summer weather.

We will be closing down breifly over Xmas New Years. Our hours will be:

CLOSED Sunday 25 december

OPEN Wednesday 4 january

After a long wait we finally recieved the first delivery of the new Ibis Mojo SLR, only 2 at this stage and Jo was first in line. I think she may be taking this arvo off to ride. We hope to have some more soon.

We are stocked up with the new 2012 Ibis Mojo HD $3299 Price includes labour and gear cables to build up! Full set up including position and suspension.

Annikas “Totally Rad Carbon” or TRc with new Easton EC90 carbon wheels.

now weighing in at 22.5lbs

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

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