Saturday, July 26, 2014

Seeing Red

We've all been there.

Late nights long after the sun has long gone down, the lights off and bathing in the dull glow of the computer screen, looking at things in the dark by yourself. Your brain says "STOP!" but something stirs from within, it sends you to the corners of the internet you know you shouldn't inhabit, looking at things that you shouldn't be looking at.

I went there, I knew I shouldn't have but I did anyway.

I don't know what it is about a red Santa Cruz, but I tend to lose the plot completely and send Styley this sort of email:

"Highball! IN RED!"
"Want one! WANT ONE NOW!"

Then I feel a bit guilty as I try to work out exactly how I'm going to afford my latest purchase.

A few months ago as I was staring down the barrel of round two of fatherhood I looked at my collection of bikes and realized that it was all too much. I always liked having a bit of choice in my collection, but given the impending lack of money and time I had made the decision to simplify.

Sometimes when you need a spoon, you should just grab a spoon, you don't need a gold one, or something with a rubberized handle that conforms to the shape of your hand, you just need something to get the food from point A (the bowl) to point B (your mouth). My approach to a new bike was very similar, I just needed something to pedal around and hit the odd bit of single-track, when I had the most fun on a bike it was often on bikes with eighty-millimeters of travel in the front and nothing in the back.

No pivots. No springs. No Suspension settings to obsess over.

I've had the Highball for a few months now and it is easily the favorite out of the many bikes I've owned over the past few years. It allows me to get out in the precious little time I have to go get my my regular dose of green-brown-and-blue with a minimum of fuss, and it does it without any drama.

Which is the point of owning a bike, isn't it?

If you don't have a nice and simple hardtail you should buy one. They're really good.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Santa Cruz Jackal

Jackal gets a new look and Logan Peat & Josh Bryceland take them for a spin around Santa Cruz....also features a 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner.

Santa Cruz Jackal from Santa Cruz Bicycles on Vimeo.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The new Santa Cruz Bantam

Santa Cruz Bantam from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.

Sharing the same mega-agile geometry as the Solo, the Bantam punches way above its weight for a trail bike in this category.

27.5" wheels and 125mm of single-pivot suspension combine with a robust collet pivot axle system to create a rock-solid trail tool that's as awesomely simple as it is tough.

27.5" wheels deliver those fabled rolling benefits without compromising maneuverability, leaving the Bantam fired-up to go the distance if you are.

More here;

Thursday, August 01, 2013


So, Spoke, the venerated online rag, recently posted a wee dig at the reasons why people are getting all excited about these bigger wheels. And I thought 'touche'. Maybe they've got a point. but then again, since I changed up from the 26" wheels on my faithful Blur TRc to these new inbetweener wheels on the Bronson, I've been feeling like a super hero. Ands lets be honest, who doesn't want to feel like a super hero on their bike?

When I first jumped on, I was struggling to tell if the wheels were any bigger then usual, but they definitely felt smaller than 29. It corners precisely and responsively but it's still rolling over everything I point it at without protest. 

It's stable at speed and plush on descents but still firm when climbing and doesn't bob. The build on this bike is Sram XX1set up without a chain guide (rumor has it people still throw the chain despite the chainring's fancy tooth design) and it's been bomber so far.

So, maybe it's because its been bone dry in Dunedin or maybe it's the extra bit of travel, or maybe it really is the bigger wheels, but the Bronson is definitely making me feel like a superhero.