Friday, January 30, 2009

Santa Cruz launches new Driver 8

"It's a kickass park bike, more lively and poppable and jumpable than the V-10. And it is also a very handy downhill race bike, probably a better race choice for most riders who aren't World Cup pros on most courses that aren't World Cup courses. But it can still plow through big rocks and huge drops with the best of them. 8 inches of travel is still a whole lot of cushion for the pushin'...

When the seat is slammed all the way down (7 inches of up and down adjustability, remember?), it is in a similar fore/aft location to the seat on a V-10, but can be run even lower. However, due to the angle of the seat mast, when the seat is raised up as far as it will go, the pedaling position is about the same as that of the Nomad, which is a pretty good location to kick at the cranks and point a bike uphill."

"With regard to that "general duty, daily driver" comment, we've gone heavy duty with the VPP links. The upper link is carbon fiber, insanely strong, and pivots on four beefy radial contact sealed cartridge bearings. The lower link gets grease ports for easy service, huge 15mm pivot axles with the same trick locking collet head feature as the Blur LT, Nomad and new Blur XC, and it swings on EIGHT angular contact bearings. All bearing sets, top and bottom, are encased in a further set of lip seals and labyrinth washers to further combat the ingress of dirt. The bike comes with its own grease gun, and you won't need a personal mechanic to deal with any of that."

"You can call it a freeride bike, if you're into that. You can call it a park bike. You can call it a downhill bike. It can do all that, and more. We're sticking to our guns. We call it the Driver 8.

$2399 US MSRP, powdercoat frame w/RockShox Vivid 5.1
$2561 US MSRP w/Fox DHX RC4
(add $200 for anodized finish)

Available to customers mid-May, 2009, in all the usual powdercoat colors as well as an anodized, as yet to be named, sort of golden color

Accepting orders for FRAMESETS now
Accepting complete bike orders April 1st, 2009"

Nathan Rennie’s Morewood Makulu

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New E13 Chain device

New chian device and bash

New Lg1

Santa Cruz Driver 8

"You might have seen these shots in Dirt 84. Victor lucas recently popped over to the Santa Cruz factory in California and spotted this new machine...the Driver 8.
Santa Cruz say it's an 8" freeride bike, but we reckon it'll make a sweet DH bike for the less gnarlier, pedally tracks...say Canberra for instance...oh...which is where the World Champs are this year.

We'll have to see if Peat, Minnaar and Bryceland bust out the Driver 8 this year.

Here's some spec and pricing from Rob Roskopp

The new Driver 8 is our newest freeride bike. It offer's a low leverage ratio, making a more playful bike when jumping or stunt riding. With the ability to raise or lower the seatpost 7"'s you can go anywhere on this bike!

- 8" rear travel, lower leverage ratio
- 2nd Generation VPP
- grease ports w/ 8 bearings in lower link for ultimate durability
- carbon upper link
- 7" of seatpost adjustability, so you can ride it back up the mountain
- built in rear fender
- 1.5" headtube
- maxxle rearend

D8 frame powdercoat DHX 5 Coil - $2,599
D8 frame ano DHX 5 Coil - $2,799

D8 frame powedercoat w/ Vivid 5.1 - $2,645
D8 frame ano w/ Vivid 5.1 - $2,845
D8 Complete pcoat w/ DHX 5 SPX FR kit Totem Coil - $5,699"

2010 Commencal Carbon Frames?

Meta 55 Carbon

Super 4 Carbon

2010 Commencal Furious?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Moreland's Tunner DHR


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lance Armstrong's Trek Madone 6.9 Livestrong

Gt Golden Bikes

"Starting in April 2009, the GT Golden Bike will be up for grabs at cross country mountain bike races around the world. To win it, all you have to do is crush every other rider at a GT Golden Race Series race. Oh and pros need not apply. That's more than enough information for now. After all, you should be training"

Orange Blood

Evil Revolt Spy Shots

Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon

"The inauguration of a fresh president here in the USA seems like an auspicious time to take the wraps off Santa Cruz Bicycles' most closely guarded secret since, well, ever.

-105mm travel, next generation VPP suspension
-Super efficient bump absorption, incredible pedaling response, no lockouts
or platforms required
-Reliable, serviceable, stiff - next generation VPP links are core of the
most evolved suspension on the market
-Ultra-lightweight, incredibly strong carbon fiber frame (4.2 pounds, frame
and shock, size medium)
-That wasn't a typo. It's really light.
-How light? 22 pounds, 6 ounces for the XTRxc complete
-Damn, that's light

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Transition TransAM

New Intense Uzzi

"The new Uzzi will feature the 2nd generation VPP suspension design for unmatched pedaling efficiency, angular contact bearings and grease fittings for maintenance, ISCG05/Hammerschmidt compatibility and a proprietary Easton EA6X tubeset. In addition, the Uzzi will have adjustable travel from 6.5 –7 inches with an air shock and 7-7.5 inches with a coil. The Uzzi will also be the first Intense to feature the new G3 dropout. The G3 has three settings, which will adjust wheelbase, bottom bracket height and head angle."