One thing we learnt from the trip to Auckland for the Avanti/Specialized launch this week; NEVER fly JetStar, unless you like sitting in airports for hours on end. The other thing was, there are heaps of cool new bikes from the Big S, and Avanti.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ll know that the big changes are to the Stumpjumper and Enduro ranges, with increased travel and reduced weight for both bikes. Looks like they have really nailed it on the colour schemes this season as well. There were just too many models to go into full details here, so check out Avanti and Specialized websites for the full rundown, and look out for upcoming tests in SPOKE too.
Kiran MacKinnon is a human dyno. When Santa Cruz Bicycles needs to test, experiment and validate suspension then Kiran is the one of the main people we call on to do that work. Not only is he an extremely talented bike rider and incredibly knowledgeable about suspension, but he can actually interpret and translate what he’s feeling in a way that he can communicate to the rest of the engineering team. This enables them to cross-reference the data they’ve collected with real life, on-trail experience to build better bikes and provide the right setup for our riders. We’re constantly refining our VPP™ suspension as well as the damping tunes shocks we spec on our bikes in order to make sure our bikes ride really, really good.