That's right, Spoke's first ever long term test bike has arrived! You should be able to tell from my cryptic title that we will be riding the snot out of this Santa Cruz Butcher over the next six or so months. The Butcher came out some time last year and features Santa Cruz's link actuated single pivot design APP (Actual Pivot Point, we did a big post on it over here). Anyway when we get this thing going it will be the first time anyone at Spoke has thrown a leg over either of the APP bikes (oh wait Seb Kemp rides one...). We aren't just testing the frame; RockShox have hooked us up with a Revelation 150 RLT Ti up front and Easton have got us rolling on a sweet set of Haven hoops as well (in champagne no less) and Straitline want us to keep quiet with their Silent Guide. We will be checking back on the site regularly with build updates and our thoughts on the Butcher. Fingers crossed we will have some complete build photos later today.
For quality suspension performance on a budget, RockShox have got it covered.
After a sneak peak a few weeks back at EWS Whistler we finally get to see the all new Kona Process. There are three frames, two sizes and seven models to choose from and they will be at your local Kona dealer very soon
We take the new Niner RLT 9 carbon gravel bike for a spin around beautiful Mackenzie Country, then home for a month to see how she goes..
An new initiative from Fox suspension hits NZ later this year - Fox Factory Tuning - which lets you upgrade the internals of your fork or shock to the latest and greatest while getting a service
Rumours of an all new carbon Kona Process seem to be true as spy photos of the prototypes emmerge from EWS Whistler
Specialized's E-bike the Levo just got a few upgrades - Carbon frame, new motor and more range making an already great bike into something special (pun intended)
Trek have launched a new proprietary suspension design as part of their partnership with Penske Racing Shocks called RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft check it out...