Last month a burly bunch of Ground Effect customers volunteered to build an extension to the Drac’ Flat Track (try saying that fast after a couple of cold ones) at Craigieburn Forest Park, just out of Christchurch. Forty of us gathered for the weekend. We crafted over 2km of fresh singletrack, sweated buckets, replenished with beer, spent a balmy Saturday night at Forest Lodge, ate too much lasagne, squeezed in some riding and had a generally exhausting time. The Craigieburn Trail network is pretty flash now with over 30km of continuous singletrack between Broken River Ski Field and Castle Hill Village.
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.