In a matter of 6 years, Martin Maes has gone from being a rookie teenager with abundant potential to one of the best mountain bikers in the world. After starting the year with a series of second place finishes and a dislocated shoulder, 2018 would see Martin finally take the coveted top step at Enduro World Series in Whistler. Weeks later, he would stun the mountain biking world by taking gold at UCI Downhill World Cup in La Bresse. An achievement that elevated him to an elite group of athletes that have claimed victory in multiple disciplines. This is a story that begins two decades ago in the rolling hills of Belgium, and brings us to the world stage of today. This is the story of Martin Maes. This is Spoke Tales.
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.