In this episode of Inside Specialized Racing, we take a look back on the 2015 World Cup season. From downhill to cross country, the team enjoyed numerous podium finishes and a monumental number of top-step victories—four of which coming from Gwin alone. So to commemorate the year’s success, we checked in with Aaron Gwin, Troy Brosnan, Lea Davison, and more to get a firsthand account of the trials and tribulations that went in to making 2015 one for the history books.
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.