Spoke had the pleasure of catching up with Norco rider and trail builder Jay Hoots yesterday while he was in town for a couple of trail building seminars with Ric Balfour from TECT terrain park. The light wasn’t the best for helmet cam filming in Welly but we got a few snaps as well and you’ll be able to read about Jay’s trip out here and and what he’s all about in our December issue.
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.