Now I’ve kind of been avoiding posting anything from Nine Knights, because it’s pretty damn removed from anything that’s happening here, but when this event highlight reel arrived in my email inbox minutes ago… well I didn’t put “must watch” in the title for no reason, this clip is mental and Martin Soderstrom is most definitely not human.
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.