Ok, so this is a roadie themed post but still loosely relevant to MTB in New Zealand I think? Pure Black Racing is setting a new standard for cycling teams (that includes MTB) in New Zealand with their slick team image, business setup and top notch PR. Whilst the Tour of Wellington was going on, Haimona Ngata (who is about as un-roadie as you can get) followed the team and logged some serious footage for an upcoming web vid series. Above is the trailer.
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.