So Kyle and Kevin at Transition obviously can’t sit still very long. Traitor is their new bike company aimed at the fixie/commuter/urban cyclist out there. What’s real cool is these things have been well thought out and are pretty damn practical machines. My pick of the bunch would be the Reuben (named after the Transition pet dog) it’s got cross-country geometry and is disc specific.
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.