Spoke 33 arrived yesterday and will be in bookshops and newsstands from Monday… and hopefully in your letterbox tomorrow or Saturday. Oh and yes that is Kelly McGarry scoring his second cover boosting a sweet tabled backflip at the ANTI Days of Thunder comp in Norway.
In this issue we catch up with James Dodds and Mike Metz as they put the finishing touches to the Zerode. Hang out with Phil Sundbaum and friends as they attempt to be Kiwis for a season. Follow Kashi Leuchs around the country in his little white van, cross the North Island with the best backyard dirtjumpers and visit Nelson, British Columbia, with a Nelsonian from New Zealand. Be warned; youll want to go on a road trip of your own after reading this issue. Buy a copy here. Or subscribe here.
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.