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The names spill out, a landslide of exotic words, places glimpsed only in photos or maps, sent via email with descriptions that conjure mental images of tires biting dirt and the dappled strobe of green and sunlight. These are the tip of the iceberg, the first easily recalled names on a long list of places and trails I didn’t ride.
A Dozen years ago, Bike’s photo editor David Reddick, his blushing new bride Michelle, and myself spent a few weeks traveling around New Zealand in a middlin’ Winnebago scale RV. It was a great trip, aided on one hand by the convenience of driving around in a house, and also marred somewhat by that very same thing. On that trip, I realized that my irrational lifelong hatred of RVs wasn’t that irrational at all, and that they do, in fact, totally suck.
Although we’ve never piloted a monster truck, the feeling can’t be far off from riding the TF01 29. It’ll jump a set of 20 cars no problem, but making that turn at the end of the run can prove difficult. I felt invincible aboard the BMC until I needed it to change directions, at which point I felt, well, slightly less so.
MARCH 2014 ISSUE THE AWAKENING Dirt Dreams Become Reality in Unexpected Places: California, Oregon, Newfoundland ALL-NEW APPAREL GUIDE Fresh threads for the shred. 4 BIKES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT From high-tech enduro steeds to simple one-speeds. SHOWCASE 6 shoes to kickstart your ride.
During a two-hour period of the BC Bike Race last year, I repaired seven chains, making two bikes single-speeds, fixed a broken shifter and a shoe, and evacuated a pneumothorax. I was working for the race as an Ambassador/Bike Patrol so needless to say I put a lot of emphasis on the tools I carried with me. In fact I have always put a lot of emphasis on the tools I carry. For example, I’ve always carried a full size shop quality chain tool, however, the Lezyne V10 has me possibly rethinking that decision.
Our crew was completely divided on Santa Cruz’s flagship DH machine. With back to back World Championship pedigree, and an equally impressive price tag, the biggest debate was on value. Be sure to pay attention when the testers mention fit, as this bike runs on the small side.
If one happens to be a regular bike racer, entering a bike race or two while on vacation is probably a fine and dandy way to explore the familiar competitive milieu in an exotic setting. If, however, one has thrown 12 years worth of soil on top of the grave of one’s competitive aspirations, then stomped that soil down good and hard, entering a cross country race in the heat of a Nelson summer at the bottom of the world is probably not the smartest idea.
This was one of the more controversial bikes we tested. On one hand you have a brilliant carbon chassis and on the other hand you have an inhibiting component spec and a love-it or-hate-it automated rear suspension.