Hyperformance Hardware and Nelson’s own Brady Stone has been turning corners and heads in the New Zealand mountain bike racing scene for over a year now. These days he’s turning heads internationally as he starts to rack up consistent race results as well as titles at major overseas events. Currently 2nd in the Under 21 Enduro World Series rankings Brady is attending the final EWS event for the 2019 season in Zermatt, Switzerland on 21 September. We caught up with Brady last week and put a few questions to him.
Four Kiwi’s joined 130 other ‘Ibisians’ for three days off the grid deep in the Jackson State Forest, California. The scene was set by Ibis founder Scot Nicol and his awesome team for plenty of riding in the Mendocino Woodlands with all the trimmings to meet and make new friends and memories.
When Damian saw that there was a new Santa Cruz Stigmata, he instantly upgraded and took to the West Coast Wilderness trail on an inaugural ride for this freshly configured gravel bike. More frame clearance meant he could set-up with a 650b wheelset and run bigger 2.0 tyres to blur the boundary between trail and gravel.
His wife Catharine went along on the adventure with a Ibis HakkaMX set up with impressive 29er Ibis 700c D30 wheels and some fast rolling gravel tyres. Considering the days were pretty long, Catharine was stoked to have this light, fast moving bike to rip along the West Coast trails. It was a fantastic couple of days on the Coast.
The last few races of the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup have seen jumbled time sheets in the junior mens field. Is this proof of mounting pressure on the juniors who at the start of the season were consistently on top? Theres a number of riders including two of our own Hyperformance Hardware Young Gunzs among other kiwi potentials who have been part of the group of riders closing in on established riders through the world cup season. Tuhoto-Ariki Pene and Finn Hawkesby-Brown have also been selected to represent New Zealand at the upcoming UCI World Mountain Bike Championships to be held in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada. They just got back from Europe where they competed in their first world cups of the 2019 season. This was Finns first trip to Europe as a first year junior and Tuhoto’s second trip after much success last year. We caught up with both Finn and Tuhoto this week. With World Championships approaching in the coming weeks read on to gain an insight into their experiences so far this season and preparations for their trip to Canada.
You’re here to get down. You’re here to go fast. Not fast for a girl. Just damn fast. So is the Maverick. Did someone say smile more? No problem. Tell ‘em to look closer as you set your quads on fire churning up the last brutal climb that makes the downhill taste that much sweeter. When you live for that magical space between pleasure and pain, the Maverick is the bike that won’t say no when you say yes.
If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it. Featuring the lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of Santa Cruz's biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.
In our second edition of our Hyperformance Young Gunz interviews we introduce to you, Tuhoto Ariki-Pene. Tuhoto is heading overseas as a second year junior downhill racer. After his 2018 attempt at taking on the UCI world cup he is now well equipped with the experience to take it all the way in 2019. If you met this character on the street you would never guess what he gets up to on two wheels at the weekend.
Juliana Bicycles NZ is stoked to be part of the Spring Challenge all women adventure race again this year as the official bike sponsor. We think everyone who signs up for the Spring Challenge is a legend and we know some of you will be out there again training hard in the cold so we've put together a couple of super Juliana bike deals to help brighten up those winter days.
We recently sat down at the computer to nut out some hard hitting questions to put to our two Hyperformance Young Gun downhill hot shots. Both Finn and Tuhoto are soon to be heading overseas to test themselves against the worlds best juniors in the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup. First up on the interview list is Finn Hawkesby-Brown.