Today Santa Cruz Bicycles releases the Hightower, a bike which can accomodate both 29" and 27.5+" wheels without altering the geometry. A high/low setting on the frame's rear suspension linkage allows for 29" wheels and a 140mm fork, or 27.5+ wheels and a 150mm fork, both maintaining a 67° head angle. The long, low stance of this bike should lean it toward big, burly, all day adventures. Depending on terrain, and riding preferences, this rowdy machine could take on the highly elusive, (and hyperbolic) tag of "quiver killer." And while it is not the case, I like to think this new ride is named after the late, great Bubba Smith's character "Moses Hightower" from the Police Academy films.
Does it count as irony if I'm sitting in Bull Run coffee as I type this, the old site of the CRC Coffee Bar? Well, technically, I'm next door, in what was once Balance Fitness Studio. But Bull Run has commandeered the entire corner so I'm calling it good. And full disclosure, Five Watt is my preferred Minnneapolis spot for coffee (black, like my heart), but they were filled to capacity when I stopped there this afternoon. I'm happy to see local, small businesses thrive. More importantly, I'm eager to support them, because I know all too well how hard it is to keep the doors open. It just goes to show you should support your local independent everything.
A quick update on the CRC x GIRO DND glove. They will be landing at CRC HQ on Monday, 19 Roctober, and pre-orders will begin shipping that same day. There are only a few remaining pair available, so if you've been thinking about it, now is the time. I do appreciate your patience and thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend. #getrad
Interbike. Outdoor Demo. Las Vegas. A never-ending stream of dirt, dust, products, promotion, and friends. I'm still coming down, so here's a few photos to share.the Open Cycles U.P. my favorite bike of Dirt Demo.the new Santa Cruz 5010. Longer, lower, slacker. A true joy to ride.the new 2016 Ritchey Timberwolf 27.5 hardtail optimized for 140mm fork. Beast mode! Had a lot of fun on this one.the boss, Paul Price, showing off the new Boxcar stem. So sweet. Think I'll build a new bike around one.the new Surly Wednesday. I'm not a fat biker, but I play one on tv...Giro has some (more) trick kicks in the line up. Reflective under light. Limited Edition purple Giro Empire VR90 for the Grinduro. Want. Badly.Dirt Demo with the Gnarly Factory Pro
All right Tokyo! Here's your chance to stock up on the classic CRC Cheap Trick H2o bottles, available now in a 2-pack, for just $12.Locals can arrange for pick up. Get 'em while you can because once they're gone, they're gone, just like Bun E. Carlos... click here.
Just back from a whirlwind week in California, the land of golden sunshine, brilliant redwoods, and an extreme water shortage, where I was fortunate enough to ride with the Blackburn Rangers on the way to Sea Otter. I'll have more in the upcoming days ahead, but for now, feast your eyes on a few photos, including the White Industries drop-stop (official name TBD).