Wairoa Gorge Mountain Bike Park
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by Darryn Giles
1M ago
I was invited to a bicycle dealer only event, not unusual as I own a bike shop but where it was got me intrigued. I had heard a bit about Wairoa Gorge Mountain Bike Park which is 60 minutes from Nelson CBD. I had been told it was a hidden mecca for mountain bikers, owned by billionaire Ken Dart who had built the track network essentially for himself and his mates. Then allowed the Nelson MTB club to run it for their members. He has since gifted the 560 hectare land to DOC and the Nelson club has a 40 year lease to operate the park. There was rumors of teams of guys building tracks for long per ..read more
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Queen Charlotte Track by E Bike 2024
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by Darryn Giles
1M ago
For those of you who haven't heard of the Queen Charlotte Track, it is one of New Zealand's classic mountain bike rides or great walks. I prefer to think it is better to ride. The Queen Charlotte Track runs almost the entire length of New Zealand’s Queen Charlotte Sound. The track stretches from Ship Cove to Anakiwa – 70 kilometres (approximately 45 miles) of spectacular track passing through historic sites, secluded bays and lush coastal bush. The terrain of the track is regarded as undulating with hills ranging from sea level to a maximum of 400 metres. Most of the track is wide (1 to 1.5 me ..read more
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Bike Maintenance 101: Essential Tips from Chain Reaction
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by Richard Berridge
6M ago
Welcome to Chain Reactions service basics guide, your reliable source for bike care insights. In this guide, we'll cover the basics of maintaining your bicycle for optimal performance and longevity. From suspension service intervals to chain care, tire maintenance, and tubeless sealant tips, let's get straight to the essentials. Suspension Service Intervals: Ensure your suspension is in top shape by scheduling maintenance every 50-100 hours, depending on your riding conditions. This usually only takes an average rider 6 months of riding to clock in 50 hours. Regular maintenance of your suspen ..read more
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All-new Turbo Kenevo
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by Bobby Ketchum
1y ago
The all-new Turbo Kenevo is designed to rip down the hill, with 180mm of travel and aggressive geometry, and quickly get you to the top for another lap. More power, more trails. No lifts or shuttle required. Stiffer and lighter frame. The all-new Kenevo frame is a full kilogram lighter than before with its Sidearm chassis inspired by the Stumpjumper. With rattle-free internal cable routing, clean battery integration and carefully placed chainstay protectors, the Kenevo offers the most sorted frame on the market. 27.5 ain't dead. Turbo bikes are all about having fun. The Kenevo ..read more
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Bike Build of the Week
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by Bobby Ketchum
1y ago
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The All-New Turbo Creo SL
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by Bobby Ketchum
1y ago
The all-new Turbo Creo SL redefines the electric performance road bike. It's lightweight, smooth, capable, and lively - all with the power to flatten mountains, power through headwinds and go farther than you ever thought possible. 2x you. The Creo SL doubles your effort with a new lightweight motor designed and built by Specialized from the ground up. Weighing only 1.95 kg, the 240-watt Specialized SL 1.1 motor is smooth and powerful, yet whisper quiet. With 35 newton-metres of torque, it can deliver full power between 60 and 110 RPM and can assist up to 45 km/h. Up to 195km range. The 320 ..read more
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Stumpjumper Evo Elite Alloy
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by Bobby Ketchum
1y ago
Ken waited 500 days for this bike. Looks like it was worth it ..read more
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Spencer's Sandy Steeps
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by Bobby Ketchum
1y ago
This 4th round of SouthernCross CX race was at our favourite venue, Spencer Park. With a Le Mans start on the beach, steep sandy chutes and loose pine needles everywhere, Spencer is a techy course that's always fun for the crowd ..read more
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All-New Turbo Kenevo SL
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by Bobby Ketchum
1y ago
Enduro + Turbo Super Light motor. The Kenevo SL combines the Enduro's superb handling and all-out speed with the Specialized SL 1.1 motor in a lightweight package that rips down the trail with the power to climb up and do it again. It has 170mm of travel, 29" wheels front and rear and adjustable geometry with 6 distinct settings. Head angle can be adjusted from 62.5°-64.5° and bottom bracket height can be adjusted up or down 7mm. The Style-Specific sizing is based on your preference and style (not inseam like traditional sizing) and is available in NZ in 4 sizes (S2-S5) in the Expert model ..read more
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S-Works Aethos Founder's Edition
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by Bobby Ketchum
1y ago
The Specialized S-Works Aethos Founder's Edition is built purely for the love of riding. Limited to 300 worldwide, this is the one and only Aethos Founder's Edition in New Zealand and we're really excited to deliver it to one of our best customers. The bike combines the world’s lightest frame with Shimano’s top-shelf Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, Roval’s featherweight Alpinist wheels and the new Roval Alpinist integrated cockpit. This 54cm weighs 5.9kg out of the box with a solid and reliable spec, no weight-weenie stuff. Enjoy the bike build video and photos of this bea ..read more
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