The opening round of the Dunedin Enduro series kicked off today with over one hundred riders, a new record for the series! The first stage was a shorty in the Wakari Redwood forest, an area more renowned for XC and beginner trails, but was equally fun for advanced riders. It was a lung burning stage, all about finding flow and holding speed through the corners.
This was followed by a long climb/push up the Pinapple track before the now infamously awkward and technical Pepper Tree track. The chat after this stage was all about spills and thrills as most riders had a few off's. But it seems like we are suckers for punishment, because no one was complaining (rather more were shreaking with joy!)
The final stage of the day took riders up the Switchback track before descending down the Nicols Enduro line... which is a fav for most the locals and the word was that it was riding faster then ever.
Riders started cruising back to the Waikari carpark to the smell of sausies on the BBQ and the fun of comparing their times to their mates, thanks to the new flash timing system that Mountain Biking Otago have just perchased. It was the first trail run for the system and Hamish Seaton did a great job with almost no major errors.
The vibe at the finish was fantastic and pretty much everyone had a big smile... and while not the most important thing, it was impressive to see junior pinner Bradley Harris take out the win in the overall mens, and Shannon Hope with the fastest female time. Also really worth a mention is Ben Shayler, 9th overall on a hardtail !?
See below for all results ... and special shout out to the Mountain Biking Otago volunteers Kane, Hamish & Donovan, Woody for photos, the track marking team, Marshalls Sophie, Todd & Ronel & also Josh for taking it on himself for fixing the big hole that appeared at the bottom of Nicols in a recent rain storm. Awesome effort everyone!!!
The new SRAM Eagle is now in store, bringing most of the benefits of the XO1 drive chain at a much cheaper price point. Check out this in depth review here to get the low down. We must say, its certainly the hot upgrade to make this summer!
To celebrate its arrival, for the month of October we are offering a special offer only to readers of our blog and email list the following deal (You must mention this blog post to get the deal).
--- Get a full SRAM GX Eagle 12speed drive chain for a reduced price of $800 and we will fit it onto your bike for FREE ! Or Go the full hog, and add a new set of SRAM Guide R brakes too... all for $1000 installed on your bike. ---
Please note that there maybe extra costs for adaptors, freewheels etc needed to fit this onto your bike. Just ask and we can advice.
We need to make some room on the showroom floor, so we have just dropped the price on all remaining 2017 bikes.
We also got a few more in that Giant were clearing out as well - they still have certain models in stock, so if you don't see what you like make sure to ask us and we can check with Giant to see if they have any deals going.
See all 2017 bikes here
See all ex-staff / demo bikes here
Or better yet, come down to the shop and we can show you the options and recommend what we think is perfect for you!
We have landed a good portion of the new Giant 2018 range now and its on the showroom floor for you to feel, touch and experience first hand! In our opinion its the best looking range yet from the company that is known for its reliability, performance and value.
Exciting to see the new SRAM GX Eagle driving the amazingly stiff and beautiful new Giant Trance Advanced 1 for 2018. In the background, the new 2018 Giant Anthem Advanced 1 29er is equally as stunning in stealth matt black with red trim.
The 2018 Giant Anthem 2 29er is a bit less stealthy. One cool thing about all the new bikes is that they come with tubeless ready tires, pre-loaded with sealant and ready to hit the trail. No extra mod's needed.
The Anthem 29er range is brand new to the brand this year and will be perfect for those looking for a super fast and capable bike on events such as the Motatapu, Hawea Challenge, Pioneer or any other XC/Marathon style event.
The new 2018 Liv Pique 3 is a great all rounder for women looking for a confidence inspiring bike, built specifically for them from the ground up.
This bike really excites me !! The 2018 Giant Trance Junior is aimed at young or small rippers. Its got 'retro' 26 inch wheels, 2.35 tires, great suspension and quality components throughout. I can't wait to see these being shredded out on the trail !!!
The 2018 Giant Trance 2 was our biggest seller last year and for good reason... it has good quality components, matched to an amazing frame and the price is excellent, under 4G for a bike like this is just awesome.
The new Giant Fathom 2 features a dropper post this year, which makes this bike even more trail ready for 2018.
Finally, we still have a few remaining 2017 bikes and some ex-demo left. If you are after a bargain these are the best deal in town by miles and won't last long. Come in for a chat to see what we have.
There’s pizza, beer, and celebrations all around tonight at Bike Otago, as tomorrow Yeti kicks off their massively popular Demo Days, starting in Dunedin. It’s a great way to view and try out the new Yeti bikes, as well as pre-ordering your own so you’re prepared for riding this Spring.
Mat is doing a big roadie around the country, travelling to 12 locations in New Zealand to spread the Yeti love. The Dunedin Bike Otago team have overhauled the Yeti Van to include all the best Yeti bikes and gear, as well as a cheeky BBQ. The new van kit out is looking pretty sweet and we can’t wait to share it with you all.
We had a quick chat to Mat from Yeti about the Demo Days...
Why would you recommend someone comes to a Yeti Demo Day?
It's a great way to ride a new bike on a local trail that you know. It's important to get the right size and style of bike for you, and a Yeti Demo Day allows you to have a test run before you choose a bike and shelling out a shit load of money !
What do people need to bring to the Yeti Demo Day?
All you need to bring are your riding shoes, your pedals, a smile and an open mind ready to be blown away. We do have a couple of pairs of clipless pedals and flats if you forget, but really do suggest you bring your own as it will give you a better feel for the bike.
Tomorrow’s demo day is at the top of Signal Hill, so if you’ve already registered, we’re looking forward to seeing you there! The demo days this year have been hugely popular so if you’ve missed out, make sure you are following the Yeti NZ and Bike Otago Facebook pages to find out when the next Yeti Demo Day is happening.
With our renovations here at Bike Otago pretty much complete, we thought it was the perfect time to create a fresh display dedicated to one of our favourite brands, Mons Royale. This Kiwi clothing brand has been a long time favourite of the Bike Otago team due to it’s easy to wear style, that doesn’t compromise on it’s technical performance. The versatile pieces are designed to be worn everyday - whether thats hitting the trails on your bike or heading out to meet friends for a coffee. No matter what you are doing, you’ll always look sharp.
Based in Wanaka, Mons Royale started in 2009 as the answer to a lack of stylish and functional merino clothing available on the market. Later that year, they received their first international order and before long the brand was flying off the shelves all around the world. Nowadays Mons Royale is stocked in over 400 retail stores (including Bike Otago) all around the world.
As well as creating some pretty kick-ass clothing, Mons Royale is well-known for it’s focus on quality garments and it's high standards of ethics. They have strict criteria about which companies they choose to work with, ensuring that all process treat both people, animals, and the environment with complete care.
Make sure you pop instore to check out some of the new collection from Mons Royale. We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as we do!
We have been busy little rabbits the past few weeks building a brand new workshop space and opening up the showroom space to allow for a great deal more bikes, clothing, parts and accessories.
With more floor space, we have much more room to show off more stunning bikes, including some of new 2018 Giants that have landed already and a bunch more Yetis.
With Yeti, Raceface, Tineli, and Mons Royale, we now have a HUGE range of fantastic cycling / casual clothing.
The new range of 2018 Giant kids bikes is solid as ever and the pricing is fantastic too.
We have a fantastic range of the LIV and YETI BETI womens bikes in store
We have a bunch of Yeti's in store in preparation for next weekends YETI demo day !! Come check them out now as soon they will be off on the road trip. If you are keen to demo one, click here for more info
So much more room to display product nicely now!
Just landed, new 2018 Giant Trance 2 and Anthem 29 2's... more on these soon!
...And finally, the brand new bike service area and workshop...
Roshni and I have just had the best weekend ever with 350 other fanatical Yeti fans at the Yeti Tribe Gathering. Check out this little video we put together!
I am writing this from super hot Colorado. Roshni and I just spent 6 days in the San Fran bay area checking out bike shops, eating amazing food, trail running and visiting friends and family.
The Mission Bicycle Company - a shop focused purely on custom built urban bikes. Customers can choose all the details and they make the bikes in the apartments above. Not sure how well this would go in Dunedin, but in this sensationally hip fixed gear community neighbourhood, perfect !
Big Swinging Cycles - A downtown San Fran shop selling Yeti and other boutique bikes. Has heaps of character and Brian the owner remembered me from old racing days, as we had come into one of his old stores for a signing session once! He told me the last Yeti demo day they hosted they did over 100 demos !!! Yikes, come on Dunedin - we need to get more of you out on Yetis!
Velo Studio - thirty minutes north of San Fransisco is Mill Valley, which is now a pretty posh little suburb. Sitting drinking a coffee and watching the riders go past, I had never seen so much Rapha clothing, gravel bashers, Moots and other really boutique expensive bikes. And I also never visited such a high end shop as this one... no bike under $7-8K I reckon. Massive range of Moots, Parle, Independent Fabrication and a few others. Full range of MAPP clothing and super nice workshop area.
Spokes - And I have left the best for last. A total random find, we spotted this little shop and I couldn't help but notice the big red Copenhagen wheel from a distance. Entering the store, it was pretty cluttered space and it was full with probably the best range of kids bikes I've ever seen in one shop... and random cool stuff which I'd never seen before. Brian the owner (pictured above) and his wife turned out to be some of the nicest most genuine people ever.
They run a Family Bike Collective non profit aimed at encouraging more families to get into cycling and they had some great brands and ideas on selling kids bikes (stay tuned Dunedin!). They also were at the cutting edge of e-bike technology, being one of the first dealers in USA to sell the Copenhagen wheel (which Roshni and I got to test ride down the streets of Berkley and it-is-awesome). He was also making special bikes to fit very very tall people, like over 7 foot people with 32inch wheels. Recently he had sold one of these to Shaquille O'Neil ! I guess that makes them legit, right ?
All in all, it was an inspiring little tour. We also visited some of Roshni's favourite food places (Tartine and Chez Pannise to name a few).
Next stop, Colorado and the Yeti Tribe Gathering in Crested Butte...
We get to do some seriously beautiful bike builds in this store, but this one was exceptional even by our standards.
Open Cycles is a brand that has just been launched in NZ and we were the first ones in the country to build one of there new UP Gravel Road bikes.
This is a fine piece of kit and beauitfully finished with only the best parts from ENVE, SRAM, 3T, Fixik & WTB.
Get out of town on asphalt, hit the gravel roads or switch to singletrack. The geometry gets you there fast; the big tires make you unstoppable.
The frame is available in two versions:
|-||The standard U.P. with 3T Luteus II fork for post-mount disc brakes|
|-||The superlight U.P.P.E.R. with OPEN U-turn fork for flat-mount disc brakes|
Overall, the U.P. and U.P.P.E.R. share the same principles of intended use, same tire clearance, same exact shape and geometry. But they differ in layup, weight, fork, disc brake mounts, thru-axles and colour.