Winter Sunshine

Winter Sunshine

Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and for the next couple of months will be chasing the weather. Syncline is situated across the Columbia River from Oregon and has a very unusual weather pattern. Often if it's raining in Portland there is a good chance it will be dry and sunny in at Syncline. 

Enduro World Series Rotorua NZ 2017

The 2017 Enduro World Series has kicked off in Rotorua and it got rowdy! 

Enduro World Series is back for 2017 It's race day, and I'm supporting my mates on the side of the track of the 2017 EWS at Crankworx in Rotorua, New Zealand. This enduro mountain bike race is insane : 8 hours of riding with 2000 D+.
Some absolutely savage conditions for the first race of the year! What a way to start 2017, the Giant Toa Enduro at Crankworx was EPIC! After seven hard fought stages it was Cecile Ravanel and Wyn Masters who triumphed in the battle for Rotorua!

2017 Santa Cruz 5010 CC Quick Review

I recently sold my 2016 Santa Cruz 5010 CC XO1 build with the idea of picking up a 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy. I've ridden a few Evil 29ers recently and I really like how the bigger bikes pedal. So when the time came to pull the trigger on the new bike I freaked out. I spent a few late nights pouring over outdated threads on the 5010 and Tallboy. Everyone has their opinion on what is better but ultimately what it comes down to is what bike do you want to ride 90% of the time. So I bought another 5010. 

What I changed out before my first ride

  • I threw on my Fox Transfer seatpost because I am done with Rockshox's Reverb. So now I have a brand new 150mm Reverb Stealth B1 for sale, want to buy it? 
  • Replaced the stem with a shorter Easton Haven. 
  • Swapped the rear Ardent for a Minion DHR because...more grip, duh! 
  • I threw on an older and beat up WTB Silverado Pro because saddles get thrashed and now I have a new one for down the road. 
  • I always throw on a Spurcycle bell on my mountain bikes because I like to give hikers a heads up. Ding! 

The 2017 model is spec'd way better

Upgrades from last years X01 build include carbon Sram cranks, Sram Eagle 1x and the Fox 34. Everything else is pretty much the same but I am stoked on the carbon cranks and Fox fork. Now only if they'd throw some wider rims on this damn bike! 

5010 is built to serve the most technical backcountry missions.

So..... How did the bike compare to last years?

It felt really fucking smooth. I love the Fox 34 and the bike is dead silent. Other than that it felt just like my old 5010, which it should. The geometry is the same unless I am mistaken. After the first ride back on the 5010 I realized I made the right decision. This bike is super playful. You've been hearing that phrase a lot right? I come from a BMX background so when I say playful it means this bike is awesome for throwing around. I like to send it, connect lines, whip the rear end and just get rowdy. The Santa Cruz 5010 is kinda like a big BMX and  I fucking dig that. 

and thats it folks

I am stoked. I've  squeezed in three solid rides on this rig and I am looking forward to all of the spring riding thats headed our way in the Pacific Northwest. Check back soon for some better photos and all of that jazz. 

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