santa cruz 5010

Broken In Bend

Broken In Bend

Bend is the complete package and thankfully my wife thinks so too! From endless miles of singletrack to river hangs, it's the perfect place for a weekend getaway from Portland.

The following photos were all self-shot while on a trip in Bend. Check back soon to find out how I shoot these!

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 I spent a few late nights pouring over outdated threads on the 5010 and Tallboy.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. 

Broken Shorts : Mt Tabor Trail Roast

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuDs1ZGzvEA[/embed] This is video number two of an on going series of shorts I am filming. The objective is simply to create a short that captures the ride. Before I moved to New York City and worked as a professional Motion Designer I was a filmmaker. It feels good to play around again even if it's just with my small point and shoot. I have no desire to purchase nicer gear but rather just focus on capturing these little moments out on the trail or the road. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for checking out Broken Shorts.

Broken Shorts : Riverview

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQvG-55Uqtg[/embed] Long before I was a professional Motion Designer slaying the scene in NYC (and now PDX) I was a filmmaker. I made a film in Bangkok Thailand which was screened around the world in the Bicycle Film Festival. I even had the opportunity to work with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Anyways. It's been years since I've been remotely interested in getting back into film making. Technology is expensive and honestly I am really turned off on the whole my camera is better than your camera scene that comes along with it.

On my ride this morning I thought it would be fun to see what I could do with my little RX100. I am kinda stoked on how everything came out. With that said I am pretty interested in documenting my life in Portland and I might just start doing it on Youtube.

Syncline : The Wizard + Hidden Valley

What do you do when the weekends forecast calls for rain and snow in the Pacific Northwest? You pack up the bikes and drive 75 minutes out of Portland to ride mountain bikes in Washington. Despite heavy winds the conditions in Syncline were perfect! 

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