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Monday
Jul172017

Guerrilla Gravity Announces The Smash

The punk rock spirit of Joe Strummer lives on in The Smash, inspiring riders to assail anything in their path. The combination of GG-style geometry and dialed suspension platform creates a 29er you can take on anything from epic big mountain days, to days in the bike park, to your rock-strewn after-work lap.

Like all GG bikes, The Smash was designed with versatility in mind. Riders can choose between Crush Mode and Plush Mode to dial in the suspension platform that’s ideal for their local terrain. Crush Mode is more poppy and supportive, while Plush Mode is smoother in the rough--turning rock gardens into a fine velour carpet. Further dial in your ride by choosing an air or coil rear shock.

We scrutinized the suspension feel compared to the Trail Pistol and Megatrail, making minute changes that optimize The Smash for its rider. It is softer off the top and through the mid-stroke, yet has more bottom out protection towards the end of its stroke. This creates a platform that is ready for smashing rocks and goin’ fast--up and down.

Freedom Linkage

We used our background in racecar engineering to create the Freedom Linkage, a versatile platform that allows you to dial in your ride characteristics based on local terrain and rider preferences via shock tunes.

It also utilizes our approach to design that focuses on a high level of refinement to eliminate unnecessary complication. This creates a platform that's made for goin' fast, yet is easy to maintain and built to last. Plus, it's built right here in our shop. Those are pure American welds (f* yeah!)!

Features

  • 140 mm travel
  • Crush Mode & Plush Mode
    • Crush Mode: strong mid-stroke support for flow trails and all-day adventures
    • Plush Mode: softer top stroke for smashing rocks and mega-traction
  • Freedom Linkage using proprietary Horst Link implementation
  • Steeper seat tube angle maintains consistent geo as the saddle is raised and lowered, improves climbing efficency
  • NUTS (Necessities Under the Saddle) Bracket keeps your flat changing essentials easily accessible (and lightens your load)
  • Bottle mount in front triangle
  • 6.6 lbs. (2,995g) frame with hardware (size Medium)

Specifications

  • 230x57.5 metric shock
  • 30.9 mm seatpost with stealth dropper routing
  • 49mm headtube, fits tapered steerer tubes
  • ISCG05 chainguide mount
  • Threaded 73mm BSA threaded BB shell (greatly reduces creaking)
  • 55mm chainline
  • ISO brake caliper mount
  • 12x148 rear axle, offset 3mm to the driveside for optimal chainline and clearance
  • Universal Syntace axle and derailleur hanger
  • Max fork travel: 160 mm
  • Max tire size: 29 x 2.5

GG Smash Geometry

Guerrilla Gravity The Smash

Tuesday
Jun272017

2018 Intense Carbine 29r

For 2018, the new bike offers up a modern trail geometry, with longer reach for a more confidence-inspiring ride. The JS Tuned suspension “enduro link” has been developed and refined, offer longer links (including a carbon upper link) to optimize leverage curve, axle path and overall performance to make the Carbine an uncompromising 29” enduro race machine.

Intense Carbine Geometry


 

2018 Intense Carbine

Wednesday
Jun072017

Tales of The Mob - Episode 2, Fort William 

Fort William often produces great drama for both the fans that pack into the venue and for the hundreds of thousands watching at home; with this year’s edition being no exception. Most of the top ranked riders from 2016 arrived into Scotland without protected status thanks to the rained out end of round 1 in Lourdes (FRA). Other riders had higher than expected rankings that they wanted to hang on to, so the stage was set for a many changes in the overall ranking, and many possible surprises.

For the 15th time in a row, the legendary World Cup track in Fort William offered everything what makes downhill racing so exciting: a demanding track, changing conditions, and of course a crowd that knows how to cheer and celebrate the best riders in the world.

Last week the YT Mob went to Fort William to compete in the second round of the Downhill World Cup 2017. Unfortunately, the third rider, Angel Suarez, couldn’t join the team as he is still recovering from his wrist injury. So, his team mates Aaron Gwin and Neko Mulally had to challenge throughout the weekend without the lively Spaniard.

The qualifying on Saturday went quite well on the 3.07 km long track: Neko came in 21st and Aaron 5th. Their results indicated an exciting race and provided good starting positions for the guys. The wood section in the middle part of the track caused considerable havoc – the rinsed-out root section and loads of mud even caused the top riders to fall.

Race day started with sunny weather which actually means nothing in the Scottish Highlands as it can turn into the complete opposite within minutes. Neko showed an incredible run which resulted in his best ever performance in Fort Bill. As one of the first riders he managed to get through the wood section smoothly and with a total time of 4:46.099 he joined Troy Brosnan in the hot seat area. In the end, Neko went home with 7th place.

"This track has been a challenge for me over the years so to leave here with a solid result gives me confidence and keeps the momentum rolling.” (Neko Mulally)

His team mate Aaron started amongst the last five riders just when rain and heavy winds set in. In the upper part, it had no influence on his performance but his front wheel washed out in a lower section of the track while he was trying to set up for a left hander. This cost him two seconds of his lead. Finally, only two riders were faster than Aaron (4:44.143): Jack Moir and Greg Minnaar. “Great weekend here in Scotland. The fans were awesome and the track was tough as always. I really wanted that win today and I felt like the speed was there until that little crash towards the bottom of my run. I’m encouraged by my progress though and a 3rd place with a crash is a result that I will build on. Already looking forward to going to Leogang next week, I love that place!”

Aaron’s result pushed him 60 positions upwards in the overall ranking, now sitting in 8th position just behind his team mate Neko Mulally sitting in 7th. With two riders amongst the Top Ten Overall the YT Mob can look on a very good base to head towards Austria. From Thursday onwards the next round will take place in Leogang, a track which both Aaron and Neko love.

 

Tuesday
Jun062017

Jordie Lunn Rough RF2

Almost immediately after Rough AF dropped last December, freeride legend Jordie Lunn returned to his second home, the deep woods of Vancouver Island, to dig and build fresh new line lines. Nearly half a year later, the result were lines - or at least what Jordie calls lines - that define what 'Rough AF' really means.

“The build for Rough AF 2 was much more ambitious than the first! About five months of hard digging, cutting and wondering how each line would ride. There were definitely a few stunts that had me second guessing myself! It was a super fun project, and everything rode quite well in the end. I was pumped for Kali's support on this build and for sending Sterling Lorence over! It had been quite a few years since we've shot together, so I was pretty excited to show him what I'd been working on. On to the next build now!" - Jordie Lunn

Helmet:
Shiva 2.0 Carbon - Available at your LBS

Filming & Editing:
Jordie Lunn

Photos:
Sterling Lorence

Drone Operators:
Conrad Jay
Cam St. Godard

Video Assistants:
Craig Lunn
Kyle White
Luke Fulton
Caitlin
Erin Springinotic
Dan Batchelor

Thursday
Jun012017

Santa Cruz Nomad Announced

The Nomad's reputation is built on consistently pushing the envelope of how DH a bike can get while still remaining usable on most trails. With each iteration we nudge the travel and geometry further towards the outer limits, and each time we surprise ourselves at just how completely rideable the end result remains.

The fourth generation design sees a dramatic shift to the lower-link mounted shock configuration. This is the first time that learnings from years of V10 development have translated across to one of our trail bikes.

Nomad Build Kits


The shock rate is now almost completely linear—which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, a supportive midstroke and overall progression that you'd normally only experience on a DH bike. To keep the gravity vibe going we've ensured the Nomad can run both standard metric coil shocks and lighter air units to suit any preference.

Full shock compatibility creates challenges when trying to cram everything into the precious bottom bracket area. But the continued evolution of our carbon tech means we're able to create a svelt, strong, swingarm/front triangle combo that's as much art as it is engineering.

We even managed to squeeze in a flip-chip feature on the lower link too. Think of the high setting as "regular", the way the bike's mostly meant to be ridden, and the low setting as being closer to full on DH status.

To handle all this new-found capability the geometry has adapted too. It's longer and lower-slung than ever to ensure maximum stability and confidence on absolutely everything.

The whole package is crowned with a raft of subtle yet essential details. Bolt-on downtube protectors and shuttle guards act as a helmet for your frame—a replaceable front line against abuse. An integrated shock fender has also been added to keep crud out of the suspension.

The crowning glory of the Nomad, however, has been in the making longer than the frame itself: the all new Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels.  Spec'd exclusively on the Nomad for now, you can read more about how these wheels came into being right here.

Santa Cruz Nomad Features

  • 148mm Rear Axle Spacing
  • 170mm VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5" wheels
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Bolt-on shuttle guard and downtube protector
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • Internal carbon tubes ensure precise and hassle-free routing of derailleur and seat post cables
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Recessed lower link protected from rock strikes
  • Single grease port on lower link for swift and easy maintenance
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket

Santa Cruz Nomad Features

Santa Cruz Nomad geometry

Santa Cruz Nomad V4