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Flip-chip Tallboy

Santa Cruz just launched the revised Tallboy. ‘The new Tallboy is sharper, but slacker, shorter but longer, steeper but lower, racier but trail-ready. And it’ll take 27.5+ wheels as well as 29in wheels. It’ll take a 120mm fork up front, to it’s 110mm rear, but if you’re running 27.5+ wheels, you can run a 130mm fork and keep the geometry the same by using the flip-chip on the rear shock mount.’

The Flip-Chip allows the shock position change to accommodate the 27.5 or 29er wheelset. Interesting idea:

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In 29er mode
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and 27.5

I noted with interest how the predominate MTB marketing in South Africa was aimed at carbon hardtail race lycra brigade, so I had a chuckle at the spoof Cape Epic promotional video by none other than Greg Minnaar. Worth watching until the end, that’s a trick I want to try in Morzine. Enjoy:

Oh, and finally, I got my first puncture this weekend. Stans was not up to the job. Fear I may need a new tire if I plan to take out the tube again. Drinking tube included for Steve’s benefit.

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Hipsters, Hamsters, 1995

Nothing to do with Mountain Biking this one, but thought I had to share this little nuggets David D has just sent me while he’s visiting family. Isn’t the world a better place when you have a sense of humour – just priceless:

 

 

Keeping it in the family

So, my brother-in-law, John just completed his 21st Cape Argus tour, which is believe it or not, the worlds largest timed road race. I have done it twice in my road riding past, and it’s got to be one of the most beautiful rides around.

Also impressively, my brother-in-law’s brother, Doug, came second in the grand masters category of the Cape Epic. For those not in the know, widely considered as the toughest MTB ride around, 435 off-road miles in the Cape heat. Doug has come in the top 5 for all categories over the years.

Absa Cape Epic 2016 Stage 7 - Stellenbosch to Durbanville
Riders enroute to Meerendal during the final stage (stage 7) of the 2016 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Boschendal in Stellenbosch to Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, South Africa on the 20th March 2016

 

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