33 Bikes of the 2W Gravity Enduro - Rotorua

Feb 12, 2017
by Cameron Mackenzie  
This weekend riders from all over New Zealand, and multiple other corners of the globe descended on Rotorua once more for the latest installment of the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro Series.

With the first stop of the 2017 Enduro World Series fast approaching, it was no surprise to see some of the world's top enduro riders attending this deep summer round as an opportunity to test the waters leading into next month's race. We had a quick look around the pits to see what everyone was riding, and even got the chance to see a few Zerode Taniwha's in the wild.

Dan and his tricked out Zerode Taniwha
  Dan and his tricked out Zerode Taniwha

Cole Lucas and his Brand New Wide Open factory Intense Tracer
  Cole Lucas and his brand new Wide Open factory Intense Tracer

Jack Fisher and his Santa Cruz Bronson
  Jack Fisher and his Santa Cruz Bronson

Jesse Patel and his Yeti SB5
  Jesse Patel and his Yeti SB5

Rotorua local Sam Shaw and his Santa Crus Solo
  Rotorua local Sam Shaw and his Santa Cruz Solo

Carson Rayner and his Giant Reign
  Carson Rayner and his Giant Reign

Carl Jones and his Giant Trance Advance
  Carl Jones and his Giant Trance Advance

Liam Jackson and his YT Capra
  Liam Jackson and his YT Capra

John Richardson and his Alloy Transition Patrol
  John Richardson and his alloy Transition Patrol

Connor Hamilton and his Commencal Meta V4
  Connor Hamilton and his Commencal Meta V4

Katie Winton and her Trek Slash
  Katie Winton and her Trek Slash

Mike Robertson and his Trek Slash
  Mike Robertson and his Trek Remedy

Nate and his Custom Devinci Troy
  Nate and his custom Devinci Troy fitted with the new Box Components drivetrain

Jeff Carter and his Transition Patrol. Jeff runs Sram EX1 8 Speed e-bike drivetrain for extra durability
  Jeff Carter and his Transition Patrol. Jeff runs Sram EX1 8 Speed e-bike drivetrain for extra durability

Rae Morrison and her Liv Hail
  Rae Morrison and her Liv Hail

Alex Tauge and his Zerode Taniwha
  Alex Tague and his Zerode Taniwha

Logan Cessar and his Banshee Rune
  Logan Cessar and his Banshee Rune

Skye Follas and her Devenci Troy
  Skye Follas and her Devinci Troy

Louis Hamilton and his Commencal Meta V4
  Louis Hamilton and his Commencal Meta V4

Keegan Wright and his Wide Open Factory Giant Trance
  Keegan Wright and his Wide Open Factory Giant Trance

Katie Oneil and her Liv Hail
  Katie O'Neil and her Liv Hail

Scott Taylor and his brand new Intense Tracer
  Scott Taylor and his brand new Intense Tracer

Paul VDP and his XTR Di2 equipped Giant Trance
  Paul van der Ploeg and his XTR Di2 equipped Giant Trance

Josh Reilly and his GT Stanction
  Josh Reilly and his GT Stanction

Matt Berry and his Trek Slash
  Matt Berry and his Trek Remedy

Matt Hunt and his Yeti SB6
  Matt Hunt and his Yeti SB6c

Daniel Self and his Yeti SB6c
  Daniel Self and his Yeti SB6c

Nick Teebon and his Custom Santa Crus Bronson
  Nick Teebon and his Custom Santa Cruz Bronson

Joseph Nation and his Bergamont
  Joseph Nation and his Bergamont

Justin Leov and his Canyon Spectral 140mm today instead of his usual 160R 180F equipped version
  Justin Leov and his Canyon Spectral, 140mm today instead of his usual 160R/180F equipped version

Byron Scott and his 29 Trek Fuel
  Byron Scott and his 29" Trek Fuel

Lester Perry and his Trek Fuel
  Lester Perry and his Trek Fuel

Jack Humphries and his Trek Slash
  Jack Humphries and his Trek Remedy



146 Comments

  • + 158
 I'm getting goosebumps at the sight of a proper gearbox production bike competing in a National event. We're making headway!!!
  • + 43
 Both of the builds on those are pure hotness too might I add.
  • + 17
 so exciting!!! gearboxes are coming!!!
  • + 18
 If they will exist anywhere it in Zerode's own home town I would think.
  • + 13
 everytime i see the zerode enduro i think it is a nomad until i look at the gearbox
  • + 18
 just look at all those stupidly long mechs for the dinner plate cassettes, am I the only one who can see an accident waiting to happen there.. Them zerodes are the biz for sure..
  • + 3
 @cogsci: like 115%, falling to 100% by the end stroke? How is that crazy?
  • + 5
 Looking at $5K US for frame and Pinion. Which is not that bad if you compare to other high end frames and a Eagle drive train.

www.zerodebikes.com/shop/product/140166/Taniwha-Pre-Order-B
  • + 10
 how shit do those 50t cassettes and long rear mechs look hey
  • + 3
 @bat-fastard: my derailuiar went straight into my rear wheel yestersday. Landed a hip poorly and snapped six spokes. Haven't adopted the dinner plates yet, still rocking a 1x9 cause upgrades are expensive.
  • + 12
 Pinion needs to develop a trigger Shifter or move directly to an electronic trigger
  • + 1
 @slayersxc17: I can get away with 11-40 with a short x0 mech as my trail bike has very little chain growth. Still managed to clip a branch once and done hanger and couple of spokes. I'm now running my park bike single speed lol www.pinkbike.com/photo/14387314
  • + 10
 @bat-fastard: With the Zerode as the first pic it is like the elephant in the room- why in the world would you dangle your transmission down by the back wheel so it can get smashed? Compared to the Zs all the other bikes just look... wrong.
  • + 3
 @skidrumr: because when it does get smashed they get to sell you another one..
  • + 1
 @nofear259 Do you honestly have that much trouble with the derailleur of your modern 1X drivetrain? Serious question.
  • + 3
 @lccomz: I guess it depends where you ride to a certain extent. If mostly park or flow trails then not so much. If a lot of natural terrain then the derailleur is very much it the firing line. I have managed to smash 2 ds in the past 12 months along with 3 hangers and have had to do straighten up jobs as well, so i am keen to see the end of derailleurs but thats just me
  • + 3
 @wblh: Wow. You must be really hard on your gear. Your experience has been the opposite of mine.

Word to the wise: Don't hold your breath waiting for rear derailleur to go away.

Cheers!
  • + 1
 @slayersxc17: I upgraded my 8speed to use a 40 tooth first gear designed for a ten speed. Didn't even need the longer b screw supplied. Should have got the 42.
  • + 2
 @lccomz: Here in Newfoundland, honestly, YES. The slop is beyond appaulling and ruins literally every component of my drivetrain. And where there isn't slop there are very technical sections on most of my trail where snapping mechs off is a normal occurrence. In fact, me being here for a year has already resulted in two mangled mechs. So although gearbox may not be the option for all, It is most definitely the option for me.
  • + 4
 @lccomz: No I dont think I am particularly hard, and my fail rate is no higher than that of my riding buddies. Most breakages are caused by small branches getting picked up and wedging themselves in the rear mech area. Usually you can slam the brakes on and avoid a catastrophe but not always.
  • + 54
 Bring the DARK FEST bike checks come on !!
  • + 5
 The force is strong with you
  • + 52
 Tell me more about this 8-speed ebike drivetrain.
  • + 19
 Yes!! Give me 10 or 11 to 46, 8 speeds, and Ill buy it all!!!! I hate twist shifters but trigger shifters on 11 or 12 speeds just piss me off. I'm not a roadie and I'm certainly not good enough for cadence to mean a fucking thing to me.
  • + 11
 8 speed 11-48 cassette designed for a wider (read stronger) chain to handle the torque of a motor+human.

www.sram.com/sram/mountain/family/ex1
  • - 2
 Seems it's OEM only right now. Sorry mate.
  • + 1
 I dont know how much sram top of the line stuff weights, but the ex1 cassette is 270g from what i read. Derailer and shifter are good weight as well.
Too big of a gear jump to be pleasant for everyday ride. However I am interested to see the cassette spacing. Regardless, the cassette is still 300$, but it should last longer-i doubt it.
  • + 2
 from sram....whaaaaaaaat: "Non XD™ driver body compatible"
  • + 1
 EX1 is in stock and I can order it directly from QBP, except for the cassette.
  • + 3
 Yesterday out riding my usual ups and downs it occurred to me that I would be very happy with a seven speed 11 to 42 - all my gear changes were pushing through two or three cogs each time. I know the small increments make a difference for road riding, but for where I am riding (Adelaide Hills) and the way I like to ride I just don't need those fine increments. I began wondering whether it would be possible to assemble my own seven speed from three top, one middle and three bottom cogs (or something like that) from an eleven speed Shimano cassette.
  • + 3
 NSMB wrote a nice article about using this drivetrain on a non e-bike. Give it a look!
nsmb.com/sram-ex1-lets-pretend-the-e-stands-for-everyone
  • + 1
 @OldOtter: Step one buy 8 speed 11-34 cassette $12, chain $9, 10 speed expander gear 42 tooth $54. Step 2 Drill connecting pins out of the cassette. Remove 3rd gear. Add an extra 1/2mm shim and Dremmel or drill with small flap disc a little more clearance for the wider chain into the expander gear if you get the Kore one like me. My 10-40 weighs 360g the 42 might be slightly heavier.
  • + 1
 @choppertank3e: Excellent! Many thanks.
  • + 1
 I would honestly be interested in a time differential with the same rider over some terrain with 8 speeds, and 12.
  • + 21
 Note to manufacturers, if you put the water bottle in a usable position, riders will use it.
  • + 20
 quite a few of the bikes you have listed as "trek slash" are the 2017 remedy. FYI
  • + 6
 Good eye - that's been corrected.
  • + 26
 That's it..for 2017, instead of "it looks like a session" it is now "looks like a slash"
  • + 3
 Remedy is the new Slash. Guess peeps want 650B.
  • + 2
 @MTB-Colada: Or the new remedy has geo similar to the 2016 and earlier slashes but a far superior suspension platform... Or they don't want to shell out for a Slash 9.9 or 9.8. Any of those remedies up there carbon?
  • - 2
 Anyone else but me thinks the seat angle on the new Remedy is too steep?
It feels weird to ride in the saddle, short cockpit, feels like your knees gonna hit the bar, and the seatstays feels long too.
Is it meant to ride uphill or downhill best?
The new Fuel and Slash feels alot roomier in the cockpit and you can ride them off the back better.
  • + 4
 @xoderberg: Move your saddle back???
  • - 1
 @xoderberg: you aren't wrong.
  • + 1
 @j-t-g: Interesting - if you look at the numbers they don't seem too different....but you bring up a good point, is it the platform, trail conditions (not DH enough), or the 29er wheels making the riders go 650B all the way around. Are they all factory riders?
  • + 1
 @nicolai12: I'd be willing to bet that a good portion of them are retail shop employees/grassroots riders given that they are all on the alloy frame.

I have yet to throw a leg over the new slash, but with the proper build the new remedy is just as good as the old slash on the downs, but holds corners and climbs quite a bit better. I'd imagine that the new slash doesn't climb as well as the new remedy despite being a 29er.
  • + 1
 @nicolai12: Trails were predominately grade 5 / black diamond, and all about 4km long. Whilst there were not any exposed rock gardens with sharp rocks, most stages had steep drops with ruts and roots, all conveniently placed on hairpins about 50% of the time. Elevation drop at most was 450m. 650B wheels is just more common in the 150mm plus travel category and the long travel 29ers are currently more expensive spec-for-spec than a 650B cousin. Give it time and some price changes, then things might average out a little differently.
  • + 1
 @handynzl: I'd also guess a lot of folks would have a better time on a Remedy (or any mid travel 650b bike) when not racing than the new Slash 29. The Remedy has always been a super fun and extremely versatile bike, while the current iteration of the Slash has one job: win enduro races.
  • + 18
 Those Zerodes are pure sex, especially the lime green one! The clean rear wheels look great in contrast to the other bikes
  • + 2
 I had my first ride this weekend. Friend of mine had his eagle-equiped bike. I was wondering if this would even work with a 26“er. That Zerode is pure eyecandy.
  • + 15
 AFAICT - Maxxis 41, Schwalbe 11, Bontrager 7, WTB 3, Vee Tire(?) 2, Continental 1, e-thirteen 1.
  • + 13
 Yeti bikes are damn pretty
  • + 3
 The shiny ones remind me of disposable Tupperware
  • + 17
 Tupperware ain't disposable.
  • + 1
 @nozes: You can dispose of Tupperware .....but you should recycle it instead.
  • + 14
 In America we dispose of everything...you know for freedom.
  • + 3
 @ryan83: *Cries tears of oil while American flag waves, Eagle screeches, and guns of every imaginable type fire into the air*
  • + 11
 Was hoping to get a glance of the new Norco Range.
  • + 1
 Norco have been doing a too good of job keeping their bikes on lockdown Frown
  • + 2
 @BEEner: yea but they said Feb... it's Feb... come on!!!!!!!!!
  • + 11
 @stiingya: Yeah, it's even more February in New Zealand!
  • + 1
 It's going to be 29"
  • + 1
 @BEEner: just like the last Range! ????
  • + 2
 Go to Norco's website. Click on Sight Carbon.
Now, with the power of your imagination I want you to imagine it having more travel... Aaaand there ya have it, the new range. Smile
  • + 8
 Goes to Zerode website. Checks price and currency converter from NZ dollar to GBP. Immediately remortgages house.
  • + 5
 You forgot to add in the PUSH shock- might as well sell the car now
  • + 1
 Or if your in the UK we can do you one in £GBP and we do 0% Finance - www.stif.co.uk/bikebuilder/zerode-taniwha-custom-bike/181
  • + 8
 That banshee looks so good
  • + 6
 I would be very happy on any one of those bikes. I don't think I could say that for every 'bike check' I've seen on PB.
  • + 6
 nate and his custom devinci troy...omg is that an audi 200 20v in the background on the left...most awesome car
  • + 1
 1990 V8 Quattro actually, interested in buying...? Wink
  • + 2
 @Danielself: v8 was an awesome car, too! but for me its all about the 5 zylinder power from audi from that era! should have kept my urs6 with that engine :-)
  • + 6
 There might be almost a quarter million dollars worth of bikes in this post... lol #crazy
  • + 6
 GT stanction? might want to check that spelling guys...
  • + 8
 There's no scratches on the stanctions, just some scuffs and cable rub on the lowers. Nothing that will effect dampening. The breaks work good to.
  • + 6
 Hey Mike...You ever take it off any sweet jumps?
  • + 4
 Wish they sold stock SB5s with more of an angro setup like that dude with the ENVEs has
  • + 5
 Byron Scott wins IMO. Those Fuels are so sick.
  • + 0
 Yep love the fuels!
  • + 1
 Both of em' overforked too.
  • + 3
 @jclnv I'll upvote you as it's nice to see some people riding predictably tough trails on the same bike as me!
  • + 1
 @j-t-g: You figure?
  • + 2
 @j-t-g: only way to go! 150 up front and the new fuel is an absolute beast on the mountain. A .4 air spacer in the rear shock is also good idea too Smile
  • + 1
 @2bigwheels: I'm on a 16 9.9 with a pike 130 and even tho it's 68d ha it's still an absolute beast..
  • + 1
 @2bigwheels: Trek states that running more than a 140mm fork will void your warranty, for your information.
I agree with the rear shock spacer.
  • + 1
 @vicrider: yup. still willing to take the risk. I had a 140mm fork on my process 111 back when they were spec'd with a 120mm pike and never had an issue.
I think it's kind of like anything, as soon as you push anything a little passed what it was designed for you take the risk of potential failure.

I think any time I talk about over forking a bike it would be wise to make sure I let whoever know that there is a potential for voiding a warranty. thank you for reminding me that I should do this.

Cheers.
  • + 4
 Devinci Troy with a gear box just needs to be inthere.
  • + 1
 So Rotorua local Sam Shaw is riding on a SC 5010 while most the other boys and girls are riding bikes with significantly more suspension. Should be interesting !
  • + 3
 It's the Santa Cruz 5010, not Solo. Maybe in the past, but not now.
  • + 2
 Anyone else question the use of a 5010 at an enduro event? Same vein as asking if Sea Otter DH is really a DH race when most racers are on trail bikes? Maybe Sam Shaw is just that badass that he can ride a short travel trail bike at an enduro event.
  • + 1
 @dilusion56: yes it's tough to call a trail bike dominated race a downhill race. I race my trail bike at all events and the true downhill races have all downhill rigs at the top of the standings and leave people on trail bikes with sore arms. When it's downhill but dominated by trail bikes then it should be called Super D.
  • + 2
 @dilusion56: I was at the Sun Peaks stop of the Canadian National Enduro Series. It was mid-September. The top half of the course was covered in a thin layer of ice from the pouring rain the day before, and the bottom half was steep, rooted and rocky trail that was still dripping wet.

And you know what? I remember seeing two Thunderbolts (120mm rear), two Sight 29ers (130mm rear) and a handful of other short travel trail bikes.

A couple badasses running what they brung' doesn't make me question whether or not it 'really was an enduro race'
  • + 3
 Jack Fisher bike check pic: nailed it!
  • + 1
 Those new tracers look fugly in these photos, almost as bad as the Giants. Zerodes and the green Bronson takes the aesthetics win in my book.
  • + 3
 Skye for the win ! Bike isn't half bad either.......
  • + 2
 Is she carrying some kind os secret weapon poking up above her right hand? Spiderman style?
  • + 2
 @jm2e: That't the timing transponder to stick into the timing whats-a-ma-bob at the start and finish of each stage, It straps onto your finger.
  • + 3
 Anyone else notice the Santa Cruz Bronson in a Nomad colorway?
  • - 1
 nope.... 2017 Bronson
  • + 4
 @Slinger001: clearly it's a bronson, says so on the seat stay. It just happens to be emerald and yellow like the nomad not teal and orange like the Bronson. I said colorway and if you can't see what I am talking about feel free to check santacruzbicycles.com/nomad
  • + 3
 Slate blue 17 Bronson with Fluoro yellow sticker kit.
  • + 3
 @Teeboon: Looks emerald, but I think you know better than I do. Sick bike.
  • + 6
 @MoDobbs: yeah, its mine. X01 eagle, onyx hubs, king Bb and headset. Stickers by stealth designs.
Smashed the rear rim during the day so ordered Enve 70s this morning.
Ready for Ews Rotoand Tasmania!
  • + 2
 @Teeboon: Hell yeah! Good luck.

Cheers
  • + 3
 @Teeboon:A worthy adversary you are.
  • + 2
 It's raining Reigns (and Bronsons)
  • + 2
 Hallelujah, it's raining Reigns...oh yeah.
  • + 2
 One Trek Slash 29 for me please !
  • + 1
 33 pics attempts of a beautiful background. A lot of bikers appeared and ruined the photographer's day.
  • + 2
 Those Treks are all looking purty.
  • + 1
 Justin Leov's spectral has a mighty huge chainring up front. I wonder if it's a 36 or 38
  • + 2
 he was rolling a 38t for the day! #Beastmode
  • + 1
 @cameronmackenzie: is it a 160 fork he has on?
  • + 2
 Has that Daniel self for different size wheels on his yeti?
  • + 3
 Nope! Just an XL frame and a tall rider :p
  • + 1
 Why 33? Just curious.. not trying to be weird or anything.
Sweet bikes though! Can't wait for the EWS!!!
  • + 8
 'cause 22 is too few and 44 is too more
  • + 20
 Because trying to round up more riders than that within the 30 minutes we have before getting on the hill is like trying to herd cats!
  • + 2
 Someone rockin' the Elevensix......cool.
  • + 2
 Hamilton finally has seen the light and got to a proper sport Wink
  • + 3
 To be fair I'm sure the other Hamilton won't be switching to enduro too soon with his wage...
  • + 1
 that Giant Trance takes the win, well with Keenan Wright on board!!!!
  • + 1
 Is that stanchion rub on his fork?
  • + 2
 Winning a race in 2017 on a 2014 bike!
  • + 1
 so all those bikes are ok going up...but really shine going down?
  • + 1
 Pretty sure those red treks are the alum remedys not slash...
  • + 4
 You are 100% Correct, 2017 Trek Remedy 9 RSL.
  • + 1
 8 speed, cuz it's the new 11,er, or 12.
  • + 1
 Rune is looking pretty good?!
  • + 1
 Liv Hail! Such a pretty machine... rides amazing too!
  • + 1
 props for sam shaw for rocking his solo...taking a knive to a gunfight?
  • + 1
 Dat Paul van der Ploeg doe...#seatpostblues
  • + 1
 Looks like coil is dead ...
  • + 0
 Never seen 33 bikes all looking the same lool.
Fads ay?
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