Greg’s Epic, A Tallboy Tale - Video

Apr 25, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  

In this classic tale of hypersomnia, Santa Cruz Syndicate rider Greg Minnaar decides to boost his fitness by taking part in the grueling Absa Cape Epic stage race. Visions of victory dance in his head until the gun goes off and Greg realizes that he’s starting his day in a deep hole. After recognizing it’s a lost cause, Greg strikes out on his own adventure, taking his new Tallboy to places typical XC bikes dare not venture. Though perhaps last in the standings, the not-to-be-missed ending shows that Greg—true downhill career palmares—is a winner through and through.

CERES - March 23 2016 - during the TB3 photoshoot with Greg Minnaar in Ceres Koue Bokkeveld in South Africa.

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63 Comments

  • + 101
 Well, that beer sequence - top marks. Oh and zebras and giraffes are a, surprisingly, ok change from the loam of middle earth!
  • + 35
 Agreed!! The cap on the spokes was pretty epic lol Well done Greg! Nice to see a different twist on mtn bike vids.
  • + 1
 I'd have been head down then, that was somethings lunch!
  • + 4
 One does simply not go trippin without visiting Middlearth. There are some fantastic horses in Rohan but there are better Zebras in Zohan. Ssssssssp.............. Pfffffffff
  • + 3
 I concur! awesome riding but the bike spoke bottle opener scene tops it!
  • + 5
 screw wheel size, I just wanna dismount a bike like that
  • + 11
 Straight up mic drop at the end. Fucking Minnaar. The man.
  • + 34
 SC product mgr: We need it to say if you buy this bike you'll be totally capable of crushing XC, but you're an individualist, you don't follow the herd, you blaze your own trail! Also you'll destroy the descents. Plus you have a wicked beard.

Ad guy: When do you need this? Not sure our guy has time to grow a beard...

SC product mgr: Forget the beard. But no lycra, and make him a beer wizard.

Ad guy: on it

PS Loved the vid, want to visit Africa, keep 'em coming SC!
  • + 8
 I wanted to add, that mr Polasky from marketing said that we need to use one of the bikes in stupid colors. We need to keep on delivering fast fashion mentality to MTB. A commodity meant to last for years must become disposable, but not by to becoming damaged or unuseful, but because it becomes unfashionable. Our customers are semi-loaded guys who can't afford a Porsche so they want to show off in other areas of life. We want to make them feel like they are rich and mean something in society because they can afford a high end mountain bike that costs as much as a good used car. Enves do the job. So yes, a stupid, tasteless color please, mix of Pink and baby blue. Make them feel it's a new big thing. Then we'll also do a murdered out black so that a limited group of guys can feel so unique, creative and edgy by chosing everything in one color, that is not even a color. Yes yes, neon green decals for individualists with DVO. Ok ok, that yellow will do. So Brazillian, let's put Senna's helmet somewhere in there. It was a Copa, Copa Cabana
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: right across the board are these colours,they're on everything.ive just purchased a new whistle for mates wedding,3pc in combed mohair (raspberry/wine)colour and what can only be descibed as neon mustard loafers.wifey says it's very now.
  • + 6
 @Earthmotherfu: next up: Transparent brake levers attached to neon orange master cylinders. Translucent hoses with fluorescent additive to Dot5.1. Carbon bar in ivory color. Enve rims with logos made of Svarovsky crystals. All topped out with Maxxis Shorties cut down to Peaty's preference. We had Specialized McLaren Venge for 18k, it's time for Santa Cruz Hightower Escalade
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: laughed,but in all fairness it is in the realms of possibilities.i could only muster up 'pandora' style lock on grip rings,where you could attach bits of your gold eagle drivetrain as it's disintegrating.
  • + 37
 Greg is awesome. Its as simple as that.
  • + 0
 This.
  • + 19
 People... Do yourselves a favour, come to Cape Town and bring your bike... You won't regret it... The scene down here is exploding. It wont be long till we have a World Cup round, this I guarantee!
  • + 9
 I seen a vid from SA and a bloke gets robbed at gun point.
  • + 20
 @poah: Mate I live in Perth, Australia and people have been robbed at gunpoint. If you put yourself in bad situations anywhere in the world the likely hood of bad things happening increase. A lot of places in SA are just like any other western city. Judge every city from a video you have seen on youtube or something and I dare say you wont be leaving your country any time soon.

Also, you cant possibly be from Glasgow with a comment like that. Glasgow its just as rough if not more than any other western city. Nice place tho.
  • + 0
 @ReverseKanga: Glasgow like every other city has deprived and well off areas but we don't have an issue with gun crime, car jackings, high murder rates etc etc. FYI glasgow is a dump ha ha ha ha
  • + 2
 @poah: I've seen another SA video where a guy breaks a car window and snatches a purse, the car driver behind gets out and shoots him, dead. But hey that's a normal day apparently, so glad we don't have firearms..
  • + 6
 But Heynas and Die Antword roam the streets!
  • + 1
 @poah: This SA tourist video is the best:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIXUgtNC4Kc

I Love JO and SA don't get me wrong.
  • + 2
 @poah: I've seen Trainspotting. Based on that I might not go to Edinburgh either. If I were a scaredy-cat Internet wanker, that is.
  • + 0
 @poah - I studied with a dude from Aberdeen, Scotland, called Eric, he was bipolar: switching a between retarded redneck and a-hole. I am sure he was a statist in "This is England" but somehow he got to university.

I guess I wanted to bring that up for the same reasons you brought up possibility of becoming a crime victim when travelling to SA. When I see a fat lassie at the tram stop, I recognize her being freaking fat, and i may think to myself: I would never fk her. She is so disgusting and stupid for getting so fat. But I don't feel like telling it to her...
  • + 0
 @MtbSince84: would suit you, its full of fat dumb american tourists Wink
  • + 5
 @poah: you can look at vids from all over the world and see people being robbed, killed , raped, hijacked etc...but riding with elephants, giraffes etc you dont see everyday...only in Africa.. so if iwas living in a soggy place such as the UK , id be on the first plane out...beside the £ is sitting at 20 to 1.....thats under a £1 a beer..you can practice your bee opening technique all day long
  • - 3
 @KingTJ: I was just messing FFS lol

going to SA doesn't actually a appeal to me though but not because of the crime rate. I also don't really drink so cheap beer is irrelavent Razz
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Your honesty is appalling.
  • + 5
 @endlessblockades: Why? I've been talking to people with mentality of @poah many times. "Is that true that in Poland people drink vodka from glasses and that you can buy it in plastic bags, like wine?". "I heard that you need to pay for entrance, when visting Auschwitz, don't you think it's a bit like making it into a tourist attraction?", "does Pilish catholic church have problems with paedophilia?) - they are just asking, just curious - they are not trying to be rude by any means. No no no. They just wanted to know if rumors are true, I can't blame them. And you may think it came from some sht kid, but no. It came from phds and university professors on a huge conference. So good that they cone from Academia otherwise I would think that they are stupid, racist a-holes.
  • + 3
 I live in the Cape but miss the welsh and Scottish trail centres every day. The mtb scene there was much more fun to be honest.
  • + 2
 @endlessblockades: and thats why we should go to ride that streets
  • + 2
 @poah: Hell, a few years ago some Santa Cruz employees + one of their riders exited the building at night to go eat dinner. When they cut through a local park, they too were robbed at gunpoint.
One of 'em was even shot(he got better).
Santa Cruz(city of) is a REAL shItE-hole
  • - 1
 @YoKev: haha!!! Americans are pulling guns on each other all the time! Not just SC. They weak on gun. It makes for strong/smart/lucky survivors. That's why we all pack on the trail. You should see some of the Dentist's guns
  • + 1
 @pigman65: I hope we aren't being serious here, judging a place by a news video....

oh and I live in Wyoming, thankful for all the firearms we have here. Overfilling with em. We don't have near the rapes, stabbings, etc etc that y'all have across the pond; try to car jack granny and she will pull a .357 on you. Hence, it's the friendliest place I've ever lived.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Sounds like they're well educated, stupid, racist, a-holes. Don't give academia a pass, they get one all too often (coming from someone in academics)
  • + 1
 @trialsracer: I was being sarcastic Wink
  • + 1
 @YoKev: Yes, Santa Cruz sucks. Stay away, all of youse.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: clearly. Sometimes I miss the obvious when I get into that funky smelling cabbage and start cruising the Pinkbike comments...
  • + 13
 If I buy the Tallboy, will bottles of beer be falling from the sky everytime I finish a ride? In that case, it's a break-even investment in a few weeks...
  • + 9
 Mate ' the 3 musketeers' of the Santa Cruz Syndicate are awesome!! .....not gonna be the same when Peaty hangs up his riding shorts at the end of this season though, hes been a staple part of dh racing since i first started riding...in fact the escapades of Peaty and Warner first got me hooked on riding dh!!
  • + 11
 Minnaar could make a Slingshot bike look fast
  • + 10
 That beer trick was dope!
  • + 6
 syndicate signature move
  • + 5
 Did he even pack a lunch?
  • + 4
 I want to go to South Africa
  • + 2
 Great video from SC, as always -- but too bad they didn't pick some ZA music to go with this!
  • + 2
 Yes, some Jonny Clegg would suit
  • + 3
 riding with giraffes and zerbas .. usual
  • - 1
 Yeah , they're the ones the Americans haven't killed yet. ELEPHANTS on the Behind the Scenes vid. Note, sorry but all the murderers i see on FB seem to be Americans
  • + 1
 Scenery and soundtrack made a nice change from the usual. Of course the riding was good too
  • + 1
 So quiet and smooth on the bike, effortlessly quick....a great ambassador for the sport!
  • + 1
 Great video and AWESOME SOUNDTRACK!!! Wished they'd mention the artist's name!
  • + 1
 that elephant cow loved the sweaty seat smell
  • + 1
 I love the Songhoy Blues soundtrack!
  • + 1
 3'13"... in love with that
  • + 1
 What Kabuto helmet is that?
Kabuto FM8?
  • + 1
 FUCKIN GOAT
  • + 1
 Very good video!
  • + 1
 very much enjoyed!
  • - 3
 Tall boy on a Tallboy no homo !
  • + 3
 callboy on a tallboy
  • + 5
 no homo is unnecessary; you can comment about another male without clarifying your lack of gayness....
  • + 1
 @trialsracer: didn't know that "no homo" relates to the user who wrote it. I ment the comment itself, thanks for the remark!

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