Norco Celebrates Birth of Sam Blenkinsop's Daughter with Custom Runner Bike

Jun 18, 2019
by Norco Bicycles  



As many know, Norco Factory Team rider Sam Blenkinsop did not attend that last World Cup DH stop in Leogang, as he headed back home to New Zealand to await the birth of his first child.






On June 15th, Sam and his fiancee Lysh welcomed their baby girl, Indie Rose Blenkinsop into the world. In light of this life milestone, Norco Bicycles has created the Blenkinsop edition Runner 10, with a custom colourway and kitted out with Deity bars and grips, as well as help from RockShox and Maxxis, designed to match Sam's Aurum HSP 1 race bike.



Photo Tom Richards

Photo Tom Richards
Photo Tom Richards
Look out world, Indie Blenkinsop will be ripping it up in no time.
Photo Tom Richards
Photo Tom Richards
The Deity bars and grips will not be held with gloves on, that much we know for sure.


Only one of these models has been made and was given to Sam and Lysh after it served as a placeholder for Sam's presence in the Norco Factory Team pit in Leogang.



Photo Tom Richards
Photo Tom Richards
The paint job will match with dad's World Cup race bike.


We wish the Blenkinsop family a massive congratulations and all the best as they embark on the biggest ride of their lives.





All new parents are welcome to find information about Norco's stock run bikes at Norco.com.


MENTIONS: @norcobicycles




45 Comments

  • 104 1
 No pedals? How will she pedal in the air like her dad?
  • 5 1
 @dh1stan ^^ comment win sir! Big Grin
  • 10 0
 Because the next gen blenkisop can pedal the air crankless.
  • 2 1
 From the picture, it seems like she's working on her Super(wo)man backflip pose. No need for pedals, just bars.
  • 55 1
 That is so awesome and a pretty solid mark of respect for Sam. Top work Norco and congrats to the Blenki whanau!
  • 5 0
 They gave Jay Hoots a custom bike last year for being with them forever, they’re awesome with their athletes.
  • 2 0
 chur
  • 2 0
 Congrats to Sam and fam. Nice looking bike and has diety bars already.
  • 13 0
 Happy (late) father's day Sam, welcome to the club! You're in for an amazing adventure. Congratulations to you and your family!
  • 12 0
 It's Ok, you're early - Fathers Day in NZ is the 1st Sunday in September Smile
  • 7 2
 Lol nice. Needs a hand brake tho. I've seen more than one little guy zipping around in the driveway get a little loose and fast and do a header into a parked car. Plus it takes away from them dragging their dang feet to stop...that only leads to blood when they try to do it on their pedal bike when making the transition. 2 groms later, we've learned a few things Smile .
  • 1 0
 You think a one year old could pull a hand brake?
  • 3 1
 @jjcrawley: one yr old wont be zipping around but a 2yro doing it will.
  • 3 0
 @jjcrawley: you think a one year old could ride that bike?
  • 1 0
 @jjcrawley: I'm impressed by the number of kids bikes I've seen with a brake lever that a kid could never reach. It is only recent that brands like SDG are stepping up and working on proper ergonomics for the actual target audience (that is, not their parents). If the bearings are half decent, these small wheels should stay nice and straight. If the bike has V-brake mounts. You can install some hydraulic rim brakes and set the brake lever as close to the bars as you want.
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard : my kid was 1y and 9mo when he got his pushbike - without a brake - and it was a perfect fit. He didn't seem to need a brake at any time, braking with his feet was just fine. Then at 3y and 6mo he got his 14" wheeled Commencal, with pedals, and he took to it straight away, no problem with balance, starting up, nothing. First couple of days he would try and brake with his feet but in a week's time he got used to brakes and this wasn't a problem ever since. While YMMV, I can tell you some kids will do without a brake just fine and it won't hamper their progress.

Now he's on a 20" wheeled NS Bikes Clash Jr which came with a mechanical disc brake in the front and a V-brake in the back, which is just such a weird way of cutting corners. So I swapped both for Shimano hydraulic disc brakes where I could set the brake lever close to the bar and lever action is nice and light.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: unless you get a hydraulic disc brake with a decent lever with reach adjust, like a DB5. It worked on a Ramones 12" push bike, which comes stock with disc ready rear wheel and IS mount on frame. RAD! And belive me, the kids will use it! A lot!
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: doubt it. my son was 3 when he started riding his 14' bike. when i bought it, i had the LBS put a coaster wheel on it because there was no way he was going to be able to operate a hand brake, even at 4 he still has doesnt have the reach or strength to operate it.
  • 1 0
 @mobil1syn: Yeah, at least they can apply enough force on a coaster brake so I understand that they install them on kids bikes. But not being able to backpedal is also an issue. If they a climb is steep or they're stuck in a soft spot, they can't ratchet. So their pedals end up in the dead spot and they have to get off (or they'll just topple over). I think for these small wheels, disc brakes and hydraulic rim brakes would do an equally good job. Disc rotors are just a bit more vulnerable though. And they're not likely to overheat the system anyway so no need for an open system. Just like why trials riders often like to use closed system brakes (either hydraulic rim brakes or closed system disc brakes like BFO) is that there is no automatic pad wear adjustment so you can set your pads as close to the disc (or rim) as you want them to be. For small hands, lever throw and reach are really critical so I think a closed system brake gets you that advantage. Obviously those thinner bars and grips from SDG and the like are a great step forwards and give you more room to play with.

Either way, I love how we are discussing this kind of stuff here. By the time Indie Rose starts walking and is ready for a bike, she just gets Blenkies hand me downs and no gloves. They won't even consider our well intended advice!
  • 1 0
 @vinay: There have been tiny hand cable brakes for years. Both my kids used them successfully starting from 3yro. Woom has made a super functional hand brake for strider type bike. Mounts at the bottom.

Coaster brakes are the worst. Both my kids were standing and pedaling in their 3rd-4th year. Coaster brakes are a NIGHTMARE for little people learning to stand. Learning to stand and pedal is the first and most critical skill for every kid once they can balance and pedal. No one should be using coaster brakes. All of our mtb teams arent allowed to use any bike with one too.
  • 3 0
 That is class right there! You don't normally see major players doing things that you see from custom builders. Nicely done !! And congrats Sam! !
  • 13 10
 "... as well as help from RockShox and Maxxis" Who were so generous to provide STICKERS to appear like they were involved.
  • 11 0
 As opposed to what, inventing a new 50mm fork and cut spike for balance bikes especially for Blenki?

It’s just a bit of fun to celebrate something special, that’s all.
  • 3 0
 Indie is going to be born with style, I am surprised she didn't manual out of the womb!
  • 2 0
 Congrats Sam and Lysh!! Starting the little one off right, on the road to their first WC!
  • 3 0
 And that red and white reminds me of my old Kuwahara e.t. model.
  • 2 0
 Congrats to dad and mom. But I never thought I'd see a threaded headset in a WC team pit ;D
  • 2 0
 Rad, those grips may be a bit harsh on her hands because we know she will ride gloveless.
  • 2 0
 The Baby Blenki Bike! From the cradle to the tabletop.
  • 3 0
 No carbon bars?
  • 10 0
 No bottle holder either.
  • 14 0
 @gsxrboy: totally missed out on including a sippie cup holder
  • 1 0
 Those bars and grips make the little bike look awesome! Too bad they will be too wide for her wee hands.
  • 2 0
 Yeah they need those new Protaper Jr Bars and grips (ultra small diameter). No brainer there.
  • 2 0
 That kid already has a better bike than i do
  • 2 0
 No gloves needed.
  • 1 0
 Congrats! My baby girl who is 2 now. Was born same day.
  • 1 0
 Happy Fathers Day Mr. Blenkinsop! Congratulations!
  • 1 0
 Yes I am buying this bike!!
  • 1 0
 This is sick!!! All the best to Sam and his young family!
  • 1 0
 Nice. Needs a bell.
  • 1 0
 Congrats!
  • 1 0
 mint
  • 3 3
 looks like a session
  • 1 2
 Looks like a ironhorse ????Big Grin

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