Randoms: Crankworx Rotorua 2017

Mar 29, 2017
by AJ Barlas  
Crankworx is kicking off
Number plates ready for riders must mean it's race season.

It's time. The official kickoff to Crankworx for 2017 was last Friday here in Rotorua, with the opening ceremonies followed by a weekend of (wet and wild) enduro racing as the first stop of the 2017 EWS season swung into gear, but it really hasn't been until the last day or so that the festival has felt like it is starting. With the Expo area filling with brand displays and tents, riders arriving and filling the area, it's now that we see it all building for what should be a wild remainder to the week here in Rotorua.

Crankworx Rotorua is kicking off
Athletes passes are ready for pickup

We've rolled through the pits during the many rain squalls that were seen during the course of the day and came across a couple of hidden gems among the masses. Below is a taste of what we found. Be sure to stay tuned for the remainder of the week as we look to find more interesting items here in New Zealand.


New Zealand Manufacturer – CXP Components

Bruno Pfister, the owner of New Zealand's CXP Components, moved to the country from Switzerland 17 years ago. Two years later he opened his bike shop, Cycle Express in Auckland and now, just two years ago, he started manufacturing his own parts in the shop. His daughter is big into BMX and as a result (sixth in her age category in New Zealand), Bruno also manufactures a range of BMX race components and has some of the countries top athletes on them. Bruno himself is a mountain biker, so it was only natural that he wanted to have a go at building parts where his own passion lay, too. This is a selection of parts from his range.

CXP Racing
CXP machine narrow/wide chainrings for a range of mounting options. They use high-grade aircraft aluminum and don't use too many intricate designs, noting that those result in an extra cost that is passed onto the consumer.

CXP Racing
The rings feature chamfers in the low points between the teeth to help shed dirt and mud.
CXP Racing
The 30t ring mounted to the Shimano SLX crank. Another ring option for those looking to run a smaller ring that isn't direct mount.

CXP Racing
Apparently Steve of Vorsprung in Whistler just ordered a set of these shock service clamps for the workshop, noting that the value on these was something he couldn't find on the other side of the world.

CXP Racing
Lightweight chainguides are all the rage, and CXP is in the mix.
CXP Racing
Beerspanners anyone?

CXP Racing
NZ BMX pride (and look at those wild cranks!)

CXP Racing
Two-week old prototype stem. Lot's of work to do here yet (remove material to drop weight, tolerance and stress testing to name a few), but they're stoked to be working on a stem.
CXP Racing
Top caps with an integrated 5mm spacer to clean up the cockpit above the stem.


New Zealand Manufacturer – Revolution Components

We first stumbled across Christchurch, New Zealand's, Revolution Components, when we spotted the crazy dinner plate sized chainring on the Excalibur bike below. This discovery led us to find out more and we learned that the brand has a wide range of chainrings, cassette extenders, derailleur hangers, Hope axles, and even alloy Garmin attachments for when you break your plastic mount. Brand owners, James and Richard, deal with their own distribution and sell a lot of parts through their website in order to try and keep their prices competitive. This also means that if you're not in New Zealand, you can still get their parts and they do already ship to parts of Europe and North America from web store sales.

Revolution Components chainrings and cassette parts
The dinner plate that peaked our interest. This here is a 120t ring and the bike was to be used in an attempt to try and set the world record for highest assisted drafting speed on a bike.

Revolution Components chainrings and cassette parts
Expander cassettes for 11-speed SRAM cassettes.They also cover 10-speed options.
Revolution Components chainrings and cassette parts
Proudly made in New Zealand.

Revolution Components chainrings and cassette parts
One of their first narrow/wide rings. This ring design was originally done for 1x9 setups, after noticing an early prototype for 11-speed on a World Cup XC racers bike about 5 years ago. Revolution Components covers 32 chainring mounting configurations, including Middleburn and white industries.

Revolution Components chainrings and cassette parts
Want to run an XT ring on your RaceFace cranks? This spider has you covered.
Revolution Components chainrings and cassette parts
An alloy replacement for your broken Garmin mount? Epoxy this bad boy in place and you're ready to go.

Revolution Components chainrings and cassette parts
Oval granny ring? These are available in 22-26 tooth configurations 2x setups. The guys at Revolution believe oval is only any good for climbing and came up with this option for those still running 2x setups.


Giant DH Bikes Over the Years

The Giant ATX1 DH bike was one that was incredibly popular in the late 90's and it was great to not only see one on display in Rotorua today but also to see the progression over the years from there on. Looking at this it's not hard to see that there were some larger design amends in the earlier years, though farther apart. Once the Maestro system came into use the frame hasn't seen as drastic of a change. Still, it's fun to see how the lines of the design have changed over the years, to the sleeker, more streamlined look of the modern Giant Glory Advanced of today.

Crankworx Rotorua 2017 Randoms



Zerode Taniwha extra large
Zerode Taniwha is now available in an extra large frame size.

Crankworx Rotorua 2017 Randoms
Trek had a couple of trick looking bikes out on display, including Brett Rheeder's bike that he piloted to his winning Joyride Slopestyle run last year.

Crankworx Rotorua 2017 Randoms
Brandon Semenuk's Red Bull Rampage winning Session.



87 Comments

  • + 256
 120t Ring - I'll bet the Sram Eagle cassette team looked at that and went "mmmmmmm.."
  • + 15
 It's so enduro!
  • + 1
 haha, beat me to it!
  • + 14
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/13764920 this is the original bike that set the record. 108 miles an hour on wooden Wheels. They didn't even need carbon fiber Hoops to do it.
  • + 3
 Never thought my thigh could get ripped so easily from a chainring....
  • + 15
 Just more proof that history always repeats itself. Nothing like bringing back 1941. Even if you do break the world speed record and you don't do it on wooden Wheels you won't be as badass as the guy that set the record.
  • + 1
 hahaha
  • + 3
 Hmm... What if it goes on the rear
  • + 1
 @properp: Reminds me of Dave Le Gry's www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmpxJWAJbFM not forgetting haha www.youtube.com/watch?v=q77GMkXzOVE
  • + 1
 @isolationismdivision: roller record when all other avenues disappear
  • + 1
 @isolationismdivision: oh yeah I forgot I want his kit
would love to sport that get up at my next local event
  • + 1
 @properp: And it's better than the newer chainring with about 5 pounds of aluminum removed from it.
  • + 0
 @properp: You could use wooden wheels today, and frame!
  • + 2
 Is that the bike Guy Martin rode?
  • + 1
 @isolationismdivision: You're a good spud, should have checked, have an ice cold pint and put it on my tab
  • + 70
 Zerode looking mean as per!
  • + 51
 Not too sure what that means, but I think I agree!
  • - 21
flag nvranka (Mar 29, 2017 at 6:26) (Below Threshold)
 Looks like a nomad clone...didn't notice that before...
  • - 13
flag sevensixtwo (Mar 29, 2017 at 6:35) (Below Threshold)
 Zerode Cruz
  • + 3
 Speaking of, anyone know how well the Zerode did in the EWS race? Any comments from the guy racing it?

(even so the weather probably completely dominated over any dis/advantages)
  • + 6
 @nvranka: nothing like the nomad, totally different lower half. And rear half.
  • + 5
 I'd rather have the taniwha than a nomad
  • - 11
flag nvranka (Mar 29, 2017 at 16:14) (Below Threshold)
 @liamOenduro: Good for you?

Sick riding by the way bud....https://www.pinkbike.com/video/465819/

Anyone disagreeing that the two look very similar is delusional...I'm staring at my nomad as we speak...basically the same bike. I'm sure the geo is different, and yes the swing arm is...but we're splitting hairs here really.

Was a simply observation...oh PB
  • + 3
 @nvranka: Way to be a big man and make fun of his video.

Nomad vs Taniwha: different geometry, pivots in c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y different places (so basically everything that makes up a suspension bike), gearbox vs regular drivetrain, etc. etc.

But you're right, splitting hairs - you're the man.
  • + 2
 @nvranka: why does every bike have to look different from every other bike to be considered cool? All bikes are just some variation of a front and rear triangle. There are only so many possible variations. The Zerode Taniwha is completely different/better from almost every other bike on the market. Who gives a shit if it "looks" like some other bike.
  • - 2
 @leftCoastBurn: I never said it was a bad thing...
  • + 29
 zerode showing the future look of bikes, and looking sweeeet
  • - 9
flag h-beck83 (Mar 29, 2017 at 8:22) (Below Threshold)
 Really, looks the same as a handful of other bikes on the market right now.
  • + 27
 I do believe that chainring is a bit bigger than a dinner plate...
  • + 36
 ......maybe at your house.......
  • + 5
 HE'S A BIG GUY!
  • + 2
 i must check the flywheel on my stamping machine
  • + 17
 That Zerode is going to have the competition loosing sales big time :-)
  • + 6
 definitely on the short list next time i have to look for a bike to buy.
  • + 13
 120t chainring, in an attempt to be the fastest....wait, ...no rear brakes and a cable-actuated disc in the front. This is gonna be the best YouTube video EVER.....hold my beer.
  • + 1
 Yet it's got two brake levers and a cable that does along the downtube... what is going on with that bike?!
  • + 7
 @wisey: Speculation: It's a fixie and the rear brake actually slows the chain ring?... ...?...
  • + 0
 @dylandoe: Hey! Could be!
  • + 3
 @wisey:
There's probably a roadie cantilever brake on the Chainstays hiding behind the chainring.
  • + 2
 @gibbon-on-an-orange: I thought it wasn't that because of the lack of a braking surface on the wheels, but it turns out you are correct: www.facebook.com/kiwibikes.co.nz/photos/a.339167862875.149835.287159872875/10153309016152876/?type=1&theater
  • + 1
 @wisey: I'm surprised that they would share a picture of that rear brake before it's been adjusted correctly. Pad on tire, lever metal on rim....ugh...
  • + 12
 That Zerode gives me the fizz...
  • + 3
 that zerode made me jizz
  • + 11
 Introducing the new 29er - chainring.
  • + 8
 Guy in hospital in full body cast: yeah I was riding that Jeffson...
Other guy: what happened?!
Bodycast: ran over a skittle and caught my chainring
  • + 3
 And then the chain derailed and caught my ear.
  • + 6
 It's really strange how Giant tries to rule the MTB market in New Zealand. Whenever i'm there, they have 800% more advertisements than nay other bike manufacturer. Yet, in New England USA, their presence is so small except for the occasional Trance and Reign.
  • + 8
 Giant is quite well priced in New Zealand and Australia, unlike almost any other​ brand you could name.
  • + 3
 @PhillipJ: I know that more Maestro bikes are sold in Australia than any other country. I expect NZ has good volumes too.
  • + 1
 I saw a decent Giant f/s bike(new) for sale in a gas station in Rotorua. I've not seen that in the US!!
  • + 1
 @PhillipJ: when I bought my reign in '15 it was cheap in Canada. Cheaper than in the us. You never see that
  • + 2
 Reign 2s are around 2400usd in New Zealand you can sometimes get them cheaper. Only Yt and Canyons come close in terms of value for money. But the consumer direct brands don't off the have the same level local support as if you by a trance, reign etc. Id say the giant trance is by far the most popular full suspension bike in NZ
  • + 9
 2016 Rampage winning bike... 26"
  • + 3
 And the head angle is surprisingly steep, even for a 26"
  • + 1
 As we are importing the Zerode Taniwha and selling it in the UK, we thought we'd put the pricing of the bike into perspective:

Frame + transmission:
Zerode Taniwha frame with Fox Float X and Pinion P1.12 gearbox (600% range) - £4499

Santa Cruz Nomad frame with Rockshox Monarch RC3 - £2899
Eagle 12 speed drivetrain (500% range) – £1291 (Gold) £1232 (Black)
= £4190/£4131

Full bikes:
Zerode Taniwha with Rockshox Pike fork and Fox Float X rear shock - £5799

Santa Cruz Nomad CC XX1 Eagle build kit with Rockshox Lyrik and Rockshox Monarch rear shock - £5999

Yes, the prices may seem expensive at first glance but the Taniwha frame price includes the complete drivetrain (minus the chain). When compared to a like for like spec’d equivalent in the same category of bike then its actually very good value especially given the low maintenance required with the Taniwha. Its runs a 9 speed chain which is £14 to replace when it eventually wears.

The only thing to consider is the way it rides. Which by the way is mind blowing!
  • + 1
 That oval granny is a pretty blatant ripoff of the Rotor QX3 granny ring, mounting holes and all. Actually I have one of those Rotor rings on the desk as I type. They are available at a reasonable price and the plan is to introduce some of that oval goodness into a 2X drivetrain that is too fresh to be trashed outright.
  • + 4
 I love that stem...and everything cxp had in these pics...never heard of them before. Hope they are available in the uk
  • + 1
 Check out the CXP mini flats, probably his best looking product. Don't see where Bruno has time to run his own manufacturing business alongside a shop he's also one of NZs go to people on finding BMX parts.
  • + 1
 @KiwiXC: do u know if his products are coming to the uk?
  • + 1
 You could always ask him and im sure he would be able to send it.
Was put onto Bruno by a mate to possibly build an offset chainring (instead of running spacers) and it would be able to be shipped.
From my brief dealings he is actually willing to help and get back to you on questions.
  • + 1
 @Drawn: sweet...thanks for that
  • + 1
 Am I blinded by the dayglo frame, or is Rheeder's bike have no cable to the mech? Seems like a lot of extra junk there just for chain tension on a single speed... Says the guy who can barely do a barspin much less huck a double back like these dudes.
  • + 1
 The Ticket S has a bolt through rear without horizontal dropouts, like a lot of slope bikes. That means you can't run it single speed in the usual fashion. Plus since he's sponsored by Shimano, it makes sense for him to use their kit rather than a DMR single speed conversion for instance.
  • + 5
 Whoa, three 26" bikes! What's going on here...
  • + 4
 *The dinner plate that piqued our interest.
  • + 0
 "They use high-grade aircraft aluminum and don't use too many intricate designs, noting that those result in an extra cost that is passed onto the consumer."

I love how this quote is below a picture showing them priced at $70. Yeah, ok....
  • + 7
 49 'bucks'
  • + 6
 That's $70 NZD
  • + 2
 @LOTCP: Ok that's more reasonable then.
  • + 2
 A plastic Garmin mount breaks instead of the Garmin mount on the head unit breaking. An alloy insert guarantees that something br
  • + 1
 Eh? The mount is only used when the plastic mount on the head-unit has already broken. It's used to make broken headsets reusable.
  • + 4
 Looks like a session
  • + 2
 My thoughts exactly! Beat me to it.
  • + 1
 Running that Race Face Cinch conversion kit to be able to run a standard Shimano chainring would be like wearing a pair of pants with both a belt and suspenders.
  • + 2
 Couldn't mill a couple holes in that chainring?
  • + 9
 nah.. aerodynamics > weight savings
  • + 2
 That CXP stuff is looking sweet!
  • + 2
 Awesome idea those soft jaws with four different sizes!
  • + 1
 Where does someone go to order those shaft clamps? I need those suckers.
  • + 1
 @groghunter Here, sir: cxp-racing.myshopify.com

You'll have to contact Bruno direct though (from the site) as the clamps aren't on the website as yet. Just say you saw 'em on Pinkbike.
  • + 1
 That seems like it would be a huge dinner plate
  • + 2
 More like pizza dish.
  • + 1
 Bikes don't race, riders do
  • + 1
 "Nay other" lol

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