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.
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.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. 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.