Sam Blenkinsop's Enduro Bike Check - Crankworx Rotorua 2016

Mar 9, 2016
by Fraser Britton  
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Local Kiwi Downhill and now enduro hero, and all 'round nice guy Sam Blenkinsop took home fourth place yesterday in the Toa Giant Enduro here at Crankworx Rotorua. He did it all aboard his carbon Norco Range and we decided to grab a look at it. Sam's Norco Factory Racing team bike is not far off from what you can get for yourself. Besides the addition of some Fox Factory race-tuned suspension and a Race Face seat post, you could roll down to your local shop and bring this puppy home.

Sam Blenkinsop s Enduro Bike Check - Crankworx Rotorua 2016
Sometimes it's the little things that make a racer go fast. Things like stickers to remind you you're on a factory team and better put your back into it!

Sam Blenkinsop s Enduro Bike Check - Crankworx Rotorua 2016
The Race Face Turbine seatpost remote switch is a slick little number. Just enough to get the job done easily and without thought when you're seven stages deep under the 26 C sun.

Sam Blenkinsop s Enduro Bike Check - Crankworx Rotorua 2016
The Norco team is on some new Novatec wheels this year and are having a great experience with them.

Sam Blenkinsop s Enduro Bike Check - Crankworx Rotorua 2016
This little sticker means you're in for some pain...

Sam Blenkinsop s Enduro Bike Check - Crankworx Rotorua 2016
And this small addition means you're in for a lot of pain, because you have a target on your back and had better drop the hammer.

MENTIONS: @norcobicycles


  • 254 3
 Weak ass bike check. I wanna know tire pressure, shock settings, what kind of brake pads, what subtle modifications he's made etc. Not a pic of his raceplate
  • 150 1
 So negative despite such a positive username
  • 13 0
 Size of bike, fork, gearing, size of rider inseam/reach. This is the 411 age afterall.
  • 7 0
 I am most interested in the brakes. Stock Formulas or some tweaks? Not very common on the circuit...
  • 14 1
 I wish PB did a feature on pro riders' posture (inseam,torso and arm length) and their size bike (incl reach,stack, stem, spacers). Geo numbers say next to nothing if you don't know your own dimensions and how others (in this case) fit on their bike.
  • 9 6
 We need to know more about the rider: what he had for breakfast, what is his favorite color, does he like long walks on the beach at sunset?
  • 7 0
 "Look! A number plate!" - Pinkbike
  • 77 1
 That Turbine remote is go for two things 1) activating the dropper and 2) flipping mini hamburgers.
  • 19 22
 Pooper scooper
  • 70 0
 This is the slackest bike check I have ever read. It seems more like "here are some left over pictures we have, lets do a bike check"

Very disappointed.
  • 20 3
 It's Fraser Britton, what do you expect? Actual effort?
  • 48 0
 he even rides with no pedals... that's ballsy
  • 18 0
 Trying to one up Gwin
  • 3 1
 He still has brakes, gotta try harder. Pretty sure at this point WC wins only count if you do your run on a wooden balance bike or an eliptiGO. New UCI rules.
  • 20 0
 I hope Fraser isn't on the pinkbike payroll, my 12 year old daughter could of done a better write up and had better pictures than his effort.
  • 21 2
 Fan of Norcos, great bike for a good price, you can get a ready to rip range for $3500
  • 4 30
flag Stinkbug2 (Mar 9, 2016 at 18:23) (Below Threshold)
 Rip or crack?
  • 11 2
  • 5 21
flag Stinkbug2 (Mar 9, 2016 at 18:36) (Below Threshold)
 Sorry, forgot it wasn't bad.
  • 16 0
 Small annoyance, but maybe when you comment on the wheels that a team is using, you shouldn't focus on the rear shock, but maybe the wheels?! Smile
  • 10 0
 Worst bike check ever. No effort put in here, number plate, sticker on a fork leg? Come off it pink bike!!
  • 10 1
 But what is a bike check doing on pinkbike without Tippie?
  • 5 1
 "when you're seven stages deep under the 26 C sun" - Really? Like 1 degree above the considerable average 25?
People ride in above 35 degrees in a lot of places.

Not to undermine their efforts in 26, but that's not the worst part of the race.
  • 7 0
 Sickest enduro bike I've ever seen!
  • 7 0
 Perfect bike. Wanted to see more details
  • 6 0
 is that 160mm front travel or 170mm ?
  • 6 0
 I drew a blue duck. Sums up this bike check.
  • 1 0
 Demo'd a Range A7.1 (the top Alloy model) last week. Did a few DH shuttles on it. Enjoyed it but felt a lot of pedal feedback (if that's what you call it?). Very tempted to buy it but wish I didn't notice that problem.
  • 2 0
 That sounds odd as It's a Horst link suspension design (aka FSR) so there shouldn't be much pedal feedback at all! Maybe the suspension wans;t set up correctly? It could of just needed more low speed compression??
  • 2 0
 If the factory sticker is there to motivate riders to do better maybe put it in a position where it can be seen whilst on the bike
  • 1 0
 Awesome bike, but I wish you gave us real info about it. Talk about how he runs his suspension or tire pressure, not a sticker. Also when talking about the wheels, take a picture of the wheels.
  • 1 1
 Interesting that they're using the frame with the direct mount in place for a front mech. I guess it gives them options, but you'd think they'd go for the one without it. Looks brilliant regardless!
  • 2 0
 Blenky decides to take it to another level by competing with no pedal. Well, he's Blenky after all.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what length stem most these guys use?
  • 1 0
 Usually in the 35-50mm range.
  • 8 1
 this guy seems to be running a 60 or 70
  • 3 0
 Probably wanted a bit more leverage when he is moving at Mach-kiwi
  • 1 0
 So sweet us mere mortals can have what the pro's have!!!!!! Sick rig
  • 6 1
 Sadly PB count have been farther off. The off the line Norco range c7.1 is completely different from Blenkis. Not hating on Norco being I work in a shop that sells strictly them but more of pointing out the flaws with the article. With that said the C7.1 is still a stunning bike regardless. Que the down votes for pointing out a rather important flaw lol
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 I think the point the author was making is that Sam is pretty much running production parts, including the frame, as opposed to one offs or protos that aren't available to Joe Shmoe Consumer. And I agree - Pretty sick that we have access to pretty much the same equipment as the pros.
  • 1 0
 You're right, I never really thought of that haha. But it could've been worded a bit better lol.
  • 2 0
 @gooch yeah, that's what I meant! Thanks for clarifying - pretty sick production parts and good skills can get you among the best of them! That could have been stated more clearly by me to begin with.
  • 1 0
 all the time this bike appears on a post I get hypnotized.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a 31.8 mm alloy bar?
  • 1 0
 no doubt. old atlas bar
  • 1 0
 26 C heat... psssh the first round local enduro we did here was 32 C!!!
  • 1 0
 sweet bike
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