Video: Daily Drivers - What Bikes are Every Day Riders Riding in Rotorua

Jan 26, 2022
by Pinkbike Originals  


We're back for another episode of Daily Driver Bike Checks. In this episode, Tom spends an afternoon at the local trailhead in Rotorua, New Zealand, to chat with some local riders about their everyday weapons of choice.








81 Comments

  • 49 0
 That Status (and owner) is a whole goddamn mood
  • 9 1
 loved the whole interview ....but are we sure he got cleared to ride after his concussion? ..the way he said "tubeless" was more of a question and not an answer, lol
  • 19 1
 @SATN-XC: Im not doctor but I dont think many doctors would clear someone to ride after the literally blacked out form a head hit the day before
  • 8 1
 @mtmc99: maybe he was confused? Doc probably told him to chill.
  • 5 1
 @mtmc99: If I had no memory for a period of 30-40 minutes I wouldn't be getting back on my bike for a while regardless of what anyone said. You don't lose that amount of time without a pretty heavy concussion.
  • 2 1
 @commental: exactly, the chances of death if you get a repeat in short time after is pretty high I thought.
  • 4 1
 @briceps: From what I've read the mortality rate is over 50% for Second Impact Syndrome. The probability of permanent disability is near to 100% if you do survive.
  • 34 1
 @mtmc99: Don’t worry Im just spewing shit in a post concussion daze haha. I meant that I was cleared for any brain injury didn’t ride for a further 2 months after this lol.
  • 2 0
 @bigwillj: good to hear you are all right! Cool bike- I don’t think anyone else got di2 to work for 10+ years.
  • 3 0
 @mtmc99: Maybe he didn't remember what the doctor said?
  • 1 0
 @bigwillj: that explanation makes sense. Hopefully you are fully recovered and good to hear you are back riding
  • 24 0
 Really enjoyed this, love all the DIY fixes/mods on the first bike. As a North American rider currently experiencing the dark winter months, it's nice to see some sunny weather in NZ!
  • 16 0
 Thanks @reverb! The tire/(tyre) lever melt mod is too good
  • 5 4
 get yourself a fat bike you get 365 days of riding Big Grin
  • 3 0
 @valrock: Oh I'm riding all through the winter (it's actually some of my favorite riding weather), just wish there was more sunshine! Smile
  • 2 0
 @reverb: oh I see now you are from a wet place not sunny. I am on the other hand from one of the sunniest places in Canada Big Grin so yeah I feel ya. As days are short here I also discovered that I really like to ride at night
  • 2 0
 @Tombrad: thanks for the bike check of my Santacruz Nomad. Great to meet you and the team
  • 1 0
 @Kevmilner: love the bike. what do you do with your time now your dream build is complete?
  • 1 0
 @coney: Thanks mate!! Apart from working hard as a bricklayer (not a lawyer ) to recuperate some money, I've just been out enjoying riding it. I've also started doing the same to my girlfriends Rockey Mountain Altitude which is looking pretty sweet
  • 1 0
 @Kevmilner: nice that post-hope splurge recuperation can be tough. Doubling down is a sound strategy. Will keep an eye out for you two in the forest
  • 21 0
 Pinkbike needs a New Zealand outpost. The vibes and riding are just too good.
  • 20 0
 The janky Status mods are the most status-y thing ever. IYKYK.
  • 14 0
 Good choice Tracey, that orange Spitfire is gorgeous!
  • 7 0
 Need more of these! Love this series!
  • 2 0
 So cool to see people stoked on their bikes Smile
  • 7 0
 Alex’s front rotor is backwards
  • 3 0
 So happy to see I'm not the only one running higher psi in my tires. I like a sharp sidewall for predictable cornering and slides. If you set up your suspension properly it's not an issue.
  • 1 0
 I’d quite like to build one up from a frame with nicer parts to complement my hardtail. They look fun for bombing around and if I ever needed to ride uphill any distance I can use the HT instead that day.
  • 6 0
 C'mon mate, you couldn't find no Zerode at the Waipa carpark?
  • 6 0
 30 and 35 psi... really?
  • 11 0
 better than 45/50
  • 3 2
 Doesn't make much sense... I've ridden in Rotorua and you definitely don't need pressure that high... You really don't need that anywhere...
  • 2 1
 @bonkmasterflex: I can assume that 30/35 is advised on Dream Track in Queenstown Wink
  • 6 1
 @bonkmasterflex: I can assure you, Willy very much needs to run 30/35 as a safe bet, especially on those specialised tyres haha
  • 5 1
 @onespeedbrian: did you not see the size of the bloke? That pressure makes 100% sense.
  • 4 2
 From my personal experience as a non-racer, I can't stand the very distinct feeling of hitting rim on anything. With DH cases this still happens at 27psi for me, and I'm slow as. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 5 0
 It's probably overcompensation from bad experiences running lower pressure.

I know that's the reason why I run 30 psi in the rear. I'd rather have a little rougher ride than get stranded with a mechanical: numerous tire failures, rim failures, losing tubeless seal, etc.
  • 6 0
 Yea on those older Specialized tyres in the lighter casing + Rotorua’s velcro dirt = lower pressure are a recipe for blowing your tyre off the rim in corners
  • 2 0
 @dirtyburger: just run an insert
  • 1 0
 @bonkmasterflex: Username checks out
  • 2 0
 @bigwillj: Rotorua's velcro dirt.... I'm frothing man. I missed that place so much!
Best dirt on earth IMO
  • 4 1
 Wide rims, low woke pressure, super high tech EXO+ evo boost casings, new school 100g inserts - I may want to invent an extra complicated way to repair holes in tires and fix massive rim dents - I'll call myself a DENTist.

Some people I know fly sideways so much that they need to run at least 5psi more than normal. Yes some Joeys run 40psi because they don't know any better but don't jdge book by the cover.
  • 1 0
 @wburnes: that seems like that would conflict with the McGuyver-tude of the bike's setup
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: same. I’m almost 100kg nowadays (COVID + Dadbod = fatty) but even when I was under 90kg I still didn’t like the wallowy vague feeling (and rolling off of rims in corners) of softer tyres. On my full sus (after lots of testing I always ran 30/30psi and on my current hard tail it’s 30/35 while I wait for tubeless tyres to arrive.
Each to their own I guess
  • 3 0
 @CustardCountry: Each to their own absolutely. AMEN.

But I think insert manufacturers made a bit of a misleading stir. I mean the whole tubeless/ wide rim boom is partly responsible. They claimed that we can ride with lower pressures which in my and my friends experience is not entirely true. Maybe by 1-2psi but not more. At least not for many people. I run same pressures that I have been running when running only tubeless. I punctured tires through both procore and cushcore when running 3-4psi lower pressures. Grip was fantastic sure, but punctures started coming. Then most inserts including Cushcore are expensive and prone to wear so if you keep banging on it, it just stops working in the end. Finally it is easy to say that you don't burp with inserts, that is not entirely true. People check their tire hardness with fingers after what seemed like a burp and tire jst as hard as it was. Except the hard insert inside makes it feel like we haven't lost pressure when we have.
  • 1 0
 @calmWAKI: while I haven’t played with inserts as I don’t think I really need them for what I’m riding at the moment, I haven’t really found any real performance improvements going from my old Mavic 521 (ID 21mm) to the new WTB rims with a 30mm ID and all I hear about nowadays is people reckon they can’t manage without inserts and EXO tyres aren’t tough enough whereas they used to be fine with EXO and tubeless.
  • 6 0
 40/45 PSI woah
  • 1 0
 I don't think my pump will even go that high... (it's a bit knackered)
  • 2 1
 To be fair, that guy looks like a prop for the All Blacks
  • 2 0
 Come on Pinkbike give @bigwillj a gig - special Downunder corrrespondent when @Tombrad goes back north???? Wonder if he still has the 50cc scooter with bike rack....ideal for getting to interviews.....
  • 4 0
 Wait, so the Status actually exists?
  • 10 0
 Like bootfoot- only seen in photos, never in the wild.
  • 7 1
 @racecase: funny I saw a bunch at a shop a few months back. Hiding in the back so people didn’t realize how expensive the other bikes are in comparison
  • 4 0
 There are mountains of these in Western NC.
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: About the only place I have seen them, too. Word of some far in the NE, too.
  • 3 0
 @lwkwafi: I think it must have been a shop by shop decision. Sycamore Cycles had a ton of them in both their Pisgah Forest and Hendersonville shops, I also saw a lot of them on the trail throughout the year.
  • 1 0
 I just found TWO in a shop! Its wild.
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: my local shop has them . Owner told me that the specialized reps picked only 1 shop per state, two shops in a handful of states, to get the status and no online sales. It was a marketing campaign to get people into the shop door.
  • 1 0
 @cmoney23: Interesting. Makes sense, the shop here is definitely the biggest specialized dealer anywhere nearby.
  • 2 0
 Everyone in Bellingham is on a Patrol, Spire, or a Status it seems. Which is not a bad thing.
  • 1 0
 yep, my girlfriend just got one. Its the deal of the century.
  • 1 0
 @jason475: They're a good value... but they definitely have some well-known problems, specifically with the specc'd wheels and suspension. That being said, it's definitely a frame that's made to party.
  • 2 0
 @cmoney23: seems to have worked, I pointed my wife in the direction of a Status at our local shop, she came home with a Stumpy.
  • 3 0
 Ya wouldn’t bloody read about it thats for sure
  • 1 0
 Only for those who truly believe.
  • 1 0
 @jason475: she’s going to love it. My Gf got a frame last year and it upped her riding a lot. Super cool having a unique bike no one else really has.
  • 3 0
 @lwkwafi: Bikebarn in Whitman, MA has at least 10 of them and Ranch Camp in Stowe, VT have a ton too. There’s a mob of them showing up at highland every weekend too. I’ve seen more statuses than stumpy evos in New England
  • 1 0
 @sjma: Totally wild. I mean, cool for them. Just an interesting release structure. Guess it works in times of parts shortage so they can spec bikes that go out to a limited number of shops.
I know we'd have sold a ton of them in central PA.
  • 1 0
 @jason475: In the US, maybe... I could have purchased it for 3000 € (~3400 $) last summer, and for that money, it was ok value but not the best. The prices have gone up this year, so it costs 3500 € now. For that money, I wouldn't even look at it anymore tbh.
  • 1 0
 @grotesquesque: i can understand that. She got hers for $2700 out the door. i have ridden it a few times, and it makes me question why I ride a bike that costs twice as much. For what you get on that bike, its the closest thing to what YT and Commencal used to offer a few years back. Code brakes, fox36, dpx, dropper that works. Bike can do trail and park days like a champ. If I am being honest, the mullet thing is legit also. Never tried it before, but it works. its definatley a cool bike.
  • 4 0
 Give TB a raise, this guy puts a smile on my face every time
  • 2 0
 Cold as sh!t in Michigan, but i just came back from a ride on my Marin RFZ 27.5 2..could be a bit warmer though.
  • 1 0
 love it! nice one Tom, pop up the road and do Summerhills/Oropi in Tauranga and we'll get the coffees in.
  • 1 0
 Haha, Kiwis and their jorts (jean shorts for anyone who doesn’t know what that is)
  • 2 0
 I miss summertime
  • 8 0
 Days are getting longer. It's just around the corner!
  • 1 0
 Super fun (and honest) bit, No captions required.
  • 1 0
 just a warning to not buy that Status second hand if he ever sells it
  • 1 0
 Some sweet rides...
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