Update from Santa Cruz Bicycles, 12:20pm PST: Thanks for all the questions guys, sorry we weren't able to get to all of them. We've got to go break some frames now but we'll try to stop by again later to follow up on a few more.
Earlier today, Santa Cruz released a video bike check with Danny Mac's brand new carbon trials bike
and announced that they've taken the in-house composites lab at their California office, initially set up for their wheels program, to the next level. The custom frame for Danny Mac was first up, but you can bet they didn't create a new facility just for a one-off trials frame.
It's been a busy spring for the brand, having also released two new XC bikes: the Blur
and the Highball
We wanted to know more about their new carbon manufacturing capabilities and how they're influencing their overall manufacturing process, so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity for you to ask Joe Graney, Nic McCrae, Nick Anderson and Jack Russell your questions.
Joe Graney CEO and Former Head Engineer
Formerly Santa Cruz’s head engineer, and author of Joe’s Corner (link
), Joe swapped CAD for spreadsheets in his new role as CEO, and still approved this whole project for some reason.
Nic McCrae Composites Engineer
Nic McCrae: Nic is Santa Cruz's resident Québécois, a composites expert, and the mad scientist lurking in the R&D lab. Oh, and he did all of the layup and manufacturing design on Danny's bike.
How ‘Ask Us Anything' Works: Nick Anderson Head Engineer
Nick's the Engineering Manager, and probably knows more about VPP suspension than anyone, but that was pretty useless for the trials bike. Fortunately, he knows a lot about frame design, too, and is responsible for some of the most iconic frame designs in Santa Cruz's history (including this one).
Jack Russell Industrial Designer
As the Industrial Designer at Santa Cruz, Jack is in charge of making sure the bikes look as cool as possible, a real challenge on bike with tiny wheels and a 73.50° head tube angle.
Starting at 10:00 AM PDT/6:00 PM BST on April 3rd you can type your questions for Santa Cruz into the comment box below this article and the guys will have a crack at answering them. Sometimes your answer will pop up in a few seconds; others may take a few minutes while Joe Graney, Nic McCrae, Nick Anderson and Jack Russell work their way through questions that are popping up. Everyone who posts a question, large or small, will be taken seriously.
To make this go as smoothly as possible, try to follow these guidelines:
• Keep your questions relevant
• Stay focused and to keep your questions on one topic if possible. You can always ask about another item later
• Try to keep your questions to about 100 words
• Ask Us Anything is a service to PB readers who are seeking helpful information, not a forum to broadcast opinions or grievances. If you do have an issue that you want to ask about, no worries, just keep your complaints relevant and in the context of a question so that it can be addressed in a productive manner
• Use propping to acknowledge good (or not so good) questions and bump them up or down to where they belong
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