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The Big Question!

We get a lot of emails asking various questions, and among the most frequent is “what should I order, Dobies or Sifters?” The question usually includes a fairly detailed explanation of the living habits of the prospective customer. We sift through the information and try to make a good guess at which product would work best.Obviously a sensible person would order both, but not everybody has that much sense, or cents.If we had any sense we would have produced some sort of ...

May 20, 2021

What's happened to the Nzo website!?

About 5 months ago we relocated all our stock to the back of a bike shop in Rotorua.The shop was called Nzo/Ride Central, and it has been Nzo’s only bricks & mortar outlet on earth for the last ten years. The Corbett family, who own the shop, gave us carte blanche to re-design their shop when we got into this arrangement, and the job they did is fantastic. There are multiple benefits to this arrangement for everybody concerned. The shop provides a place where people can see and touch...

May 20, 2021

The Photographer's Day Off

The man behind most of the decent photos in the Nzo story is Graeme Murray.We met on a mountain bike ride, shortly after we moved to Rotorua, the town we chose as a base to start Nzo. Graeme is a local, and was barely out of his teens. He had already decided his goal was to become a professional photographer. He told me that on our first meeting, after I told him what we planned to do.He became a professional photographer a long time ago, and we count ourselves very lucky to have first...

May 18, 2021

Pointless bicycles, and why we ride them

In case you are feeling less than optimal because of the weather, virus, politicians, current radio, or anything else really, this may help you beat those equinoxial blues.  Check out the beautiful, functional, but probably pointless craftsmanship on this bicycle, the closest thing I have seen to a genuine hot rod that isn't a pre-war Ford....

May 3, 2021

Product testing and its downfalls

We’ll admit it.There are definite upsides to be in the business of bike stuff, and near to a whole heap of trails.People tell us we are very lucky, and we can’t disagree.Just so you don’t think everything around here is perfect, here are two things that happened to me recently, which wouldn’t have happened if I had enough sense to be doing something more sensible with my life.Out testing product (honestly, it needs to be done), and all goes well until halfway down the firs...

May 3, 2021

Getting with the programme

One of our mates has started a ‘training programme’. He has a ‘coach’. He is thinking about his entry in a ‘race’. I use inverted commas for his versions of these things because they all defy normal definitions.Working backwards from the ‘race’… the event of his dreams is the Whaka 100. It’s more of a nightmare, and unless you are very special you won’t be ‘racing’. You will be grovelling along, hoping you don’t run out of something before the finish. Food, ...

May 3, 2021

Growing MTB Parks

Last week we delivered a run of custom stuff for a special crew.They were happy with how it came out, we were very happy with how it came about.We made mountain bike tops and t shirts for a group of people working in forestry. Half the staff in the company that manages the trees in our local patch ride bikes in the forest.Many of the people who don’t ride bikes do other recreational stuff in the trees, and they love the forest as much as the bike-riders.They came to us...

May 3, 2021

Timber Trail thoughts

During the festive season a mate penned a couple of articles for the local paper.These got us thinking about the state of our sport from where we sit… and it is amazing. And confusing, in equal measures.Graeme’s weekly mountain biking column in a daily newspaper, for a start. That would have seemed very unlikely to a younger me, when I wheelied out of a bike shop on my first mountain bike 35 years ago. There were no magazines around to help us figure out what we were supp...

May 3, 2021

A Team Effort

I came by a racing bike a couple of summers ago. An almost new, ridiculously light, state of the current art, carbon fibre framed machine festooned with the best Japanese equipment, comfy and extremely functional. I didn’t like the look of it, but it was nice to ride. The brakes and drivetrain were faultless, it handled perfectly, and as I mentioned, it was light. Every time I picked it up I marvelled at it. I am pretty sure my last track bike weighed about the same.But even after several thou...

May 3, 2021

**it happened Here

In Rotorua we are in the middle of the hottest, driest spring since records began, or at least as long as we can remember.Trails are perfect in the trees, or dusty and falling apart where the sun can get at them.These conditions may have contributed to a spectacular near death experience I had the night before last.I was hooning down one of my favourite trails, at what constitutes top speed on my planet, and starting to feel like I was on my game.Got to a short bony bit, where the...

May 3, 2021

Scratching Your Itch

Mountain biking is one of the few sports where the participants can create their facility. In many places, they have to.At the beginning, trails were mostly existing routes created for some other purpose, like hiking, riding motos, or getting to and from trees that needed cutting. Today’s lucky punters can roll up to a trailhead and do their thing without a second thought: the sport is approaching its fourth decade and many places round the world have trail networks ready to go.They will find ...

May 3, 2021

Dobies are twenty-one today!

Last year we celebrated two decades of Nzo. That means this year marks the coming of age of our most unruly offspring, the shorts we call Dobies.That is Dobies. Not Doobies, as some of you would have it. And certainly not Dobbies, which has its faction but sounds like a bunch of horses. Dobies. Pronounced ‘dough’, as in doughnut, followed by ‘bees’, as in… well, bees.We were not the first to call them that.We did invent them, at a time before there were many ‘mountain ...

May 3, 2021

Getting the best out of the end of the day

Down in the South Pacific winter has turned the corner, and the days are slowly getting longer, but  it’s still winter. Bike rides may be wet and cold, but they can still be had with a bit of cunning and accurate scheduling.Twice last week we sneaked out late in the day because our mate had a couple of images in his mind that needed to be enacted. One of them turned out really well first pop, and will be revealed at the photographer’s discretion. The other looked like it might impr...

May 3, 2021

Like a roadrace, only crunchy

As the seasons roll by the motivation to enter stuff gets harder to muster.Unless there is a damn good reason, it’s easier to just go for a ride.The Dirty K is a damn good reason. Not only is it a ‘gravel race’, and therefore a logical outing for my latest bike, it is around the top end of Coromandel, and any excuse to go there is a good one.The event tags on to the K2 road race, a 200km hillfest that circumnavigates the middle of Coromandel Peninsula from a different start point each year...

May 3, 2021

We've got all day

On Sunday I took the first ride in ages that didn’t have any constraint except my attention span, and I set off intending to run out of gas just after cresting the last uphill.When I say run out of gas, I don’t mean the way a vehicle does - suddenly, with no warning other than the petrol gauge, rarely consulted until after the engine dies. Or even the way an e-bike does, instantly, when the battery stops being your friend and becomes an inert lump of chemicals and electrodes that weighs as m...

April 30, 2021

Not spectating at the EWS

Crankworx Rotorua 2019 has come and gone - the highlight for us was the Rotorua round of the Enduro World Series, and we proved to ourselves that it takes as much focus and single-mindedness to spectate as it does to compete.On race day we headed out on our bikes to intersect with some of the best bike riders in the world tackling three stages in the local woods.Well, we tried.The problem on the day was the weather. The only significant rain around here since the start of the year was ...

April 30, 2021

The Nzo Long Term Acid Test

When it comes to long term in-the-field testing of a mountain biking product, it is hard to argue with the patented method we have devised at Nzo.To be fair, we only just realised we had devised it, but it is real and impossible to duplicate: it takes several years and unshakeable confidence in the product.Here is how we do it: roll the thing into a courier bag, and send it to a publisher. Wait, feeling vaguely ill, until a few months later, when it appears in their publication.Read what they sa...

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