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Test flying a drop bar Krampus

Many moons ago, when giant lizards walked the land, I thought I would like to ride Tour Aotearoa. We had done some long bike packing missions before, camping our way around the South Island, and another time in Hawaii (highly recommended, will repeat if we are ever allowed to go there again). I got myself equipped with a bike I thought would be ideal, entered the first edition, and then reality stepped in and I couldn’t take the month off that would be required to complete it at the pace I intended to go. Life has continued to stymie any further attempts to be away from the ranch for that long, and now I am not at all sure I...

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Are you e-curious?

One of the phenomena that really became obvious in 2020 is the surge in the use of e-bikes by mountain bikers. Shops sell as many as they can get, and all sorts of people are jumping on to them. From experienced and fit riders to complete newbies, e-bikes are the flavour of the year. The multi-year development curve required by most people before they can really enjoy mountain biking is short-circuited, with an extra 250 watts virtually anybody can get very mobile. That is a two-edged sword, anecdotally a chopper pilot told me that 90% of the people he is rescuing from bike related incidents got themselves into trouble with electrical assistance. In the primitive pre-electric era, riders developed skills...

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Gravel - its a thing!

Gravel. It’s a thing. Tickle your wanderlust on the road less travelled, hunt down unsealed routes in the backblocks, and intersect with places and lives you may never have guessed existed. It is the bike world’s newest and most exciting thing that doesn’t have a battery. The reality is it’s actually an old thing. In fact, it’s as old as the bicycle itself. While people were horsing around with tar-based roading before the invention of the chain-driven bike, tarmac wasn’t patented until 1902. By that time the oldest of the classics was in its tenth edition. Precious few roads were sealed, and cycling was already a big sport and a massive pastime. Riding and racing on sealed roads didn’t really...

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Nzo Annual Report to Stakeholders

  2020 is almost over. That is a sentence I quite enjoyed typing. We can finally reveal what we have been up to for the last few months, and what we have planned for 2021 and beyond. This year was weird for almost everybody, us included. We had good supplies of product, at a level of quality we were very happy to offer. Sales were great.  Then the worldwide catastrophe of COVID-19 struck.  Sales became really great. We sold more stuff, a lot more quickly than we expected to (thanks). Not far into the fiasco, we discovered that our method to market (getting stuff to your letterbox) had fallen apart. After 4 excellent years in Hong Kong, sending products to...

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Why is Nzo closed for now?

Excellent question. The new world of COVID - 19 has presented the single weirdest period in our long and complex history as a small apparel brand adrift on the high seas of global commerce. For four great years we have been making our products with the best people we have ever had the good fortune to work with, and shipping from Hong Kong. About two-thirds of our sales are to people in other places around the world, and it was a good plan to have everything central in a transport hub like HK, but that has become too difficult to manage this year. So we are relocating our warehousing and despatch to Rotorua. It has taken a long time and a...

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