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December 2016

Four new Nzo events to mess with your holidays!

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With the silly season upon us, here at #NzoActive we decided to give you some events to enter that will be compatible with over-eating, drinking too much, and generally being slack and lazy. Or you can enter by doing something truly epic! We have launched four events, and the winners of each get a t shirt with the event logo on the front, and each t will be the only one like it in the world.

To win all you need to do is upload an image proving you participated to Instagram or the Nzo facebook page  with the hashtag #Nzoxmas, and the best one gets the t shirt. Best is a wide open description, what we mean is the one we like best.

The first event is fairly simple. You say you are the master of your destiny? A free spirit that answers to nobody? Here is your chance to prove it. The Nzo Xmas Pre-Dinner Dash is any bike ride, distance and terrain irrelevant, but it must be performed between whatever ceremonial obligations control your household at dawn, and dinner on Xmas Day. Your photo should somehow prove that it was taken on Xmas Day, and that you were engaged in a bike ride.

The next one is a bit more challenging: The Nzo Boxing Day Alley Cat. You and at least two mates, on your bikes, within 50m of a Boxing Day sale. Can’t be an online one, either. They are 1/ not physically risky, and 2/ on every three days throughout the year. Has to be an actual, honest, fighting, biting, gouging ruck of a sale.

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Mid-week, between Xmas and New Year. The Boxing Day sales were the same as the Black Friday sales. The weather has turned to custard. You saw Rogue One before Xmas. Everywhere you go is crawling with people. If this is as good as the holidays get, whatever.

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Its time for the Nzo Ennui Grand Prix. Drag yourself outside, get on your bike, and ride it somewhere. Photos can be from any time between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, and should demonstrate how a simple bike ride saved your entire holiday.

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To finish things off is an event for the hard core of Nzo customers: the Nzo Drunktank Trackstand Challenge. To win, your photo must show somebody on their bike, in 2017 but only just, being arrested. If the subject of the photo is doing a trackstand, we will up the ante and give away a hoodie.

CONDITIONS: Doesn't really matter when you post your photos, or how many you post, but any photos posted after Jan 2, 2017 will be too late.

 

 

At last! New Nzo products!

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News you already know: Nzo has been out of stock of the mountain bike shorts that are our key products since earlier this year. Last summer was better than expected, opening the Nzo / Ride Central shop doubled the demand for Nzo products, and our manufacturers could not expand to meet the demand. Sad times for all of us.

News you may have guessed: Finding a great manufacturer, keen to learn about our way of making things, turns out to be a mission.

We started out determined that the range Nzo offers next must be better - better materials, better trims, better construction, and more variety.

And all this from a supplier willing to make products in small batches.

From a manufacturer’s point of view, putting in the effort to get up to speed with Nzo products is a risk: many will say ‘no’ if they think our orders are too small. From Nzo’s point of view, smaller batches means better quality control, and producing fewer products more often gives us a better chance of keeping more items in stock.

Lesson learned from last season: we also need prospective partners to be future-proof. Well, as future-proof as possible. We are not sure we could take another period of answering enquiries with yeah, nah.

At last, some really exciting news you haven’t heard: our long search for the right manufacturing partner is over, and Nzo’s new product is underway!

After many bundles of samples going back and forth, and lots of dead-ends, we found ourselves talking to a team with bike riders in charge. Serious bike riders, who were already making serious, top quality bike gear.

We liked what they do, but more importantly, they liked what we do.

So we decided to do it together!

There will be fresh versions of our flagship Dobies and Siftersearly in the new year, with updated Cruiseliners to go under them.

More new products will arrive in March, and an expanded range will be launched soon after that. We have cool stuff to tell you about that new range, but we will save that for future broadcasts.

In further news, customisable Nzo Ts and Hoodies make awesome and unique stocking stuffers.