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May 2017

Duty Calls

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It’s a thankless task, but somebody has to do it.

And the funny thing is, I didn’t even intend to take it on. I went for a ride after several days of brisk but clear weather, expecting to enjoy tacky dirt and minimal after-match cleanup requirements.

After decades of riding in the local woods I should have known better, but a strategic blunder changed everything. Brisk around here means frost, and whatever we get on the yard is about three times frostier up in the forest. Go for a trail without enough tree cover and you better do it early, while it is still frozen. If you leave it until after ten, like I did, and then go and sample something like K2, be ready to navigate a slimy mess. The frost sucks moisture out of the dirt, and the shards of ice also crumble the surface. When it thaws, the trail surface becomes a slurry of water and broken up trail that is perfect lubrication for any rubber that might happen along.

These conditions separate the highly skilled zen warriors of the singletrack from people like me, and they also provide a great way to cover everything with sticky mud. I have a sample pair of Nzo Custom Sifters on high rotation to find their weak points (so far, so good) and they took the brunt of the roost off my rear tyre. They are a fetching shade of sky blue, so any dirt shows.

The stuff flicking off the tyre and being ground into the fabric between the saddle and me would be a great test of washability, but just for good measure, in the interests of thorough laundry research, I also crashed.

I launched off a tree that lays across a trail. The front tyre slipped, altering my trajectory enough to high side me fairly gracefully into a heap. So there was some nice dry dirt ground into the shorts as well as the wet spray job.

After the initial rinse the bright blue shorts still looked pretty bad. They spent a night in a bucket with stain remover, got rinsed again, and joined the next batch of stuff in the washer.

Came out mint. Big tick for washability.

TIP FOR DESIGNING YOUR Nzo CUSTOM SHORTS:

If you are going to go looking for mud, make the back part black, or some other dark colour. Save your sky blue ones for summer.

 

 

Brand new Nzo with a brand new idea!

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Hello! A year ago we went looking for a new way to make our favourite products. What we found was the best we could have hoped for and a whole lot more.

Ever wished you could get the designs you like in your own choice of colours? Well now you can. The Nzo products you know and love, made one at a time, just for you. The technology is amazing, it's a new way to create your own kit.

Nzo is on Click-Kit, (and PinkBike) where we produce interactive designs for you to make your own. When your kit is looking the way you want it, you place an order and your design goes to our factory! Your completely unique custom kit will only take three or four weeks to get to you.

The customisable versions of Sifters and Scuffers are made from the same fabric and to the same exacting standards as the originals, and the same team are putting them together.

Mountain bike tops are also ready to be customised - the TQ MTB top is a updated design with three-quarter sleeves and a zippered side pocket.

You can even set up a team shop! Add your logo to tops or shorts, save the designs, and create a page where your team, club members, or bike-gang can go and grab their own kit whenever they like.

Nzo products you make on Click-Kit are processed through the Click-kit website, so you will need to make yourself a new login. Takes about 15 seconds.

Help us celebrate this brand new service, and light up your local trails with your colours - get 25% off any Click-Kit orders placed this week. Just enter CELEBRATE in the coupon field, and get your discount. OFFER ENDS FRIDAY MAY 19, MIDNIGHT NZ TIME.

Meanwhile, the latest versions of our trail shorts in basic black are back! Well, almost. Three batches of Dobies, Sifters and Cruiseliners have come (and gone!). Honestly, the new stuff has disappeared before we had a chance to shout about it. The next batch will be yelled about, we promise!

It has been a long and weird year in Nzoland, thanks for hanging with us to see how it turned out.

cheers Glen and Gaz.

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