While no one was looking Santa Cruz have gone and made a new bicycle.
It's called the Strega. It's green. It's for girls. It has 27.5" wheels and 170mm of travel front and back.
They painted some of them a different colour and called it a boys bike... they called it the Nomad.
So how do I know all this? Easy. Santa Cruz flew me over to France and then made me ride this bike (the Nomad, not the Strega...I'm a boy not a girl) all the way from France to Italy. It was ok. I got a bit tired to be honest. I ate a lot of bread and cheese too, don't even get me started on the beer. I put on weight immediately and it stuffed up the spring rate of the shock and forks and I had to add more air which was exhausting.
Oh yeah, they had some new wheels too. A bit lopsided but hell, I couldn't break them. And I tried. There were some big assed rocks that were real sharp and I was too tired to pump up my tyres properly and I bottomed them out a few times (rad) and didn't even get a puncture.
How did it ride? Yeah it was OK. Better than a donkey that's for sure. I'd buy one if the price was right. Especially if it came with those wheels for free. It's just like the old Nomad except completely different.
The suspension goes in and out and when I pulled on the brakes to do a skid I went over the bars ( brakes were the wrong way 'round) so they worked fine. Even the wheels went round and round...bonus. Once I got the brakes swapped over I couldn't really fault the ride though it corners better to the left than the right. It got me to the trails and back really well. Out on the trails it was a bit sketchy but I put that down to my lack of any decent riding ability.
The Strega probably rides OK too. In fact it must do as Anka Martin (she's a girl) rode one and kicked my arse all week. It's the same bike, just for girls (which is weird as there wasn't any pink on it and it didn't have a steeper head angle or cheaper parts on it). I didn't get to ride it 'cause I'm a boy.
The Good: Super stable bike in rough terrain, I didn't fall off at all the whole trip
The Bad: Brakes were the wrong way around. Right hand cornering requires a foot out technique.
The Ugly: The state of my lawn and swimming pool when I got back. That's the last time I go away for more than a long weekend.
I can't wait to see what Santa Cruz come up with next. Exciting stuff right? Whatever it is, I hope the press camp is in Paraparaumu. That place rocks.
DISCLAIMER: AS YOU MUST BE AWARE OF BY NOW, THERODFATHER IS AN IDIOT. IF YOU WANT THE REAL SCOOP ON SANTA CRUZ AND JULIANA JUST HEAD OVER TO SPOKEMAGAZINE.COM RIGHT NOW TO SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.
Also check out this rad video starring Anka Martin and the Strega