Desde SteelCityMedia y bajo la dirección de Joe Bowman llega este primer episodio de 'This is Peaty'. Comienzo de la pretemporada dónde podemos ver a Peaty boxear en el centro de boxeo de Sheffield, pretemporada en San Romolo, primera parada en la WC, locuras, aventuras y todo ello desde un punto de vista nuevo de Peat para esta nueva serie. Gran estreno que no debes perderte, casi 15 minutos de buen rollo y saber hacer de uno de los grandes del DH.
Gracias a la victoria de Greg Minnaar el Syndicate comienza la temporada por todo lo alto. Destacar que Greg estaba psicológicamente tocado debido a que su padre se encuentra gravemente enfermo en el hospital. Pese a ello, todo su talento le sirvió para coronarse en casa. En cambio sus compañeros de equipo no corrieron tan buena suerte, Rat Boy terminaría 21º y Peaty 15º. Este es el vídeo resumen de la prueba desde la perspectiva del Syndicate.
El Santa Cruz Syndicate se desplazó hasta la ciudad italiana de Imperia para poner a punto las máquinas de cara a la nueva temporada 2012. Después de terminar el patrocinio con Sram llega el momento de setear las bikes con suspensiones Fox y compenentes Shimano.
Tres días de tests para adaptar el nuevo cuadro 2012 de Santa Cruz v-10 Carbon a sus nuevos componentes. Los ingenieros de las marcas estuvieron presentes muy activamente interactuando con mecánicos y riders para optimizar el rendimiento de las máquinas al 100% exprimiendo al máximo todo el rendimiento.
Las impresiones de los pilotos del Syndicate han sido muy positivas:
- Josh Bryceland comentaba que desde los 14 años usaba suspensiones boxxer y que suponía un gran cambio para él, pero que no puede decir nada negativo de su nueva Fox y sus ilimitadas posibilidades.
- Greg Minnaar comentaba que estos tres días fueron increíbles, muy productivos y quedó impresionado con el nuevo material. Cree que 2012 será un buen año para el Syndicate.
- Steve Peat se mostraba bastante contento de estos días de test, de reunirse con el equipo y del nuevo material del que disponen, comenta Fox tiene un gran producto y Shimano no necesita presentación.
En general se ve que han pasado tres dias intensos dónde han dejado a punto las máquinas para afrontar esta nueva temporada, se desprende buen rollito y mucha profesionalidad en los settings.
Y cómo ya es tradición para ellos el último día corren una pequeña carrerita para ver quien obtiene el mejor tiempo. El perdedor pasará la cena vestido de chica. El pasado año fue turno para Greg y este año el menos rápido de los tres fue el más joven del equipo Josh Bryceland. Lástima que no haya fotos de eso :D
TEST SESSION WELCOMING FOX AND SHIMANO!!
Early season testing started for the Santa Cruz Syndicate with mechanics, engineers and riders arriving in the town of Imperia, Italy, for three days of extensive testing aboard the latest Santa Cruz full carbon V-10’s. The bikes were decked out with the Syndicate’s newest sponsor products from Fox and Shimano. The Syndicate’s choice to join forces with Shimano and Fox proved to be a great decision as the test session was incredibly successful.
“Testing was amazing, the most productive test session I have ever been to. Besides good riding and eating killer Italian food, our Syndicate family expanded with Fox and Shimano. I feel this was a great start to the year and I’m looking forward to more positive things to come in 2012,” said Greg Minnaar.
The testing took place on the long downhill racetrack in San Romolo with shuttle assistance from Roberto Vernassafrom Argentina Bike.The five-man Fox crew was ready to gather information from suspension testing using their state of the art data acquisition equipment. Spirits were high as everyone got started off on the dark chilly mornings while the mechanics built a bonfire at the bottom of the track to stave off a bit of chill. Riders were warm and tingly inside with big grins after the first run.
“We were getting everyone up to speed on the new full carbon frame, Fox suspension, and Shimano components. With the frame being much lighter than the previous version we had to dial the suspension in because of less un-sprung weight. I’ve also been riding the new XTR brakes for some time now and can’t get over how impressive they are, particularly with modulation. Feedback from all the racers was what I was expecting, a new milestone in performance,” says Rob Roskopp.
Greg Minnaar exclaims, “I was blown away on the first ride down the rugged San Romolo track. The first thought was, this is a winning combo! Fitzy and his crew worked flat out to get us up to speed. Their passion, enthusiasm and suspension knowledge is going to be very positive to the Syndicate. It’s been awhile since I was last on Shimano, 2003...and that was a good year for me. I hope this is the good luck I’ll be needing to win another World Championship.”
Santa Cruz engineer Joe Graney says, “We look forward to a close relationship with the suspension experts at Fox. They arrived in Italy with a team of engineers and technicians - blowing everyone away with how they were able to accurately translate each rider's input into measured improvements in speed and control. Shimano continues to push the envelope with technologies like Ice Tech brake rotors and the Shadow Plus derailleur, as well as the variety of options that can be configured
for different conditions fitting perfectly with Santa Cruz Bicycles’ core values of customer choice, usable performance, durability and long term
Our newest addition to the Syndicate, mechanic Jason Marsh says, "I'm super happy that we are using Fox Racing Shox and Shimano for the 2012 season. The new Fox 40 forks suit the carbon V-10 frame perfectly and the RC4 rear shock really compliments the VPP suspension design. The riders were all impressed on how good the bikes felt, even after the first run. I have worked with the Saint group-set for the last three seasons and I really like how they work. Saint cranks are super strong, brakes are simple to set up and the rear derailleurand shifter are super smooth and a nice set up. Finish and attention to detail can’t be matched. The support offered by the Fox team over the last few days has been superb and their race support is second to none. 2012 will be a great season."
Steve Peat was surprisingly pleased, “We have had three awesome days testing and training in Italy. It was great to catch up with all my crew after a few down months throughout the winter and I was happy to get out on the Santa Cruz V-10 and trash it in the test situation. Fox is a company that I have watched over the years. They obviously have great product because the fast guys are using it and winning races now and again on it. And Shimano needs no introduction. It’s a no brainer that they have great products and I am looking forward to working with them at the races! We came up with some great set ups and I am now looking forward to the season. Now it’s our turn to give it a thrash on our V-10’s, 2012 should be fun!”
“The test session was a big learning curve for me. Having ridden Boxxer’s since I was about 14, I’m very used to the look and feel of the fork so it was a huge change. I really enjoyed the process of getting my new bike set up and it was interesting getting to know the characteristics of all the new products. The suspension seems almost limitless with it its adjustability and I think our bikes have entered a whole new realm of adaptability. Despite getting my ass kicked in the final race I had a really fun and productive three days,” said Josh Bryceland.
Tradition is that on the last day of testing we always have a race to see who is quickest. Once again, for the second time in a row, Peaty took the win. But unlike the first time when Greg wore the dress to dinner, it was Josh’s turn to wear a skirt. Since there were no women’s clothes handy, Josh had to improvise and craft a fashionable number out of a pair of pants. “His outfit was complete with his ‘special’ tiger underwear, “ chimes in Roskopp.
Joe Lawwill, Shimano’s MTB marketing manager says, "Shimano is very proud and excited to be working with Santa Cruz Bicycles and the iconic Syndicate race team. We are looking forward to a successful and exciting 2012 season."
Fox’s Mark Fitzsimmons says, “We are very excited to work with a team at this level. The professionalism of the team has shown in their years of great results and we look forward to bringing our suspension expertise to the program. We here at FOX thrive on the pure honesty racing brings to our development process and look forward to learning from Steve, Greg and Josh to continue to improve our products and aid them in their mission for podiums. Our goal is to provide our athletes with a suspension performance advantage and look forward to continuing this into the 2012 season.”
Syndicate head mechanic Dougie “Fresh” Hatfield says, “The Fox and Shimano Saint equipped bikes ran silky smooth during our test camp in San Romolo. The riders really liked the responsiveness and quality of the product. We are ready to go racing!!”
Santa Cruz Syndicate Manager
Así lo anuncia el propio Syndicate bajo nota de prensa. Ya es oficial, el Syndicate se separa de Sram tras ocho años cosechando títulos. 10 carreras de WC ganadas por Greg Minnar, Campeonato del Mundo con Steve Peat, Campeonato del Mundo Junior con Bryceland y algunos podios más son algunos de los triunfos más importante de la simbiosis Sram-Syndicate. Ahora cómo todo en la vida, se acaba este patrocinio y el Syndicate, aunque triste, suponemos que encontrará algún patrocinio para su equipo.
Palabras de agradecimientos de los miembros del team al que hasta hoy ha sido uno de sus patrocinadores principales, concretamente con Peat llevaban colaborando la friolera de 16 años, desde 2008 con Minnaar con su entrada en el Syndicate y 4 años también con Bryceland.
Aquí la nota de prensa al completo.
JANUARY 30, 2012 - The Santa Cruz Syndicate and SRAM/RockShox brands have been synonymous with one another for 8 years, from the inception of the Syndicate in 2004 through 2011. It is with sadness and great respect that we are parting ways in 2012.
This has been an incredible journey, and the partnership has helped our racers achieve an impressive set of goals and dreams—2 UCI World Cup Downhill overall titles, 10 UCI World Cups wins by Greg Minnaar, 3 World Cup wins and a historic World Championship title by Steve Peat, and a Junior World Championship title by Josh Bryceland. These results were made possible using SRAM, Rockshox, Truvativ and Avid products, along with the world-class technical support of the SRAM team.
Working closely with John Dawson and Jon Cancellier on prototype Black Box projects and receiving their on-site support was a pleasure, and our heartfelt thanks go out to them for their years of dedication to the Syndicate. Thank you also to Dave Zimberoff for making the partnership possible
Steve Peat says, “Leaving SRAM is a tough one for me. I have been with RockShox for 16 years so you could say the brand is engraved in me. But like most things in life nothing lasts forever and it has been a great time over the last 16 years. I want to thank each and every person at RockShox and SRAM who have helped me achieve my goals in my career. I have made lots of friends and had some fun times. Thanks guys!”
Greg Minnaar says, “Since joining the Syndicate in 2008 your support has been incredible. Thanks to all the crew that work hard behind the scenes making sure our Black Box equipment was keeping us ahead of the rest.”
Josh Bryceland says, “I’ve ridden SRAM since I started mountain biking and I’ve come far using their products. Times change and so do sponsors, thanks for 4 years on the Syndicate without a mechanical in a race run.”
Rob Roskopp says, “Our partnership with SRAM over the years saw many milestones achieved, Steve Peat’s 2009 World Championship in Canberra, Greg Minnaar’s win at Maribor in 2010 aboard the first carbon bike to take a World Cup win, and countless podiums over the last 8 years. I would like to thank the whole crew at SRAM for the great memories and support.”