STRONG STANCE ON
I have been a subscriber for two years
now, ever since I started my conversion
to this new lifestyle of mountain biking. I
started with an entry-level bike and then
upgraded to a full-suspension bike—a
2015 Giant Stance 2. I am really happy
with my Giant Stance, but since I do not
have any personal experience riding other
FS bikes to compare it to, I don’t know
what is good or lacking on my Stance.
I just can’t find any article on the web
providing a detailed review of the Stance.
All they have are reviews about the Reign,
Trance and Anthem. They left their new
little brother on the side hanging.
I had been waiting for a review from
MBA about this bike, a less-expensive FS
bike for people on a budget. Hopefully, that
day will come soon. Looking forward to it.
Thanks in advance!
Check out our June 2015 issue for the
full report. We had the chance to shred the
Stance on some of our favorite trails near
Santa Cruz, California, and loved it.
THE SANTA CRUZ DEBACLE
I have been subscribing to your mag
for years. I have owned Trek, Specialized,
Gary Fisher and Santa Cruz bikes.
Currently, I have a Fatboy Expert and a
Santa Cruz Bronson. If you wander out on
the trails, you will see a good mix of all
brands; however, I don’t think you guys
are representing the entire field if you
overlook Santa Cruz. Maybe it’s time you
start doing unbiased testing. I am not
saying they are the only bikes; Ibis bikes
are pretty sweet too. I am not knocking
the big guys, either. But, how can the
winner of the all-around enduro bike of
the year not so much as get a mention in
your rag? Don’t believe me? Go to Moab!
I’m looking elsewhere for a professional
NH Snot Rider
Anytown, New Hampshire
Wow, what the heck did the nice people at Santa Cruz do to upset you guys?
You included 217 bikes in the “MBA
Buyer’s Guide” issue, covering all of the
various “use categories,” and there’s not
one Santa Cruz bike. You even have a
category called “Women’s Bikes” and you
failed to include the “sister” company,
Julianna (nice play on words). How can
you possibly pass the red-faced test?
There is no way that this is anything other
than a snub, payback, sanction, cold
shoulder or feud. We the readers deserve
to hear the details. So, come on, dish us
up some of the scandal. Give us the lowdown, the 411!
STRADDLING THE LINE
Your article, on “Straddling the Line
Between Safety and Disaster” (For What
It’s Wirth, May 2015), was thought-pro-voking and well-written. As a 72-year-old
grandfather, I would like to add one point:
how can I ask my grandkids to use protective gear (a helmet at the very least) if I
don’t wear it? Other young riders also see
me and think thoughts of why they have to
wear the gear also. I learned years ago the
hard way to wear a helmet on my motorcycle rides but had never thought about being
a role model.
There’s no scandal. We would have liked
very much to include Santa Cruz in the buyer’s guide. In fact, we reached out to them
several times to request the images and
product info to include their bikes (free of
charge, just like every other bike we put in
the buyer’s guide). We’ve also reached out
several times to request test bikes and even
wanted to include Josh Bryceland’s V10 as
an “Inside the Pros’” feature story a couple
months ago. Time and time again, the Santa
Cruz crew has chosen to ignore us. I’m told
it started with a couple of negative lines in
a bike test we wrote nearly 10 years ago,
but seeing as how we have an entirely new
crew now, we agreed it seems silly to have a
grudge like this. We’re currently working on
testing a Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon for an
upcoming issue. Stay tuned!
Mike Wirth, Editor
NORCAL WARRANTY SUPPORT!
I’ve been reading your magazine for over
15 years. I wanted to comment on the article
written by a reader titled “Warranty Issue.”
It made me remember how incredible the
support is in our industry. I want to recognize
two individuals in our industry who go above
and beyond. The first is Willie Bullion of Santa
Cruz Bicycles, and the second is Ed Breslau
of Fox Racing Shox. I’m not sure about every
company in our industry, but these guys
are class acts. The job they do is why the
companies they work for are so successful. I
just want everyone to know if you’re dealing
with either of these companies, you won’t be
disappointed. I also want to thank MBA for
being a quality voice in our industry! Your
magazine stands out among others because
of your integrity and honesty. Thanks.