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    What happened to Mavs!?

    I miss his color around here!

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    Me too. I'm sure he'll be back when he's ready for banter.
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    Right?! I asked the same question on his enduro setup thread. I miss his energy!

    Hoping he's riding his ass off.
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    I'll give him a bell

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzl62 View Post
    I'll give him a bell
    I pinged him earlier this week. He's been busy, but he promised to come back
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    Haha cheers guys and Stripes for chasing me up, you are all awesome truly.

    I was away on a mission and hopefully soon to be many more, so time online might be less but never far away!

    Allot going on! with work which Im finishing up soon a good thing!
    was a little frustrated how slow this site (mtbr) has been going as well and not so friendly on my iPad, pretty much I use on the web these days.

    Just relaunched my business which was supposed to be all go last year, better late than never, I been doing it as it comes up more so earlier in the year our summer here year jan feb and fast approaching for this seasons.

    Now I'm full in, so lots to still do organise, but baby steps bit at a time! Getting lots of support locally from within the industry which is really cool and surprising to me. Why I don't know I always plan for the worst, yet Im a glass half full type of dude, I guess quote scary bit super excited too just know its what Im supposed to do, every time I try another path it alway leads back here, you cant step destiny forever huh!

    Check it out and let me know if any browser or operating system issues or security certificate bugs etc, but would love your feedback on all levels, I can take the hits have a dew after the weekends past Enduro so be honest appreciate that!

    Anyone but especially Ibesians if ever interested or come here and want to experience what we offer then we will look after you especially!

    So check it out this is my new gig, my dream 20 odd years sitting at someone else's office looking out the window dreaming of doing this and finally a reality. Feel the fear and do it anyway, time to kick the tires and light the fires!

    TGB

    Hey Stripes did you get your shock, I held one the other day looks sic!

    Cheers Mav.

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    Hey Mav, good luck in your new venture!

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    Good luck Mav. Site looks ace. As an American from Portland, OR who's ridden Oakridge, Downieville, Moab, Fruita, and many of the other North American gems I can confidently state that Mav has access to some of the sickest riding I've personally experienced from the Rotorua region down toward Taupo and the highlands. Air New Zealand now flies direct from Sydney to Rotorua, pretty ridiculous when see the size of the airport and it's always packed with mountain bikers. Connections can be had for cheap down to Rotorua from Auckland but I scored the $1 NZD ($0.78 USD) Naked Bus that proved to be pretty freakin' cost effective.

    I could definitely go for another round in the Redwood Forrest about now. Get after it Mav!

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    Congrats Mav! Can't wait to hear how it turns out!

    Got my shock the other day. Bike is at the shop now, getting the fork converted to coil too. Next week it should all be done, but I'm not cleared to ride trails yet. I can take it on something smooth right now. But even that, I should be able to tell the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robertj View Post
    Hey Mav, good luck in your new venture!
    Hey thanks rob, really appreciate that, very excited, got a trailer hooked up for the bikes, working on some flyers bus cards etc next, everyone locally been very supportive been a bit stunned, but has got me buzzing.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by OriginalDonk View Post
    Good luck Mav. Site looks ace. As an American from Portland, OR who's ridden Oakridge, Downieville, Moab, Fruita, and many of the other North American gems I can confidently state that Mav has access to some of the sickest riding I've personally experienced from the Rotorua region down toward Taupo and the highlands. Air New Zealand now flies direct from Sydney to Rotorua, pretty ridiculous when see the size of the airport and it's always packed with mountain bikers. Connections can be had for cheap down to Rotorua from Auckland but I scored the $1 NZD ($0.78 USD) Naked Bus that proved to be pretty freakin' cost effective.

    I could definitely go for another round in the Redwood Forrest about now. Get after it Mav!
    Cheers donk, thanks too for that about the site, we've sweated lots and banged heads numerous times nicely with my designer shes been awesome, tough at times to get the vsion across, but Ill pass that onto her too, she will be stoked, still got to get the full month up but baby steps haha.

    Great oil you've posted here and also awesome to hear that feedback on different experiences of those amazing places as well.
    Def lots of cheap options to get around.

    My concept is built around you guys and what you want for your experience, Ill take you they're, show you the best stuff, and let you ride it to your potential not just cruise into the unknown, or waste time learning even the simple networks, but importantly I can come get you from Auckland show you Aucklands best riding as well if you stay over in AK or show you stuff on the way to Rotorua and beyond, the sky's the limit really. I will definitely pick you up in Rotorua regardless if you come with me!

    Oh and I will show you trails in Whaka(Redwoods) you will never find if you are up for some next level riding of Whaka gems!

    Ive ridden NZ from one end to the other and most spots people can handle I know pretty well. Still some Ive not tried but thats stuff even locals have a hard time finding, My ultimate guiding experience would be to show people both Islands!

    Yeah Id say the influx of Aussies is doubling every year which is amazing and you guys just get me pumped when over here, so much fun with the Aussies, I hung a little bit with the Aussie Cartel at our recent Enduro, had a beer or too afterwards chatted the fat as you do, great guys and loose units! Great riders, Michael Ronning ex World Cup DH star an DS, 4x rider, still ripping it up and Luke and Jason.

    AMC!
    Check out the vid of they're experience

    Ill hook them up next time too!
    They only got time to prep for 2WE and ride std stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Congrats Mav! Can't wait to hear how it turns out!

    Got my shock the other day. Bike is at the shop now, getting the fork converted to coil too. Next week it should all be done, but I'm not cleared to ride trails yet. I can take it on something smooth right now. But even that, I should be able to tell the difference.
    No rush, its the journey not the destination for me, just going for it properly for me is a success the rest will be a bonus, Ive been guiding people for years on bikes even on Dirt-bikes years ago Id show people around.

    You are meant to have a purpose in life and life keeps bringing me back to this so cant fight it lol, success financially is another story, but Im not doing this for gold, still,want to be financially successful too otherwise cant keep doing it, but Im doing this for the right reasons, its my passion and love it and I love meeting people and helping them experience NZ the best way possible, it wont all be beer and skittles though no business is there is always hard work behind the scenes, and while we have put out some hard yards, will be many more to be secure thats the first goal!

    Establish the best word of mouth experiences possible looking after my guests and the rest they say is history. Look after the people and the rest will with good guidance no pun should take care of itself, but please any advice ideas support are totally welcome, you cant do these things on your own, so respect and welcome it cheers.

    Back to YOU haha

    Awesome you got your shock, and fork sounds like a smart plan a top fork still light and right up they're in performance 36v aye, reckon Fox should kept that in the 160 line up jmo, very popular fork here since its still light and best of the Fox forks imo.

    Even if you cant ride, you know the rules haha, Stripes post picc"s lots of them!

    Steady as she goes, you'll be back out they're ripping your new HD cause it will feel totally new and be awesome!

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    Dude welcome back!! Loving the new business and hopefully I get a chance to try it out.

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    Just for everyone there nothing bike related I cant help you with if you want, from accommodation to bikes to pickup or just enquire!


    One thing I would suggest though if you plan a trip to NZed to ride regardless if you do it on your own or catch up with me or others and don't feel bad if you do Ill help you anyway I can anyhoo if wanted.

    Bring your own bike and kit! Weather can do anything any time of year be prepared we are an island big one with big mountains and big coast lines its very different to big mainlands!

    Its the best scenario to maximise the riding here its very varied, more than anywhere else in a very short space of distance.

    In Qtown you can hire very good DH bikes to ride the DH bike park and thats the best plan, the HD in 160 or 160+ mode will handle it fine but its like any bike park pretty rough with breaking bumps.
    Note the DH while great and fun, is not the best riding to be had in Queenstown think of Whistler very similar best riding out of the park and amazing, I know this region like the back of my hand growing up theyre for 20 years riding the back country on Dirt-Bikes.


    Rest of NZ does not have high level of bikes for hire, some not bad but wont be like your Ibis. Here is not too bad, you can get a Specialised Enduro or mainly Stumpjumpers, or Yeti 575s!


    My plan long term is to have HDRs for hire probably not in this first year, its in my 2nd year plan!

    Sorry if over marketing haha its our Spring summer coming so getting info out for people to plan if they are thinking about it, now to April next year is open season.

    Dec to March best times but can be variable over November December weather wise could be hot, could snow in summer!
    Dec/Jan craziest prob most expensive periods and busiest for everyone. Feb/Mar most settled and hottest periods.

    Cheers everyone for the positive comments and support, spread the word and one day hope to meet you and maybe get the pleasure of taking you on one or many of my or your trips and trails!

    Mav
    Right got to kick the tires and light the fires for this week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post

    So check it out this is my new gig, my dream 20 odd years sitting at someone else's office looking out the window dreaming of doing this and finally a reality. Feel the fear and do it anyway, time to kick the tires and light the fires!

    TGB
    Its looking good Mav. Here are a few thoughts:

    Images! Picture. Thousand words. etc

    If it doesn't infringe any sort of copyright, I'd also suggest linking up to some of the great vids that exist of the riding. I know that Mountain Bike Australia have done 2-3 videos. Plus there are others that I saw on another site that are easily found when you Google Rotorua, MTB.

    In terms of the service, I think you're onto a great idea. You might be able to get some support from local businesses by providing some extras (e.g. suggested hire cars from Auckland to Rot, local accommodation, things like childminding facilities for visiting families, transport from Rot airport into town etc). By making the process of getting to YOU that much easier, you will become more attractive to your clients. By getting the support / buy in of the local businesses, you can potentially create a little extra income (advertising them on your www), leverage their expertise (they probably have a lot more experience in marketing, raising brand awareness etc) and you can request reciprocal business from them (you get advertised and recommended on by them).

    Of course the best thing to do now is organise a trip for a few of us, arrange a good quality film crew (local - get that reciprocal business happening) and do a day of filming with all of your IBIS mates slamming down Corridor, East Face, BRN2, Mad If Ya Don't etc. Put it up on here, Pinkbike, Vital, Enduro Mag etc. All that purpose coverage done that way you want it (like your trails) could be gold!! You could even see if IBIS themselves would like to chip in with...oh I don't know...... free specific IBIS riding t-shirts......

    Invite ACC, BL and Andrew Whiteford down for a summer holiday!

    Ok, just my02 worth ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by my02 View Post
    Its looking good Mav. Here are a few thoughts:

    Images! Picture. Thousand words. etc

    If it doesn't infringe any sort of copyright, I'd also suggest linking up to some of the great vids that exist of the riding. I know that Mountain Bike Australia have done 2-3 videos. Plus there are others that I saw on another site that are easily found when you Google Rotorua, MTB.

    In terms of the service, I think you're onto a great idea. You might be able to get some support from local businesses by providing some extras (e.g. suggested hire cars from Auckland to Rot, local accommodation, things like childminding facilities for visiting families, transport from Rot airport into town etc). By making the process of getting to YOU that much easier, you will become more attractive to your clients. By getting the support / buy in of the local businesses, you can potentially create a little extra income (advertising them on your www), leverage their expertise (they probably have a lot more experience in marketing, raising brand awareness etc) and you can request reciprocal business from them (you get advertised and recommended on by them).

    Of course the best thing to do now is organise a trip for a few of us, arrange a good quality film crew (local - get that reciprocal business happening) and do a day of filming with all of your IBIS mates slamming down Corridor, East Face, BRN2, Mad If Ya Don't etc. Put it up on here, Pinkbike, Vital, Enduro Mag etc. All that purpose coverage done that way you want it (like your trails) could be gold!! You could even see if IBIS themselves would like to chip in with...oh I don't know...... free specific IBIS riding t-shirts......

    Invite ACC, BL and Andrew Whiteford down for a summer holiday!

    Ok, just my02 worth ;-)
    All fantastic suggestions buddy and I will print this and keep it wth my bus plan just because it re-in forces whats in my plan and some other great ideas, piccs vids are coming, Im just past the crawling phase learning to walk and not trip over so its steady as she goes before I go I to sprinting!

    Flyer drop to local businesses soon, so last night was a meeting to 11pm sorting what paper to use, how its to be laid out, bus cards, Face book logo etc some edits to main page and layout of pages for images and vids!

    Then I look to extending it out to people you suggested and others, Im very big on business alignment and professional presentation even if its small less is often more in the beginning, great suggestions mate, it will bed constantly getting added to I promise you, got a wee trip next weekend get some piccs and maybe some vid, depend I'm moving at the same time, though Im currently fork less so thats a issue haha, could ride just the back wheel lol.

    My friend picked up her HDR last night too, reverse VP so def get that in those vids down the trails, it looks stunning btw, full Ibis build X01 large


    Cheers buddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    . Im currently fork less so thats a issue haha, could ride just the back wheel lol. Cheers buddy
    I'm getting a local shop to convert my Lyric SA into a coil with the DH cartridge. Can't wait to get my paws on it!! I'll loan you the 36s if you like when I'm pratting around with the Lyrics

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    Quote Originally Posted by my02 View Post
    I'm getting a local shop to convert my Lyric SA into a coil with the DH cartridge. Can't wait to get my paws on it!! I'll loan you the 36s if you like when I'm pratting around with the Lyrics
    Sic, cheers bro might take you up on that are you going to come over and and deliver I will show you around proper, my track is ready to ride btw!

    Will have a few other surprises for you too that will make you smile and smile, test out that new Lyrik.

    SP has been super cool trying to sort me out a solution, I went another rote cost was just too risky if only someone was travelling back to NZ via LA then be sweet.

    Ruddy shipping, customs Nazi"s, think my solution was just meant to be though!


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    awesome man...
    I was over there in '11' for the world cup and swung some riding in the redwoods...t'was bloody incredible! funnily enough my Mojo broke a rear axle the day before I flew out, so I took the tranny and loved it! coulda used the mojo travel to be sure...but still! have ridden all over the world, and rotovegas is still one of my faves- wish there had been something like you when I was there-and next time I come (prob next spring?!) will def hit you up...
    PS highlight of the trip? (apart from the riding?) watching the aussies beat the springboks on my birthday...hells yeah

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianthom View Post
    awesome man...
    I was over there in '11' for the world cup and swung some riding in the redwoods...t'was bloody incredible! funnily enough my Mojo broke a rear axle the day before I flew out, so I took the tranny and loved it! coulda used the mojo travel to be sure...but still! have ridden all over the world, and rotovegas is still one of my faves- wish there had been something like you when I was there-and next time I come (prob next spring?!) will def hit you up...
    PS highlight of the trip? (apart from the riding?) watching the aussies beat the springboks on my birthday...hells yeah
    Cheers ianthom it's exactly comments like this that I have run with this so thank you for the comments and support

    Yeah you can definitely still have plenty of fun on a hardtails no worries, so much more variety here now as well and some pretty special stuff thats sort of like the force if you believe it then it's they're if not they don't exist, but plenty of fantastic riding which many miss when they come here, even half an hour from RotoVegas, very different, an hour away can blow your mind too.

    What we have here is variety and what I want to show people who often travel here and miss all the good stuff, either by time constraints or no knowledge maybe heard about it but too hard.

    Even here in Redwoods I've taken guided people and they see the forest totally different and importantly ride more like they do on they're home trails so can enjoy it better or so I've been told anyway and that's always cool to hear and see the stoked faces.

    Queentowns a classic people fly in and all they do is the Gondola hill which is great if all you want to do is ride a bike park. Its fantastic place, but the best riding is all around that if you enjoy earning your ride, you will truly be blown away, I grew up in that region riding and still know it better than many who live they're now. Though always treasures to be found, what makes it so good, a few trails come together in recent times I need to ride this summer!

    Every year I want to run a Super tour, maybe a week? to 10days?

    Travel to various different locations link them up over that period and show people very different but equally awesome places and terrain to ride.

    Im planning one now for Dec, dependant on interest will include a Enduro, the only full face Enduro event in New Zealand!

    Check out the vid from last year

    Aussies beating the Springboks love it, nothing beats being in a good pub watching that bust up

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    Great to see the business, there is a ton of great suggestions from the peanut gallery here. For advertising in the kiwi market try and see if the magazines will run a competition or two with the guided tours as a prize. Having a press day or two where perhaps Avanti (chriss{at}sheppardcycles.com) have a product roll out day and you can guide the journos around will be another great introduction to TGB. Rotovegas has a great MTB asset and your service just adds value to it. Best of luck and I hope to get down there soon with the family and take a tour. Ibis rentals, wow! Kia Kaha Bro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwisimon View Post
    Great to see the business, there is a ton of great suggestions from the peanut gallery here. For advertising in the kiwi market try and see if the magazines will run a competition or two with the guided tours as a prize. Having a press day or two where perhaps Avanti (chriss{at}sheppardcycles.com) have a product roll out day and you can guide the journos around will be another great introduction to TGB. Rotovegas has a great MTB asset and your service just adds value to it. Best of luck and I hope to get down there soon with the family and take a tour. Ibis rentals, wow! Kia Kaha Bro!
    cheers buddy, thats some awesome ideas will def follow that up, I am taking a fairly conservative approach just because frustratingly some things are taking time, beyond my control but hope to have my FB page ready yesterday lol.

    If all goes well thats the plan, won't be a huge fleet, 4-6 max again I'm looking to be more about quality of riding and experience, experience will be very different to other guided tours! key being very flexible to you guys needs and wants! I'll be pulling along the barbe! it will be more like a group ride with friends than a trip and rush around, relaxed chill except the riding, but again it's what you want, I'll take you as high as you what to go, just no wine tours or rail trails.

    I have put my name down on a couple of ex demos when they come around they will surprise people, but will be awesome!

    So get back her buddy and well get you re-introduced to NZEd for sure, cheers for ideas and support again mate!

    I hopefully have a couple of booking over next few weekends, not confirmed yet, but if not I'll be off on a mission to some destinations listed and some new places to ramp it up

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    What the F... does all this have to do with Ibis bikes? Maybe you should take out an ad on MTBR if you want to promote your business?

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    Moved thread the (I think) the correct forum....

    please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Visit these 2 places to help advance trail access:
    http://www.sharingthepct.org/
    http://www.facebook.com/SharingThePct

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabrielus View Post
    What the F... does all this have to do with Ibis bikes?
    More bran might help that disposition trouble your having. That or more happy endings.

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