Dream job // Kiran MacKinnon is the Santa Cruz suspension test rider
Kiran MacKinnon is a human dyno. When Santa Cruz Bicycles needs to test, experiment and validate suspension then Kiran is the one of the main people they call on to do that work.
Not only is he an extremely talented bike rider and incredibly knowledgeable about suspension, but he can actually interpret and translate what he’s feeling in a way that he can communicate to the rest of the SC engineering team. This enables them to cross-reference the data they’ve collected with real life, on-trail experience to build better bikes and provide the right setup for the riders.
Santa Cruz is constantly refining its VPP suspension as well as the damping tunes shocks they spec on their bikes in order to make sure these bikes ride really, really good. This short film should give you some insight into the way the brand works and the people that do the work to make your rides better.