Greg Minnaar’s Carbon Nomad Stolen

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Greg Minnaar’s team bike was stolen yesterday May 18th and was last seen near San Jose, California.

Seen one of these?

The full story is up on the Santa Cruz website –



Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (15)

    It wasn’t me. That reminds me of as song I did…

    Rubbish news, hope there’s enough spares.

    1 – What are Santa Cruz doing about security ?
    2 – What are the thiefing tw@ts doing – knicking something like that ?
    3 – It’s CA = need for drug money rules all senses !

    Hope they get it back – a thing of beauty, if you like that sort of thing 😉

    bloody scousers 😀

    Its only easy to spot as a complete bike. Which it wont be for long.

    P.S. I hope they get it back and a trigger happy cop finds the thieving b******s.

    Is that triple crankset, how many Nomad riders have that set up?
    Sure it will be easy to spot that colour scheme even in the USA!

    Im guessing he only put his lock through the front wheel
    Elimentary mistake there Mr Minnaar 😉

    If the theives are reading this please drop me a line as I’d really like that bike 😉

    They thieves just don’t think. Mate of mine (, if anyone spots it) had this nicked a couple of weeks ago in Bristol. It’s not like it’s a common colour scheme, so it’ll be difficult to shift without being recoloured.

    A stripped camo nicolai, a rare bike indeed.

    Theievs that are taking high end bikes are that stupid. Its the reason very very few turn up.

    It’s a right ugly beast though, bet he sighed with releif when it was gone…

    Not acceptable though, you just don’t steal – I hope they get caught and justice is served cold to them!

    I why someone would want to buy a set of Apollo decals…

    you say this about being eaily identify-able, but STW had a very distinctive (urban camo IIRC) maverick stolen didn’t they…it was never heard of again.

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