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    Not sure if serious? 29er wins PRO GRT DH...

    Mitch Ropelato beats Aaron Gwin (among others) at Fontana DH Race on Stumpjumper 29.



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    There was a video of it (the last part of his run) posted on FB yesterday, i'll go look for it because I watched it. It was for sure a Stumpy 29"er and he was cookin'...



    Here it is, was on Specialized's FB page




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    Wow, this is cool news. Maybe this will lead to less "XXin wheel size is best", and cause people to find out which wheel size works best for themselves. Not holding my breath for that though.

    Interesting it was not aboard the new Enduro 29 too! If the old Stumpy 29 can best the Demo 8 in a DH test, what's left for the Enduro to accomplish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattgVT View Post
    Wow, this is cool news. Maybe this will lead to less "XXin wheel size is best", and cause people to find out which wheel size works best for themselves. Not holding my breath for that though.

    Interesting it was not aboard the new Enduro 29 too! If the old Stumpy 29 can best the Demo 8 in a DH test, what's left for the Enduro to accomplish?
    Well, as they say, it's not about the bike, it's about the rider..

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    This pleases me immensely. Not because it was a 29er, but because it was a Stumpy no less. If it was a Camber I'd be even happier; an Epic, I would crap my pants with glee

    ...he should up the ante and run his next race on a Carve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max24 View Post
    Well, as they say, it's not about the bike, it's about the rider..
    Very true, and I'm not trying to downplay Ropelatos skill at all. But he did beat the reigning champ...

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    Iv'e raced there. It's more like an ant hill, then a DH.
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    Maybe that race wasn't hardcore enough to require DH bike and something lighter/faster was best...especially on that flat section there in that vid.

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    Thank jeebus it wasn't a 650B/24" hybrid...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zephxiii View Post
    Maybe that race wasn't hardcore enough to require DH bike and something lighter/faster was best...especially on that flat section there in that vid.
    Believe me, I've been there, this is 100% the case. The race is literally held on the only hill in Fontana. Even California speedway, just a few miles away, is higher then this hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Even California speedway, just a few miles away, is higher then this hill.
    Higher *than* this hill. THAN. FOR GOD'S SAKE PEOPLE, THE WORD IS THAN. THAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!

    X is higher than Y.

    If X happens, then Y happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dokhan View Post
    Higher *than* this hill. THAN. FOR GOD'S SAKE PEOPLE, THE WORD IS THAN. THAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!

    X is higher than Y.

    If X happens, then Y happens.

    Sorry.
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    Not sure if serious? 29er wins PRO GRT DH...

    Quote Originally Posted by dokhan View Post
    Higher *than* this hill. THAN. FOR GOD'S SAKE PEOPLE, THE WORD IS THAN. THAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!

    X is higher than Y.

    If X happens, then Y happens.

    Sorry.
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    How does this track compare to Sea Otter on a relative basis?
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    the DH course at Fontana is WAY steeper, rougher and more dangerous (note orange fence) than anything at the Sea Otter for about 1 minute at the top. Then it is WAY flatter and WAY more pedaling on the bottom half and that section you see in the video is actually up hill, then it levels out and around the corner is a 'flatter rock section' after that it is a very very flat and long and painful to pin it all the way to finish. Mitch is super fit to say the least as he had to really dig deep along the wall to best a super man like Aaron, those guys in motion are motor-cycles.

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    ^ accurate description. There's a couple areas along "the wall", Fontana's infamous pedally section, which turn off to the right to hit some rocky sections, to split up the pedally section a little.

    Fontana's DH and SD courses changes each race, but typically, the only part that changes is the first technical half, before the road crossing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8xin View Post
    You gotta have some skills to handle that top piece on that Stumpy 29er!

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    Not that this would make that much difference to a rider like Ropelato, but it was on the EVO version of the Stumpy as opposed to the regular version. Regardless, impressive win for sure, and it has been so fun reading the "kids" comments on PinkBike too! All the little shredders and 29er haters are in a tizzy over this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder View Post
    You gotta have some skills to handle that top piece on that Stumpy 29er!
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    ^ the dog is laughing because he knows the internet will be in an uproar after these pics surface
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Proof we need a Lyrik 29er, or equal WB Who says 32mm stanchions and 15mm axles aren't enough tho, I have the same fork and I'm gonna give it a thrashing at Trestle this summer.

    I was actually refering to that top super chunk section with the plank drop, OTBville for mere mortals especially on a 29er trail bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder View Post
    Proof we need a Lyrik 29er, or equal WB
    I dunno what Rock Shox is brewing up, but I know a guy who knows a guy that works at WB and he says they'll be showing something bigger at Sea Otter.
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    That's good to hear, I'd be interested in a beefier front end for some days. Swap out the fork, put on a 50mm stem, 8" rotor and 2.5 DHF's front/rear.

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