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    How fast can you ride on your AM bike ?

    I have a 09 HECKLER the top speed I can ride on the trail is 33 miles/H Is this fast enough ? Share yours

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    Specialized enduro 17mph :\ on level asphalt

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    How do you know your speed?

    AM bikes don't have computers/speedometers. Are you sure your not on your XC bike ?

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    I have a GPS and will show you the top speed

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    Speed totally depends on location.
    (I am pretty sure 33MPH is fast enough for me on trails: 40 MPH on a street makes me feel pretty vulnerable)

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    my GPS sometimes shows momentary speeds (and altitudes) that cannot be quite right, when I look at the locations where I am supposed to have achieved those numbers. Others have noted that, according to their GPS, they should have no trouble keeping up with Air Force fast jets...
    Last edited by perttime; 02-19-2009 at 12:12 AM.

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    54mph on my Stumpy (not AM, but I had to share). Downhill on an asphalt section of the 100km Epic in Toowoomba, Australia. My g/f was right next to me trying to beat me to the bottom.

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    7 mph with a beer in my left hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppp2520
    I have a 09 HECKLER the top speed I can ride on the trail is 33 miles/H Is this fast enough ? Share yours
    33mph on level dirt is pretty good, , and on a downhill maybe fine depending on the terrain.

    Is it fast enough for what?

    On a smooth fireroad, about 20% slope I've hit about 50mph a few times. I've felt more comfortable at speed on a long travel full sus than I have on a XC hardtail.
    It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.

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    39.5mph on a fire road down hill when i had a big chain ring(only time i ever used it) 35.1mph on same road with a bash guard.
    28.5 Mph max on the single track.
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    I've done 46 on asphalt on a pretty steep downhill, pretty scary. On dirt I dont think I've ever done more than 30 or so...

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    HAH! i have i have hit just under 60mph on my trail/xc bike about 6 years ago. well it was on a very long steep dirt road. i was in an XC race in socorro NM and the race was to climb and then decend this 6.5 mile hill. there was no tech at all. all power on the way up and see how long you can not use your brakes on the way down.

    i will say that pretty much scared me ****less. i have hit 45-50 many time on the street hills near may house and i have hit over 40 before on some of the local trails on some of the downhills, on flat i max out about 27 mph or so and i blow myself up really fast doing that.

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    In 1985 a few of us cut loose from the ride leaders and rode our bikes back down the mount washington road in new hampshire usa after racing up it...i timed myself which took ten minutes to descend...the road is six miles long...they say it is a 15% grade...mostly paved with some dirt sections...switched backed to handle the elevation which is one mile difference...i could smell my own wheel bearings burning on that 83 stumpjumper and the brakes of the cars in and around me as i weaved my way down...6miles in 10 minutes doesn't that equal 60 mile per hour...that's gotta be one of my craziest dumb things i have ever done...local officials passed a law right after that bikes are not allowed to descend mount washington...so i got the last shot at it and get to tell the story...other riders who were more cautious and used their brakes flatted out because the rims heated up and melted the inner tubes all the way around...what a day that was...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tread Mark
    ...6miles in 10 minutes doesn't that equal 60 mile per hour.

    60 mph would be 6 miles in 6 minutes... or 1 mile/minute

    You were doing about 36 mph...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsavage
    60 mph would be 6 miles in 6 minutes... or 1 mile/minute

    You were doing about 36 mph...
    thanks mt, that's more like it...my confidence was not with my first guess-ta-mate...how about if it was 8 miles in 10 minutes.???i can double check but i'm thinking that it was eight miles long...
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    On the trails?? not very much...
    Riding back home I've hit 50 lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tread Mark
    thanks mt, that's more like it...my confidence was not with my first guess-ta-mate...how about if it was 8 miles in 10 minutes.???i can double check but i'm thinking that it was eight miles long...
    Simple math, come on man! 8 miles divided by .1666 hrs = x mph....thought I read bikes weren't allowed on that road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba74
    7 mph with a beer in my left hand
    Now that's impressive.

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    39 mph on a downhill road, huge slope. I want more.

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    with 44-11 gears - IN OHIO (where there are no mtns) - 46 mph on a golf course cart path at night. Missed a turn and slid about 60 ft. on my hip before a rotten log stopped me like an exploding hay bail.

    Not AM, but 48 on the tandem on pavement (wife quit pedaling) - 28 at Bear Creek, GA.

    There's nothing steep enough around here to go any faster - you make yourself as small as possible and you can still feel a cushion of air holding you up. It feels like the hairs are going to blow off your legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marzjennings
    33mph on level dirt is pretty good,
    It's almost too impressive if you watch this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8nj-ry4vKE
    Some olympic roadie got up to 31mph top speed.

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    48 on steep fireroad. no brakes, pinned with bugs gettin lodged in my teeth
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    40 mph on dirt(unknown terrain and very steep) or 55 mph on road (nothing steeper and straighter)

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    About 1985 on my almost brand new Allez (I say almost because I crashed it within 30 seconds of my very first ride on it. hahaha) coming back from Yosemite I passed our sag car and he said he was going 50. Young, dumb and not even a helmet.

    Now that I'm old and still dumb on the dirt probably 20-30, but these are great topics to exaggerate or down right lie so I can do 45 on tight single track. I'm the best and you all suck.

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    Just remembered - my computer went haywire when I was riding a powerline -
    it said 128 mph, so it must be true.

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    22 on flat road.... not that fast...

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    Does anyone know what speed it would take to melt a standard mtb tire? Im guess around 120-200 or so?
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    210km/h 130MPH didn't seem to melt the tyres of this guy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE-za2v8XPM

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    How do you know your speed?

    AM bikes don't have computers/speedometers. Are you sure your not on your XC bike ?

    Ummmmmmmm......your kidding right ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by longcat
    Does anyone know what speed it would take to melt a standard mtb tire? Im guess around 120-200 or so?
    The other day I was going 666mph and my tires didn't melt..........it was weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikinfoolferlife
    Simple math, come on man! 8 miles divided by .1666 hrs = x mph....thought I read bikes weren't allowed on that road?
    hey bffl, thanks for the formula...that comes out to 48 mph average with no suspension...as i said in my previous post this is back in 1985 before bikes became off limits to riding down...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppp2520
    I have a 09 HECKLER the top speed I can ride on the trail is 33 miles/H Is this fast enough ? Share yours
    Why is it you go "33" and then I want a Rolling Rock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJensen
    48 on steep fireroad. no brakes, pinned with bugs gettin lodged in my teeth
    Not to mention horse sh!t
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    Quote Originally Posted by longcat
    Does anyone know what speed it would take to melt a standard mtb tire? Im guess around 120-200 or so?
    This guy's carbon fiber bike gave out before his wheels or tires did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLRDRzMWIsg
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    I tell myself not to exceed about 25/30mph unless I have a full set of pads and a back protector. But to be honest I have no idea how fast I did go on a few adventure races, I was not using a computer. It felt fast.

    On a race near Yosemite I was flying down some paved road and some bee (or something) hit me in the chest - I had a jersey zipper open - and stung me. I almost fell off, that was damn painful. Had a huge welt after that. I was solo, so I could have been screwed for good if I went off road and got knocked out. Good reminder that some rather odd thing may happen.

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    In this point of that trail, my best speed was 36miles... on asphalt, 48, but was 30%

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    Damn, you guys are fast.. I top out at 20 on my trails, flat and no big gear.

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    50 pinkbike mph on singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David9999999
    Damn, you guys are fast.. I top out at 20 on my trails, flat and no big gear.
    Shhh. Don't tell but some are likely exaggerating... a lot. Right after this post they'll claim they're not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knutso
    This guy does 130mph
    That's sick. The highest speed I have ever reached by myself was around 150mph according to my skydiving computer, and 130mph is a regular freefall.

    There was a discussion going on whether anybody can land a birdman suit without opening his parachute. I bet it should be less painful then falling off that bike - birdman goes under 100mph, with a 2:1 glide ration, or around that...

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    36 on singletrack and 48 on a road bike. Knees were definitely starting to wobble on the road ride.

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    AM averages...

    Average fastest speed on dirt is 37mph (60km/h).

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    Ludicrous speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D34ThL0rd69
    50 pinkbike mph on singletrack.
    ....LOL......you were pulling a wheelie at the same time of course

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1
    This guy's carbon fiber bike gave out before his wheels or tires did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLRDRzMWIsg
    The confidence of carbon.
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    Carbon is a fad.
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