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    Cone Mountain Singletrack

    So I just finished building up a new 2010 Rocky Mountain Slayer.

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    Had a great first ride today, here's the highlights.



    Who the heck would slo-mo a 6 inch jump?! ME. Haha
    Pretty similar to my last video but I think I'm getting a lot faster on the technical spots. I love living so close to sweet single track!

    Here's a question for you DH/FR guys:
    I'm shuttling with GnarGnar next weekend at SoMo (my first time).
    I know the trails are more geared for 7-8 inch bikes but any suggestions on how to setup the Slayer for Geronimmo?
    -obviously drop the seatopst.
    -should I lower the sag on the fork and shock?
    -any other ideas?
    Thanks in advance

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    Don't lower the pressure, you don't want it bottoming out and "stalling" you, possibly causing endos and damaged equipment. It may seem like it's "too springy", but when you go faster if it's set to sag excessively it's not going to keep up with the bumps and pack up/bottom, possibly launching you off the bike.

    Damping kind of depends on how elaborate your shock/fork is. Most of the simpler shocks and forks (not Fox "RC", "Mission Control", "RC3 evo", etc) should be set fairly fast as far as compression, otherwise it will tend to spike a lot on the rocks, but it's going to feel this way no matter what to some excent. With a higher end compression circuit you should be able to increase the low speed compression damping more to prevent diving and help engage the high speed, although this may feel "harsh" at lower speeds and you may or may not be riding the speeds/agressively enough to where it really helps. Rebound should probably be medium. The faster you go, the faster you want it to go, and that's actually not an adjustment you can make, the rebound adjuster is usually for slow-speed rebound, and setting it at a "moderate" setting is usually right. Some forks lack the more elaborate rebound circuit though and have to be set up fairly "fast", otherwise they pack up in repetative hits.

    The short version: With simpler shocks and forks, run them "faster". With higher end stuff you can increase the low speed damping because the high speed circuits are tuned/designed to work well and handle the seperate realm of high speed. Lower end/simpler stuff is usually more "overall" in terms of the adjustments.

    Don't skimp on air pressure in your tires! Nothing sucks more than blowing out a tire and denting a rim/trashing a wheel.

    You need a bashguard, you can probably pick one up fairly inexpensively and replace the big ring.

    Your derailer is also VERY exposed for south mountain. The long cage hangs down and can easily hit rocks, not to mention how far out those older shimano derailers stick out. Although I've gone to SoMo with those older derailers, I usually do not do the trails like Holbert and Geronimo on said bike. The combination of speed and rocks makes the derailer an easy target, and more than once we've gone back up the hill and there is NO trace of the derailer that ripped off not 15 seconds ago.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    wheres this trail at that you just rode? Care to take me along?? PM me the location if you dont mind.

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    I second the high pressure in the tires...flats on 100 degree days suck. As for suspension, a little more compression and rebound is good to keep you recovering from the constant hits that these trails provide. A bash ring is good too cause you'll never be in the big big ring. Somo doesn't allow super fast speeds. As for deraillurs...ladys SOMO has a taste for the delicacy that is our drive train...just be very careful and she won't take a bite out of you. If she does...I've rode both Geronimo and Holbert sans chain and it's really fun

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    Is Cone Mountain out by Pima / Dynamite ? Looks like a trail we use to call 'Murphy's Trail' when we were able to ride dirt bikes in the area.

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    just found the map! thanks for the vid!

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    Yes this is the Cone Mountain next door to Slant Mountain off Pima & Dynamite.
    80% of the video is on trail #15 heading from north to south.
    Trail map:
    http://singletrack.us/gallery/displa...319&fullsize=1


    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Any ideas on where to find a 32-34t bashgurd locally?
    Also I've got a full face helmet and knee/shin guards but no elbow protection. Is this worth buying for a one time SoMo visit?

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    it could be better than the hospital bill that somo can dish out to the inexperienced
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of
    arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imsorrywhat View Post
    Yes this is the Cone Mountain next door to Slant Mountain off Pima & Dynamite.
    80% of the video is on trail #15 heading from north to south.
    Trail map:
    http://singletrack.us/gallery/displa...319&fullsize=1


    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Any ideas on where to find a 32-34t bashgurd locally?
    Also I've got a full face helmet and knee/shin guards but no elbow protection. Is this worth buying for a one time SoMo visit?
    One time SoMo visit? I did not know there could be such a thing! If you are local you will have to come back. SoMo is addictive.

    Cactus Bikes will likely have a bash guard for you. They have a shop very close to the Pima park entrance near Elliot and 48th St.

    If you are shuttling or hitting the gnarlier stuff, elbow and forearm protection seems worthwhile (to me). Depends on your skill level, aversion to crashing, and how much you value your skin. For me $40-50 is worth it. I detest being denied riding due to injury so I use that as input to my investment in protection.

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    Well I ordered these elbow/ arm guards

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/206...7%20THESE0.htm

    Hopefully there not on crazy sale because they crazy suck. Haha

    Also ordered a 36t MRP bash guard.
    My middle ring is currently a 32t, is this going to be a problem?

    As for my one time trip to SoMo. I'm at the border of Scottsdale and Carefree and an hour + drive to the SoMo trail head.
    I'm allotted very little time to ride let alone drive and ride with a newborn. So as for now SoMo is for special occasions (fathers day). Im getting super stoked watching every YouTube Geronimo has to offer.

    Anyone else on here heading up there on Saturday?
    It would be cool to put MTBR handles to faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHNIPE View Post
    just found the map! thanks for the vid!
    care to share? I am thinking about hitting that one of these mornings!
    Find a ride on FB> AZ MTB

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem View Post
    care to share? I am thinking about hitting that one of these mornings!
    It's the map I linked to 5 posts up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imsorrywhat View Post
    It's the map I linked to 5 posts up.
    Could certainly be me or my laptop- but I am not seeing it!
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    got it and now it is showing the link on the other post. Weird...
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    Quote Originally Posted by imsorrywhat View Post
    Well I ordered these elbow/ arm guards

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/206...7%20THESE0.htm



    Hopefully there not on crazy sale because they crazy suck. Haha
    So long as they stay put when you eject from the bike they will be a well spent $20.


    Quote Originally Posted by imsorrywhat View Post
    Also ordered a 36t MRP bash guard.
    My middle ring is currently a 32t, is this going to be a problem?
    That will be perfect. Eventually you may swap out that 32T for a 36T and the bash will still be just fine. I run 36/22 on the heavier bike and 36/24 on the lighter one which works well for the riding I do.

    Enjoy your SoMo Saturday.

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    Thats the one I mentioned Cory. Found it just before I got it in a pm from the Op.

    Also for the record. Im not too far from you and my buddy comes from Surprise to pick me up so we can ride Somo. His commute is farther and hes a Somo addict too. Ride it once.. youll be back. Consider yourself warned. Save the gas money now!

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    Nice lookin' bike!
    Nice vid too!

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