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    Stromlo tyre choice Trip notes and vids added!

    Hey, I am getting a week to ride Stromlo and a few days at Buller from Bxing day on, woohoo!

    I own the following tyres, what should I use front and or rear? Riding a Rush and looking for fast, flowing trails, rather than full on DH.
    Eskar (Secialized)
    Nevegal
    Rendez
    Monorail
    Small block 8
    Crossmark

    Advice appreciated as have not ridden there before, cheers, Dave.
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    I like round ones with knobs

    From that list ive only ever used the crossmark which works well there. Anything similar to that will be fine, there are a few rocks so nothing too light. I normally just run what ive got and ive never had a problem.

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    Both places I like something that's wide and fast rolling. Decent air volume so you can use lower pressure to optimise grip with low knobs. I really liked 2.2" Continental Race Kings at Stromlo. Based on that I'd go with Small Block 8's from your list.

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    Cheers, was thinking SB8 on the back and the Nevegal on the front, there is a post on The Berm forum that suggest this combo.

    To be honest I would be happy on slicks, a week of riding new trails... woohoo!! Three of us are flying over from the West, did I mention we are just riding trails all week? Woohoo!

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    Have a good trip.

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    Nev front, x-mark rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleDuck View Post
    Nev front, x-mark rear.
    Crossmark rear and Ignitor front, the drift in the rear works on Stromlo and the Ignitor bites through the loose stuff, especially after the rain we've had.

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    +1 for ignitor

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    wish i had that many tires to chose from

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    Stromlo Buller trip notes

    Thanks for the tyre input, after all that I used Neo-Motos front and rear as my 650b wheels arrived in time. Anyhoo, for the record…

    Arrived late Monday night in Canberra with the bikes and a box of bike racks, QANTAS charged an extra $20 each way for the bikes.

    Tuesday morning built up the bikes and put the racks on the i30 and we hit Stromlo. We rode just about everything on the front side, up ABC and Cockatoo then Skyline, Breakout, Double dissolution, Party line being the standouts. Stromlo is a really impressive set up and I recommend riding it with more than a quick cheese sandwich in the tank!

    Early next day with a car load of food we hit Stromlo again and just rode the wheels off. We met Anton from Swell Racing showing a few guys around and he generously invited us to join the train.
    Stromlo - YouTube
    After some food we hit sparrow hill and rode the Orchard road 14k course marked out nicely. This is a really flowy and smooth circuit, Kowalski, Circle work… loads of fun with hardly noticeable climbing. Nice.
    Orchard Rd - YouTube
    Next morning we were met at Sparrow by Paul Cole who showed us around the trails on the other side of the road. It was awesome to have such a legendary tour guide to show us the trails and give us the run down on the local area. Cheers Paul.

    5:30 start this morning we headed over to Mt Buller, arrived about lunch dropped some gear at the Lodge and headed out to Stonefly. Gang Gangs was a hoot and a good start after I put my fork back together! The over Silk Road and the up and up and around the switchback of Stonefly. A challenging climb but not as hard as it could be when you look at the size of the hills, I must admit I was feeling pretty worried on the drive up the hill watching all the roadies grinding up the blacktop.

    Stonefly terrain is really grippy, very nice surface to ride on, even a bit of front wheel drift happening from yours truly, woohoo. There are rocks but seemingly only on the climb! Which of course brings me to the “fly” part of the name, although we did fly down the amazing descent all too quickly it is the bird-like biting March Flies that give the name, fantastic motivation to keep moving! Stonefly berms are sweet-as.
    Stonefly et al - YouTube
    We grinded up silk road and then took a wrong turn and ended up up the bottom of misty twisty, so missing the switch back descent, we were then faced with a pretty hard slog up tight switchback to the junction of Misty and Corn Hill. Don’t make that mistake! All was forgiven on the Corn Hill descent however, for my money this was the bargain of the trip, the climb wasn’t a killer but the descent was the business, I could ride that track all day.
    Corn Hill - YouTube
    Next day we thought a day-off was in order, a day-off climbing that is, so we scored a day pass to the lift and hit Copperhead. First run I came to the big berm at the bottom of the fire road and looked down the road a saw a straight, letting go I hit warp speed just as I realised the track actually dropped down to the left, I will leave the rest to your imagination but sore shoulder and a light concussion notwithstanding it was all good.

    Copperhead is pretty sketchy in parts the surface is more like the loose gravel back here in the West, the bottom section is the payoff though, rolling jumps and doubles with trees on each turn keeps it real, and there is the lift back up, I am definitely buying one of those for the hill back home! Lifts rock! 16 runs for the day.
    Copperhead - YouTube
    Next morning early we hit out the trails out to Stonefly again, found the climb at stonefly a little easier today, maybe my climbing switchback technique was improving? This is a great trail but it is a little out of town with a few options like Misty Twist on the way back: so the guys we saw heading out with one water bottle each were pushing it I feel, take enough gear for four hours away from Buller.

    Back to Buller and packed the car then headed over to Klingsporn. You HAVE to do this trail: it is mind altering. Reasonably straight, as in straight down for about half an hour! We cooked our brakes all the way to Mirimbah. The speed that was on tap whenever the brakes were let go was jut amazing, and the drop down to the river was equally arresting! Mirimbah have a shuttle back up to Buller and riding this trail all day would either rearrange the synapses in your brain forever, or rearrange some trees. After the one unscathed run we scuttled off back to Canberra.
    Klingsporn - YouTube
    Having been allowed a sleep in we hit the Queanbeyan pump track for a laugh and then out to Orchard road for some flow, my only flat for the trip, front and back simultaneously on a smooth trail??

    That afternoon we tried Mt Majura, had trouble finding the flow, not marked so I think we climbed some downhill trails and dropped down some climbs but the rollers in and out of the deep stream beds were a hoot. The A line gap jump took us a little by surprise…
    Mt Majura - YouTube
    Next morning was an early out at Stomlo, our last day and some repeat runs down Double Dissolution and Skyline. Chatting to the crew it struck us that everyone was so friendly and so many invited us along to show us around, including two friendly guys we were chatting to just before we left, one of whom introduced him self as Dylan, (I am almost certain he was Dylan Cooper.) Riding up the hill with Dylan Cooper? LOL, that was a close call!

    Bikes back in boxes and back on the plane that night, I think we got a fair bit in. Heaps more to ride, the list of recommendations that we got as must-rides went on and on, maybe next year?
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    I've used Crossmark rear and Rendez front. They work great except Stromlo can often get eroded due to rain leaving sharp rocks and I get the occasional pinch-flat in the Crossmarks.

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    Haven't had a chance to watch all of the videos yet but it looks like a kickass trip!!!

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    Local Canberra speedsters Bec and Ben Henderson have been loving Rubena Scylla's out at Stromlo. The tyres have only just become available in Australia so ask the LBS about them. Made in Czech Republic with input from Jaroslav Kulhavy. I've not ridden Stromlo on them but they're performing admirably in Melbourne. I got the 29x2.25 tubeless variety and they were underweight at 602 and 609 grams (claimed 640).

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    thanks for that TR, sounds like an incredible ride holiday.. got to do more of this for sure!

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    Anything with a decent sidewall. I had three flats in one lap on a conti racesport, but have had any with the protection version.

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