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    Rode Skunk Hollow today. Almost all dry, save for a few muddy/watery spots that are easy enough to ride through. Only one large downed tree that is pretty easy to go under.

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    Here is the video I shot of Sweetwater & Salmon Falls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B1KER View Post
    Here is the video I shot of Sweetwater & Salmon Falls.

    What hub do you have? that thing is crazy loud!
    Sometimes you eat the trail, sometimes the trail eats you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Widgeontrail View Post
    What hub do you have? that thing is crazy loud!
    sounds like an I9 hub

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    Yep, i9. I'm thinking I'm going to rebuild the wheels with different hubs and brakes. I totally hate the brakes. So annoying. That's what was on the bike when I bought it (used) and it was such a good deal there was no way I could let it pass. For YouTube it seems to be a little distracting. Some people love it, some people hate it. I think overall people won't b*tch about there not being a hub sound though.
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    I love my i9's, who needs a bear bell with a a nest of angry bees chasing you! I'd agree though they aren't the best for YouTube (though a little hub noise does give the viewer an idea of when you're coasting/pumping vs peddling bursts on the trail/dh) but I'm not really a fan of totally silent hubs.

    I have heard that freshly greased i9's are noticeably quieter and they tend to get louder as they get drier.

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    Rode Auburn today and it was really good.

    We did Clementine -> brief part of Connector to Foresthill Rd -> Eastside -> Stonewall + Rocky -> Confluence.

    Everything was ripping! little puddles here and there but nothing bad. Im sure the flatter trails (culvert) are still terrible.

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    Terribly jealous thx for the report

    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    Rode Auburn today and it was really good.

    We did Clementine -> brief part of Connector to Foresthill Rd -> Eastside -> Stonewall + Rocky -> Confluence.

    Everything was ripping! little puddles here and there but nothing bad. Im sure the flatter trails (culvert) are still terrible.

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    Anyone have the scoop on salmon falls/darrington? Is it drying out yet?

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    Yes, any update on Salmon Falls and also Forest Hill divide trail? Looking to ride this weekend!

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    I just hit up Salmon falls with a little of SFART. Things are looking good, get out and get some!

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    May update on Forest Hill divide trail status?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buggymancan View Post
    May update on Forest Hill divide trail status?
    Rode it this morning. Only the road sections are crappy. Otherwise I don't think you'd be doing any more damage than has already been done. Right down the middle folks, lets not make it any wider than it already is.......
    Connector is good and Stonewall is drying out a bit finally.

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    I did an inspection lap of the annual Cool race course yesterday (race is next Sunday) on the Olmstead Loop in Cool and I was expecting biblical muddy conditions, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how overall dry it was (especially the first half of the course).

    The course is 'wet' for sure, but it is not that muddy if that makes sense. The first half before the Knickerbocker creek crossing is super dry. Just a handful of puddles and wet spots, some are avoidable, others aren't but generally you just splash right through.

    Knickerbocker Creek is LOW. The lowest it has been for the race in 2 years maybe. Past two years I was dismounting and running through knee to thigh deep water. Yesterday, it was slightly more than tire deep...easy. And the climb out is good.

    After the climb out of the creek the course definitely has more runoff on it than the first half, but for a lot of it, the ground is firm underneath. So you're splashing, but you're not slogging through mud or grinding up bike parts like at GB.

    The big bog at the base of the last climb with the yellow house at the top is pretty dry. Just one puddle to splash through after the wooden bridge, and the bog itself is dry. Last year it was like churning through sludge.

    And then at the end of the lap, the crowd pleasing water trap is very easy to navigate through. Not bad at all, unless you decide to go right through the middle......

    Anyway, I hope people turn out for this race. It's been going for something like 24 years, and in my opinion, despite being less singletrack, it is more a better 'race' course than laps and laps and laps at Granite Bay. It is certainly harder, and it is certainly more "mountain bikey" in my opinion.

    The descents are pretty fun. The rains have made them chunkier and there are some new deeper ruts to keep you on your toes. Really got to keep your eyes up and scanning the trail far ahead when you get moving.....
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