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    Lets reflect back on our 2013 MTB Season

    I thought this would be fun as this time of year I am always thinking about what did and didn't go well for the year, and looking forward to and setting goals for the next.

    Three Questions:

    Without much thought, briefly tell us about one ride that stands out from this year?

    What was your best upgrade to your bike or gear this year?

    Did you get and new bike and if so what was it?
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    Lets reflect back on our 2013 MTB Season-401-trail.jpgStand out ride is the wife (no she's not a Clyde) and I doing the 401 trail for the first time.

    Upgrades a pushed shock and used KS Lev post both are sweet.

    New well used bike is a Session 88 on the UPS truck today. Is it June yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bald Clyde View Post
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ID:	856044Stand out ride is the wife (no she's not a Clyde) and I doing the 401 trail for the first time.

    Upgrades a pushed shock and used KS Lev post both are sweet.

    New well used bike is a Session 88 on the UPS truck today. Is it June yet?
    Nice! I brought my wife on 401 for the first time this year, she loved it! My first time was way back in 1991.

    Best Ride.. Whistler!! without a doubt hitting the Dwayne Johnson line

    Best Upgrade.. Cane Creek Double Barrel

    New bike in 13.. 13 Demo 8 1.5

    Can't wait for 2014
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    For me:

    Memorable Ride.. Shuttling the Rio en Medio trail (Santa Fe) twice in one day last spring. When we were done with the ride the whole crew sat in the awesome southwest sun for an hour or two drinking beers and shooting the **** in no hurry to go anywhere.

    Best upgrade: 30t Race Face Narrow Wide chain ring on my Enduro. Its a game changer, ditched a lot of parts with this simple effective chain ring.

    New bike: Surly Cross Check. Urban cross rides are now a big part of my cycling.

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    Another memorable ride, the Karma bike for Kristian.

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    Memorable Ride: So many... This one stands out Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Dirty Century DNF Lollipop near Durango | Times and Records | Strava looking at storms up on the ridge, miles of exposure, legs and mind already shelled, retreat, some of the most beautiful trail ever, regret....

    Calm before the (literal) storm.
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    Best upgrade: 9 additional gears, there I said it.

    New bike: Not yet, soon...

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    Big year...

    Huge year, 2013:
    First New Bike/First 29er+
    2nd New Bike/First time attending Yeti Tribe Gathering
    First time riding in Crested Butte
    First time riding lift assisted downhill
    First time riding in Telluride
    First 3000+ mile year on 2 wheels
    First time building a wheel
    First big crash and facial scar (technically 2nd facial scar, but first really visible one)
    First time riding all of the Kokopelli Trail in one trip
    First time under 200 pounds since High School

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    The correct number of bikes one should own is N+1, where N is the number of bikes currently owned.

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    Shoot, I should actually answer the questions.

    The One Ride would be the trip to Telluride for Tribe Gathering, no question. Epic trails out there, and a fantastic time overall.

    Best upgrade has to be the Lefty fork on the Krampus. The bike's stupid fast and grippy already, adding front suspension just makes it dangerous in the best way possible.

    Ordered the Krampus before the release date the Yeti SB-95c was announced. Then Yeti got their act together and a well timed but unexpected influx of cash got me one of the first ones on the front range. They're both incredible bikes. The Krampus makes trails the Yeti would be overkill for fun, the Yeti makes high alpine and chunder a blast.
    The correct number of bikes one should own is N+1, where N is the number of bikes currently owned.

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    12 Hrs of Mesa Verde - best ride of the year - maybe my best day on a bike ever.

    BME Keystone - honorable mention.

    Best upgrade...feeling pretty inadequate here....new set of Xt pedals?

    New bike? Nah, still trying to wear out the ones I have.

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    The standout ride for me was Section 16 in 6" of fresh snow with Tennubs, P_Dubs and JSJ3881. A close second was the first ride of the Karma bike though. Edit: the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde was pretty friggen cool too. You know it has been a good year when you can list off a couple dozen amazing rides.

    Best bike upgrade was ENVE rims. That's an easy answer because it was the only upgrade I did this year--they do make a very noticeable difference and now I want carbon wheels on every bike.

    This was a year of transition for me, and I transitioned to four (!) new bikes during the year. I am super stoked about each of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsj3831 View Post
    12 Hrs of Mesa Verde - best ride of the year - maybe my best day on a bike ever.

    BME Keystone - honorable mention.

    Best upgrade...feeling pretty inadequate here....new set of Xt pedals?

    New bike? Nah, still trying to wear out the ones I have.

    Jack, I never sent you this picture, but feel it really captures your spirit from the 12hrs of Mesa Verde race back in May.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hirschmj View Post
    Huge year, 2013:
    First New Bike/First 29er+
    2nd New Bike/First time attending Yeti Tribe Gathering
    First time riding in Crested Butte
    First time riding lift assisted downhill
    First time riding in Telluride
    First 3000+ mile year on 2 wheels
    First time building a wheel
    First big crash and facial scar (technically 2nd facial scar, but first really visible one)
    First time riding all of the Kokopelli Trail in one trip
    First time under 200 pounds since High School

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    "Be in the truck"
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    This is what I like reading! And not far off of mine...

    Most memorable day for me way a random day end of the year at Keystone. Raining all through CO, crappy all around. Left Denver in a thick cloud, raining by the foothills, HEAVY rain all the way up and over Loveland pass. 5 miles from keystone the clouds broke, partially cloudy with spots of rain that never hit me once for the entire day. Trails were beautiful, tacky and fast and had an amazing day.

    I got a lot of new parts. Most notable would be the dropper post. Like the cell phone or automobile, I seriously wonder how we got by without this before..

    2 new bikes this year, Jedi and The ONE, sponsorship thanks to Canfield Bros

    Thanks to all the factors and people that played a part, but I had the best summer of my life this past year. Had some amazing times in the parking lots at WP, Angel Fire, Keystone this summer, oh the parties...

    2 trips to Moab in the spring, every weekend trips to all the major resorts, first trip to CB (loved it), closed all the local resorts and then topped it off with 10 days at whistler. Followed up with another weekend in Moab and now trying to ride the local trails for the winter.

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    Most memorable ride of the year - Ring the Peak with my friend Dave. Pretty significant suffering, with beautiful scenery, and great trails.





    Best upgrade of the year - My first set of decent hydraulic disc brakes (Thanks Scott!)

    New bike - Carbon 29er hardtail
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    2013 was awesome!
    New niner Rip 9
    8th overall in the BME series
    Riding with the kid at Angel fire, CB and Trestle
    The Captian Double D
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    Growler (the half), so tough!
    259341 feet of climbing and 1800 sweet miles!!! What a killer year!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waafoo View Post
    2013 was awesome!
    New niner Rip 9
    8th overall in the BME series
    Riding with the kid at Angel fire, CB and Trestle
    The Captian Double D
    F50
    Growler (the half), so tough!
    259341 feet of climbing and 1800 sweet miles!!! What a killer year!!!
    Sounds like a great year! That's a ton of climbing, equivalent to summiting Everest from sea-level about 9 times. Which reminds me of an old goal I haven't achieved, 29,029 feet of climbing in a day. Hmmm...sounds like something for 2014.
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    Ring the peak looks sweet! Going to have to do that one this year. Sounds like a really tough race.

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    Lets reflect back on our 2013 MTB Season

    Best 2013 upgrade - more good beer available in cans.

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    Best ride: Two Elks, Vail.
    Best part: Fox w/ Through axel, and Mavic SLR's for the Moots
    New Bike: Fatbike Motobacane, FB-4, winter fun!!
    2013 isn't over yet!
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    Distance 2,915.0 mi
    Time 255h 21m
    Elev Gain 314,619 ft
    Rides 119
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    For me it was one of my first group ride of the season after getting under 240lbs, granted it was with a bunch of other clydes, but I was out in front the entire time, not a feeling I am used to. I upgraded my old heckler frame to a new one, which gave me a mostly new bike
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    Glad to hear that so many had a great riding year. For me, it was the season that could have been, as a separated shoulder on Father's Day pretty much took me out. Being fairly new to Colorado, I had big plans to hit some of the major alpine trails for the first time (Monarch Crest, 401, Kenosha Pass, Durango), as well as a "bike & brew" tour along the Front Range (traveling between the Springs and Ft Collins exploring the trails and micro-brews post ride). Oh well, it sets me up for the 2014 season! But for 2013:

    Most standout ride: First post injury OTB landing giving me confidence the healing process is working.
    Best mod: Realizing the benefits of going tubeless.

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    A- Bikepacking the CO trial (sec 1-3) with my GF, who bikepacks with a SS karate monkey
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    B-RaceFace narrow/wide 30T and J.Paks. Both epic upgrades!

    C- Salsa Fargo frameset (fastest accumulated mileage on any single bike I've owned)



    2013 has been nothing but full of awesome and thanks for starting a great thread JayDude~!
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    2013 was my first everything mtbing. I started slow and small, and after 400 miles (yes, a mile stone compared to 0miles in the last 15 years ) i'm doing 30miles+ rides, having the fun of my life. I developed more skills, met and rode with great people, and got in my best shape. I enjoyed every rock that took me down, and then cleared, and every challenge that got me faster.

    Best ride: Riding with a buddy up Horsetooth mountain and then going down mill creek for the first time, clearing almost everything with confidence.

    Upgrades? My 2009 Stumpjumper and all of my gear . I'm running tubeless now and riding clipless, yes, I've came along way
    2009 Stumpjumper Comp HT.
    An old Trek 820 ST.

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    Highlight this year was a Shenanigans Trip which included Monarch Crest, Agate Creek and Starvation Creek.

    We had plans to do Green's and Fooses as well... but... well, snow.

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    *Can't pinpoint a single ride but did a week of riding/camping with an old friend in Winter park, 2 days at Trestle and 4 days of trail riding.

    *2 new rides this past year, a Covert 29 and a Reeb HT, love both the bikes

    *Turning 50 in Jan and also celebrating 25 years of riding. I hope to ride somewhere new this coming season, a BC backcountry trip sounds mighty nice.
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    I had two favorite rides this year. Vail to Minturn on the Two Elks trail and Free Lunch to Pucker Up in Grand Junction.
    I upgraded to 10spd this year and found my new favorite tire, Conti Mountain King 2's in tubeless ready. Maybe my new helmet
    The season ended early for me this year due to a facial fracture and TBI in September just a mile from finishing the The Whole Enchilda in Moab.
    Great year to that point.

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