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    Walker Ranch stairs video

    I apologize if the title got you excited... but I've been off the bike and away from the mountains for too long, I need a crazy video.

    Can't we get some world class trials biker to bike up/down (I don't care) the stairs at Walker and share the video?

    I need a new insane bike video fix.

    ...or has this already been done?

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    oooh I see that slimat99 claims to have cleaned most of it ("the 'portage'"), I volunteer him for this video.

    I tried to go up about as far as I could usually got stopped by the wetness of the rocks near the beginning... I never thought to try down...

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    Looks like a job for Danny mcaskill

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    or this guy.......(watch the whole vid)
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    Here's something to make this thread slightly less gay:
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    I've walked up and down both with bike and no bike, no video though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmTee View Post
    oooh I see that slimat99 claims to have cleaned most of it ("the 'portage'"), I volunteer him for this video.

    I tried to go up about as far as I could usually got stopped by the wetness of the rocks near the beginning... I never thought to try down...
    Funny you mentioned me. I do have footage of most of the stair section, but I haven't posted a vid because it actually looks pretty lame, and it's low quality. You would be surprised at how easy some of it looks on video.

    I've cleaned everything except the hard right hand corner that's kind of like a spiral stair case. If staking rocks was something that would be allowed I'm confident I could ride the whole thing. There's a wheel grabber in the crux of that right hander that I won't try to ride unless the gap is filled a bit. Of course this is all talk unless I post the vid right? Maybe I'll get motivated and through together the 1.5 minutes of footage I have. I've been meaning to get good footage, but never did, because walker is a long drive for me, and now it's even longer: I live in Durango. The footage I have is DH, I would never be able to clean the climb. Honestly, I would never try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    I've cleaned everything except the hard right hand corner that's kind of like a spiral stair case.
    It's plausible. The whole thing is potentially "cleanable" going downhill with some solid trackstand-hop-turn skills... but it would take fvcking Balls Of Steel - especially for that right hand corner.

    1.5 minutes of footage shouldn't take long to upload.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump View Post
    It's plausible. The whole thing is potentially "cleanable" going downhill with some solid trackstand-hop-turn skills... but it would take fvcking Balls Of Steel - especially for that right hand corner.

    1.5 minutes of footage shouldn't take long to upload.
    I'll try to post something tomorrow.

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    Impressive!

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    I went over the bars 5 times just watching it.

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    thank you!

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    ****, I thought the vid was gonna be going up! Anyway, the vid cuts away at two or three crucial sections that I still don't think are rideable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    ****, I thought the vid was gonna be going up! Anyway, the vid cuts away at two or three crucial sections that I still don't think are rideable.


    No trickery here, everything is in the vid other than the right hand corner spiral section at the top that I've never tried to ride, and the last section down the the creek but you can see the rider go down that section disappearing down the stairs after the last right hand switchback. I didn't get footage of that section because I gave the helmet cam to my friend to get non POV footage and we didn't want to push back up to get footage of that last section. That section is no harder than the other sections; quite a bit easier than getting around the switchback that proceeds it IMO . I didn't clean everything in one go that time, you see in the vid the last switchback took me two tries. This is why I never put together a video until now. The footage is weak, and doesn't show the stairs well, but if you watch it again, you'll see everything is there other than the one spiral section I can't ride.

    I would never try to ride up it. I don't see any fun in that. More power to anyone that wants to try, just not my thing. It really wouldn't be climbing, it would be trials hopping up stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    No trickery here, everything is in the vid other than the right hand corner spiral section at the top that I've never tried to ride, and the last section down the the creek but you can see the rider go down that section disappearing down the stairs after the last right hand switchback. I didn't get footage of that section because I gave the helmet cam to my friend to get non POV footage and we didn't want to push back up to get footage of that last section. That section is no harder than the other sections; quite a bit easier than getting around the switchback that proceeds it IMO . I didn't clean everything in one go that time, you see in the vid the last switchback took me two tries. This is why I never put together a video until now. The footage is weak, and doesn't show the stairs well, but if you watch it again, you'll see everything is there other than the one spiral section I can't ride.

    I would never try to ride up it. I don't see any fun in that. More power to anyone that wants to try, just not my thing. It really wouldn't be climbing, it would be trials hopping up stairs.
    Well done sir! I tried to ride that part this summer when I was out there and failed spectacularly and scraped my ass and legs and knees up pretty good when I lost balance trying to make one of thoes tight switchbacks, that 2nd one I think in your video.
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    Dig the baby front side manual to tweak your line!

    slimat99, you might have seen this on the AM forum, but these guy's front side manual was pretty angry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Dig the baby front side manual to tweak your line!
    Psst! Here in the states, those are known as nose wheelies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Dig the baby front side manual to tweak your line!

    slimat99, you might have seen this on the AM forum, but these guy's front side manual was pretty angry!
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    Thanks! I have seen that video. I love those Euro tech vids.

    Here's a video I made with WAY better front manual's:

    I was contacted by a group of Germans associated with local magazine that asked me to guide them after they watched this video. They love riding tech in the Alps. I'm sure it's related to their love for trials riding. I love how MTB has distinct flavors depending on your region. They sent me a digital copy of their Mag article detailing their trip to UT and CO. Too bad I can't read German!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Dig the baby front side manual to tweak your line!

    slimat99, you might have seen this on the AM forum, but these guy's front side manual was pretty angry!
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    Sweeeeet video! Love the snow-riding part, looks like so much fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
    Well done sir! I tried to ride that part this summer when I was out there and failed spectacularly and scraped my ass and legs and knees up pretty good when I lost balance trying to make one of thoes tight switchbacks, that 2nd one I think in your video.
    Thanks! If you are referring to the last switchback it is goofy. It looks like nothing more than a somewhat tight corner in the video, but those water bars, stairs, whatever you want to call them, make it awkward. Obviously the stair section wasn't built with MTB in mind. I wish they had considered bikes when they built that section of trail. It could be a stellar tech DH with very unique character. Right now it's just an overbuilt, awkward section of trail built for hikers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    Here's a video I made with WAY better front manual's:
    Very sweet!
    The thing that trips me up on the Euro vid was the speed they were doing those at...but I guess it's more of a line tweak/rear wheel reposition than a front side manual. Whatever... I think I'll start using that as a move on my big bike. Just hope the squishy doesn't suck up all the effort to get the ass-end up...or cause the front to dive too drastically and pull a OTB and subsequent ground-torpedoing
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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    Thanks! I have seen that video. I love those Euro tech vids.

    Here's a video I made with WAY better front manual's:

    I was contacted by a group of Germans associated with local magazine that asked me to guide them after they watched this video. They love riding tech in the Alps. I'm sure it's related to their love for trials riding. I love how MTB has distinct flavors depending on your region. They sent me a digital copy of their Mag article detailing their trip to UT and CO. Too bad I can't read German!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    \I wish they had considered bikes when they built that section of trail. It could be a stellar tech DH with very unique character. Right now it's just an overbuilt, awkward section of trail built for hikers.
    Par for the course in Colorado, eh?

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    Nice riding, slimat99! Thanks for sharing the vid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    Nice marmot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Very sweet!
    The thing that trips me up on the Euro vid was the speed they were doing those at...but I guess it's more of a line tweak/rear wheel reposition than a front side manual. Whatever... I think I'll start using that as a move on my big bike. Just hope the squishy doesn't suck up all the effort to get the ass-end up...or cause the front to dive too drastically and pull a OTB and subsequent ground-torpedoing
    Yeah, I've always called it a nose pivot when you are basically at a stop and swing the rear end around, and a nose manual when you ride into the corner on the front wheel then pivot. What ever you want to call it, it's a fun move, and opens up another world of tight switchback possibilities. T

    Lot's a slow speed compression is the way to go when learning this move. You are spot on in that fork dive can throw you over the bars. Once you get the feel for it, a little squish won't mess you up. I have a boxxer on my DH bike and it happily nose pivots.The long wheel base and stays helps prevent endo's, but make it harder to get the rear up. I rarely do this move on my DH because I'm usually trying to rail corners as fast as I can rather than play around trials style like I do on the AM bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
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    No comprende? Sounds like you would be able to read the article?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSD303 View Post
    Nice riding, slimat99! Thanks for sharing the vid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    No trickery here, everything is in the vid other than the right hand corner spiral section at the top that I've never tried to ride
    I don't fault you for not riding that. If you were to overshoot you would be in for a long drop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cocavaak View Post
    I don't fault you for not riding that. If you were to overshoot you would be in for a long drop.
    Agreed.. video never does justice. I haven't been out there for years, but the last I saw it, the whole upper section has a high consequence for failure. I think the first right is rideable, but both the hop-turn and the drop/roller right after would be damn sketchy. It took balls to ride the sections he did already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    Congrats, that was awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    holy crap you made that look easy.

    and you're right the video does it no justice. every part of that section is steep and hairy with no room for error.

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    How casually we ride past the "dismount" sign. I love how you encountered hikers on the way down.

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    Man I would like to learn to do the "pivot on front wheel" move. Very impressive riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elder_mtber View Post
    Man I would like to learn to do the "pivot on front wheel" move. Very impressive riding.

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    Thank you! Here's an old clip with a good nose pivot. For me, it's a mandatory move to access this drop line.

    Ooops, Sorry, I had problems uploading and don't feel like messing with it. Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post

    Here's a video I made with WAY better front manual's:
    Dude, your Vimeo channel isn't just filled with great riding, but a bunch of good destinations, it's great. Like how sometimes you see a trail review, maybe a little map pointing to trailhead (maybe not). And a handful of flat, depthless photos. Here I'm like, yep, that, wanna ride that (keeping in mind that my line isn't going to be quite like yours : )

    When I make it back out west, I'll have to come with a list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmTee View Post
    Dude, your Vimeo channel isn't just filled with great riding, but a bunch of good destinations, it's great. Like how sometimes you see a trail review, maybe a little map pointing to trailhead (maybe not). And a handful of flat, depthless photos. Here I'm like, yep, that, wanna ride that (keeping in mind that my line isn't going to be quite like yours : )

    When I make it back out west, I'll have to come with a list.
    Glad you found some new destinations!

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    why can't they all be like this?

    great thread... about bikes... about riding... happiness! Love your work!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainswin View Post
    great thread... about bikes... about riding... happiness! Love your work!!!
    It's christmas time. But you are correct.


    And damn good skillz on that video. Great work slimat99.

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