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    Yeti Thaw '08 (pic heavy)

    With all of the snow we've had in Colorado I jumped at the chance to ride in Moab over the weekend. This is the second Yeti Thaw Festival (put on by Poison Spider) that I've attended. The whole drive out along I70 there was a good 6-8 inches on the ground in Utah until we turned off to head towards Moab... We were quite relieved to see that Moab wasn't as bad as we feared!


    Day One - Amasa Back

    We met at the upper parking lot where Anthony and Joe were busy setting up TONS of Yeti demos for people to ride.




    Finding a line




    Prepare for take-off - sorry I missed the actual launch




    The weather sucked and the trails were ass (yep, it was opposite day)...













    FrontRanger chillin' like a mad villain




    VAHardtail with a migraine and the flu can still smoke me on the climbs - sad but true.




    Marker on top of Amasa




    This picture makes me dizzy




    That's much better...




    Hey, look at me! I think I'm artistic, but in reality, not so much...




    More happy riders!




    Snow, snow, everywhere snow






    Day Two - Sovereign Trail


    Anthony and Joe are back at it getting the demos ready for the masses




    Getting ready for day two on the trail




    FrontRanger has no sweat glands and must cool down like a dog










    From the Sovereign overlook





    Trail conditions

    Amasa Back was dry except for the dirt road leading up to the singletrack. I don't remember mud on this trail at all.

    Sovereign Trail was muddy on the North facing slopes and in the valley a bit between the climbs. Still definitely worth the ride, but there was a decent section of cake/pudding on this trail.


    Thanks and shout-outs

    Thanks to Poison Spider and Yeti for throwing another fun Moab opening weekend for us! I had a blast and have definitely made this yearly February Moab trip! We appreciate your hard work and enthusiasm! Also thanks to the guys at Adventure Cycling for reminding me about this weekend! Thanks to Jason and John for keeping me company on the drive and trails. Always fun riding with you guys.

    Hope to see you all out there next year for this blast of a weekend!

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    nice nice pics. i was down there and was also psyched to ride dry dirt finally!

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    On the first obstacle on Amasa Back, don't scout a line, just go for it. That obstacle is more fun when improvised on the fly.

    Those pics made me check my calender to see when I can ride there again. Very cool.
    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    Girls rule! Rocknrollbarbie on her 575 on the first drop (not from this weekend however-this was our Turkey Day visit last year)...


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    Nice pics! Can not wait to get my 08 575, go Yeti!

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    Nice- gotta say it's pretty tough to beat Yeti when it comes to arranging a ride or throwing a party. Awesome pictures!

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    Sweet shots, JSD!

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    looks fun!

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone!

    Rocknrollbarbie kicks ass! Thanks for the great series pic, flipnidaho!

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    dude...

    you told me you were going to Old Pueblo!...but my spies tell me you were in Moab and now I have proof....secret squirrel training eh? Is you scared cos I got skillz? you suck and your photos are crap! Hope your wheels fall off

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    Snow capped mountains

    Just curious, those snow capped mountains in the back ground....are the south western Colorado? Always wondered that about Moab photos......


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    longman - My teammate didn't get the okay from his doctor until after OP was full. We decided to head out to Moab and drown our sorrows in singletrack! For the record, I'm scared of your crazy mad skillz AND your secret squirrel army of spies!!

    mdcelroy - That, I believe, is the La Sal Range in SE Utah. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Sal_Range

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    Feed back

    Any info on how the new '08 and '07 compare?

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    In a nutshell:

    The 2008 is a lot stiffer in front and stiffer in the back. I feel that the 2008 has more forward weight distribution so it climbs a bit better on the really steep stuff without wandering as much though the old one still climbed extremely well as far as traction goes.

    The weight distribution change would normally make it a bit more edgy on the descents (I have limited time on a 2008 so bear that in mind) but I think lowering the BB height helped compensate for that. The wheelbase MAY also have been lengthened, thus adding to the compenstion for less rearward weight distribution.

    Overall, the bike is stiffer and feels much tighter through rocky stuff. The downside for some will be the lower BB height, though others prefer the lower center of gravity that will provide.

    Okay, this was more than a nutshell version but I can't say less without missing something

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    Flyer, could you please get a job at a mountain bike magazine? That was more comprehensive than 90% of the write ups I've seen on the glossy pages.
    Train 'til you puke. Cheat to win. Party like a rockstar. We miss you, Jan!

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    Haha..thanks for the kind comment, rockymtnway. I can only wish.

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