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    ink1373...you F'n rock! Thanks!!!

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    back in january

    rigidftw, who makes those handlebars?
    it's an old ITM. i got really lucky finding that thing in new.

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    Check out the advert for Cotic bikes:

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    Just this morning I did a cross country mountain bike race on my CX bike.

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    Green Lane, PA. Started at Hill Rd day use area and rode Blue trail to Red trail to Perky trail then back on Blue trail and back to starting point. little bit of road in a couple of places but a very nice loop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenu View Post
    Just this morning I did a cross country mountain bike race on my CX bike.
    Note the gopro.

    ^the first 60 seconds of the race are on a road.

    Then the singletrack starts. Here's a video of the same race; GoingPro with a cockpit mounted gopro:
    CCCX MTB-XC Fort Ord - YouTube

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    Nicely done! Looks like ideal terrain / trail for a cross bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougr View Post
    Nicely done! Looks like ideal terrain / trail for a cross bike.
    Thanks!

    I am still learning the ins and outs of the gorpo. The laps were about 20 minutes each but due to my inexperience clearing out the memory, I only recorded part of the course. There were other sections that were more technical and more brutal.

    I couldn't decide between the crux or a SS 29er for that course. Friends had differing opinions. The crux was perfect for the faster sections and climbs. But the washboards beat the heck out of me and I came close to washing out in the sand on several occasions. My descents were comparatively slow. You can see that I am off the course in a few areas -- the side of the single track was actually more smooth than the washboard.

    All said, I'm glad I did it on the CX bike. (Though some may take issue with a flat bar on a cx rig, but that's another story.)

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    From today... Took her out for her first real ride on some gravel and ended up getting tossed. Was so not used to the braking, drifting, etc when I hit a sandy patch that I went down hard. Body is going to be sore tomorrow for sure. Unfortunately, the crash resulted in a flat and I had used my spare tube in my saddlebag the day before. So I had to run down the last half mile of single track and then another 1/4 mile down a bike path to have my wife meet me with the car. Ended up with a few holes in the body and some gravel rash but no worse for the wear. Had to tru the rear wheel again so looks like I will be building a new wheelset soon as the rear is constantly going out of tru (and this is my daily driver).


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    As others have said, I love this thread.

    I've seen other Salsa Vaya posts, so I feel safe to post pics of mine.

    It's the perfect "go anywhere" bike, and I do just that. In the last year, I gradually ventured from gravel to doubletrack to singletrack. It's changed me from a dyed-in-the-wool-jersey roadie to a demi-mtber (trying, at least), and I love it all. I'm grateful to Salsa for making a killer bike, and reminding me of the perfection of steel.

    Sometimes I run 45 mm Vee Rubber X-C-X tires on it, but mostly I've gone with 35 mm Small Block Eights -- a great New England gravel and hard-pack tire. That's what you see here. I guess that helps it qualify for a 'cross bike thread, eh?
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    Just got my first CX bike a few weeks ago. Love taking it on the trails. My Crux loves it. This doesn't look nearly as steep as it is... but where you see the trail end drops super steep about 9ft then cuts right to another 100 yards of motocross style ridge line. Its a blast.


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    I am in love with that green Surly.

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    Me too that's why it got the overhaul it did!
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    Finally got a chance to take the new bike out for some fire road and single track riding. Took me a few weeks to get the saddle (and contacting points) broken in enough to take 8 miles of rough trails:


    - DSCF1328

    Also, the first test ride with the HiLo dropper seat post, that really works well on the steeper descents. I can lower the saddle from 2" higher than the handlebars to 2" lower. Really transforms the feel of the bike.

    I've done parts of this same trail on my old Schwinn touring bike with 27x1-1/4" tires and there is no comparison between the two bikes. On the Schwinn, you are basically in survival mode on the trail and on the CX700 bike, you can let it go and enjoy the trail.

    A few weeks later, hit some more single track a few miles above the previous photo:


    That was on a 45 mile loop ride with about 10 miles of dirt. On the outbound leg of the ride, hooked onto the back of a group of roadies and was able to hang in their draft with no issues. Also picked up some new bottle tops so now the bottles are color coordinated with the bike.
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    This is my kinda fun! Heading out in a bit to ride Banner Forest on my cross bike.

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    I'm in the middle on my Jamis Nova


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    Switch to dirt drops (On-One Midge bars, can't go wrong with a $19.99 price) this weekend and like them so far. Hope to get some singletrack in soon on it.
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    That fork looks intense! Any better quality pics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebmx999 View Post
    That fork looks intense! Any better quality pics?
    I'll see if I can take some better pics tomorrow. It's a pretty robust fork. It's a Chris Kelly fork with a 1" threadless steerer. When I first got the bike I thought it might have been a MTB fork, but the A-C is 395. Definitely a purpose built monster CX fork. I can fit a 29'er in there. My 2.0 Quasi Motos (650b) fit great both front and rear......NOW that's monster CX.

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