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    Nice video.

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    THE LAST RIDE of 2012
    Great ride, and cool video. I lost my wall climb shot. My camera must have died before I thought. I'll have a clip up hopefully by the end of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darKnight57 View Post
    Mazukea, have you changed anything else on your bike? Mines trying to lose some weight

    yes I have changed a few things. Some upgrades were upgrades from the original upgrade.


    -New frame (*warranty - cracked frame)
    -New Fox rear shock w/Kashima coating (*warranty - came with the new frame)
    -Ritchey carbon handlebars
    -Ritchey WCS carbon stem (*warranty Ritchey upgraded it from the aluminum version)
    -Specialized BG Contour grips
    -Syntace carbon seat post
    -Candy 3 pedals
    -Chris King rear hub (*warranty - rear hub was failing after a couple of months.) I paid the difference because I didn't want the crappy Spec HiLo rear hub again. They said they improved the design for 2013 though. I just didn't want to take the chance.
    -Rebuilt rear wheel: new spokes/nipples (*warranty - had to be rebuilt because of the failed rear hub)
    -tubeless <---big weight savings here.
    -I bought the Specialized Carbon Henge saddle, but after I took a hard spill, it broke. So I'm back to my stock Henge.

    I got both of these items as gifts from my wife:
    -2nd wheelset - Roval Control Trail SL
    -SRAM 1099-XG cassette

    Original weight approx: 28.5 lbs
    Bike w/stock wheelset: 27.3 lbs.
    Bike w/Roval wheelset: 26.1 lbs

    If I still had my carbon Henge saddle, then it would be under 26 lbs. Not bad for a 29er.

    So yeah my bike has lost a little bit of weight.


    If you want to lose weight, without losing lots of money, then go tubeless. Your wheels should be tubeless ready right? My wheels were. All I needed to buy was the Stan's. Chris at the Bike Hub still had my tubeless stems so I just got that from him. I also bought a new rear tire, cause I had a tear in it already. When I took out the tubes, I weighed them. They were almost half a pound each. So about 1 lb worth of rubber was removed. The Stan's stuff doesn't weigh that much cause you don't need to use a lot.

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    Now (different pedals though)
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    That's some serious Upgaditis and Warrantilosis.
    Need go hospital!

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    Wow Mazukea...maybe I should have asked what's still stock on your bike. That's a impressive list there! Besides going tubeless, what did you think was the best weight/cost item?

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    Ho Brah, broken stem, broken hub, broken frame.....You know how for ride, or what?

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    They haven't invented a bike that can handle my power. that's what the experts told me. I believe them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darKnight57 View Post
    Wow Mazukea...maybe I should have asked what's still stock on your bike. That's a impressive list there! Besides going tubeless, what did you think was the best weight/cost item?
    Well it's hard to beat the tubeless when it comes to Weight Savings/$$$

    The Roval carbon wheelset was another big weight savings. Plus you can really notice it when you are riding and turning. Your bike feels lighter and more agile. Most other weight saving items don't do that. They make the bike lighter, but you can't tell.

    The SRAM 1099 cassette was another big weight saver, BUT it's aint cheap. The stock SRAM 1050 cassette is over 400 grams. The 1099 comes in at 210 grams. So almost another half a pound of weight savings in just a tiny little thing.

    Other than that I just got stuff that made my ride more comfortable. I wanted a longer stem so I bought an aluminum Ritchey WCS-c260 80mm stem. The shop accidently broke my stem when they were putting it on the new frame. They tried to fix it, but they couldn't. They were going to throw it away, but I decided to take it. I called up Ritchey and explained to them what happened. They told me to send it to them and they would take a look at it. Less than 2 weeks later a brand new Ritchey Carbon Matrix c260 stem is on my doorstep. That's a $50 upgrade!! Talk about customer service. Awesome.

    The Specialized Contour Grips feel much better than the regular round grips too. I would recommend trying those out.
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    Yo Hawaii Island Peeps . . . . I'mma coming to your Island the first week in February and would love to hit some schweet single track while I'm there. Probably only have one day to ride, but would love a guide (I'll also need a bike but am happy to rent).

    Whach you got?!
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    Which side of the island will you be on?
    What days exactly will you be here?

    There are places to rent bikes, but I believe the shop in Waimea has a nicer selection of FS bikes. Most of us are on the east side but we do travel the island too.
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    Oh Boy! The infamous MTBR's 007 will be coming to the Big Eye!
    Yeah, def we can set up a ride.
    When will you be here so we can set up dates.
    Where will you be, which side of the island?
    Renting, Maountain Cycles in Waimea. Matt Brasio has SC full supensions for rent, and I do beleive you ride an SC?
    Other than that, the more informations to specifics, the better we can plan.
    "From the shark infested blue waters, opihi laden rocks, and the Giant Manapuas covered Mauna Kea, to the raging lava flows of Kilauea, and cracked out Zombies of downtown Hilo, to the Orange County of Kailua-Kona....Welcome..to the BIG ISLAND OF HAWAIIIIIIII!!!!!"
    I think I heard that at a luau?

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    Feb 6 - 9th, Will be at the Hilton Waikoloa.

    I assume you guys are in Hilo? This is really naive of me, but damn . . . its like 70 miles from Hilo to Waikoloa.

    Edit, and yeah I ride a SC Blur LT. I'm going to check into the Waimea shop . . .

    And infamous? Hopefully its for something other than being an ass . . .
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    Just emailed Moutainroadcyclery in Waimea about setting up a rental. Looking forward to it.

    Riding wise, I'm not really into hucks/drops/jumps so much, but I like technical, chunky trails and really dig on fast, flowing rides. As for climbing, I'm not the fastest climber, but I'll get there

    Edit: Thursday the 7th is the day for me I believe. Not much flexibility either unfortunately.
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    Sounds like Kalopa might be a good trail for you. It's only about a 30 minute drive from waikoloa. Some techy stuff that includes climbing and some fun flowy singletrack back down.


    Kulani Trails on the east side would be fun for you too. If you take the saddle road from waikoloa, then it's about a 1 hour 20 minute drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    Just emailed Moutainroadcyclery in Waimea about setting up a rental. Looking forward to it.

    Riding wise, I'm not really into hucks/drops/jumps so much, but I like technical, chunky trails and really dig on fast, flowing rides. As for climbing, I'm not the fastest climber, but I'll get there

    Edit: Thursday the 7th is the day for me I believe. Not much flexibility either unfortunately.
    Thursday, that's going to be a tough one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikane View Post
    Thursday, that's going to be a tough one.
    Yeah, but who knows . . . maybe you'll get the sniffles and have to stay home from work!
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    Thursday is going to be really tough for me too.

    Friday might be more doable....cough cough....sniff sniff.
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    Aloha! My wife and I moved to Puna about 10 months ago from WA and I've been trying to find riding buddies ever since with no luck until NOW! SO STOKED to find this thread.

    I recently picked up a stumpjumper and I've been really enjoying Kulani solo (when I'm not lost). I live in Fern Acres and am currently unemployed so I can ride ANYTIME day or night. I generally try to ride at least 3-4 days a week.

    Also looking for sportbike riding buddies if there are any moto folks out there.

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    Welcome to our enormous thread. lol.

    Do you happen to be the same person that was added to the Facebook page right now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    Welcome to our enormous thread. lol.

    Do you happen to be the same person that was added to the Facebook page right now?
    Yup just found that as well.

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    Yeah you can come and check us out anytime in Kulani. One of us is usually there on the weekends. Kind of a crappy day though today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    Thursday is going to be really tough for me too.

    Friday might be more doable....cough cough....sniff sniff.
    I'll see what I can do . . . trouble with Friday is that I'm presenting at the conference smack in the middle of the afternoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    I'll see what I can do . . . trouble with Friday is that I'm presenting at the conference smack in the middle of the afternoon.


    who knows, maybe on friday you might have the sniffles too.
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    I'm going to be back on the Big Island Jan 21- Feb14...and I'm looking for some people to ride with...I haven't found much mountain biking out there...other than the route down to Captain Cooks Monument and the road to Makalawena...I like company so if anyone would be willing to show me some trails I would be a happy Islander...When I'm not in Hawaii I spend my time shredding the Sedona Trails...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SedonaGnarlyCrew View Post
    I'm going to be back on the Big Island Jan 21- Feb14...and I'm looking for some people to ride with...I haven't found much mountain biking out there...other than the route down to Captain Cooks Monument and the road to Makalawena...I like company so if anyone would be willing to show me some trails I would be a happy Islander...When I'm not in Hawaii I spend my time shredding the Sedona Trails...
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    I'm game...are you going to be on the Kona side???

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    Quote Originally Posted by SedonaGnarlyCrew View Post
    I'm game...are you going to be on the Kona side???
    I'm going to be on Kona and staying at the Grand Wailea. I'm working on renting a bike from MountainRoadCycles in Waimea. I have zero clue where I'll be riding and hoping some of the cats in this thread can either take me for a tour or show me where to ride. I'm looking for some nice technical chunk and some fast flowing trails. Will you have a bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    I'm going to be on Kona and staying at the Grand Wailea. I'm working on renting a bike from MountainRoadCycles in Waimea. I have zero clue where I'll be riding and hoping some of the cats in this thread can either take me for a tour or show me where to ride. I'm looking for some nice technical chunk and some fast flowing trails. Will you have a bike?
    Dude, Grand Wailea is on Maui. You sure about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikane View Post
    Dude, Grand Wailea is on Maui. You sure about that?
    Nope!

    Its the Hilton Waikoloa . . .
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    Sounda good...I have friend in Waimea and will try and track him down and see what he knows...I have a 29er hard tail that lives on the Island, so that will be what I will ride...it usually has slicks on her, but I do have a set of knobbies waiting to be used...

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    I wish I could ride with you folks when you guys visit. I don't think I can get a day off of work during the week. I hope you guys have an awesome ride down to Makalawena. It's a beautiful beach. You might just want to go for a swim.

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    My favorite place on the Big Island...still almost untouched for the last 30 years...Thanks for the pic...I will be on the Island on Monday and leave Feb 14...so if you are up for a ride on one of those weekends...count me in...cheers

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    Sounds like you haven't tried out the mountain biking on the east side. You willing to head out this way for a ride?
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    Generally I stay on the Kona side because I don't often have car access...but I did see the bus has a bike rack...so I may be able to take care of logistics that way...

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    Riding China camp and Henry Coe before going to Santa Cruz again. Still, miss those trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SedonaGnarlyCrew View Post
    Generally I stay on the Kona side because I don't often have car access...but I did see the bus has a bike rack...so I may be able to take care of logistics that way...
    Have you ever ridden in Kulani? Fun singletrack. Rooty, slippery, and techy at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SedonaGnarlyCrew View Post
    Generally I stay on the Kona side because I don't often have car access...but I did see the bus has a bike rack...so I may be able to take care of logistics that way...
    If you do figure a way over to the east-side, or even Waimea, let us know and we can meet up and get you to a trail. Sundays are the best bet.

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    Sunday riding

    Anyone riding Sunday? I'll be on the road Saturday, but I should be free Sunday for the dirt.

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    I am in Hilo until 28 Feb. I am 53 years young. Riding regularly for 5 years. I am REALLY excited to ride here after looking at the local terrain today. Good in technical, OK with climbing and enjoy DH and XC. I will rent a bike for 2 or 3 days. It would be a pleasure to ride with anyone, any skill level.I need to rent, if you can recommend a local business. Please PM me if you would like to join/lead. Available any day/time. Cheers, Ron.

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    Hi y'all. I am back from my triathalon around the World tour. I am on layover for a couple weeks rest.
    Neato! This thread has bloomed since I have posted last time. I just can't imagine the level of riding everyone must be doing now. Do y'all still ride together? Any new girl riders? When is the next group ride?
    I hope to hear from y'all soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialutz View Post
    Hi y'all. I am back from my triathalon around the World tour. I am on layover for a couple weeks rest.
    Neato! This thread has bloomed since I have posted last time. I just can't imagine the level of riding everyone must be doing now. Do y'all still ride together? Any new girl riders? When is the next group ride?
    I hope to hear from y'all soon.
    Wow! Yeah! That's such great news. Welcome back Specialutz. How was the world wide triathalon tour? Some day we have to hear all about it. Wondered what happened to you.

    Yes, the merry band of dysfuncitonal family members still get together and ride most weekends. We have weekends where people can or can't make but there's always something happening. We've had adventures out to various places around the island. We've had occasional show ups by other girls riding. Look forward to riding and hearing of the stories out there.

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    Welcome back S-lutz! I can't wait to hear about your World Tri Tour. I also can't wait to see you out on the trails with us. =)
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    Greetings from Alaska...
    Visited the Big Island in December and had an amazing time. Got a lot of helpful trail info from this thread. Just wanted to thank all the folks who do the hard work to maintain these trails. Hope to be back next year.



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    Aloha Brain,

    Awesome video, great post! Bummed we missed you guys and riding with you. I remember walking through the Parker Ranch Shopping Center parking lot in front of Starbucks and seeing your van and the fat bikes on the back. I was blown away and was wondering who owned those bikes. I even looked around a bit wondering if someone was watching me check the bikes out. Looks like you had the right bikes for the varied terrain we have here. Love the old school thumb shifters, I'm still running those on my bike(s).

    Out in Kalopa looked like you climbed the Jeep to Blue Gum and then climbed the Gulch Trail a bit. Also looks like you found Jurassic and Pig Skull out in Kaloko. Great!

    Look forward to your return. Give us a jingle when you get back, it'd be nice to hook up with you and do some riding. I'd love to see what a fatbike feels like on trails.

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    "Aloha Brain,

    Awesome video, great post! Bummed we missed you guys and riding with you. I remember walking through the Parker Ranch Shopping Center parking lot in front of Starbucks and seeing your van and the fat bikes on the back. I was blown away and was wondering who owned those bikes. I even looked around a bit wondering if someone was watching me check the bikes out. Looks like you had the right bikes for the varied terrain we have here. Love the old school thumb shifters, I'm still running those on my bike(s)."

    Thanks gmats, glad you liked the video and the bikes! In fact, I might have seen you as I was going back into Starbucks. My wife was doing some work related emails inside and I had just picked up some extra propane canisters next door. No worries, I'm used to folks checking the fatties out. People are always curious about them, and more than a few have been unable to resist giving the tires a quick squeeze/grope. I hear you on the thumb shifters, I've tried triggers and grip shift, but nothing feels as good as a pair of thumbies.

    I'll definitely let you know in advance if we go again next year. It would be great to ride with some local folks. And if you ever find yourself up North, we have some great trails that I'd be happy to show off.


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    Aloha Brain,

    Another great video, very entertaining. Great music too. Yes, I'm still running 9 speed bar end shifters on my Paul's. Look forward to riding with you when you get back here. If you're on facebook, come find us on Big Island Mountain Biking.

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    Hey guys!

    Im from alaska and will be visiting Kona for about a week In november. Would love to find some knowledge on trails around the area! Would be fun to ride with some locals! Im mainly a gravity rider, but am not afraid to put in a lot of climbing time to get a good DH run. Ill have access to an SUV and I will be checking my bike on the flight over. The pics in this thread look like the trails are a blast!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by piousdove View Post
    No doubt Hawaii is well known for beaches parties and fun but here i am taking about Hawaii as a big island trail. Last week i went with my friends for hiking to Kilauea as we already chosen it for the next fun last time. So friends i really enjoyed its an memorable adventure for all of us.
    I'm glad you had fun. The volcano area always has spectacular views and trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turborobo View Post
    Hey guys!

    Im from alaska and will be visiting Kona for about a week In november. Would love to find some knowledge on trails around the area! Would be fun to ride with some locals! Im mainly a gravity rider, but am not afraid to put in a lot of climbing time to get a good DH run. Ill have access to an SUV and I will be checking my bike on the flight over. The pics in this thread look like the trails are a blast!!

    Welcome!

    Did you already pick out the dates for when you will be here? Maybe we can figure out a group ride to show you some of our trails. We don't really have "gravity" terrain here. I'm sure you will still have fun with the little trails that we do have. I can think of a couple of places that might interest you though. Kalopa State Park and Puuwaawaa. Kalopa has a short climb to the top, but coming back down is a blast. Lots of twists and turns and ups and downs. It's a great trail that everyone has fun on. Puuwaawaa is steeper climbing, but that just equals a faster downhill run. =)
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    Hi guys,
    I will be in the big island for a family vacation next week (11/28 to 12/7), staying in Puako and traveling too the volcano for a couple days. I will be mostly enjoying my time with my kids but I'm considering renting a bike for a few days (best place seem to be bike works am I right?). Not having any idea what the trail around the island look like I will like to have some recommendation for the best bike to use, full sus. or hard tail? I'm riding a short travel full suspension bike. Also what are the must ride trail on that side of the island? I prefer fast cross-country lasting 1 to 3 hrs but I'm up for anything, I will have a car so I can travel some. I'll appreciate any info you guys can share with me and if it work out I'll be happy to join in for a ride.
    Thanks
    Stephan

    ps. I'm french speaker so please excuse any mistake in my writing.

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    Hi guys,
    I will be in the big island for a family vacation next week (11/28 to 12/7), staying in Puako and traveling too the volcano for a couple days. I will be mostly enjoying my time with my kids but I'm considering renting a bike for a few days (best place seem to be bike works am I right?). Not having any idea what the trail around the island look like I will like to have some recommendation for the best bike to use, full sus. or hard tail? I'm riding a short travel full suspension bike. Also what are the must ride trail on that side of the island? I prefer fast cross-country lasting 1 to 3 hrs but I'm up for anything, I will have a car so I can travel some. I'll appreciate any info you guys can share with me and if it work out I'll be happy to join in for a ride.
    Thanks
    Stephan

    ps. I'm french speaker so please excuse any mistake in my writing.
    Aloha Stephan,

    You can rent from Bikeworks (Kona). Bikeworks Beach and Sport in Waikoloa can rent you a bike but I think the charge extra premium to bring it up from their Kona shop. Another alternative is to give Matt a call at Mountain Road Cycles. Here's the website.

    Mountain Road Cycles

    I think he rents Santa Cruz's.

    You being in Puako, probably the best place for riding would be east of you about and hour's drive in Kalopa State Park. I might be riding out there on the 7th because I have another friend who'll be in town from Boise. If you're interested, let me know.

    You being a French speaking person writing English trumps me attempting any kind of French speaking or writing.

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