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    A few shots from Moab

    Got a chance to ride four straight days in Moab a couple weeks ago. Even though I know how good Moab is and have been several times, I'm always somewhat surprised just how good.

    The Chili performed flawlessly...... and I rode some other bikes too.

    New Alaska trail out at the North Klondike area. Makes me wonder what it looked like before they moved all the rocks. Great trail, but it coulda been a tech riders dream if they hadn't dummed it down.
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    Another view from a ridge line trail. Good stuff.
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    Chilling.
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    There was a lot of those blue squares out there, but there was a bit of tech mixed in too. What it lacked in tech it made up for in flow and mileage. We rode pretty much that whole spaghetti bowl marked on that map.
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    Watching the sun set in an empty parking lot. Good day. Good ride.
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    Next morning bright and early I was waiting for a shuttle to Geyser Pass for The Whole Enchilada. Yes, that's the Chili first on top, eager to ride.
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    Apparently this was the day for the Outerbike guided rides too, so when we reached the pass there were already four vans there unloading bikes.... and we'd passed 4 other vans already heading down on our way. The busiest I've ever seen this trailhead.
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    This was the last picture I took on this ride. I was on my own (well, me and 100 other riders I didn't know) and I had a scheduled ride with hfly for Amasa/Ahab at 12:30 so I had to move right along. I geared up quickly, rolled down the road leaving 25 people still diddling around at the drop off point, then passed another 20 or so on the climb up to Burro.... andother twenty or so at the Pass, another 20 or so on the trail.... another 20 or so at the Castle Valley look out and was down at the river in 2:27. I stopped once for 5 minutes to eat a power bar and redid a couple features to get them right but just kept moving and kept up the pace without killing myself on the flatter stuff. My personal best time, but far from what the fast guys do (I think the unofficial record is something like 1:39!)

    I did make it back in time to meet up with Tim for the Amasa/Ahab ride. This is the only shot I took, as I was laying in the back of my car eating a sandwich and chugging Gatorade and chocolate milk recovering from a big day. The new Captain Ahab trail is legit. Not too extremely technical but really well routed with some great views and some upper intermediate tech. One of Moab's best (legal) trails.
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    The next two days were spent riding a bunch of new bikes from various companies not named Knolly. I gotta say, the Warden better be good, because it has some pretty good competition out there.

    Droppin' the 'bird. (Photo credit schlim).
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    I do miss the SW style riding. Thanks for sharing!

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    Great pics!

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    Nice shots! Thanks for sharing them! I've got to get out there and ride with Tim again. The last time I was out there, my DT was still a new bike...

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    That is a pretty burly drop in the last pic. Nicely done as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    That is a pretty burly drop in the last pic. Nicely done as usual.
    Calhoun has a sweet pic of Knolly doing that drop in action pics..... Unfortunately, it is a sticky so not much attn paid too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by F.N.G View Post
    Calhoun has a sweet pic of Knolly doing that drop in action pics..... Unfortunately, it is a sticky so not much attn paid too...
    THanks for pointing me to the Action thread. I hadn't checked in in a while. Some good shots have popped up.

    This is a cool drop too but it's up on Porc rim. I did that one too but on the chili. There was a big crowd of XC/29er type guys down below that were filming and shooting photos like I was Wade Simmons or something. Ha ha. The one I posted was on (off) Mag 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    THanks for pointing me to the Action thread. I hadn't checked in in a while. Some good shots have popped up.

    This is a cool drop too but it's up on Porc rim. I did that one too but on the chili. There was a big crowd of XC/29er type guys down below that were filming and shooting photos like I was Wad Simmons or something. Ha ha. The one I posted was on (off) Mag 7.
    My bad. Sorry. It resembled this drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    Nice shots! Thanks for sharing them! I've got to get out there and ride with Tim again. The last time I was out there, my DT was still a new bike...
    That's too long to go without a Moab fix. I think Tim's got something special planned for the Spring. We need to get you and Dave to commit to going down there to encourage him to complete it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    The one I posted was on (off) Mag 7.
    Trying to place that drop of yous KRob. Where on the Mag?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Trying to place that drop of yous KRob. Where on the Mag?
    Not sure exactly but it doesn't flow directly from the trail. Pretty sure it's below Bull Run because we'd already switched bikes.We came around a hard right turn on slick rock and this shelf was on the right. It may be on Great Escape because we went that way instead of Little Canyon/Arth's corner now that I think about it. There were a couple other nice drop opportunities along there as well that I took advantage of.

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    Thanks for the Moab porn!

    I'm headed to Sedona for 3 weeks at X'mas/NYE. We'll be driving through SLC and within striking distance of Moab. I'm tempted to take 1 week off the Sedona trip for some Moab ridng as my GF has never been there. I just don't know if mid-Dec in Moab makes a lot of sense. I've always been there Feb/Mar and Sept/Oct.

    We are from the Wet Coast of Canada so cool temperatures are okay as long we aren't dealing with snow.
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    Great pics! I was out there about 10 days ago, here's a couple from blue dot trail (MAG 7) just before Portal:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms View Post
    Great pics! I was out there about 10 days ago, here's a couple from blue dot trail (MAG 7) just before Portal:



    We shot a couple of photos at that spot as well. Pretty cool area, and the first time I have ridden that trail system. Just a bit of a local note, the Mag7/Blue Dot trails were created by TrailDoc, who also is single handedly responsible for the trails we love in Sedona. Much like Moab, TrailDoc was kicked out for illegal building, and then the cities adopted the trails as their own. Without TrailDoc, Sedona would not be what it is, neither would Moab.

    As much fun as I have hitting Mag7, Porc is still my favorite, another TrailDoc special BTW. So glad I took the Chili, such a great bike for these rides.
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    Thank you, Trail Doc....

    A few shots from Moab-4loopfinish.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    We shot a couple of photos at that spot as well. Pretty cool area, and the first time I have ridden that trail system. Just a bit of a local note, the Mag7/Blue Dot trails were created by TrailDoc, who also is single handedly responsible for the trails we love in Sedona. Much like Moab, TrailDoc was kicked out for illegal building, and then the cities adopted the trails as their own. Without TrailDoc, Sedona would not be what it is, neither would Moab.

    As much fun as I have hitting Mag7, Porc is still my favorite, another TrailDoc special BTW. So glad I took the Chili, such a great bike for these rides.
    I'm also a supporter of TD and appreciate his efforts but your exaggerating just a bit. The backside of HiLine and a reroute on Mescal are about the only trails TD has built in Sedona that have been adopted. That's the rub and a bummer because there's a couple that are definitely worthy w/ sustainable routing. The Hogs, Tomahawk, Shadies and Hangover were built by others. That's not to say that he didn't help on any of those but they are not his layout. I'm not sure he actually routed Blue Dot either. Some of it was there in the early 90s. But he and his wife definitely had a hand in the upper part of Mag7 and the LPS of Porcupine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Thanks for the Moab porn!

    I'm headed to Sedona for 3 weeks at X'mas/NYE. We'll be driving through SLC and within striking distance of Moab. I'm tempted to take 1 week off the Sedona trip for some Moab ridng as my GF has never been there. I just don't know if mid-Dec in Moab makes a lot of sense. I've always been there Feb/Mar and Sept/Oct.

    We are from the Wet Coast of Canada so cool temperatures are okay as long we aren't dealing with snow.
    Do it, Moab it awesome..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms View Post
    Great pics! I was out there about 10 days ago, here's a couple from blue dot trail (MAG 7) just before Portal:



    That first photo makes me clench-up a bit

    Is that your Warden or your Chili? I'm guessing Chili...

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinewmexico View Post
    Do it, Moab it awesome..
    I've been to Moab many times and there is no question it's awesome. The question is what's it like in mid-Dec for MTBing [typically]. I can save her first Moab trip for a spring or fall holiday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms View Post
    Great pics! I was out there about 10 days ago, here's a couple from blue dot trail (MAG 7) just before Portal:
    Very nice....

    I haven't ridden that trail. It's on the menu for the next Moab visit.
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    Moab is pretty cold and often snowy in December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms View Post
    Great pics! I was out there about 10 days ago, here's a couple from blue dot trail (MAG 7) just before Portal:
    Such great shots Dusty and such an awesome ride. I saw those on the Knolly FB page a week or two ago and wondered if maybe that was you (orange POC) on the new Warden. Looks like it might be your Chilcotin though.

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    Man, some shots to blow up & frame!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    We shot a couple of photos at that spot as well. .
    Post 'em up or it didn't happen! Looking forward to your full trip report which I hope is forthcoming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Post 'em up or it didn't happen! Looking forward to your full trip report which I hope is forthcoming.
    Not too sure I can add much to what has already been said...but here goes.

    I have not taken a proper vacation in over 2.5 years. My last vacation was to Whistler. I really needed to get away from work and it has been a few years since I have been to Moab, so it seemed like it was time. At the same time, a very close friend of mine and our crew was planning to move back east at year end. Javi has never visited Moab, and I could use the company. Since Javi has not visited before, we decided to ride the usual suspects, Slickrock, Amasa/Pothole Arch/Rockstacker/Jackson, Mag7, Porc, and finally Amasa/Ahab to send us home.

    I struggled deciding which bike I should take, the Endo or the Chili. With the help of you and several others, I chose to take the Chili, and it was the right choice. We rolled into town late Friday afternoon and immediately headed over to Slickrock. Slickrock is not high in my list of to do rides, but being Javi's first time in Moab, it is a must. I was certainly overbiked here, but it was tolerable.

    Saturday we woke up and headed up Amasa. I really love this climb. It is a rather relaxing climb with a few moves here or there to keep things fun. We ran into a few bikers heading up to Ahab, but we never saw a other rider after that. Rockstacker was fun as usual, and Jacksons was Javi's first real experience with exposure. He did well, we had a nice clean run, and the trail was in great shape.

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    Sunday we shuttled Mag7. I have never done this trail system before, so it was all new to me. Based on the guidance of some locals, and Knollicians, we made our way over to Blue Dot and ended with Portal. I really enjoyed Blue Dot, and loved Portal, what a trip. Having now done it, I will feel more confident navigating the route.

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    Looking south over Pothole Arch
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    Incredible views on Portal
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    Monday was the Porc shuttle from Kokopelli down. Unfortunately Javi has a fairly fatal mechanical. He has the Shimano integrated shifters/brakes and his rear shifter/brake unit broke off. We were able to save it with some lengths of velcro which allowed him to at least use his brakes. His rear shifting was no existent, he basically has a 2 speed bike for the entire ride. We did stop for a few photos on UPS, but ripped up the trip back. US was nice and damp, tacky even. When we hit the jeep trail, I was in heaven. There is a nice blue groove through it now, and you can go as fast as you would like. This is where I really appreciated the Chili. I was able to slam into stuff as fast and hard as I wanted with nearly no ill effects. Long, fast stretches like Porc are not available here, so Ireally enjoy this ride. I am always reinvigorated after Porc.

    A little snow at KoKo
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    Due to Javi's mechanical, I was unable to hit Ahab....next time. Perfect weather, and we had the trails to ourselves. Other than the small group on Amasa, we saw no other riders on the trail. We hammered Porc and were the first ones down that day. Too much fun!
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