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    Knollfest 2013 - EXTREME! Edition

    Let me start by saying..holy F&#K was that fun! Knollfest 2013 has come to a close, and I feel pretty good sitting in my chair watching TV right now. 4 hard days of riding has taken it's toll on my body. My legs feel like concrete, my left shoulder and hip are throbbing from and magnificent OTB on Goat Camp, and my brain hurts. My wife and I had a blast hosting the event, but we are ready to get back to our normal lives.

    This year we had a few returning vets and a few virgins. We had Rubybigdog, Calhoun, TwoLions, Muttonchops, RDH, Dusty, dirtbag, LV Ridin, Lucky Stryke, Krob, pferrell, and one very special guest this year...ebxtreme (EXTREME!). Oh yeah, and some guy named Noel was along for the ride too.

    The event started Wednesday with a late night build at my place, which quickly turned into my alarm ringing at 6:00am to prep for our Thursday Sedona run. We met up with KRob, Calhoun, and TwoLions at the Huckaby parking lot, spent a few minutes with intros, and then headed up to Hangover.

    I will post a more detailed review tomorrow, but here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.

    "Everyone needs to believe in something.........and I believe I'm going to have another beer" - pfarrell


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    Friday was shuttle day. We managed to get 5 good hard runs in. Flats were the soup of the day.

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    20 people in a 15 person van...REALLY?

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    EXTREME! standing

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    Saturday was Goat Camp, pferrell may have said it best as he rolled into the descent... "F&#K!"

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    Yes, this photo is relevent.

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    Time to party...

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    To proper way to blow a handlebar (if you're into that kind of thing)...way to go Pete

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    50 degree water...brrrr

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    Sunday, only 6 stood, and yet we took another punch in the junk from Old Lady Ames.

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    This year I also made up some Knollfest swag. I had a logo designed for the event and then has pint glasses laser engraved and t-shirts made. I wrapped up a shirt and glass for each attendee and put them under the Christmas tree.

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    Thanks for rubbing it in. Looked like it was Knolly Heaven. I will make next years event.

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    I missed soooo much,but next year I'll be there.Great pictures

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    Damn. Looks amazing....wish I could have been there. December is a tough month to get away, but hopefully next year!

    We need a play by play of the weekend; who brought the steeze, who stacked it sideways, most embarrassing moments of the post-ride festivities, etc. And more photos!!

    Seriously does look like a great time. Props to TiSS'er for putting on a what looks like an awesome event.

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    looks like everyone had a ball, nice work TiSS'er, gutted I couldn't meet you all, I guess there's always next year...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parabellum View Post
    Damn. Looks amazing....wish I could have been there. December is a tough month to get away, but hopefully next year!

    We need a play by play of the weekend; who brought the steeze, who stacked it sideways, most embarrassing moments of the post-ride festivities, etc. And more photos!!

    Seriously does look like a great time. Props to TiSS'er for putting on a what looks like an awesome event.
    I'll get up a more detailed post hopefully tonight and I have many more photos to post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lv ridn View Post
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    Nice work. Looks like a blast.
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    gdamn...looks like a blast. hope everyone came out of it uninjured!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parabellum View Post

    We need a play by play of the weekend; who brought the steeze, who stacked it sideways,
    Well I think we all "stacked it sideways" at least once over the course of the weekend. I just had the good fortune to do right in front of the camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parabellum View Post
    We need a play by play of the weekend; who brought the steeze, who stacked it sideways, most embarrassing moments of the post-ride festivities, etc. And more photos!!

    Seriously does look like a great time. Props to TiSS'er for putting on a what looks like an awesome event.
    I am sure TiSS'r will post more on that. My favorite moments:

    Favorite trail: goat camp
    Most mechanicals: 5 flats in one short shuttle section (about 15 min) (I forget which trail)
    Sketchiest Move: Rabbit Hole - Old Lady Ames
    Biggest grin: Ryan aka Rubybigdog
    Most blood: at least 4-5 guys could make this claim to fame
    Highest proof alcohol: 120.4 proof
    Best drunken stupor move: EB's droolfest
    Best technical advice: pfarrels proper bike felatio technique, in theory (garage) then a trailside practicum on shuttle day after the fifth flat
    Best Attitude: TiSS'rs wife (and the parents--for putting up with us, feeding us, and doing most of the clean-up before we even realized there was cleanup to be done)
    Best day: Sedona was a little cold (but still epic) but I would say a 3-way tie for the rest
    Best things I learned: what a skewer really is, and what bush diving means to non-americans
    Most gracious host: TiSS'r of course. by the end of the trip I had scavanged about half of the parts from his endorphin to keep me running.

    Many more memories, too many to list. I will be stoked from this trip for months. Thanks everyone for making it happen!
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    My brain is still processing all of this weekend but it was EXTREME!
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    Besides a couple of new gouges to the chainstay my bike came out mostly functional, but I did find this yesterday:

    "Mi amor Nuevo Miércoles!"

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    WOW!! Thanks again to everyone for making this so damn fun! Of course a special thanks to Eric (aka extreme) for making me look like the sober guy....Now let's get those red Warden's coming.

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    Great pics guys. That's a pretty impressive gathering of "Knolly Dudes". Looked like a blast. Looking forward to more pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfarrell View Post
    Of course a special thanks to Eric (aka extreme) for making me look like the sober guy....
    Now, let's not get carried away, Pete! I heard the 1 AM In-and-Out run had it's own special level of drunkenness.

    First off, it cannot be overstated that Brandon and Tanya are the host’s with the most. They rolled out the red carpet for us in their home and the level of preparation, hospitality and patience they exhibited would be nearly impossible to match. The shirts and pint glasses were just over-the-top cool. Many, many thanks to them!!

    A few quick thoughts:
    • We all think we ride in tech and gnar, but holy hell, batman!! Seriously, Goat Camp and Ole Lady Ames were two of the nastiest trails I’ve ever ridden. I’m pretty sure Goat Camp claimed everyone is some way – whether it was a cactus in the arm, bent bike parts or an OTB in the chunk. Sure, some of our trails have small sections with chunk, but not an ENTIRE trail!! I also loved the climb up mesquite….it was rad to come around the corner and see the trail stretching along the mountain with riders sprinkled all over it. I’d say that was my favorite day of riding.
    • Every person I met was a genuinely good guy who didn’t take themselves too seriously. The banter and heckling were almost as fun as the riding! Pete should consider comedy as a backup profession. The AZ crew were all super about keeping us on track and not getting turned around on the rides.
    • I was super impressed with the entire crew’s skills. Everyone slayed it on some of the chunkiest terrain I’ve ever seen. Maybe that’s just a reflection on the kind of folks who buy Noel’s bikes, but this particular group were all highly skilled riders.
    • Last, but not least…..no matter how many times you jump in a 50 degree pool, it doesn’t, in fact, help you sober up! After that, it was bed time for EB!


    Already looking forward to the next Knollfest!

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    What an amazing, awesome, stupendous, lot of jollity was had this past weekend. tiSS'er went waaaaay above and beyond expectations with this Knollfest (and expectations were high after last year). His planning and spreadsheeting paid off big time in what has to be the best mtb gatherings I've ever attended. Nice job Brandon. On behalf of all who attended I just want to say thank you for all your hard work.

    The weather greeted me with a cold slap in the face when I got back to Ely. This is from this morning.
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    That's one degree colder than when I left.

    Here's a few pics off my camera I'll share.

    John (Dr. Thunder) cleaning a tough step up at the top of steep climb on Munds Wagon Trail.
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    Here's javi clearing the same step while sampling the Warden. I'm sure he'd never have made it on his lesser GT with baby wheels .
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    A regroup spot on the way up to Hangover. This may be the same spot where I unceremoniously tipped over for no apparent reason right in front of the group.
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    Getting closer to the hangover saddle. (Yes that's a Pivot in the shot.... although I think he set right next to Noel at dinner that night and talked shop with him the whole time so maybe we'll have another convert).
    That reminds me. There were 3-4 of tiSS'er's normal ride crew that hung with us all weekend and were a ton of help with sweeping, guiding and helping with mechanicals. Hat's off and special thanks to Ronnie, Perry, Javi, Victor (?), Rex, and RJ for their help.
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    Getting ready to drop in off the saddle. I see now I got way too many pictures of standing around and not nearly enough while riding. If you've never done Hangover it's worth a look. What fun. There were lots of hoots, hollers, and super excited post-ride buzz going on after this one.
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    More sitting. We're Knolly riders. We're too gnar to ride.
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    Loading up the shuttle for the SoMo shuttle day. There's that lesser GT fouling up my perfect knolly shot.
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    That's more like it!
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    Packed in like sardines. Sardines with very expensive biking habits.
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    Rory (Calhoun) descending
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    RJ (aka Dirtbag) a second before hitting the wheel stopper right in front of him and going OTB. Like I said. I think most of us had our share of awkward get-offs this weekend.
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    Rex (LV ridin) sampling the Warden. We banned his Turner this year.
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    Dave (aka muttonchops) going for the pass.
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    I'll get up my Goat CAmp shots later. Stay tuned.
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    I am very jealous
    Looks like a great time!

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    Is that a size MED Warden

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    Ok i might have been the young gun on the trip this year but damn! I was so impressed with everyone! The best crew I have to ride with in a long time! Thanks for all the good times! Brandon.. you are a killer host and i cant say thank you enough for opening your doors to our rowdy gang! Everyone killed it with very minimal injury (except finding 10 needles in the back of my leg from that fall i took on the jackhammer on goat camp) Kent will testify! I cant wait till the next event! If anyone is in SoCal! Would love to ride with any of you!

    Again thanks for the good times and accepting me as a youngin! Hope i made up that age gap in my riding!

    Cheers gents!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinmike View Post
    Is that a size MED Warden
    There were both Med and Large Wardens on hand. As well as two Podiums. The Podiums slept in the garage though, as the chunk was too much for the DH sleds. That says something about the bikes Noel builds: when AM and Enduro frames are the more appropriate bikes due to the extremely chunky rocky trails. Most other manufacturers would have to put their DH bikes out on trails like that--out of the DH sled's comfort zone--as their Enduro and AM offerings would just crumple under the EXTREME terrain. But the Chilcotin and Warden both slayed it.

    I for one, was extremely impressed by the Warden during my limited parking lot test. It's dexterity and centered feel made me feel instantly at home, despite the larger wheels.
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    Looks like it was a great trip. Bummed I missed it. Next year perhaps...
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    Everything came together great for the event as was set before Thanksgiving. I woke up on T-Day and checked the extended forecast. I saw 70% chance of rain on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I was really pissed and pretty grumpy. People were spending a great deal of time and money to come to the Valley of the Sun, and enjoy our weather Fortunately the weather cleared and we had an incredible weekend.

    Initially when I began to schedule the event, Kevin suggested we hit up Sedona, and I felt we should do that first. I planned the rides out so each day the rides progressed and became more technical. Two pedal days split up by a shuttle day. We didn't shuttle last year, but there is no better way to experience SOMO than through some shuttles. I worked with GnarGnar tours, a local company, and they hooked us up. They had a 15 person van pulling an 18 bike trailer. After what I thought would be a "rest day", we attacked the 8 mile climb up to the top of Goat Camp where you would need to apply all the techniques you had learned over the previous two days. After Goat Camp we had a wonderfully catered dinner full of pulled pork, pulled chicken, and Brisket (seemed to be a hit).

    Thursday morning we headed up to Sedona to some pretty frigid temps. It was 36F when we showed up and 39F when we left. The temps were actually pretty nice as we climbed up to Cow Pies. Once we rolled through the first half of Hangover, we took a break on the south side where the wind was whipping and was very chilly. We quickly dropped the slickrock portion of the trail and it warmed up quickly. For a few riders, this was their first trip to Sedona. Smiles were plentiful.

    The crew that stayed with me minus ebxtreme, he's probably grabbing a beer, prepping for the drive to Sedona

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    Rubybigdog (RBD) and Krob prepping for the ride and soaking up some sun. RBD's first time to Sedona.

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    RDH stretching out and warming up

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    Let's get climbing

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    Noel looks pretty darn happy

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    Friday we were able to knock out 5 good shuttle runs. We started on Holbert (welcome to SOMO!) where Don of DonRogersCreative.com (he designed our logos, shirts and pint glasses) took some incredible photos for us (none of the below photos are his, you can tell which ones he took in my first post simply by the color and quality). After Holbert we moved to more pedally yet fast trail, National west to Kiwanis. We then hit National to 24th Street. Time for a quick break, a beer refill and some snacks. We then headed up to Geronimo where we were able to get 2 solid runs in. On the last run, a group of 5 broke away and had that magical run. You now the one, where everyone is hauling ass, flowing incredibly, yet not pushing. The bike was floating, the suspension felt like pillows, and the mind and body were in sync. It was great to sit back and watch the mini train tear up Geronimo. I couldn't imagine a better way to end the session.

    dirtbag rolling out the bottom of Holbert

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    Dusty rollin' smoov

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    The smile says it all

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    Steps anyone?

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    Muttonchops and ebxtreme finishing Kiwanis

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    pfarrell hoping it's over

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    RDH just cruisin'

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    TEP

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    dirtbag showing Calhoun the line

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    Nice manual

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    Saturday's Goat Camp ride starts with a bang. A steep, technical climb up to the first saddle leads to a very buff and moderate climb up to Goat Camp. The group spread out as expected on the climb, where the strongest climbers earned themselves a few extra minutes of rest at the top. A group of us walked the drop in, and scoped the lines. To this point I have been talking up this descent, and I think for those that were seeing it for the first time it was finally setting in. They knew this wasn't going to be easy, but rather survival.

    ebxtreme at the start of the climb

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    lilknollypunk preferred to just ride, not look. Dropping in on one of the easier moves

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    pfarrell "FU#K"

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    Krob rolling smooth. look at the concentration

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    Muttonchops - face says it all

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    RDH successfully staying upright

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    Noel heckling

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    RBD scoping the Spiral Staircase

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    Muttonchops taking a deep breath

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    RBD all smiles and glad to be alive

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    I would like to thank all of those that came out and made this such a great event. Perry, RJ, Rex, Ronnie and Javi, thank you. I couldn't have done this without you, and the event was much better because of your attendance. I would like to thank Noel and Kevin for their support and attendance. I know the vibe was much different with you here. Noel spent a great deal of his time working with both Rex and Javi to get their demos setup, and he continued to do so until they were completely happy. Kevin....well he spent most of his time instructing Tanner "God dammit Tanner...get me a beer!"
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    Looks like it was a blast, glad everyone had a great time!
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    Great stuff.

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    Great people, great trails, great bikes! Here are some pictures taken on Goat Camp.
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    Nice meeting you Rippling. Thanks for coming out and thanks for sharing the photos.

    Here's a few more from my trip.

    The Knolly faithful (Ebxtreme in particular) took it upon themselves to decorate my road spray grimed car with Knolly "stickers". Thanks guys!

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    Muttonchops Dave: "The top is WHERE?" Way up there where you can barely see the towers.
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    There was a little bit of this for most folks on this long climb, but for the most part it's fairly gradual, very rideable, and scenic.
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    There's several "recovery" spots where things flatten out a bit to let you catch your breath. Here's Rodney (Rippling over Canyons), followed by Javi and ti'SSer (I thihk).

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    Dusty had his rocket pack on so was one of the first to the top.
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    rdh climbing.
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    Javi also demoed the Warden on this ride. I forgot to ask him how he liked it.
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    I think this climb is about 6-7 miles so does seem to go one forever (only about two hours actually to get the entire group to the top which isn't bad considering the size of the group)
    I think that's Eric (ebxtreme) and Brandon (ti'SSer) following Warren (not sure of his screen name).
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    The sun popped out in spurts and it felt good to sit out of the breeze and refuel.
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    These two were always good to keep us smiling. Super friendly, super strong riders, great attitude and funny. That's Steve and Rory (? and Calhoun). After this shot I pulled in with them to finish the climb. Although Calhoun got a second wind about here and left us in the dust.
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    Finally at the top it's time to chill, strap on armor and get ready for one of the most unrelenting chunkfest descents around. Everyone said they have trails with sections of tech like this.... but not with trails with chunk/tech at this level for the whole trail.
    That's Ralph (rdhfreethought), Perry, Brandon (ti'SSer), Tanner right behind him, and Pete (pfarrel) just at the edge of the frame to the right working on tires (again).
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    Here's Noel (knollybikes) and Dave (muttonchops) chewing the fat. Noel had an unfortunate get-off on South Mountain which resulted in a very sore wrist so he hiked up Goat Camp to meet us up there. It was great having you there Noel. Hope your wrist is OK. Any results from the x-ray yet?
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    Goat Camp descent photos to come. Stay tuned.
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    the view out into the distance in the last two pics looks stunning. so looking forward to visiting this area in the future. are there dh race tracks in these hills...most of the pics point to enduro type climbs and slow techy/chunky decents...what the mix like?

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    Nice meeting you Rippling. Thanks for coming out and thanks for sharing the photos.


    The Knolly faithful (Extreme in particular) took it upon themselves to decorate my road spray grimed car with Knolly "stickers". Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrench View Post
    the view out into the distance in the last two pics looks stunning. so looking forward to visiting this area in the future. are there dh race tracks in these hills...most of the pics point to enduro type climbs and slow techy/chunky decents...what the mix like?
    There are no DH races in Phoenix, or even the surrounding areas. XC racing only.
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    INCREDIBLE...It must be so cool for Noel to run with a pack that are ripping on his inventions/masterpieces!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    There are no DH races in Phoenix, or even the surrounding areas. XC racing only.
    If the USA were to build a new National DH WC Track (like Fort William is to Scotland), which I think the US needs, id vote for AZ. What a wicked place to have on your doorstep. I also see very very clearly why you like your AVA mods, simply, THE CHUNK AZ trails seem just as unique as those north of Virgin in UTAH. Hot spot holiday destination for sure but it seems one you get the comprehensive medical insurance for and plenty dosh for fixing your bike after it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
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    What??? I want my money back. No, wait. It's vintage. Cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrench View Post
    I also see very very clearly why you like your AVA mods, simply, THE CHUNK ..
    Word. I bought ti'SSer's Avalanche cartridged Lyric SoloAir a few months ago and while it was pretty good, I wasn't super blown away by it....... until I brought the Chili to South Mountain and Goat Camp this trip. Holy Cow. I've never felt a fork feel this good on this AZ chunk. It was made to excel here and it does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrench View Post
    If the USA were to build a new National DH WC Track (like Fort William is to Scotland), which I think the US needs, id vote for AZ. What a wicked place to have on your doorstep. I also see very very clearly why you like your AVA mods, simply, THE CHUNK AZ trails seem just as unique as those north of Virgin in UTAH. Hot spot holiday destination for sure but it seems one you get the comprehensive medical insurance for and plenty dosh for fixing your bike after it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrench View Post
    If the USA were to build a new National DH WC Track (like Fort William is to Scotland), which I think the US needs, id vote for AZ. What a wicked place to have on your doorstep. I also see very very clearly why you like your AVA mods, simply, THE CHUNK AZ trails seem just as unique as those north of Virgin in UTAH. Hot spot holiday destination for sure but it seems one you get the comprehensive medical insurance for and plenty dosh for fixing your bike after it..
    East Coast has plenty of lift served chunk. (Mountain Creek, Highland, Platty, Mt Snow, Mont St Anne etc.) However having ridden in the Phoenix area myself a couple of times I was mightily impressed and I didn't do Goat Camp.

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    Parting shots and parting thoughts.

    Spiral Staircase. This is a tricky move that drops about 40 or 50 feet in two short, tight swithbacks. First the entrance to it is uphill and blind over a rocky outcropping then over a wheel stopper gap then hard left into a narrow and steep, bar and stanchion scraping gap. If you get to here clean, you then have a rough, loose steep section that leads into a sharp flattish 90 deg right hander that wants to take you right into a wheel stopper. Tuck the wheel inside this wheel stopper and then straighten out with enough momentum left to get your front wheel lined up for a narrow chute with a small gap to another wheel stopper that you have to clear. Simple.

    A view from the bottom.
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    Steve made several unsuccessful attempts but never gave up eventually cleaning the whole thing..... except he left his shoe on the ground. Count it!
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    Rory (Calhoun) made it down pretty clean on his first or second run, but then decided to try it again in order to clean things even better. I never dare tempt fate on a move like this. If I make it, I'm done. Did you ever get it clean again, Rory?

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    Dave (muttonchops) looking good. After my second failed attempt getting hung up at the bottom tight turn, Dave told me to head for a small rock on the far outside apex in order to get turned. I figured he'd already cleaned it so decided to take his advice. Then when I was waiting my turn to go again he comes back up to the top. "I thought you already cleaned it", I said. "No, I haven't made it yet". His advice was still spot on though as I finally nailed it on my third attempt.
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    Ralph (rdhfreethought) lining up the final turn.
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    Warren just clearing the tight squeeze at the top and staying focused.
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    Loaded up and enjoying the post ride adrenalin buzz.
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    As much as I like to cram as much riding into the day as possible on trips, I enjoyed the banter and friendly conversation in the parking lots of this gathering. Super cool folks these Knollyites.
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    Back at ti'SSer's the bikes take a well deserved rest while we ate, chatted, and partied Great food. Great company. Very gracious hosts.

    There's about $100K worth of Knollies laying around in Brandon's garage. Try explaining that to your insurance agent. "Yes, I promise, there were like twenty bikes worth $5000-$7000 each in here when we went to bed!"
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    On the long drive home Sunday I had some time to reflect on the happenings of the weekend (and take a few more shots out the windows).

    So here's a few thoughts in no particular order:

    -I like the sun roof on my new car. I can keep an eye on my bike when it's on the roof.
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    -Dillon's of West Phoenix makes some mighty good BBQ and some of the best potato salad and baked beans I've ever eaten.

    -Pete and Eric and Steve could keep me laughing for a long time.

    -It's been said before (maybe even by me) but it bares repeating: Brandon (ti'SSer) knocked this one out of the park! Great event.

    -I don't mean to sound biased, but Knolly makes some of the best bikes in the world, especially for riding these kinds of trails.

    -This is why I go south in the winter as often as I can.
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    -The collective skill and just all-around niceness of this group of riders is phenomenal. I'd be happy to ride with any one of you any day, anywhere.

    -Thanks again to everyone who came and everyone who helped make this gathering a success. Bellingham/North Van in August 2014! Put it on your calendars.

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    great fun you guys had. that's obvious.
    i'm pretty jealous of you... very nice what i saw.

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    Great photos as usual Kent. Sorry about the snow, weather here is warming up to normal. Back to the 70s this weekend

    As soon as I get photos from Paach I will post those up. I'm sure he has some great action shots!

    Are we doing this again next week? I'm ready to go. I guess I better get some new flats/shoes and get used to them if we are hitting PNW in August!
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    My brain is still processing all of this weekend but it was EXTREME!
    Rory,

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    I was looking back at a backpack I did a few years ago in the "River of no Return Wilderness" and came across this. I know it's a stretch but ya never know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayha View Post
    Rory,

    Any relation?

    Rory Calhoun - IMDb

    I was looking back at a backpack I did a few years ago in the "River of no Return Wilderness" and came across this. I know it's a stretch but ya never know!
    Haha, nope no relation. I got the nickname Calhoun from an old boss, but Rory Calhoun was his point of reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    Great photos as usual Kent. Sorry about the snow, weather here is warming up to normal. Back to the 70s this weekend

    As soon as I get photos from Paach I will post those up. I'm sure he has some great action shots!

    Are we doing this again next week? I'm ready to go. I guess I better get some new flats/shoes and get used to them if we are hitting PNW in August!
    Thanks Brandon. It's starting to warm up a bit here. I rode in positive single digits yesterday and it was a balmy 12-15 deg F this morning. Might even get out of the 30s for the weekend. WooHoo!
    Looking forward to Paach's photos.

    The PNW gathering reference was based on a comment by Dave when I was leaving your house Saturday night. So I thought it was a done deal. I'd be in for that or a mid-late September Moab location as well.
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    I said it last year and I'll say it again: I'm really impressed with the quality of Knolly riders. To the last man, every one of you were excellent riders who don't take yourselves too seriously. Lots of good humor, and lots of mutual encouragement mixed with goofy heckling. A good group of folks that I would ride with any time (as for the other way around, well...). I'm bummed I only got to ride Hangover and Holbert with you guys, but I'm thankful I got to do even those rides considering the business of my week/weekend.

    I think Noel himself epitomizes this pretty well. The guy is a very skilled rider and clearly sweats the engineering details, but he's very approachable and has a great sense of humor. I was also really impressed with the degree to which he remained focused on making sure those folks on the demo bikes were having a good time (and how he recalled me from Interbike 4 years is totally baffling/impressive to me--I don't think I did anything remotely memorable other than demo his bikes!). The whole experience has further upped my stoke level for this company.

    Once again ('cause it bears repeating), big hats off to Brandon to putting this together! The spreadsheet method is clearly a good one.

    Maybe everyone went home to deal meth, beat their families and hang out with the Koch Brothers, but while they were here in AZ they successfully gave me the impression that they are genuinely cool people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    The PNW gathering reference was based on a comment by Dave when I was leaving your house Saturday night. So I thought it was a done deal. I'd be in for that or a mid-late September Moab location as well.
    September/October would be awesome. I'd love to come to one of these but the closer it is to year-end the tougher it is for me to get away. Moab would be sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    The PNW gathering reference was based on a comment by Dave when I was leaving your house Saturday night. So I thought it was a done deal. I'd be in for that or a mid-late September Moab location as well.
    Awesome. I live in the PNW. I'll bring the Canadian microbrew.

    Any dates? We are planning a Chilcotins trip in Aug and I can still massage those dates around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Thunder View Post
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    Except Brandon. He IS the Traildick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Awesome. I live in the PNW. I'll bring the Canadian microbrew.

    Any dates? We are planning a Chilcotins trip in Aug and I can still massage those dates around.
    Yeah we had a lot of discussion of PNW trip. Sort of a Road Trip type Knollfest is the version I liked.
    Seattle- 1 day
    Bellingham- 1 day
    Shore- 1 day
    Squamish- 2 days
    Pemberton- 2 days
    WBP- optional

    This would require a full 5 days M-F off work. Travel days on the weekend (fly in Fri Night, fly out Sun night). Drive time only about 2 hrs, destination to destination each leg of the journey.

    Maybe something like:

    Sat- Seattle: exits (ride leader Muttonchops)
    Sun AM drive to B'Ham
    Sun- Galby @B'Ham (ride leader EBxtreme)
    Mon- Shore (sample selected trails Fromme/Seymour etc/EB) Meet up with Canadians who couldn't make it down, Warden demos (Pfarrel chooses color)
    Tues- Squamish (locals)
    Wed- Squamish (shuttle?)
    Thurs- drive past Whistler(!) to Pemby
    Fri- Pemby day 2, evening in WBP apres
    Sat- Optional WBP, overnight apres
    Sun- drive in AM to Seattle, fly out

    For those that cannot make the whole trip, and live in BC or WA, there would be the option of just riding Sat-Sun both days. and still have a hell of a good time, but not have to take time off work. Those that want the epic 7 day+ trip could do the whole thing.

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