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    Knollfest 2014 PNW -- Stoke and Logistics thread

    Holy Cow is all I can say. There is some serious riding planned for Aug 1st to Aug 10th. It comes second only to the insane amount of logistical complexity in trying to make this trip go smoothly. But no matter what happens this will be an awesome time.

    (see also information threads: Knollfest Summer 2014 - Knolliscious Karavan of Shred --DATE CONFIRMATION thread)

    The main timeline is unchanged:

    Fri Aug 1st - arrive in Seattle. I pick people up from the airpot. (Please text me at five-o-nine 388-7075 or email at ralphdhavens@gmail for arrival pick-up confirmation)

    Sat Aug 2nd - Epic first day. Ride Muttonchops trails of I-90. 3k+ elevation. Ride classic PNW trails, in the woods, down rock rollers, optional jump trails, stream crossing. Lodging/BBQ Sat night in North Bend at Mutton's place. Will need to bring foamies/mattresses etc

    Sun Aug 3rd - B'ham. EB and locals trails. (I am still working on Lodging - TBA)

    Mon Aug 4th - North Shore. Options will exist for the group. There is the possibility of a DH group, since many might bring Podiums. For those that do not, we will ride Warden/Chilcotin style trails. But Endo will be fine depending on rider skill

    Tues Aug 5th Day 1 Squamish. North Van Knolly crew will help guide. There is a 2500+ climb, so bring your legs.

    Wed Aug 6th Day 2 Squamish. Rest Day (for people like me) Ride location determined by interest/bike.

    Thur Aug 7th ****WHISTLER**** (note new location)


    Friday-Sat-Sun: Whistler bike park. The Whistler section will have options like the North Shore section. There will be people who want to ride the valley trails (awesome) on their 6-inch bikes. People who have DH bikes, and want to ride park, and people who may want to do both, but have the warden/chilly, and people who will be new to the group and can only make it up for WBP. Totally casual and you are free to do whatever you like. Since its a bike park, eh?
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    What I need from each of you.

    I currently have 21 confirmed riders from the other thread. Many can make only a few days, and there are several that I expect will show, but have not confirmed yet. On a given day, I would expect anywhere from 10-12 riders to be the norm and 20+ riders for WBP.

    There appear to be enough vehicles for WA state. There may be a need for more vehicles for CAN section. (006-007 and couchsurfer, check your pm's). If this is so, I have offers for people that can drive a rental truck for that leg. We have 3 drivers for 3 trucks, if that becomes necessary. Plus locals vehicles, I think we will have enough vehicle. Also, people have offered hitch racks sans vehicles, to add room for more bikes, at a last resort.

    I need anyone that is on the fence, or newly committed, or has to drop out, PLEASE let me know now.

    Lastly, since this is the stoke thread. Feel free to post up any picks. Here is a link to some of the riding by fellow Knomer Paul Gannon (and WA State Knolly Knation Racing member) in Pink bike today to start things off: Video: Deep Mountain Rumble with Paul Gannon - Pinkbike
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    Congrats on putting together a killer event, and thanks to all who are assisting. I wish I could be there, but I'll have to watch from the sidelines. Let the countdown begin!!!
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    I will be joining in on the fun. I will be in North Vancouver from the 1st thru the 7th on work. So I will miss out on Washington but once you guys head North I will try to join in on much as I can. Last year in PHX was a blast and cat wait to hit the trails again with all you guys. Cant wait!
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    Cool. It will be good to see you again. I'll also be joining the Karavan on Monday in North Van.

    How about some more ride stoke photos? :0)

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    Bham - I can house 4-6 guys at my place and have clearance from my wife for a full day of riding. It will require some guys using couch and floor space in the mancave since we have a newborn who is up at all times of the night on our upper floor. I've got an inflatable bed, several therm-a-rests, etc. We also have plenty of parking.

    We can do apres at my place with bbq and beers. Plus, get a cornhole tourney going, bonfire, etc.

    I am planning to do the North Shore day as well, but won't be able to leave 'til 9:30'ish after getting my toddler to daycare.

    Stoked!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    Bham - I can house 4-6 guys at my place and have clearance from my wife for a full day of riding. It will require some guys using couch and floor space in the mancave since we have a newborn who is up at all times of the night on our upper floor. I've got an inflatable bed, several therm-a-rests, etc. We also have plenty of parking.

    We can do apres at my place with bbq and beers. Plus, get a cornhole tourney going, bonfire, etc.

    I am planning to do the North Shore day as well, but won't be able to leave 'til 9:30'ish after getting my toddler to daycare.

    Stoked!
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    Day 1

    Quote Originally Posted by rdhfreethought View Post
    Sat Aug 2nd - Epic first day. Ride Muttonchops trails of I-90. 3k+ elevation. Ride classic PNW trails, in the woods, down rock rollers, optional jump trails, stream crossing. Lodging/BBQ Sat night in North Bend at Mutton's place. Will need to bring foamies/mattresses etc
    Yo,

    We have a couple options for this day and we will just see what turns out to be the best / most feasible. Definitely planning on a massive day with tons of stoke. There are pros and cons of each option and once i know who will be around for Day 1....can start a conversation to see what might be best.

    I will borrow mattresses and things and I am sure we will be fine. No worries.

    You will definitely need to bring your pedaling (hiking) legs...not much comes free in these parts...!!

    old photos...

    I am thinking some of this...



    bit of this.....



    and a little of this....

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    All that looks good mutton. realy good.

    Here's a WBP vid from mikesee I like. There's no knolly's in the vid but hopefully we can keep the stoke going.

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    [QUOTE=Muttonchops;11316232]Yo,

    We have a couple options for this day...

    or this...?

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    [QUOTE=Muttonchops;11323575]
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    Yo,

    We have a couple options for this day...

    or this...?

    Video: RAW 1.2 With Bryn Atkinson - Pinkbike
    what hub is that, I9? never heard a sound like that. didn't miss 'no music' .
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    I think I'll bring the ol' VTach for the I-90 day. If we are riding what I think we are, it won't be overkill.
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    Wow, that looks and sounds incredible! Love RAW vids.

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    Awesome video. My I9s on my Podium are nowhere near that loud - the Hopes on my Chili are noticeably louder. Those sound like Chris Kings though.

    Loud hubs rock. When someone if in front of me I like it to sound like there is a chainsaw chasing them down the trail.

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    loud hubs rock. When someone if in front of me i like it to sound like there is a chainsaw chasing them down the trail.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    I think I'll bring the ol' VTach for the I-90 day. If we are riding what I think we are, it won't be overkill.
    The VTach will be following in the tire tracks of one its kind. My VTach did many a run down the trails we will likely ride....now...that is....if we are riding what you think we are riding?

    I mostly ride the Chilly out there now...and it shreds. When i pedal the 6 miles from home...i take the Endo (as i did this past weekend) and I absolutely love that bike on these trails...just as competent as the Chilly but requires just that much more finesse
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    PM sent. I think my Chili will handle the rest of the Knollfest, because I'm skipping the Whistler day. Not that a Chili can't handle Whistler, I just prefer my VTach for lift assist, as I have been known to be a tad adventurous, which can be hard on a bike. Plus, I don't need as much skill on the tach, because it just plows through like a tank.
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    If a person brings two bikes up to Canada, how will we secure the 2nd bike during rides? I'm super cautious with my steeds, and would hate to leave one locked on a truck while I'm off in the woods (unless we post a sentry).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    If a person brings two bikes up to Canada, how will we secure the 2nd bike during rides? I'm super cautious with my steeds, and would hate to leave one locked on a truck while I'm off in the woods (unless we post a sentry).
    Have left bikes at the bike shop in Squamish in the past
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    Also, there might be a van, if I can get one. And we can lock to things not easily moved. I have chain locks that would be a PITA to cut. Also you can back the bike into into things, like a wall/tree or another car, makes it very hard to roll up and steal anything. And the NS rack is off the ground. Most big bolt cutters require pressure on the ground to get enough torque. And diamond bit/carbide wheels are very noisy, and take a while to get through the chain, I know, that is how I cut my chains.

    Having said that, if I can get a van, that would be perfect for the few bikes left behind. I am bringing the Podium and the Chilly, if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    Bham - I can house 4-6 guys at my place and have clearance from my wife for a full day of riding. It will require some guys using couch and floor space in the mancave since we have a newborn who is up at all times of the night on our upper floor. I've got an inflatable bed, several therm-a-rests, etc. We also have plenty of parking.

    We can do apres at my place with bbq and beers. Plus, get a cornhole tourney going, bonfire, etc.

    I am planning to do the North Shore day as well, but won't be able to leave 'til 9:30'ish after getting my toddler to daycare.

    Stoked!
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    Very generous. Thank you, Eric. Are you talking about Sunday night, August 3rd? After looking at the five hour drive time from Portland to North Van, I may leave Portland Sunday pm and drive as far as Bellingham, then drive up to North Van the next day with the group. You got a spot? I'll have my own inflatable mattress. Just need some floor.

    You should post this on the lodging thread too.

    PS: I may be able to carry an extra person (or two) and bike (or two) from B'ham to Canada.
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    Kent,

    Yep, I mean Sunday night (the 3rd). Mi Casa, su casa.

    Alternatively, why don't you drive up late on Saturday night to Dave's and make the B'ham ride on Sunday? I promise it will include some really good stuff on par with the Squamish/Shore/Whistler riding. If you're gonna potentially give up Sunday for driving anyway, you may as well ride that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    Bham - I can house 4-6 guys at my place and have clearance from my wife for a full day of riding. It will require some guys using couch and floor space in the mancave since we have a newborn who is up at all times of the night on our upper floor. I've got an inflatable bed, several therm-a-rests, etc. We also have plenty of parking.



    We can do apres at my place with bbq and beers. Plus, get a cornhole tourney going, bonfire, etc.

    I am planning to do the North Shore day as well, but won't be able to leave 'til 9:30'ish after getting my toddler to daycare.

    Stoked!
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    Any space for the youngin to jump in the fun? Trying to work logistics on joining you guys in the PNW. Just need to make sure someone can get me from the seattle airport (with my bikes) and get me to North Van so I can meet up with the Knolly crew for the rest of my stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilknollypunk View Post
    Any space for the youngin to jump in the fun? Trying to work logistics on joining you guys in the PNW. Just need to make sure someone can get me from the seattle airport (with my bikes) and get me to North Van so I can meet up with the Knolly crew for the rest of my stay.
    I can definitely get you to North Van from Bellingham and you can crash at my place on Sunday. No dice on airport for me though.

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    Yes dude...just make it happen. Friday at Seatac? Riding Saturday on my local trails.

    PM me to discuss
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    Yes dude...just make it happen. Friday at Seatac? Riding Saturday on my local trails.

    PM me to discuss
    I am picking him up from the airport. He is going to shred these trails for sure.

    EB, how many spots are still available at your pad?



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    Its hard to talk and ride at the same time..nearly clipped the tree in the air...If youre in Seattle on Saturday...we will be hitting this

    Hopefully folks getting excited to come ride some PNW.

    working out this youtube sh1t...

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    and a little this (no thats not a knolly)

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    (not usually a photographer...so excuse the ****e quality eh!...tis just a teaser)
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    Well done sir! Invitation accepted, those trails look fantastic!

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    Lol that's great MC!

    I tentatively will only be able to ride Saturday so may join the group. I may also have room for one more bike/rider transport to the trail head..


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    Quote Originally Posted by rdhfreethought View Post
    EB, how many spots are still available at your pad?
    The only person to contact me directly has been Rubybigdog and Mutton.

    Unless there's a major influx of people, we should be good at my place. Worse comes to worse, I can throw a tent or two out in my yard.

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    Getting stoked Mutton. Looks like a ridiculous amount of fun!
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    I'll be at Stevens on Saturday. If anyone wants to meet up for some Knollfest pre stoke or some beers at my truck, PM me.

    I don't mind sacrificing a little control for a little more speed after a couple lunch break refreshments.
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    Knollyfest Day 1 next week

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    Rewarding on both ends!

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    This guys! 6 days boys! SoCal is a mess right now. Let hope the dirt and weather are prime for the trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    I'll be at Stevens on Saturday. If anyone wants to meet up for some Knollfest pre stoke or some beers at my truck, PM me.

    I don't mind sacrificing a little control for a little more speed after a couple lunch break refreshments.
    Dang missed ya - checked out Stevens for the first time Sunday. Good fun!
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    16 laps for $35, and only 1.5 hrs from home. I can dig it. It feeds my gravity thirst well enough to skip Whistler, at least it has for the last two years.

    I saw a couple Podiums up there on Sat, looked like a husband/wife pair, but I didn't see them for the rest of the day. I'd love to get one ride down the mountain on one, to see if I should replace my VTach with one.
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    Yep, we'll be doing a little cliff jumping/swimming after the B'ham ride as well....although not as dramatic as a swim in the Middle Fork, Mutton!

    The last three miles of Sunday's ride will drop us out 7 minutes from my house. The exit on this trail has been re-routed and is even more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    The last three miles of Sunday's ride will drop us out 7 minutes from my house
    Ooooh...and so this is going to be part of a bigger route? I am intrigued and excited about what you could have in store? Will you be stashing beers (and a BBQ?) en route for a "TRUE" EBXtreme mountain biking experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    Will you be stashing beers (and a BBQ?) en route for a "TRUE" EBXtreme mountain biking experience?
    Something like that Dave-man!

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    Mutton and EB, tire choice... I am coming from SoCal with a Magic Mary front and Rock Razor Rear. Have a Nobby nic, hans dampf, or magic mary to throw on the rear. Suggestions?
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    Will there be an email or PM with time and place for meeting on Saturday?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilknollypunk View Post
    Mutton and EB, tire choice... I am coming from SoCal with a Magic Mary front and Rock Razor Rear. Have a Nobby nic, hans dampf, or magic mary to throw on the rear. Suggestions?
    I'm not much help because I'm a Maxxis guy. I'm running a DHF on the front and a HR II on the back.

    Also, our Bham ride depart time will be flexible - based on how Saturday night's debauchery goes for you dudes. I'm guessing somewhere in the 10-11 AM window seems reasonable, but who knows....maybe you dudes will surprise me! ;-)

    Anyone not coming from Dave's house, shoot me a PM and I'll send you my address. We'll start/end the ride from my place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilknollypunk View Post
    Mutton and EB, tire choice... I am coming from SoCal with a Magic Mary front and Rock Razor Rear. Have a Nobby nic, hans dampf, or magic mary to throw on the rear. Suggestions?

    I am with EB. Maxxis rules the PNW. I run 2.5 DHF EXO front and the new 2.3 DHR2 on the rear.

    I ran a Rock Razor on the rear for my trails about two weeks ago and i would not recomend. These will be probably be amongst the steepest loamiest trails you have ever ridden and i found that the rear simply could not hold itself on a line. Regardless of 'slowing down'...the rear end was fishtailing and getting sideways (no center knobs ) more than i would want...Trust me...you will be fishtailing and squirly with a good knobbly tire. For the BHam ride it might be a bit different...but i would tend to stick with something more burly.

    In Bham the trails you will ride are fast and rowdy (one) and then fast and smooth / swoopy (two)....you will be using all the traction and tread you can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    ....maybe you dudes will surprise me! ;-)

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    If we arrive "on time" we likely will surprise you cos you will be taking another dump I know to always give you some extra time in the mornings buddy.
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    I"ll be on cheap, worn-out Kendas, with a drag chute.
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    Good to go

    Just went to the shops and got everything for Knollyfest.




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    Got my Magic Mary front and DHRII rear mounted this weekend and have a few rides on them. They mounted up tubeless easily and have been holding air well. Loving the grip.

    I struggled and struggled trying to bleed my rear XT brake to no avail so finally gave up and canabolized the 5010. It's all good now.
    Dang that Chili feels heavy compared to the new skinny bike (when I lift it off the stand anyway).

    What time do you think we'll be riding Monday? Can't imagine getting up to North Van and RTR before noon, correct? I'm trying to decide whether to head straight there from Portland Sunday night or stopover at EB's house or just get up super early Monday morning and make the whole trip.
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    Kent, we "should" be bbq'ing, play cornhole and drinking beer by 5 or 5:30.

    Your call!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    Will there be an email or PM with time and place for meeting on Saturday?
    Yes, I will message folks sometime today.

    If you do not here from me, I will post my contact info on a new thread starting late tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilknollypunk View Post
    Mutton and EB, tire choice... I am coming from SoCal with a Magic Mary front and Rock Razor Rear. Have a Nobby nic, hans dampf, or magic mary to throw on the rear. Suggestions?
    I am going to run MM front and rear , its a superb all conditions tire, and more durable than the HD
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