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    Knollfest LITE

    Today, RJ, Javi and myself gave Luca the Kiwanis/Holbert tour. We were hit with some pretty good rain last night, and it was a bit drizzly today, creating some very interesting riding conditions. Hero sand, not so much on the granite. We came out safely. Great ride. I am going to try to make some nice animated GIFs.

    Enjoy!

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    Stellar!

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    Very nice pics - Luca are you on Italian vacation day allowance or something ? How'd you like the Chilco for SoMo versus Ringwood type terrain ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilks View Post
    Very nice pics - Luca are you on Italian vacation day allowance or something ? How'd you like the Chilco for SoMo versus Ringwood type terrain ?
    I can only say he had a smile at the bottom, and let out a few "F" bombs
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    very cool, I bumped into Luca and his wife on Porcupine Rim in September, super nice guy.
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    South Mountain was a blast as usual. The weather made me feel right at home! Thanks to Brandon, RJ, and Javi for being gracious hosts; always great to have a chance to ride with you guys. Holbert was a hoot, I am looking forward to taking another run down it now that I know what to expect.

    The Chilcotin truly shined on South Mountain. This is the kind of terrain this bike was designed for. This was also the first ride with the new high-flow air canister on the CCDB Air and it felt quite a bit more open than the old one. I was able to run more low-speed compression that I used to, the bike pedaled better and it used travel more effectively. Overall it was a very worthwhile improvement.

    Wilks, the trails here are generally more stair steppy than Ringwood both uphill and downhill and they really get the most out of the 4x4 suspension. Ringwood is choppy but it doesn't have two foot deep holes the whole ride down. A month ago or so I rode the whole Ringwood to Pompton Lakes point-to-point ride on the Chilcotin and it was fun but to be honest for those trails the Chilcotin is way too much bike and an Endorphin or similar bike would feel quite a bit zippier.

    Here are a few of the shots I took today:























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    Knollifest Micro!

    Tiss'er and Nybike these pictures really show how ledgey and chunky the trails can be!

    Which trails are these. I Plan on going down in January with a buddy whose riden
    SoMo before, so I want to (I think..gulp!) hit that trail.

    I Better start training or running stairs or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    Tiss'er and Nybike these pictures really show how ledgey and chunky the trails can be!

    Which trails are these. I Plan on going down in January with a buddy whose riden
    SoMo before, so I want to (I think..gulp!) hit that trail.

    I Better start training or running stairs or something.
    We went up Kiwanis and down Holbert. Both trails are on the North side of South Mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nybike1971 View Post
    We went up Kiwanis and down Holbert. Both trails are on the North side of South Mountain.
    Thanks nybike.

    What kind of milage am I looking at there?

    And is that going to be an all day'er?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    Thanks nybike.

    What kind of milage am I looking at there?

    And is that going to be an all day'er?
    It's not a long ride. When are you coming into town? I might be able to help you out
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    Luca decided to hang out and ride with us again today. We hit up Viejo, AKA "Little Goat Camp", since he had not done it yet. Typically, this trail is very loose, and you skate as much as you ride. Yesterday, we had a really nice soaking rain, which created some incredible trail conditions today. Viejo was easily in the best condition I can remember in years. You could actually choose a line, and brakes functioned well today too.

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    Great ride today! Viejo is definitely a gem of a trail. Here are a few more pics:



    The Chilcotin was very happy to be playing on South Mountain again!









    There is a trail in there somewhere ...


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    Thanks for the photos Luca, hope you had a good time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    It's not a long ride. When are you coming into town? I might be able to help you out
    Not quite sure yet. Maybe the 10th-16th or 27th-23rd.

    I'll PM you when booked. It would great to hook up with you guys down there.

    We are thinking of going to Sedona also during this trip.

    Sorry I couldn't make Knollifest I. Looked like big fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    Not quite sure yet. Maybe the 10th-16th or 27th-23rd.

    I'll PM you when booked. It would great to hook up with you guys down there.

    We are thinking of going to Sedona also during this trip.

    Sorry I couldn't make Knollifest I. Looked like big fun!
    Sounds good. I will likely only be able to do the weekends, and maybe one weekday. We can talk a bit more as it closer so I can get an idea of the stuff you want to hit.
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    Great photos guys!

    quite a memorable day in the saddle on SoMo. The trails/views/camaraderie were 2nd to none. Can't wait until next weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    Thanks for the photos Luca, hope you had a good time.
    It was awesome! Thanks again to you and the crew. You guys know how to play host for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZmtncycler View Post
    quite a memorable day in the saddle on SoMo. The trails/views/camaraderie were 2nd to none. Can't wait until next weekend!
    Thanks for the GPS track!

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    Fantastic looking shots. The subdued lighting and moisture on the rock really brings out the chunkiness in the pictures. You guys are soooo fortunate to have this in your backyard. I'd love to take another whack(or several dozen whacks actually) at Kiwannis on fresh legs.

    Haven't done Viejo in forever. Looks like it was a perfect day. The rains even knocked down the smog that was creeping in when we were there last weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZmtncycler View Post
    quite a memorable day in the saddle on SoMo. The trails/views/camaraderie were 2nd to none. Can't wait until next weekend!
    AGREED! I'm pretty lucky to be part of this crew, and have the opportunity to ride the trails I do. Yesterday's ride was one of those rides that will stick with me for quite some time. It will fuel the fire for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Fantastic looking shots. The subdued lighting and moisture on the rock really brings out the chunkiness in the pictures. You guys are soooo fortunate to have this in your backyard. I'd love to take another whack(or several dozen whacks actually) at Kiwannis on fresh legs.

    Haven't done Viejo in forever. Looks like it was a perfect day. The rains even knocked down the smog that was creeping in when we were there last weekend.
    Kent,

    Saturday was really a great day. The rocks were rather slippery, I'm not sure if it was the tires I am running or if others were experiencing the same thing. Certainly adds a bit excitement.

    Hopefully next time you are here you will be rockin' a Chili, we can spend some time sessioning Kiwanis. Too much fun to just blast up it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    AGREED! I'm pretty lucky to be part of this crew, and have the opportunity to ride the trails I do. Yesterday's ride was one of those rides that will stick with me for quite some time. It will fuel the fire for sure.
    My fire needs some fuel too!

    The rains up here in the PNW have put mine out!
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    Arghhh...so much blue sky its killing me! Blizzard warning in effect here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    Arghhh...so much blue sky its killing me! Blizzard warning in effect here!
    Sorry Mutton, my wife bought me this cool camera, I feel obligated to use it.
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    After leaving Phoenix, I spent a few days riding in Sedona. The cloudy weather gave great opportunities for photography. I posted some of the images in this thread.

    On my last morning in Phoenix, before packing up the bike, the sun was shining again and I went out to South Mountain for one last run down Geronimo thanks to Gnar Gnar Tours shuttle Wednesday.

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