Some Honzo ridin'

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  • 06-01-2013
    RideEverything
    A new vid
    Same course as last year but a different camera mount.
    Enjoy!

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/67476846" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/67476846">AND AGAIN!</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user7560246">RideEverything</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p>The title reflects the theme of the video.<br /> WORCA (Whistler Off Road Cycling Association) holds weekly Toonie Rides throughout the biking season in Whistler. They are social rides/races that are held on local trails throughout the valley. After the ride/race a local business provides dinner and beer(s).<br /> This is the second time that this course has been run. I filmed and made a video last year. I thought I'd do it again.<br /> It's the second time pedaling up through the Whistler Olympic Sliding Centre.<br /> &quot;And Again&quot; references the amount of waiting that happened on the descending portion of the course. That happens when there is a wide selection of rider abilities and slick conditions!</p>

    Here's a link to last year's vid:
    https://vimeo.com/44914994

    or you can go back through this thread to find and watch it.
  • 06-10-2013
    RideEverything
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  • 08-31-2013
    RideEverything
    Honzo Dirt Jumping
    This a short phone vid of me hitting a small line of dirt jumps in the rain.
    Sorry, I don't have much steez. It seemed to be turned off while we were sessioning here.
    This bike is still very fun and versatile!

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  • 09-23-2013
    playdead
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    Riding in Squamish last weekend.
  • 09-25-2013
    RideEverything
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by playdead View Post
    Riding in Squamish last weekend.

    Nice!
    Looks like it was greasy!

    It's been a while since I've been down to ride in Squamish. There's been a ton of work and new trails built.
    What did you ride?
  • 09-26-2013
    playdead
    Yeah, it was a bit slick. Great day on the trails. Some off the top of my head that we did were Credit Line, Mike's Loop, Kiki, Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey, Wonderland and a bunch more. There's a ton of stuff. It was a long day on the trails. Slept great!
  • 10-06-2013
    RideEverything
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    Managed to get organized and got to Squamish to ride the fine trails!

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    Some post processing magic.
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    My friend isn't riding a Honzo but it is the same rock line from a different angle. I also like how the sequence stitching work out.
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  • 04-13-2014
    RideEverything
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    Second ride this season and I still love riding the Honzo!
    The new wheels I had built are burly! I haven't much finesse at the moment so the rear wheel is taking a beating. I've clanged it off of a few rocks and not a dent to be seen. It's still spinning true. I did, however, pinch flat. I'm waiting until I'm riding regularly before I go to tubeless with these wheels. Right now I'm not riding much so I think it would be a waste of goop to set them up.

    It would seem that I still remember how to ride a bike. The cobwebs are slowly being dusted off of the bike riding skills. It actually looks like I know how to corner here!

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  • 04-23-2014
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  • 04-30-2014
    RideEverything
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    Steep with a g-out at the bottom!
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    Another rock face with an exit bridge with a berm on it.
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    Hovering down the trail.
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  • 07-12-2014
    RideEverything
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    Squamish Riding
    The temps have recently got HOT!
    But not so hot that I want to stop riding this charger of a bike!

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    I forget sometimes that this is a HT bike. The end of this rock face had me riding the bike faster than what it could handle and had me headbutt the log you see at the bottom.
    The helmet is smashed but I'm okay.
    At the end of the ride my friend exclaimed at how hard I was riding on just a hardtail!
    The Honzo rules as a killer AM HT! But it is still an HT and sometimes there are lines that I shouldn't be riding as fast as I do on this bike!
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  • 07-12-2014
    bitflogger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RideEverything View Post
    The Honzo rules as a killer AM HT! But it is still an HT and sometimes there are lines that I shouldn't be riding as fast as I do on this bike!
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    Nice series of video and pics - thanks!

    I get that comment. I'm happy with the stock Revelation 120 mm fork because as is and don't consider more travel because there are times when the rear wheel reminds me it may not digest all the front has tried to swallow.

    The bike is so fun that I'm perfectly happy to adjust riding style and locations for it being a hard tail my lack of granny gear.
  • 07-12-2014
    RideEverything
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bitflogger View Post
    Nice series of video and pics - thanks!

    I get that comment. I'm happy with the stock Revelation 120 mm fork because as is and don't consider more travel because there are times when the rear wheel reminds me it may not digest all the front has tried to swallow.

    The bike is so fun that I'm perfectly happy to adjust riding style and locations for it being a hard tail my lack of granny gear.

    You're welcome! Thanks for the props!

    I know we all love to do the internet-bike-nerd thing here but I do find that there is a lack of picture stoke sometimes. So, I like to share my visual/pic stoke when I can.

    I understand what you're saying about keeping your fork at 120mm but I found I was smashing my pedals and bottoming my fork way too much at that travel. Although, even when I had my fork running at 120mm I was pushing the bike to see how hard I could ride it.

    My Honzo is currently my only pedal bike which means, regardless of the gnarly terrain on the trail I decide to ride, it is the bike I'm riding. It's fun and challenging but there are limits to what I feel I can ride on a hardtail. I have surprised myself and others with what I've ridden on the Honzo but, at times, I do feel like I'm beating myself up while riding gnar lines because it is an HT.
  • 07-12-2014
    RideEverything
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    So any updates to these tires? Still loving them?

    I'm itching to buy some new rubber for next season and I'm stuck looking at the HD/NN combo. But I think I'd go with the 2.25 NN rear just in case. My recent rides with the 2.4/2.25 Ardents in the mud have been quite eye opening for me, especially since the Ardents have been killer in the dry summer riding months.

    @eurospek, sorry for the really long delay for an answer!

    I was just rereading this thread and saw your post.

    To answer, I'm not a fan of the Nobby Nic tire. I only ran it as a rear.
    Straight line grip and braking was good. But after the break-in period the side knobs folded unexpectedly while cornering. It almost felt like I wasn't running enough pressure in the tire and the sidewall was folding. Even after upping the pressure substantially the feeling still persisted. At which point I figured out it was the side knobs folding.
    It got to the point that I knew the tire would break away but it was never consistent. I wouldn't call these drifty tires but they would and it would be at moments when I didn't want or need them to break away and drift/slide.

    I eventually replaced the NN with an Ardent 2.4. I liked that way better!
    Yes, you have to lean the bike way over to get the Ardent to really grip and rail but, at least, the side knobs never fold.

    Later I ran Schwalbe HD's front and back. That turned the bike into a grip monster! The expression of "cornering on rails" was very true with running the HD front and back.
    The grip is so good that for Spring and Fall riding these are my go-to tires. It's generally quite wet during those seasons here. I was crawling down overly wet and slick rock faces that would normally have me giving them a pass in those kind of conditions! As long as my braking skills/management was up to the task the HD's were always willing.

    I'm now back to an HD front and a 2.4 Ardent rear. The HD F/R were great but they were noticeably slow. Once things dry out the Ardent is a much better choice as a rear.
    I agree that the Ardents are a very poor choice for wet riding conditions. And, I would never use the Ardent as a front tire wet or dry. But, as a rear I find it very manageable even when it is wet.
  • 07-19-2014
    bitflogger
    I have the Hans Dampfs and Ardents but on different bikes and wheel sizes. I thought about your post because I run the tires you're talking about and was caught in greasy stuff with the Ardents last weekend. One Ardent tore mid-week so I got some Bontrager XR3 and 4 (aka 29-3, 29-4) but too early for a fair full report. I'll say promising so far, and I understand why they're getting good reviews. They should have completely different naming scheme because they're so much better than older Bontrager tires I tried.

    Tearing a tire (night ride blasting through a rocky crossing) and the good price stood out too. Again, too early for fair assessment but the XR4 (or 29-4) tire may have that slow upright predictability of the Hans Dampf with a bit more there for you when leaned over like a lot of Maxxis tires and fast rolling.

    That night ride drove home more love for this bike. I'm enjoying adjusting my riding style and speed for the hard tail and no granny gear. It's a better match when I ride with a friend who's on a single speed or fat bike than friends with light squishy bikes.
  • 11-11-2016
    RideEverything
    A few videos from my ride yesterday.
    Edit - I can only post one vid per response.

    I was putting the new fork through its paces. I swapped my 2014 F34 CTD Trail Adj 140mm for my 2016 F36 RC2 150mm. I thought I'd try out the bigger fork on the Honzo as I've put my full susser to bed for the winter.

    As it has been raining for the past 1.5 months non-stop everything is slick! It definitely keeps your skills on point!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2NU4uf3ZUU
  • 11-11-2016
    RideEverything
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    RideEverything
  • 11-11-2016
    eri
    Good stuff. Thanks so much for taking the trouble to film and post these!
  • 11-11-2016
    BikeBro
    Rad stuff, how are you liking the bigger fork? Any noticeable loss of climbing capability? Im waiting for my pike 160 air shaft to come in and am curious how shell be goin up (I know it will kick ass goin down:thumbsup:)
  • 11-11-2016
    RideEverything
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BikeBro View Post
    Rad stuff, how are you liking the bigger fork? Any noticeable loss of climbing capability? Im waiting for my pike 160 air shaft to come in and am curious how shell be goin up (I know it will kick ass goin down[emoji106])

    Thanks!

    I've only had one ride so far with the bigger fork on the Honzo. But I haven't notice any major difference in regards to climbing.
    Most of the climbing here in Whistler is quite steep and sustained so you notice right away if the front end of a bike doesn't work for climbing.
    I also have my bar height set the same between the forks. All in all, even with the one ride under my belt, I'd say that the bigger fork isn't an issue when going uphill.

    From what I've read there is only about a 7mm A2C difference between the 2014 F34 and the 2016 F36. Although I'm not sure if that difference is measured at the same travel setting. I would assume so.

    The ride I did is a pretty decent snapshot of everything Whistler has to offer in riding. Tech ups and downs, sizeable rock faces, wood features, drops and g-outs and sustained pedaling and descending.

    Here's a profile of the ride I did:


    With that in mind I think the bigger fork on the Honzo is great.
    That is a problem though. Next season when I take my full susser out of hibernation and put the F36 back on I think I'm going to be disappointed with my Honzo with the F34 re-installed on it!

    I'm not sure if I'd go to a 160mm fork. That might be too much. I know that the BB is higher with the F36 at 150mm but I'll admit that I didn't notice any difference. 160mm might be the tipping point for a too high BB on the Honzo.
  • 11-15-2016
    RideEverything
    A fun little drop on a fast section of trail I rode today.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT7BwFycrJI



    The snow is starting to get lower!




    Some moody fog.
  • 11-15-2016
    RideEverything
  • 11-17-2016
    RideEverything
    Still getting after it!



  • 11-20-2016
    RideEverything
    No stoke?

    I guess everybody is more nerd than rider.
    There's more hubbub about how wide your tires are than how much you're riding.
    #whatpressureyourunning, you ****ing nerds.
  • 11-20-2016
    bitflogger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RideEverything View Post
    No stoke?

    I guess everybody is more nerd than rider.
    There's more hubbub about how wide your tires are than how much you're riding.
    #whatpressureyourunning, you ****ing nerds.

    Our Honzo is the shut up and ride bike but I do pay attention to air pressure.

    There might be more talk about parts since the popular steel version became a frame only purchase or general product age with more used or worn bikes.
  • 11-26-2016
    RideEverything
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bitflogger View Post
    Our Honzo is the shut up and ride bike but I do pay attention to air pressure.

    There might be more talk about parts since the popular steel version became a frame only purchase or general product age with more used or worn bikes.

    My frustration about how the snow season was shaping up got the better of me and I expressed it in that last post.

    Up until Tuesday of this week there wasn't any snow in the valley or pow on the mountains.

    Now, IT'S ON!

    The last four days have been epicly DEEP!
    And, it's been snowing to the valley consistently!
    Which means that bike season in Whistler is done.

    I might get a ride or two in Squamish as a friend is back in town for a couple of months.
    However, right now it's all snowboarding!

    Normally at this time of the season tree riding is avoided.
    But it is so freaking DEEP!
  • 11-28-2016
    Jaybo
    Honzo is a hammerfest in the rocks but a good winter bike