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    AM Stumpy 29r wins DH Race

    Opinion: Mitch Ropelato Wins Fontana DH On a 29er Trail Bike - Pinkbike

    This past weekend was the second event on the Pro GRT circuit, a ten stop race series in the United States. Mitch Ropelato (Factory Specialized) rode to victory, besting Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing), with Logan Binggeli (KHS Factory Racing) finishing third. Normally, seeing Aaron Gwin place second is news in and of itself, but in this case it was the fact that Mitch Ropelato rode to victory aboard a 29 inch wheeled trail bike that caught our attention.
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    In response Angel Fire MTB Park sent out this FB status a few minutes ago:

    To Mitch Ropelato: Leave your Stumpy 29 at home, we care about your bike and we promise that you won't win with it on our track =)
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    I swore this was an April Fools joke until I saw it again today on Pinkbike. My business partners have that bike and absolutely love it. I don't think it would do well at Angel Fire but would probably rip through some of the rock gardens. It would be pretty funny if Mitch uses at the Chili Challenge Pro GRT in June.

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    Its all about the 29er enduro

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    The Angelfire status was hilarious (and true!). -- I wonder why Mitch didn't ride the new Enduro... too heavy compared to the Stumpy?


    But there's a good chance I'll race my 29er at Sea Otter. No way I'm forcing an 8 inch bike down that bmx course again, lol.
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    AM Stumpy 29r wins DH Race

    Good stuff!

    FB retort from Mitch Ropelato:
    "Alright ill be expecting big things from you boys! Packing the 29er just incase you guys send us down the five mile freeway again!!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    The Angelfire status was hilarious (and true!). -- I wonder why Mitch didn't ride the new Enduro... too heavy compared to the Stumpy?


    But there's a good chance I'll race my 29er at Sea Otter. No way I'm forcing an 8 inch bike down that bmx course again, lol.
    I thought I saw a quote saying the Stumpy wasn't his first choice, but it was what he had. Of course I can't find that quote now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    I thought I saw a quote saying the Stumpy wasn't his first choice, but it was what he had. Of course I can't find that quote now.
    If this is true, one wonders if he would have won on a 26er?

    And, if that's true, I wonder if he will consider bigger hoops for future courses? I remember following that guy from ABQ (Alex Morgan) with BCD who was on the bleeding edge of 29r DH bikes back when he had to make everything himself.

    Perhaps the bias against DH 29rs is starting to errode some?

    Edit - might be some truth to the rumor he was on the 29r cuz he lost a bet?
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    After watching the video, it does not suprise me at all that a technically skilled rider won that race on a trail bike.

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    Yeah, he could afford to lose a little in the rocks (if that was even the case) because I bet he gained so much at "The Wall"... would be interesting to see split times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post

    Edit - might be some truth to the rumor he was on the 29r cuz he lost a bet?
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    That would be pretty funny. He lost a bet, and still won. Damn kids.
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    AM Stumpy 29r wins DH Race

    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Yeah, he could afford to lose a little in the rocks (if that was even the case) because I bet he gained so much at "The Wall"... would be interesting to see split times.
    Someone posted up this:
    http://theteamrobot.blogspot.de/2013/04/650b.html?m=1
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    That course seemed like a 29er would do fine on. I am legitimately curious about how it would handle Angel Fire.

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    I would not want a 29'er on Chillin', or the upper portions of World Cup or Supreme DH. I imagine the rest of the mountain would be fine on a 29'er.
    The Angel Fire DH race courses I've seen and ridden over the years have had a lot more tight turns than the Fontana course, too.
    A guy like Mitch Ropelato would smoke any of us on any course, even on a tricycle. It would be cool if he does show up and wins Angel Fire on the 29'er, though! He races in World Cups & World Champs and is only beginning his 2nd year as a pro. I think he's 20 yrs old. There's big things to come from that guy.

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    I saw Mitch as a teen just kill it at the Chile 4X race a few years ago and DelNorte is right. That kid could ride a 36 and still smoke it down the hill.
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    I love that blog Nate.
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    Unfortunately I doubt we'll see him there. ProGRT and Fort William are the same weekend.

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