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    Smile New firebird owner

    My stars aligned and things finally worked in my favour. Thanks to louiffe, I've had my first ride on my own firebird.
    Wow.
    It was a cold, 6 degrees, rainy morning but I didn't care. I headed up to my little time trial hill, unfortunately it has been 3 weeks since I've gone for a ride so I can't comment on speed, but as for ride quality ... wow.
    The ol'Jamis Dakar XC is getting tossed away; I've got a new love in my life.
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    ... you'll be posting the pictures... when?
    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    suh-weet! Post a ride review after a few more!
    "It looks flexy"

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    For pictures just take a look at louiffe's, it's his old 'bird ... but I'll put some of mine up too

    As for a review, there is nothing for me to compare it to but I can say the ride was phenomenal. I only did a 3k road uphill and a 3k fireroad up to begin it but it felt sooooo nice. The 180 totem took some getting used to but there was nothing techical on the climb so it was fine, I do need to get a medium spring (if anybody has one, let me know) because I can barely compress it.
    Now the giggling begins. I crest the top, drop my seat and start hammering. I've rode this trail too many times to count so I could do it blindfolded, so I know how it should ride out. I was wrong. I had no idea things could be this good. The top half is fast and flowy, the lower is fast and rock gardeny. To say it was smooth is an understatement. I do have some learning to do with jumping since this is my first opportunity to actually taste air, but from what I attempted it was solid.
    But I will have to say, my favourite part was the post ride cleaning. I loved cleaning it (I'm not normal). It looks amazing now.
    'Birds in the shadows


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    All cleaned up
    Last edited by btibben; 10-29-2010 at 05:38 PM.
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    Things I'm looking for now :
    - 60mm stem
    - medium spring for totem
    - thumb paddle for XO front shifter (took a weak spill and landed funny), mines bent.
    - more time at home and not stuck off in the mountains working
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    What part of BC are you in? Ever get down to Bellingham to ride? That's where I live.
    "It looks flexy"

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    I live in the Okanagan (Penticton) but I am stuck working in Trail right now. Which, had this been summer, would be perfect since there are trails all over Rossland where I am staying. But it is now winter mode and the snow is falling already and it is dark when I leave for work and dark when I get back.
    I'm still new enough to the sport that the 4 different trail networks that I can ride to right from my house are all I need. I can find new trails still and now with the bird, all trails are new again. So I haven't had the need to get out of town to go riding, but I will be venturing to Silver Star next summer.
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    Happy to see that you like it! Can't wait to hear a more detailed review once you have modified the Totem to your weight...

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