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    Phoenix sighting in N. AZ

    Phoenix getting high in the pines;
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    Hmmm looks like a little Wasabi was thrown into the mix......nice.

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    Is the F-bird adequate on those trails or DH only?
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay
    Is the F-bird adequate on those trails or DH only?
    Should be. It looks like Ken is just pushing the send button pretty hard. However, you don't want to miss the gap jump. That is one is messy if you don't make it.

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    the second to last one looks hairy... (the jump as opposed to the rider, that is)
    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    Firebird would be fine on these but the big bike made the super steep stuff a lot more reasonable. That last jump pic just cracks me up. I'm tucked in like a turtle
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit
    That last jump pic just cracks me up. I'm tucked in like a turtle
    OK so semi-OT question and jumping advice:

    So are you implying that the "turtle move" is bad technique? i find myself "naturally" scrunching-up whenever i hit a ramp with a short, steep transition or i hit one probably a little faster than the builder intended (i.e. to the same effect)... i think i'm doing this to keep the proper attitude so i can land nice and even... what is the proper technique? (trust me i need all the help i can get )
    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    It's not really a bad technique, just not quite as stylish I ended up coming into that run a bit too fast and had to hunch up to avoid overshooting the turn. The second shot was slightly slower and more controlled. The best thing is to get the speed correct for the particular jump you're hitting but be ready to tuck in if things go sour. I always try to maintain a slight rearward bias just in case I need to pull the bike up. I can still get the nose down from that position but only if I want it to go that way. The other good thing about learning a little tabletop technique is that you can use that "lean" to help you clear stuff without needing to go super high. Watch some of the pro's doing a "scrub" and you'll see what I mean. It's cool and functional. Now I just need to learn how to do it like Brian Lopes...
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    Who's Brian Lopes?
    Bad rep!!! That's right SON!!

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    Some racer dude I read about...
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    Brian Lopes has won the Whistler A-line DH at Krankworks the last 6 years (may even be 7). The last 3 years were on Ibis's 2 mojos and 1 HD.

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    Here's a nice video showing the scrub in action. Unbelievable how fast he's hitting A-Line....
    http://www.sicklines.com/tv/brian-lo...-practice-run/
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    Super cool. Interesting how the guy he was following kept his front wheel way down on every jump. Also how on the s-bend turns how they would straighten them out and just hop sideways. I'm pretty sure that my wheels would fold if I tried that.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Nice, wanted to drive up to Flag tomorrow AM, but looks too much like rain

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    BL is the guy up front with his wheel somehow glued to the ground, the guy with the camera had the fun job of trying to keep him and all the other pros in sight (they were posting a new video every day during practice). Gee Atherton looked almost "normal" on the upper portion but further down he was on fire. His line into the rock drop was so smooth and fast, no way I've ever held enough speed to get where he went.
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