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    2013 Photo Thread

    Well, here we are, twenty thirteen!

    Yesterday, January 5, 2013 - Sycamore Canyon State Park (SoCal). Low to mid 60's and great trail conditions.

    Let's see what 2013 has in store of us!

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    Boy do I know that hill from the Lasse Viren 20K race (running) in Dec.

    Sycamore's one of the most beautiful places to run or ride in all of LA. I wish it wasn't so darn far from me ...

    Nice pic and great bike.

    I rode my Ellsworth up in the Verdugos over by my house yesterday and it was a really nice day...

    I'm lazy...I can ride to the trail head from my house. It's only 1.7 miles. So it's hard for me to get into the car and schlep out to Cheeseboro, Sycamore, Santa Monicas or Mailbu Canyon.

    I like the riding better out there...just don't wanna hassle the traffic.

    Wish I had an El Rey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Piano Guy View Post
    I like the riding better out there...just don't wanna hassle the traffic.

    Wish I had an El Rey.
    Yes, Sycamore is about an hour drive for us, we're down on WLA, but every so often its nice to make a day out of it... ride, get some eats / drinks, etc.

    I wish I has a Zeus!
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    [QUOTE=El Salt;10044681]Yes, Sycamore is about an hour drive for us, we're down on WLA, but every so often its nice to make a day out of it... ride, get some eats / drinks, etc.
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    so, how much longer are you going to be able to hold out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post

    so, how much longer are you going to be able to hold out?
    Saving my pennies, and it takes a lot of pennies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt View Post
    Saving my pennies, and it takes a lot of pennies!
    You just need to turn the El Salt and the Terremoto into the One Bike.

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    My 2010 El Ciclon "Path" Edition.........................XC style!!!! (until I can get the proper fork!)


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    Not El Salt quality photography, but here's my El C out for a visit to the beach today:

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    Central Oregon - Bend

    Great conditions! Out there on my El Comandante... Nice for January!
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    No pictures, just a few random clips from todays ride on my Ciclon. Rockville park, Fairfield, Ca.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Taking the Lobo out for the first ride of 2013. Got caught making faces while the front wheel is up
    Looks like you were able to get an rp23 for your bike? How's it working for you?

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    2013 Photo Thread

    It's not a ride shot, but a shot taken on a ride. My El Terremoto in the desert yesterday, all instagrammy and stuff.
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    Published again, this time as the rider, though I do know the photographer (yea, ok only in the "readers photos" for the second time, and third overall), in Mountain Bike Action magazine - March 2013. Not sure why they think I'm in Pasadena, this is the second time they've done that. I must be in their computer wrong or something?

    Zooming by on the Terremoto. If you look close you can make out the SEX WELDS sticker! Ole!

    Good rider , great location, and FANTASTIC photographer (my wife)!

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    Yesterday's ride @ Annadel in Santa Rosa, Ca.


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    Dialed in!!!!!!!

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    I was going to swtich to a shorter stem, but I decided to stick with the 100mm 6 degree rise Vice. After several weeks of riding the local mountains, I think the overall set up is perfect for me. The only detractor is that the rear brake still makes noise, albeit a lot less, after a bazillion tries to get it tweaked...but I think I can live with it!

    I also want to say the following, and it is with great joy and satisfaction that I say this:

    This is the greatest bike I have ever owned or ridden. I wish I had something like this back in the mid nineties. Back then, it was single high pivots and short travel forks.

    I'm completely sold on the geometry of the El Ciclon, with the 66 degree HT and the 74 degree ST, It truly is an all rounder. The Sektor, with the dual coil is a dream for me. Being able to drop the front 30mm really makes the climbs a whole lot better.

    But the best part.........the handling of the bike at high speed is phenominal. I'm talking about ear to ear grin, laugh out loud satisfaction. It really is a point and shoot bike. There have been a number of times inthe past few weeks, that I'll go into a turn thinking...no way...gotta brake, and the bike surprises me by remaining totally stable and getting around. It's amazing.


    Broke my chain climbing at Chino Hills State Park.......3 mile hike back to the car!

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    March Madness - Dirt kind..

    So needed to get out and ride, been too long. Usual Haunt for my Norcal Group, Salmon Falls Trail. Cool Temps etc.
    Summer like conditions on the trails itself, very, very dry.


    Me enjoying some of the rocky/tech goodness, photo cred to Kevin.
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    Our fearless V leader enjoying some 69 Action!
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    And the evil weed is already sprouting... AAARRRRGGGGHHH
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
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    Kevin's got a new sexy / curvy Ciclon? Well then, Ole! to him!
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    Kevin's got a new sexy / curvy Ciclon? Well then, Ole! to him!
    Yep, had it for over a year.
    -Aaron G.

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    Mid Week Post Work Mental Relief Ride! (MWPWRR)

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    Late Spring Ride, Trio of V Riders... Coming and going ......
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31268906@N08/8702244555/" title="SFART4-28 by CiclistaGonzo, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8264/8702244555_c662bcd631_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="SFART4-28"></a>

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    -Aaron G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Late Spring Ride, Trio of V Riders... Coming and going ......
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    You still got green grasses up there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt View Post
    You still got green grasses up there?
    We should stay green for a few more weeks, if we get ANY rain during may, we'll stay green into June.
    Come Late June/July we'll be browned out.
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    I'm more than just a bit envious of the weather in California now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    I'm more than just a bit envious of the weather in California now!
    I guess better than some places. Weather.com is saying 90 degrees for me today, and I believe it. I'm 5mi from the beach (SoCal), and 90 here is very unusual. Its also showing 65 degrees and 30% chance of rain on Monday. Add a 10k acre fire burning where our local trails are, and so far this spring has been exciting!

    I'll still get out on my Ventana this weekend though, maybe some pictures to prove it!

    Ole!


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    2013 Photo Thread

    Salt- you'll be coming up for the cleaner air then? Sorry hear about the local trails, though.
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    That's bad! Hope the firefighters can control it! That's the downside then. This is awful!

    Here in eastern Norway, we have rain, a fresh breeze and about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so still not the most motivating riding conditions, but that doesn't really seem like that much of a problem compared to that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Salt- you'll be coming up for the cleaner air then? Sorry hear about the local trails, though.
    How about some fresh Eastern Sierra air in August?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2TurnersNotEnough View Post
    How about some fresh Eastern Sierra air in August?
    That'll do, but how about we meet up with Dazed, and he shows us around Norway!?!?! I'll bet there are a few beautiful mountains there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2TurnersNotEnough View Post
    How about some fresh Eastern Sierra air in August?
    Vacation time booked, Bikes ready, now if only the rider had a prayer of a chance to be in shape for it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt View Post
    That'll do, but how about we meet up with Dazed, and he shows us around Norway!?!?! I'll bet there are a few beautiful mountains there?
    There sure are, but the only way I'd survive that is in an atv or quad bike, I'm afraid.


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    Edit: I didn't find the threads I was looking for, or Biking Viking's mtbr gathering website, but I think Pete's photos and videos more than makes up for it. Worth a look!

    Norway in summer is splendid, and if you like skiing or own a fatbike, and don't mind the cold, I guess it's good in winter as well.
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    Quick lunch ride,

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    I know those rocks well! Nice pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post

    Here in eastern Norway, we have rain, a fresh breeze and about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so still not the most motivating riding conditions
    The last couple of days howevwer, have been perfect. Tempereatures in the low eighties and sunny mid day and still around 70 at sunset. We have sunlight until 10:30 pm this time of year, and it'd be a perfect weekend for riding, if I didn't have a house to paint. Oh, well. The bike isn't finished yet either, so...

    Main thing is: SUMMER'S HERE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
    Quick lunch ride,
    Cool GoPro mount?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Cool GoPro mount?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Thats the K-edge handlebar mount. It's aluminum, much better than the plastic gopro mount. Does not move around at all and seems to shake less also compared to plastic mount.

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    Ok, so give me a little leeway on this one. I'm calling it "1.5 Ventana Riders". The lead rider is in fact riding a Knolly, BUT does have a sweet Ventana Racing jersey on. The chasing rider is on an El Salt, and so is the photographer.

    This trail is in the Fleming Meadows area in the Eldorado National Forest - east on hwy 50 from Folsom, CA. A light rain a few days before helped keep the dust down, as the temperatures were on the rise. The "Route 8 Trail" is by no means super tech, but it is flowy and fast in sections and about 90% single track (exactly what my wife likes - as evident by the smile!).

    The day before we road out at Granite Bay (Folsom Lake), and on that ride the Knolly was the "odd man", or woman in this case "out". There were 7 Ventana riders to the one Knolly. I think a Ventana may have to be in my wife's future?

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    Great photos and bikes El Salt. I know you are a Ventana fan at heart, but don't forget to post some pics in the Knolly forum from time to time. You pictures are always appreciated.

    p.s. ventana or knolly. You can't lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-AIR View Post
    Great photos and bikes El Salt...don't forget to post some pics in the Knolly forum from time to time. You pictures are always appreciated.
    Thank's "G"! Will do, but maybe not this shot! May get run out of town posting a pix of a chick (my wife) wearing a Ventana jersey while riding her Knolly!?!?

    BTW, Knolly needs a jersey (we've got a set of shot glasses!). We've both talked to Noel about this, while sipping whiskey with him, and have mentioned it to Kevin too.
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    I guess I may as well get in on the action. Had a great ride up at the Fleming Meadows area in the Eldorado National Forest. The El Salt was the right bike for the trails, though I'll bet an Alpino would have been even better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Rocking the rocks at Wilder today.

    ...that trail looks familiar, but I think we used to go the other direction. Haven't been there in years, remind me what trail that is ? ...ralph
    i need to ride more. building jumps takes to much time...my other hobby is kicking the crap outta my home built mook jong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Zane Gray cut-off at Wilder. A lot of people go up it, which is the un-fun direction for me.
    ...yeah now that I think about it, we did go that direction a few times, and if memory serves me right, Lower down the trail there was another rocky section that I cleared just a few times riding up. But for sure it's more fun going down those sections than up :-O one of these days I'll head back down there with some of the guys I used to ride with...
    i need to ride more. building jumps takes to much time...my other hobby is kicking the crap outta my home built mook jong.

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    My dirty little Labruja
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    i need to ride more. building jumps takes to much time...my other hobby is kicking the crap outta my home built mook jong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1962 View Post
    My dirty little Labruja
    Are these the tires you mentioned in the DH forum. 2.7" Nev and 2.? DHF rear? My Cuervo needs new tires, and I know you ride Northstar too. How are you liking the combo?
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    Are these the tires you mentioned in the DH forum. 2.7" Nev and 2.? DHF rear? My Cuervo needs new tires, and I know you ride Northstar too. How are you liking the combo?
    ...sorry it took so long to get back to you, I haven't been to northstar in two years (haven't been riding that much) but yeah these are the tires I used at northstar, my first time on livewire the 2.7 nevegal did great and I felt like I was railing the berms, well I must have hit it at the right time. Nobody on the trail and it got watered down just before I rode it, every ride after that sucked on livewire and I had to hold back on the speed cause I felt the tires starting to wash out if I pushed it. But on the rocky trails they were great cause of the high volume the tire has, it soaked up the rocks. I just started to ride again at my local trail and after coming off the stepdown jump and coming up to the mega wedge jump there's a slight berm that I built after the stepdown jump and when I came up on it I could feel my front tire starting to wash so I had to hit the brakes. When I got home that night I thought to myself, hey dumb a** why don't you cut the transition knobs like you did years ago on a specialized tire back in the 90s, so I cut the knobs and went back and had no wash out as I rolled upon the tiny berm. Here's some pics next to an uncut tire, hopefully you csn see it, I'm also willing to let you try out the tire but I think you live pretty far from me, but if you ever in my town your welcome to try my tire out...ralph
    i need to ride more. building jumps takes to much time...my other hobby is kicking the crap outta my home built mook jong.

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    Oh and for the back tire I use the harder rubber compound maxxis minion Dh f 2.7 maxxpro 60a compound, and the reason I like the harder rubber compound on the back tire is because when I used the softer rubber compound I felt the loss of my pedal energy (knob flex with softer rubber) as I pedaled up to a jump and because there is more body weight on the back tire I felt no wash out on the back...ralph
    i need to ride more. building jumps takes to much time...my other hobby is kicking the crap outta my home built mook jong.

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    Great infor on both. I appreciate the feedback and the Nev Mod tip. I remember reading about a mod like that but they ramped the transition knobs, vs eleminating every other like you did. Interesting either way. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1962 View Post
    ...sorry it took so long to get back to you, I haven't been to northstar in two years (haven't been riding that much) but yeah these are the tires I used at northstar, my first time on livewire the 2.7 nevegal did great and I felt like I was railing the berms, well I must have hit it at the right time. Nobody on the trail and it got watered down just before I rode it, every ride after that sucked on livewire and I had to hold back on the speed cause I felt the tires starting to wash out if I pushed it. But on the rocky trails they were great cause of the high volume the tire has, it soaked up the rocks. I just started to ride again at my local trail and after coming off the stepdown jump and coming up to the mega wedge jump there's a slight berm that I built after the stepdown jump and when I came up on it I could feel my front tire starting to wash so I had to hit the brakes. When I got home that night I thought to myself, hey dumb a** why don't you cut the transition knobs like you did years ago on a specialized tire back in the 90s, so I cut the knobs and went back and had no wash out as I rolled upon the tiny berm. Here's some pics next to an uncut tire, hopefully you csn see it, I'm also willing to let you try out the tire but I think you live pretty far from me, but if you ever in my town your welcome to try my tire out...ralph

    62,

    What did you use to cut off the knobs?!?!

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