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    Here are some old pics I found from years past on my old bike.








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    Dunno if a pump track is "technical," but it requires some technique


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    Found a couple more.


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    Me climbing the hoodoos on bug springs trail on Mt. Lemmon Tucson. As I have mentioned before being a the usual photog I have few if any pictures of me riding. Luckily someone else had a camera along on the ride last weekend and snapped this shot o' me.

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    ^ Where is that at?

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    Very nice!

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    Beautiful

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    stuff on red hill Carbondale CO
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    awesome pics

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    Awesome pics!!! Nothing like the look of a Rigid steel frame bike!

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    Love this Thread, great pics!

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    Vulture's Knob Race Course, Wooster, OH - rigid

    Nice posts everybody!

    I couldn't wait 'til I finished this video - and who knows, I may never finish it... but I had some fun making it! Combo of helmet cam and stationary cam.

    This course is ~6.5 miles with ~650ft. and has some crazy features stitched together by reasonably fast and smooth singletrack. I think "fast" riders round it in ~40 minutes. It has been there since at least the early '90's and it's a hoot! It's also a handful in between the smooth sections.

    WARNING: YouTube asked me if I wanted my shaky video "fixed" - if you are sensitive to motion sickness maybe watch it on a smaller monitor or from far away. It's not the camera - it's that my head is a little loose.

    Vulture's Knob on my rigid 29er - YouTube

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    PS - It intentionally starts out slow - the start/finish area is innocent-looking enough...
    It's never easier - you just go faster.

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    Nice! The Knob looks like fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    Nice posts everybody!

    I couldn't wait 'til I finished this video - and who knows, I may never finish it... but I had some fun making it! Combo of helmet cam and stationary cam.

    This course is ~6.5 miles with ~650ft. and has some crazy features stitched together by reasonably fast and smooth singletrack. I think "fast" riders round it in ~40 minutes. It has been there since at least the early '90's and it's a hoot! It's also a handful in between the smooth sections.

    WARNING: YouTube asked me if I wanted my shaky video "fixed" - if you are sensitive to motion sickness maybe watch it on a smaller monitor or from far away. It's not the camera - it's that my head is a little loose.

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    PS - It intentionally starts out slow - the start/finish area is innocent-looking enough...
    Nice Trails! I love when trails have ownership taken by the users, they add their own decorations and enhance lines etc. it makes a trail in maybe not a great place that much better. We have one here in Tucson like that, although a far cry from the variability your trail has but lots of decoration and stewardship by the users.
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    Awesome pics!

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    apologies in advance for the crappy vids... i grabbed the gopro as an afterthought on my way out the door and didn't really pay attention to the set-up.

    entrance to Ed's Bowl, BCGB, ATX:
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AOWnjXlh88s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    down the backside of the Hill of Life:
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    main trail HoL back up:
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    the Hill of Life is ~300' of gain in 0.5 miles... super tech
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    First time taking the new Karate Monkey on the rocks.
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    Great pics in this thread, must take the camera out next time.....

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    Me riding technical terrain on my Haro Mary SS nearby Vienna (Austria):

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/11782596" width="800" height="450" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny7 View Post
    Any pics of you guys at the chiropractor after your rides?
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    Quote Originally Posted by krull View Post
    Me riding technical terrain on my Haro Mary SS nearby Vienna (Austria):

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/11782596" width="800" height="450" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

    Awesome video and amazing skills!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    Awesome video and amazing skills!
    2nd'd! Best mtb vid I've seen in a while, great stuff.

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    that video is amazing! great riding I'm encouraged to stay rigid on my karate monkey and pound out some gnar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbotron View Post
    2nd'd! Best mtb vid I've seen in a while, great stuff.
    Link me to the best, because that one was awesome!

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    Thank you guys. You might like this video too: alpine trails, coffee and beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krull View Post
    Thank you guys. You might light this video too: alpine trails, coffee and beer.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/16812116" width="800" height="450" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
    All I can say is AWESOME

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    Quote Originally Posted by krull View Post
    Me riding technical terrain on my Haro Mary SS nearby Vienna (Austria):

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/11782596" width="800" height="450" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
    Damn, me and my rigid need to practice a whole lot more, amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by krull View Post
    Thank you guys. You might light this video too: alpine trails, coffee and beer.
    really nice work, man. On the bike, behind the lens, and at the keyboard editing.
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    Thanks for all of the great pics! I am currently thinking of going full rigid on a bike right now and this thread makes a great argument!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funrover View Post
    Thanks for all of the great pics! I am currently thinking of going full rigid on a bike right now and this thread makes a great argument!
    As opposed to half rigid, I presume.
    For off-road mountain biking it can be a nice compliment to a front-and-rear, dual suspension, full squish bike. Or, you can run it as your single only one do-all-of-everything bike.
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    [QUOTE=krull;9341181]Me riding technical terrain on my Haro Mary SS nearby Vienna (Austria):

    awesome

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    Rad on Rigid

    Not much that I enjoy more...

    Here are some relatively recent pix from the Barton Creek Greenbelt in ATX and from Pace Bend, just outside of ATX.

    Great thread.
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    [QUOTE=krull;9346906]Thank you guys. You might light this video too: alpine trails, coffee and beer.

    just awsome, so much to learn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCSS View Post
    Not much that I enjoy more...

    Here are some relatively recent pix from the Barton Creek Greenbelt in ATX and from Pace Bend, just outside of ATX.

    Great thread.
    Nice!

    I like seeing the rigids in tech. terrain, but I like more that that ladder/ramp thing is probably pushing it for that fork. You must drop like a feather.

    ...and you probably hit that every time you ride there.

    Nice play everybody!
    (can't say nice "work" now, can I?)

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    very cool vids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCSS View Post
    Not much that I enjoy more...

    Here are some relatively recent pix from the Barton Creek Greenbelt in ATX and from Pace Bend, just outside of ATX.

    Great thread.

    CCSS, thanks for the pics!

    I am currently building up my first 29er, a Jabberwocky, and just pulled the trigger on a rigid fork. The Greenbelt is my primary ride and I was wrestling with it, so super awesome to see your shots. Pace bend was the exact other trail I was also concerned about.

    I know that little section just after 360 well. I always tack back across to the left where you are going straight up, nice work!

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    gsteitz, the pleasure was all mine Good eye on spotting the little climb up next to 360.

    Always great to connect with another ATX rider. You'll be in great company riding your Vassago on all of the central TX trails. In fact, I rode RPR on Sunday with a buddy on his Bandersnatch -- and RPR is consistently more gnarly/techy than the BCGB. I know several others rocking the Vassagos rigid.

    What color is your bike, and is it geared or SS? I'll look for you on the trails.

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    I've never considered the line straight up that, CCSS, but I'm definitely hitting it next time out!

    gsteitz, I'm riding a rigid Jabberwocky and it's great on the greenbelt and Pace Bend. There's a (crappy) pic of mine at City Park up on page 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krull View Post
    Me riding technical terrain on my Haro Mary SS nearby Vienna (Austria):

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/11782596" width="800" height="450" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

    This is one of the best video ever! and you man..you have really good skills on a bike..
    ..by the way.. the Haro's short wheelbase helps nose presses and tricks..doesnt it?

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    Let me tell you guys, built my first rigid couple months ago, still getting used to it, but I feel that every time I ride my bike, I gain more confidence and more technique, RIGID thing is AWESOME..!!! Bye Bye squishy bike!!!
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    Wow, probably one of the best threads out there! I've always been called crazy for riding a SS and when they realize I have no suspension their jaws drop. I absolutely love it on my hometown New England trails. So freaking nice to see the rest of you out there!

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    trek marlin

    I bought a trek marlin this morning. I read a ton of reviews. Since then I changed Pedals, Seat. I am thinking of changing brakes. Is this necessary ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleman View Post
    This is one of the best video ever! and you man..you have really good skills on a bike..
    ..by the way.. the Haro's short wheelbase helps nose presses and tricks..doesnt it?
    Thank you!

    I'm not sure about that. I would prefer a less steep head angle and shorter chainstays.

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    Hey Francois awesome bike, did you ride any similar carbon frames before you chose the highball?

    Just asking because it may be the next bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel RW View Post
    Hey Francois awesome bike, did you ride any similar carbon frames before you chose the highball?

    Just asking because it may be the next bike.
    Better to ask FC is the is a carbon bike he has NOT ridden.

    That rig you see is likely another test rig (in a long list of test rigs) , and likely will be gone in a week or two. FC has a horrible job, but he steps up and does it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel RW View Post
    Hey Francois awesome bike, did you ride any similar carbon frames before you chose the highball?

    Just asking because it may be the next bike.
    Look at those Rubena Scylla tires!!!

    Yes, I've ridden a bunch. This and the Niner RDO are the best. They are 2.5 lbs, stiff on the pedal and compliant on the rear. Laterally, they are unstoppable. I've ridden this both geared and singlespeed. It is a great frame.

    Just stay away from uninspired and expensive Santa Cruz spec. They had 3x10, crossmark tires, meh wheels for a $7500 bike.

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    Soiled myself on that one.

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    oh my god. Nice pics..............Nice bike.

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    What is the benefit in riding the front fat and not the back as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP Niner View Post
    What is the benefit in riding the front fat and not the back as well?
    Not hauling around the additional 15lbs of tire.
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    Melting Feather - cool videos of very familiar terrain! I just realized that these were shot on the GB.

    I'm now very familiar with your stem and handlebar -- I'll look for you out on the trails...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCSS View Post
    gsteitz, the pleasure was all mine Good eye on spotting the little climb up next to 360.

    Always great to connect with another ATX rider. You'll be in great company riding your Vassago on all of the central TX trails. In fact, I rode RPR on Sunday with a buddy on his Bandersnatch -- and RPR is consistently more gnarly/techy than the BCGB. I know several others rocking the Vassagos rigid.

    What color is your bike, and is it geared or SS? I'll look for you on the trails.
    Good to hear!

    I'm currently riding a vintage "ghosted" Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo 26" SS hardtail. It's been a really fun bike to build up as I've gotten into mountain biking recently. Lots of road experience and i grew up with BMX. Stumbled into SS and having the most fun on a bike I think ever!

    Like I mentioned, the Jabber will be my first 29er. Slow build as I acquire parts here and there. Beautiful black frame and will certainly be SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCSS View Post
    Melting Feather - cool videos of very familiar terrain! I just realized that these were shot on the GB.
    nice shots as well.
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    I'm now very familiar with your stem and handlebar -- I'll look for you out on the trails...
    say what's up if you do.
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    Nice photos! Scenery is great!

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    Soiled myself on that one.
    Yeah and you almost cleaned it up with that back tire! Yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by norona View Post
    Ice Cream by Bike!
    FAIL, RIGID means NO suspension fork.
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    [QUOTE=norona;9406987]www.NoronaLife.com - Ice Cream by Bike! - YouTube

    Cool pics but I see a suspension fork in them, NOT VALID

    Suspension NO NO

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    [QUOTE=el_burras;9407085]
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    Cool pics but I see a suspension fork in them, NOT VALID

    Suspension NO NO
    sorry wrong post....bad to your rigid ways...

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    [QUOTE=norona;9407110]
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    sorry wrong post....bad to your rigid ways...
    In that post you will see an edit button, you can clean up your mistake.

    That is a nice bike, pictures, and vid, and it pains me to tell you it is just the wrong place. We get so few sweet riding photos here anymore.
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    Are you sure you have enough shoes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wedge View Post
    Are you sure you have enough shoes?
    Now it is obvious that it is just Marin Bikes here to promote their product and try to sell chit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus View Post
    Now it is obvious that it is just Marin Bikes here to promote their product and try to sell chit.
    Full-suspension + Gears = Boring
    The only thing he got right was the 29" wheels.

    I would have loved to have seen that same video with a rigid Surly Karate Monkey instead

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    Are you sure you have enough shoes?
    Thanks for the ad; next time at least post up an ad for a rigid rig.

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    Hey, don't shoot the messenger...
    I'm just pointing out the Imelda Marcos-ness of that guy.

    for the record : I'm not endorsing extreme footwear consumerism.

    is it better now?

    Have a great ride everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    Yeah...grew up in Westchester, live in Yorktown, and ride, ride, RIDE all I can

    Just rode Blue yesterday, mostly ride at Graham Hills...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCSS View Post
    Not much that I enjoy more...

    Here are some relatively recent pix from the Barton Creek Greenbelt in ATX and from Pace Bend, just outside of ATX.

    Great thread.
    Those are some awesome pics, do you have a bike with suspension at all? How was the transition to get used to riding rigid? Do you change up your tire pressure more to allow for more cushion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simpy16 View Post
    Those are some awesome pics, do you have a bike with suspension at all? How was the transition to get used to riding rigid? Do you change up your tire pressure more to allow for more cushion?
    Ha, funny questions. Some of us are old enough to have been riding mtn bikes before suspension existed. so rigid was it (I got my first mountain bike in 1979). Transition to suspension was odd to me, rigid is like walking, been doing it all my life.



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    First try at a photo.
    If this works..... thats me in group A seeding at the MacAvalanche in Scotland several weeks ago. I was on a rigid Karate Monkey single speed on V-brakes in a race against super enduro and downhill bikes.
    I didn't come last
    In the photo i sweep wide there is a pile up in the snow hole out of shot, i run past, but my freewheel didn't take to the cold and the grease went super tacky and stuck the pawls down so i had no drive, had to pump&scoot my way down. With out that problem i might have scraped into the B final.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace. View Post
    First try at a photo.
    If this works..... thats me in group A seeding at the MacAvalanche in Scotland several weeks ago. I was on a rigid Karate Monkey single speed on V-brakes in a race against super enduro and downhill bikes.
    I didn't come last
    In the photo i sweep wide there is a pile up in the snow hole out of shot, i run past, but my freewheel didn't take to the cold and the grease went super tacky and stuck the pawls down so i had no drive, had to pump&scoot my way down. With out that problem i might have scraped into the B final.
    nice goin'
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    This thread is super inspiring! keep 'em comming. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace. View Post
    First try at a photo.
    If this works..... thats me in group A seeding at the MacAvalanche in Scotland several weeks ago. I was on a rigid Karate Monkey single speed on V-brakes in a race against super enduro and downhill bikes.
    I didn't come last
    In the photo i sweep wide there is a pile up in the snow hole out of shot, i run past, but my freewheel didn't take to the cold and the grease went super tacky and stuck the pawls down so i had no drive, had to pump&scoot my way down. With out that problem i might have scraped into the B final.
    Are you riding in a bulletproof vest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahday View Post
    This thread ROCKS! People think I’m crazy for riding rigid (26” at 43 y.o. no less) so its good to know I have some company. I just tell them “yes, but I actually know how to ride…” These pics are inspiring! Keep ‘em coming!
    Actually, a lot of folks on 29er rigid think 26" rigid is straight up loco

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    ... and if we just ...

    Couple more of dueling with downhill bikes in sunny Scotland (and midge free for a change)
    First one, not so technical riding more posing at the start line, then hip flask time then cartwheel my way down the snow.

    Next photo is on the lower slopes jeep trail i had a go at catching the rider in front but couldn't reel him in over the rocks (it got worse than the photo shows) in the seeding run the day before i burst the lower headset bearing trying to jump one of the jeep trail bomb holes, apart from scored rims and going through a set of brake pads only minimal damage, a few riders never even made seeding when they destroyed back wheels and removed rear mechs

    Try a link to the race, www.nofussevents.co.uk or just google MacAvalanche. And for extra man points i rode down the Fort William world cup track as well.... well only from the new gap jump, lower woods and hit up the motorway, great fun, ride the monkey like a big bmx bike. Hoped to ride more but met 3 skiers walking down as i went up, so knowing i am the last person on the mountain i didn't go any further up, i was hoping to get to the deer fence crossing, maybe another time.

    The jacket is crash proof and is a long story, banned from racing in England, only the wild Scots let me race in it.
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    Ace... you're amazinggggg.......!!!

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    Ace is now my Hero!!!!! Freaking Awesomeness!
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    On a site note: How long do you think it took this guy to recover from such a ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wake2dirt View Post
    On a site note: How long do you think it took this guy to recover from such a ride?
    About four to six pints. E's a mantan hard man, 'e is!

    You have no idea. I climbed with a few Brits and Scotts back in the 80s, hard mountain men.

    Here to ya, Ace. I'll lift a pint!
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    Not a picture but a video. My 29er and me at the cli-machx trail rock garden. I can get over without a dab on the 26, but its hell quicker and easier with an extra 3 inches!

    Oh it seems will link will follow shortly, once I have 10 posts!

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    Heres some techy up hill on the 29er climax trail machynlleth, rock garden. 29er - YouTube

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    A 20 minute blast down a mountain on a rigid bike is easy when i am used to racing the 6 hour DH enduro on the Fort William world cup track on a hardtail.
    I was curious about the 29er effect over rough ground, some say it's like having short travel suspension. I understand what they mean now......however a rigid bike is still a rigid bike and dosen't forgive poor line choice like a susser will.

    The Monkey got the steel is real vibe going on. The steering was very direct but overall the fame was very comfy and didn't really beat me up. How long the Monkey would last being ridden like this is any ones guess, but it was nicer out back than my other modern burly steel hardtails.

    I sort of do things for dirt mag, kind of a deniable black bag asset let loose in the field, i am not a sponsored or pro/paid rider, just a bit nuts.

    Not sure if posting a direct link to dirt is keeping with forum rules, so if you google for "macavalanche 2012 pt1 sun,snow,29er death wish action" then parts 1&2 of the race writeup should come up, part 3 never got cleared, went into detail a bit on the bike. Oh and i tried it on with Guinness World Records for a land speed attempt for fastest rigid 29er down Glencoe mountain, i don't have several grand spare cash or a fat corporate sponsor to pick up the tab so they never got back to me.
    Trying to talk Coastkid into it next year, need a fatbike to keep me company, see if i can wrangle an unofficial Rigid Raider class for next year

    Some really good photos in this thread of some serious technical riding, a 29er will roll over some rough stuff but they are not unstoppable (as i found out) but will roll where 26ers struggle.
    I had so much fun i am already planning to race the MacAvalanche on the Monkey again next year, might even have disc brakes and a proper 29er wheelset by then, gears would be handy as well, but 34x18 ss worked quite well.

    It was hard to work out who was more scared. Those trying to follow/catch me, the riders i overtook and tried to pass in the rocks or me just hanging on hoping the wheels didn't fold in half.

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    Shem, you might want to fix up the URL.. The vid was pretty cool! Sweet trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny7 View Post
    Any pics of you guys at the chiropractor after your rides?
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    Putting the finishing touches on a Jabberwocky with the Odis fork and trying to decide on tires. More so the front than the back.

    I'm in Austin and ride 80% of the time on the Greenbelt, which I see several of you are familiar with!

    What do you like and how wide do you go?

    Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteitz View Post
    Putting the finishing touches on a Jabberwocky with the Odis fork and trying to decide on tires. More so the front than the back.

    I'm in Austin and ride 80% of the time on the Greenbelt, which I see several of you are familiar with!

    What do you like and how wide do you go?

    Thanks for the help!
    I'm a low-knob fan and won't ride anything smaller than a 2.2.
    I'm currently on a pair of Stan's Ravens and have been very impressed... the traction they get just doesn't make sense when you look at them. I bought them on the recommendations of many and they sat around for quite a while while I accepted the inevitability of trying what looks like an asphalt commuter tire. I started out pushing them in the fine-dust-over-hardpack twisties on Tangle of Trails and Point Six at the 'nut and just seemed limited by my tentativeness more than the tire. I've been ramping up on them, including to the point of drifting corners and they are just predictable and have plenty of traction. They stick to the sand at Rocky Hill like magnets. I'm currently running them at ~24psi and may drop another pound or so (i go at low pressure pretty conservatively). I weigh 205 and ride rigid SS mostly. I have yet to take them out to Pace Bend to see if I can rip a sidewall open.

    Geax AKA & Saguaros
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    Maxxis IKONs are on the menu... there are just too many interesting treads (finally) for me to stick to one.
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    awesome pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
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    Agreed

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    I thought this thread was for posting pictures, not for getting your post count above 10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    I'm a low-knob fan and won't ride anything smaller than a 2.2.
    I'm currently on a pair of Stan's Ravens and have been very impressed... the traction they get just doesn't make sense when you look at them. I bought them on the recommendations of many and they sat around for quite a while while I accepted the inevitability of trying what looks like an asphalt commuter tire. I started out pushing them in the fine-dust-over-hardpack twisties on Tangle of Trails and Point Six at the 'nut and just seemed limited by my tentativeness more than the tire. I've been ramping up on them, including to the point of drifting corners and they are just predictable and have plenty of traction. They stick to the sand at Rocky Hill like magnets. I'm currently running them at ~24psi and may drop another pound or so (i go at low pressure pretty conservatively). I weigh 205 and ride rigid SS mostly. I have yet to take them out to Pace Bend to see if I can rip a sidewall open.

    Geax AKA & Saguaros
    Bonty XDX TLR
    Schwalbe Racing Ralph
    have all served me well.
    Maxxis IKONs are on the menu... there are just too many interesting treads (finally) for me to stick to one.
    I would also recommend the Geax Saguaros for all the Austin trails, they're one of my favorites for around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robtre View Post
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    Hey man, don't be equating us gays with the haters. I like men, not trolls bro.

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    New take on the banana hammock

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    I heart Vulture's Knob

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    Nice posts everybody!

    I couldn't wait 'til I finished this video - and who knows, I may never finish it... but I had some fun making it! Combo of helmet cam and stationary cam.

    This course is ~6.5 miles with ~650ft. and has some crazy features stitched together by reasonably fast and smooth singletrack. I think "fast" riders round it in ~40 minutes. It has been there since at least the early '90's and it's a hoot! It's also a handful in between the smooth sections.

    WARNING: YouTube asked me if I wanted my shaky video "fixed" - if you are sensitive to motion sickness maybe watch it on a smaller monitor or from far away. It's not the camera - it's that my head is a little loose.

    Vulture's Knob on my rigid 29er - YouTube

    -F

    PS - It intentionally starts out slow - the start/finish area is innocent-looking enough...
    I love the trails at Vulture's Knob. I learned to ride there on my $300 ebay bike and now when I'm coming down a mountain out here in Idaho and come across some rocks, roots, or switchbacks, I have the necessary skill-set. Vulture's Knob is the real deal. Great video, it was like going home

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    Great shots and vids by all! Keep them coming, this thread is amazing! I need to get some shots of me on my Haro rigid.

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