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    Action pics of Rigids on technical terrain

    Rocks ...roots...

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    All of these are from the Michaux SF in PA, but this pic is my fave. The line crosses that log.




    When you get to this point...


    ...this is what you see (sans the guy with the "What th'?" expression). There is, in fact, a ride-able line there. It looks bad, but with the right speed, some strategic ratchet pedals, a couple wheel hops, and maybe a chipped tooth on your big ring, it's ride-able.


    Does anyone have pix from Moraine SP?

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    Fleas..great pics ..where is it?

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    This is getting me all jacked up for summer. Can't wait for the snow to melt in the Sierra's











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    Reposting these...

    a pic of me in the air on my Vicious at Blue Mtn in Peekskill, NY...



    and this one on my new (to me) singlespeed at graham Hills in Pleasantville, NY...



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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    This is getting me all jacked up for summer. Can't wait for the snow to melt in the Sierra's











    Where are these? The Sierra?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Where are these? The Sierra?
    First and last pics are Hole In The Ground trail right out of Truckee, CA
    Second one is Salmon Falls trail in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Third/Fourth are from Folsom State Rec Area (granite bay trails) in Granite Bay, CA
    Fifth is Donner Lake Rim Trail, which starts in Truckee and hooks you up to Hole In The Ground
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    This is a great thread. Wish I wasn't the only one on a rigid on my rides but also the only one to take pictures. I have almost no pictures of me riding my bike on the trails, just people on their bouncy bikes that i ride ahead of, take pictures then follow down.

    Hope the rest of you can make my day here!
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    Please don't quote entire series of photos. It makes each page so unnecessarily long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    First and last pics are Hole In The Ground trail right out of Truckee, CA
    Second one is Salmon Falls trail in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Third/Fourth are from Folsom State Rec Area (granite bay trails) in Granite Bay, CA
    Fifth is Donner Lake Rim Trail, which starts in Truckee and hooks you up to Hole In The Ground
    Funny, I thought HITG as soon as I saw that first pic. Can't imagine riding some of that trail on a rigid though...props!
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    Sweet pics! I got a few but not enough post yet

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    Shout Out to Blue Mountain Reservation!

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    Reposting these...

    a pic of me in the air on my Vicious at Blue Mtn in Peekskill, NY...



    and this one on my new (to me) singlespeed at graham Hills in Pleasantville, NY...



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    I used to run high school cross country races at Blue Mountain Reservation and I rode bikes there in the early 90's when rigid was all there was.

    I have not lived there in 19 years. Are you native to the area?
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    I need someone like you on my rides to capture my exploits as I am the one that does a lot of the capturing. Probably the same with you, not as many pictures of vikb riding as there are of all his riding buddies.
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    My buddy's Jeff Jones Spaceframe and Truss fork.....rigid, but half-fat!



    He rides the local BC rocks and roots just fine.



    It's a little embarrassing when he rides the lumpy stuff faster than I do on my FS bike.



    Oh well...I am older than him!...



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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    I need someone like you on my rides to capture my exploits as I am the one that does a lot of the capturing. Probably the same with you, not as many pictures of vikb riding as there are of all his riding buddies.
    +1 - I always demand I get to be in 1 picture per ride just so I can prove I was there!...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gthcarolina View Post
    I used to run high school cross country races at Blue Mountain Reservation and I rode bikes there in the early 90's when rigid was all there was.

    I have not lived there in 19 years. Are you native to the area?
    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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    More Mid-Atlantic luvin'.

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    awesome pics !
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    Hard to get action pics when you're riding solo...
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    Quote Originally Posted by collideous View Post
    kick ass photos here
    Those are pretty rad
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    Ha, looks like he's driving a bus with those handlebars. Great shots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    My buddy's Jeff Jones Spaceframe and Truss fork.....rigid, but half-fat!

    He rides the local BC rocks and roots just fine ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    Fifth is Donner Lake Rim Trail, which starts in Truckee and hooks you up to Hole In The Ground
    Wow, that came out nice! I helped cut a section of that trail a few years back. Great times up there, but I have yet to ride it. Good stuff I take it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickt3030 View Post



    Ha, looks like he's driving a bus with those handlebars. Great shots!
    Thanks guys....

    It's only taken a couple years for me to get the hang of taking photos in BC's dark rainforests... I need to save some more $$ for a really fast prime lens and it will be on...



    BTW - I use the same Jeff Jones loop bars on my Pugsley and they work great even though they look unusual.



    I figure the Pugsley is a 29er at heart...

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    Not exactly technical, but check out what happens to the tire when riding rigid. I use tubes and run around 22 PSI in front and never had a flat in a race (in 9 years and around 100 races).
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    Not exactly technical, but check out what happens to the tire when riding rigid. I use tubes and run around 22 PSI in front and never had a flat in a race (in 9 years and around 100 races).
    Great picture! So few people understand that that is perfect pressure. Enough to deflect around an obstacle but enough to not pinch or roll off the rim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    Not exactly technical, but check out what happens to the tire when riding rigid. I use tubes and run around 22 PSI in front and never had a flat in a race (in 9 years and around 100 races).
    My tubed tire does the same and no flats either.

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    I really think this thread is great. We see so many posts where people think they need large travel FS rigs for a couple "roots". You guys are proving rigid rigs can get the job done.

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    Any pics of you guys at the chiropractor after your rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny7 View Post
    Any pics of you guys at the chiropractor after your rides?
    No need. Riding the rigid on epic AM style rides is a full body workout. Fit and strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny7 View Post
    Any pics of you guys at the chiropractor after your rides?
    This is an interesting question. I learned to ride when we only had rigid bikes (1980s) so my arms and legs became my suspension. Do people now learn to ride seated with locked arms? Because this is the way I see a lot of guys riding on their full suspension bikes - if you approached rigid riding this way, you'd need that trip to the chiropractor. How did riding ever get so passive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    This is an interesting question. I learned to ride when we only had rigid bikes (1980s) so my arms and legs became my suspension. Do people now learn to ride seated with locked arms? Because this is the way I see a lot of guys riding on their full suspension bikes - if you approached rigid riding this way, you'd need that trip to the chiropractor. How did riding ever get so passive?
    Or they don't know how to lift their wheel off the ground so the build stick ramps up to even the smallest log...



    We should start a grumpy old curmudgeon group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    This is an interesting question. I learned to ride when we only had rigid bikes (1980s) so my arms and legs became my suspension. Do people now learn to ride seated with locked arms? Because this is the way I see a lot of guys riding on their full suspension bikes - if you approached rigid riding this way, you'd need that trip to the chiropractor. How did riding ever get so passive?
    Hope you guys realized I was totaly joking and wasn't knocking ridgid riders. I use to ride FS but went back to ht several years ago. Now that I'm 40 and going on my second shoulder surgery, on Thursday, I'm still staying with HT but I have a titanium frame in the mail to smooth things out a little. Anyway, my hats off to you guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2 View Post
    Or they don't know how to lift their wheel off the ground so the build stick ramps up to even the smallest log...



    We should start a grumpy old curmudgeon group.
    https://forums.mtbr.com/groups/grumpy-old-curmudgeon/

    join on up. We can discuss things like rigid bikes, alt bend bars, trials moves, ass over rear tire descending and what the heck a shock pump is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    Not exactly technical, but check out what happens to the tire when riding rigid. I use tubes and run around 22 PSI in front and never had a flat in a race (in 9 years and around 100 races).
    Cool pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    http://forums.mtbr.com/groups/grumpy-old-curmudgeon/

    join on up. We can discuss things like rigid bikes, alt bend bars, trials moves, ass over rear tire descending and what the heck a shock pump is?
    Awesome!
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    Here's a couple I have.





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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    I really think this thread is great. We see so many posts where people think they need large travel FS rigs for a couple "roots". You guys are proving rigid rigs can get the job done.
    A "root"

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    love this thread.
    seeing these pics makes me want to pick up my feet and get around to some of the killer terrain that yonder has to offer.
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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil View Post
    A "root"

    Dammit! How do they do that!


    I think I would need photoshop to clear a log that big.

    btw - I'd like to see a suspended bike making that move. I bet it's not happening.

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    PS - in response to unsigned neg rep received, I'll admit I saw a guy on a suspended bike clear a log just that big about a week ago. He used a different technique, more like a truck than a gazelle, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny7 View Post
    Any pics of you guys at the chiropractor after your rides?
    Like other folks I learned to MTB when suspension didn't exist. Having said that when I ride the same trails on a rigid bike as I do my 6"+ FS rig I end up more tired and sore for sure. Nothing deadly I just feel like a 2hrs rigid ride is like a 4hrs FS ride when it comes to my body.

    Having said that my local trails are rough and I still love the rigid bike. It's just different.
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    From the archives. Nothing recent unfortunately.





























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    Wow, awesome pics!

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    Amazing pix, Enel. You (and soon Jr). take rigid to a new level of gnar. Wow..

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    Crap, I gotta follow those pics from Enel? (This looked so much bigger in person. I definitely need some better pics.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    http://forums.mtbr.com/groups/grumpy-old-curmudgeon/

    join on up. We can discuss things like rigid bikes, alt bend bars, trials moves, ass over rear tire descending and what the heck a shock pump is?
    Have you looked at the Vintage, Retro, Classic forum?

    Plenty of curmudgeons there!

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    Do FAT bikes count as rigid since they have 2 inches of tire "travel"?

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    You are an animal! The kid is kicking butt too. Next time I see another guy claiming you need FS for some roots, I'll pointing them your way.
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    Great thread! I really don't have cool action shots on technical terrain. Yet.

    My skillz suck, though. Compared to many of my riding buddies, anyway. I find that I can clear what I can clear. Meaning the bike choice for me, does not make a huge difference in success or failure. Suspension does allow me to cheat and just hammer up some rough stuff. Any descent that absolutely requires suspension, I'm probably too chicken sh!t to do anyway. The main difference for me is speed. I really cannot descend as fast riding rigid. One of the worst types of terrain to ride? A fast singletrack riddled with hoof prints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny7 View Post
    Hope you guys realized I was totaly joking and wasn't knocking ridgid riders. I use to ride FS but went back to ht several years ago. Now that I'm 40 and going on my second shoulder surgery, on Thursday, I'm still staying with HT but I have a titanium frame in the mail to smooth things out a little. Anyway, my hats off to you guys.
    Good luck with that! I'm about your age and I'm 6 months into rehab. I just had a rotator cuff repair, so not horrible as far as the shoulder is concerned. I've been riding for several weeks now, and the shoulder is holding up fine. Riding rigid is not a problem, however, I'm not at full strength, so I have to be smart about what I attempt to ride.

    And congrats on the new Ti frame

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    This is my favorite thread....

    on this forum in a long, long time. "Its the rider, not the bike" was never more appropriate. Guys riding technical terrain without a "couch on wheels" in sight. What more could I ever want or ask for?. Awesome job guys! . Unfortunately I ride alone so no pics of me in action. Rode Sprain Ridge recently, would have been a nice addition to this thread.
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    If you need to quote someone and there are fifteen pictures in the quote, do us all a favor and delete the picture links, thanks.

    Killer pictures, keep em coming.m

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopbreakindown View Post
    If you need to quote someone and there are fifteen pictures in the quote, do us all a favor and delete the picture links, thanks.

    Killer pictures, keep em coming.m
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    From the archives. Nothing recent unfortunately.


    Second pic.

    Is this Hangover? I was terrified on my full-sus!! Killer riding.
    Something with wheels and brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
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    You can edit your post with the pics

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    All my 'steep' pics are an epic fail next to this

    Nice rock btw


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    Pilot Rock, Humvee Section?

    Sandals are a nice touch.
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    rigid riding

    Not that technical, but rigid and fun!



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    [QUOTE=grantw9066;9223058]Not that technical, but rigid and fun!

    Hey, these look fun and are more my speed anyway at my current skill to health insurance ratio.

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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    Something about this pic grabs me where it counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rottendan View Post
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    That thar is a frame breaker.
    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    That thar is a frame breaker.
    I'm trying...
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    awesome thread full of win.
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    C'mon folks, post up.

    Somehow MikeSee got a sticky with only 5 posts. This is at 3 pages!

    Here is a staged shot. My buddy was trying to make those rocks look like the Himalayas by laying among them.


    Not that I didn't ride nearly right over the camera, but the line is nothing like it looks. I passed with the tree and the camera to my right. I think I was in a contemplative track stand at the moment of the picture. I guess that's sorta lacking some action...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    This is a great thread. Wish I wasn't the only one on a rigid on my rides but also the only one to take pictures. I have almost no pictures of me riding my bike on the trails, just people on their bouncy bikes that i ride ahead of, take pictures then follow down.

    Hope the rest of you can make my day here!
    Agree, this is the best pic thread I've seen on here! Keep 'em coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post

    My buddy's Jeff Jones Spaceframe and Truss fork.....rigid, but half-fat!
    Crazy looking bike.

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    Mariachi

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    Chunk!
    Something with wheels and brakes.

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    Dunno if this really counts as technical terrain...


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    Borrowed this picture from Hollister. You guys mind some dinky wheels if it's a girl doing the riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chongoman View Post
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    Nice, I tried one like this and did an endo ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
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    Racing the rigid
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    chongoman and girlonbike, gah, nice drop ins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    That bike seems like it's set up as a 69er. And not the good kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbotron View Post
    chongoman and girlonbike, gah, nice drop ins!
    I know, right?! That's Ruthie Matthes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    I know, right?! That's Ruthie Matthes.
    Great shot! Is that a P23? Looks like it. I lusted after Ritchey's P- series frames but had to make do with my Ross Mt Whitney

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    ive always wanted a rigid, this makes me consider going out and buying one! possibly rebuilding a bike to be rigid but not sure itd hold up anyways. good shots guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazardousmtb View Post
    ive always wanted a rigid, this makes me consider going out and buying one! possibly rebuilding a bike to be rigid but not sure itd hold up anyways. good shots guys
    DO IT

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazardousmtb View Post
    ive always wanted a rigid, this makes me consider going out and buying one! possibly rebuilding a bike to be rigid but not sure itd hold up anyways. good shots guys
    I have a 1983 Ritchey that is holding up fine.
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    It looks like these are mostly, if not all singlespeeds. That makes me smile

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    Good job!

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    How light do you guys get the bikes down to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakleviathan View Post
    How light do you guys get the bikes down to?
    About 28-30 lbs
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    If you only knew what I have put this bike thru. I finally cracked the frame on the driveside chainstay after 10 years of hard riding... :'(


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    Quote Originally Posted by karatemonkey View Post
    If you only knew what I have put this bike thru. I finally cracked the frame on the driveside chainstay after 10 years of hard riding... :'(

    Cool, rigid, full face, you just need lycra shorts.

    Not being a wise azz, Enel does it, I have done it. Unconventional All. The. Way. (apologies to Howard)
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    Quote Originally Posted by oakleviathan View Post
    How light do you guys get the bikes down to?
    if you are riding rigid on technical terrain, light isn't even a consideration. Strong and capable are the main criteria. Comfort fits in there too, but comfort rarely comes in a lightweight package.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    if you are riding rigid on technical terrain, light isn't even a consideration. Strong and capable are the main criteria. Comfort fits in there too, but comfort rarely comes in a lightweight package.
    +1
    I chose the Azonic Outlaw 29ers for their strength. Light weight wasn't even considered. Mine is down to 26.5 lbs and very sturdy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karatemonkey View Post
    If you only knew what I have put this bike thru. I finally cracked the frame on the driveside chainstay after 10 years of hard riding... :'(
    I didn't see the thread where you rant about Surly not giving you a new warranty frame.

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