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    Sept 14-16, 2018 Weekend Ride and Trail Conditions Report

    Temperatures are continuing towards cooler. No rain in sight, but I have a feeling we will be seeing some in the next few weeks.

    What's the plan for the weekend? I hope to get a ride in as I haven't ridden in a week due to work and a cold.

    Photos and reports appreciated.

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    Luckily we are not dealing with this mess. Lots of destruction happening back on the east coast. My hometown getting hit right now.

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    Who wants to set out to do mega laps at demo to get on the winners list? Thinking 4-5 on braille. 20-22min pace on sulphur.

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    Two separate ambulances (+ fire trucks) and a chopper at demo today. WTF all that about?

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    Took the family out. 2 rides tomorrow
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    Rain and hail this morning on the shuttle up to Luther Pass.

    But once I got out on the Tahoe Rim Trail, the sun was out and cool temps for riding. Good amount of wind out there today too. Weather is definitely changing in the Sierra.

    Armstrong > Connector > Corral still one of the funnest sets of trails anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akdmx View Post
    Two separate ambulances (+ fire trucks) and a chopper at demo today. WTF all that about?
    Trying too hard to get on that list maybe?

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    Went up to northstar today. The demos at outerbike (interbike?) were actually really good I thought. Not the biggest selection in the world, but you actually have good trails to take them on in comparison to sea otter and other events. Not big lines either. I saw people coming up to the pivot booth and riding away with firebirds, mach5.5, etc. and it only took a few minutes to get them the bikes.

    I raced the e-bike race. I think there was a total of 30ish riders in the OPEN category and the format was two heats and the combined score wins.

    First time riding an ebike for me. I was on the pivot shuttle, which was very impressive as a bike even if you completely disregarded the e part. First off, it was very fun. Could casually climb trails faster and with way less effort. More weight on the downhill, but I have raced moto for 15 years so not really an issue for me. Honestly even on an ebike I could notice how good the dw link was in comparison to my specialized enduro.

    Racing ebikes is another story. I think most fast/fit people are capable of sprinting past the threshold of power. For the first half of lap I would say 80% of the time the motor wasn't doing much since I was trying to go faster than it would allow. I'm pretty sure I would have been faster on a race xc bike. (For the first few minutes until I got tired). Ended up getting 2nd place in this race.

    The second race the shimano power system threw an error that I wasn't aware of, and I sprinted off the line with zero pedal assist. It did not take me long to realize I was sprinting a 50 lb bike with no help. Apparently you cannot have any pressure on the pedals when the bike is turning on or else it doesn't work. Didn't figure that out until after though.

    Also, I would buy a firebird 29 right now if they had a water bottle cage in the correct spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Also, I would buy a firebird 29 right now if they had a water bottle cage in the correct spot.
    Some serious rake on that bike, looks like a chopper! How does it handle?

    I think my next bike is going to be a YT, or Yeti, or maybe an Ibis.....another Santa Cruz is not a bad idea....
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    Friday did a quick spin up.Pleasanton Ridge.. so much cow poop to avoid.

    Dbl duty today, started in the am with a Tamarancho loop. Then broke for lunch then finished with a bayview China camp ride..

    Weather perfect for riding..

    25 miles total..

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    Iíll post more later, but this was a break 15 miles in. And no, that is not the Disneyland Matterhorn ...

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    Pacifica Friday evening - UC Saturday afternoon - off to Lake Cunningham today

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Some serious rake on that bike, looks like a chopper! How does it handle?

    I think my next bike is going to be a YT, or Yeti, or maybe an Ibis.....another Santa Cruz is not a bad idea....
    The other bikes Iím looking at are the Sentinel and Stumpy EVO. Which are even more of the extreme geometry.

    I didnít get to ride it yesterday, but Iíve ridden other pivot bikes before and really like the DW suspension. And I like 29ers and long travel bikes, so I donít see how I couldnít like the Firebird.

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    Arrived to SC this morning with 3 left hand gloves. Donít know how that happened.

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    How about this weather! It's so clear you can feel it. A little football hint to it too.

    I rode a 180mm front/rear travel bike today. I finally got it dialed in. Turns out the Fox 36 rebound was 19 clicks in!
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    A mixed terrain weekend

    A mixed terrain weekend with the SmorgasSpork for me.
    Around 30 miles from Bonny Doon out to Coastanoa for an overnighter on Friday.

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    And 24 miles today [Sunday] of canine obedience training [among other places] above the west side of Santa Cruz.

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    Temperatures were pleasant and the trails are great in some places, and a chewed mess of brake bumps in others.
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    Crockett Hills yesterday and JMP today. Fun.

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    Got to test this rig today at jmp...
    Dont demo one.. they are horrible for relationships lol

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    ^My buddy and I bumped in to you a few times on the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Mackenzie View Post
    ^My buddy and I bumped in to you a few times on the trails.
    Were you in the ranger parking lot as I was leaving ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    The other bikes Iím looking at are the Sentinel and Stumpy EVO. Which are even more of the extreme geometry.
    good luck on the EVO. had my eye on one until i found out from my shop that apparently there's a limited number and they're pretty much all spoken for. maybe used?


    i'm saving my cash so i can snag a used XL nomad frame around christmas, got all the parts for it. was going to go with a new bronson but available shock options was kind of a deal breaker. either way should be a nice compliment to my HTLT

    Also, rode in marin on friday and bobcat ran out in front of me on the trail. I grabbed my brakes and went into a tree. strained/tore my AC joint

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    Were you in the ranger parking lot as I was leaving ?

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    Yeah we saw you up at the one lot before Big Trees and then again at the ranger lot.

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    I rode Santa Teresa with my rear lockout on. Wondering why my rear suspension felt a little harsh.

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    Taking it easy while I wait for my hernia surgery. So I made a loop of as many miles of the flat hardpack trails as I could link together and took my backup//parts-bin/whatever bike. Between the steering feel with the big dirtbike bars I put on this bike and the 2.0" slicks that had me drifting in most turns, I felt like I was flat track racing!

    The slicks really surprised me on dirt. I'm used to how knobby tires tend to give up grip pretty abruptly when leaning in a turn, especially on the front. I couldn't lean the slicks over too much, but when cornering I could easily feel when the front tire would start to smoothly slide out and a little bit of countersteer would stand the bike back up and catch the slide. I'm sure if I corner faster I could make them wash out very quickly though
    It was hilarious fun! Braaap!
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    Was at Mammoth this weekend. Fun as hell. Weather was cool and windy (50 mph gusts at the top). I love this place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    Got to test this rig today at jmp...
    Dont demo one.. they are horrible for relationships lol

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    Know what you mean in terms demoing new bikes and more important priorities.... test rode a Ripmo and now my 2016 Ripley doesn't feel so good anymore...haha. It never ends...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    The other bikes Iím looking at are the Sentinel and Stumpy EVO. Which are even more of the extreme geometry.
    My brother just got a Stumpy EVO and I got a lot of ride time on it - it is a fantastic, very well thought-out and well-balanced bike, but not sure what you mean by extreme geo?

    I thought it pretty much felt and handled like a right down the middle of the line, if not slightly conservative, geo by today's standards. It pretty much did everything well, but definitely was not a descending specialist (no pun intended) where picking lines is optional.

    IMO it was nothing like a Sentinel or any of the modern long travel 29ers, but that is definitely not necessarily a bad thing.

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    Never mind - ignore everything I just wrote above - I was commenting on the wrong bike (mixed up S-works w/ EVO) - he has a different model of the Stumpy and it is amazing how different the geo is between the 2 - carry on!

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    Sept 14-16, 2018 Weekend Ride and Trail Conditions Report

    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Never mind - ignore everything I just wrote above - I was commenting on the wrong bike (mixed up S-works w/ EVO) - he has a different model of the Stumpy and it is amazing how different the geo is between the 2 - carry on!
    I was going to say, if you donít think a 64 degree HTA is extreme, Iím not sure what bikes youíve been riding lately...

    Here is a comparison picture between the s-works and the EVO. Significantly longer, lower, and slacker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I was going to say, if you donít think a 64 degree HTA is extreme, Iím not sure what bikes youíve been riding lately...

    Here is a comparison picture between the s-works and the EVO. Significantly longer, lower, and slacker.
    Different enough that still calling it a Stumpy almost seems wrong!

    Their EWS riders have been using the regular Stumpy and not the Evo though, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn View Post
    Different enough that still calling it a Stumpy almost seems wrong!

    Their EWS riders have been using the regular Stumpy and not the Evo though, right?
    Yes, and if I was trying to get a bike specifically for racing enduro I would definitely consider the normal stumpy. But to be fair Keene was running a 160mm fork with 37mm offset on his XL Stumpy 29 at Northstar, so not exactly your stock setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn View Post
    Different enough that still calling it a Stumpy almost seems wrong!

    Their EWS riders have been using the regular Stumpy and not the Evo though, right?
    It's crazy to think that my 2013 26 inch stumpy Evo was aggressive at a 67 degree HA back then.

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