XCL passion

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  • 06-16-2009
    bailout
    XCL passion
    Well, it's been built for about a week now and I'm loving the ride! I'm really liking the added traction and control on the technical climbs. I have yet to torture test it on some light freeride-type stuff as I'm still waiting for my fork to get rebuilt. I did take her out on a 19-mile xc ride with about 5500 feet of climbing on some steep trails yesterday. I was never a strong climber and rarely led on the climbs, but judging from Sunday's longish xc ride, I think this bike is "epic-capable". The bike is on the heavy side (not to mention the lack of fitness of the motor:D) so there's room for improvement.
    I took it out again for an evening ride today before I give her a break for a couple of weeks. Here are some mandatory glamour shots:

    Zipping down Saratoga Gap trail
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    Leg warmers in June. At least the sun is still up at 7:45 in the evening
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    Blue and gold
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    The XCL makes clearing the crux section of this trail way easier
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    Getting dark in the woods, time to go home
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  • 06-16-2009
    NCETRY
    Nice ride. Nice pics also.:thumbsup:
  • 06-16-2009
    scruffylooking
    Awesome post! Thanks!
  • 06-16-2009
    slugster
    Very Nice!! Amiel!!!!.... Congrats on the new steed, she's pher-ty.... we have got to hook up soon for a ride.....
  • 06-16-2009
    CHUMBAevo
    Looks great - how's that REBA ?
  • 06-16-2009
    Ixquiac
    Congrats on the new sled. Awesome color! Glad your enjoying her. The Cham has done me well at Prairie City. Still looking for a v10 to add to my collection though...
  • 06-16-2009
    chucko58
    Was that the root staircase at the Gap? You made it look easy!

    I'm sure I'll see you out there some day - mine's grey.
  • 06-16-2009
    Berkley
    You should flip that skewer back before it catches on something.

    Sweet ride!
  • 06-16-2009
    bailout
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Berkley
    You should flip that skewer back before it catches on something.

    Sweet ride!

    Ah, thanks! Fixed. I kept putting that off since re-positioning the skewer messes up brake pad clearance.


    The "Reba" is actually a 1st gen Revelation. Pretty good trail fork but a tad flexy fore and aft (needs new bushings maybe?). It needs a new motion control cartridge (getting put in this weekend). What I really need on this bike is a Pike or one of the new Revs.

    Chuck-
    Yes, that is the root staircase at the Gap. It felt like cheating, so this is what quality suspension is like. I was out there last night for a quick spin. What's up with the explosion of new lines and trail braiding on the singletrack? It seems like someone felt the need to tear up the hillsides and ride up and around every other tree next to the trail. I blocked off some of the new and ugly braids with logs and PO vines. I know there are quite a few inconspicuous and fun optional lines that have been there for years and have been bedded-in, that's all cool but this is ridiculous. There's a section where the old singletrack tread was blown up to about 10 feet wide because of trail braiding. Roots of half a dozen trees all shredded in the name of "berming" the corner. It was a blind corner too (like a lot of the corners there), on a mutli-use trail, with lots of walkers on the weekends and opposing bike traffic. I love berms, but at the Gap? Come on. Anyway, I'll see you out there and I do remember your gray XCL - Day after Thanksgiving Gap ride with Portola Vince in 07, remember?

    Matty-
    Dude! Gotta hit Demo with your crew again. Just don't expect me to do anything crazy. The old Chameleon was a crutch ( a pretty good one too). Still getting used to a non kid-sized bike:D I hope to get comfortable in the air with this new rig soon though.

    Steve-
    Congrats on the new bike. I'm glad it's serving you well. Just don't take it to N*:D How about a Driver 8? JK!
  • 06-17-2009
    scruffylooking
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ixquiac
    Congrats on the new sled. Awesome color! Glad your enjoying her. The Cham has done me well at Prairie City. Still looking for a v10 to add to my collection though...

    Steve! What do you have in your stable these days? Hope all is well with you.

    OP - sorry for the minor derail. Not used to seeing Ixquiac over here on the Chumba forum. :D
  • 07-07-2009
    bailout
    The XCL likes rooty climbs
    This bike is awesome! I only know of a handful of people who claim to clean this section. Ive never done it on any of my other bikes and thought that it was impossible (for me anyway). The XCL clearly makes things easier.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=535117
  • 07-07-2009
    Ixquiac
    WHat up!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Steve! What do you have in your stable these days? Hope all is well with you.

    OP - sorry for the minor derail. Not used to seeing Ixquiac over here on the Chumba forum. :D

    Yeah, Bailout is a buddy of mine, so I keep up with some of his posts. Anyway, big news! I have a baby V10!!! Just got it a few weks ago. She's a 2007, but in good shape. I know have a full family :)

    XC= 2008 Chameleon, white, medium (small was super small)
    Trail= 2007 Nomad, black anno, small
    DH= 2007 V10, grey anno, small

    How u and the real family been?

    :thumbsup:
  • 07-10-2009
    dropadrop
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CHUMBAevo
    Looks great - how's that REBA ?

    Looks like a Revelation. :)