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    New found respect for DH

    So I ride a Heckler, been thinking about getting a DH rig for the shuttle days. I decided to drop down a trail today that I have never been on. I should have been suspicious with the massive jumps on 70 degree declines. I soon ran into a couple guys and realized it was a full on DH trail. Needless to say I walked the rest. That shiite was crazy! I definitely had the wrong bike and my clipless pedals didn't help. So, I am completely impressed and slightly embarrassed, but it did make me want a DH bike just a little bit more... More power to you folks!

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    70 degrees eh? I hope you had some rope and crampons

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmallory
    I decided to drop down a trail today that I have never been on. I should have been suspicious with the massive jumps on 70 degree declines. I soon ran into a couple guys and realized it was a full on DH trail. Needless to say I walked the rest.
    I don't get it... You were happily riding the track until you ran into a couple of guys who told you it was a DH track, so you decided to walk the rest of it? Weren't you doing ok before you found out it was a DH track?

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    welll my son....come to the dark side....get rid of the clipless pedals and go flat....get a full face, knee/shin guards and some armour and ride the wild wind

    go to the darkside
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    clipless also has its place in the darkside

    welcome to the fun, infuriariting, exhilirating, bone-crunching sport of DH
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    I still feel better on Clips, even at Northstar.
    Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prettym1k3
    I still feel better on Clips, even at Northstar.
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    clips can be fun, flats can be fun. Don't be afraid to play for both teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05
    Don't be afraid to play for both teams.
    Do not read too far into this everyone. He means it.
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    get some 2-ply tires, short stem, wide bar, and flat pedals, then go rip that trail!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madman133
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    70 degree angles would suck, that's the only downside with DH, you have to walk back up it

    Sounds good, where is the track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHidiot
    Do not read too far into this everyone. He means it.
    Shhhhhhhhh.

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    Come to the darkside.

    We have cookies and beer.

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    70 degrees eh? I hope you had some rope and crampons
    Yeah, sounds like a pretty crazy trail! Past 55 degrees it is too steep for snow to stay on the slope...

    But yeah, drop your seat and get some flats if it makes you feel more comfortable and go rock that on the Heckler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntled
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    -3=flats rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntled
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    im confused are you +1 my -1 against clipless or are you +1 for clipless? lol
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    If you are already comfortable with clips, don't listen to these fools. Clips will keep you riding cleaner, more accurately, and faster. Flats are for sloppy hacks who are scared of commitment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metanoia
    welcome to the fun, infuriariting, exhilirating, bone-crunching sport of DH
    not to mention expensive!

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    Last edited by Dodgysam; 05-18-2009 at 02:52 AM. Reason: it posted in the wrong place...oops.
    Patience is not a virtue, its a weakness!

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    70 degrees eh? I hope you had some rope and crampons
    Yeah, sounds like a pretty crazy trail! Past 55 degrees it is too steep for snow to stay on the slope...

    I maybe think he's trying to over exagerate...Like saying "my bike weighs a ton".

    He's just trying to hammer home the fact it was a steep trail, the type hes not used to.

    I doubt he busted out an inclinometer and measured the angle.



    Lets just give the guy some artistic freedom and welcome him to the dark side whilst rubbing our hands together with glee...ok?...ok!
    Patience is not a virtue, its a weakness!

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    +3...clipless for me on the DH Scene although, for those freeriding sessions when a bit of air time and a few tricks are on the menu for the day, flats are the go!

    The above comment I thought was so blindingly straight forward I laughed with it...NICE. Welcome to the dark side indeedy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodgysam
    I maybe think he's trying to over exagerate...Like saying "my bike weighs a ton".

    He's just trying to hammer home the fact it was a steep trail, the type hes not used to.

    I doubt he busted out an inclinometer and measured the angle.



    Lets just give the guy some artistic freedom and welcome him to the dark side whilst rubbing our hands together with glee...ok?...ok!

    I think it's important to stop these things before they get out of control. Exaggerations on mtbr.com are already up a million percent on last year.

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    My bad on the exaggerations, I figured you'd get my point I didn't know the trail which is the reason we took it and eventually walked it. And the guys we just ran into, one of them bailed on the steepest section which caused us to stop and actually realize what was ahead of us. It might have been do-able but based on the circumstances, it was a smart move to walk. A slacker HA, more travel, and freedom of feet and we would have been riding down.

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    This is a generalization, but I will throw it out anyhow. Most DH trails can be ridden on a decent rig like a heckler. The main difference is the speed. On a smaller bike you have to creep some of the trail features where on a DH sled you can just let it rip. SC Syndicate does testing and shuttle runs on trails that I have ridden on my 5-6" trail bikes. I am sure they would run me over on their factory V10 rigs though if we were on trail at the same time

    That said, if you live in an area that has DH trails more power to you. Get a rig and start going bigger/faster
    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine
    that's the stupidest idea this side of pinkbike.

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    Well, well, another convert. Go get yourself a DH rig and let'er rip!

    BTW, Clipless all the way for me.

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