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    The Official 2014 Blue Mountain Thread

    Blue Mountain has announced season pass information today

    Bike Show Special - $169 +tax
    available on, or before March 2, 2014

    Early Bird - $199 +tax
    March 3-31, 2014

    Spring Special - $239 +tax
    April 1-30, 2014

    Regular Price - $289 +tax
    Starting May 1, 2014

    Passes will be available to purchase online at the same rates during all of these periods. For those planning on attending the Bike Show (February 28-March 2, 2014) , passes will be printed so you'll be able to take it home with you at the time of purchase.

    Remember how much fun we had last season? here's the

    2013 link:
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    Can't wait!

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    not bad for ontario...

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    Adult Season Pass - $269 ... That is a good price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    Can't wait!
    I'm excited too PF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    Can't wait!
    awesome sauce! can't wait till summer, ride the new enduro runs, session haole and all the other fun stuff.
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    aha! i know where that shot was taken... in the steeps of grab bag

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Shaw View Post
    Adult Season Pass - $269 ... That is a good price.
    at $169+tax for lift access it's a pretty good deal...

    map is here:

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    I plan to buy my pass this weekend! Can't wait to get my Faith out for a real ride, just need to get protective gear. Really don't know where to start with that.

    Anyway, has anyone raced in the Tuesday night series and know which trails they use for that? I am mainly wondering if there are gap jumps on the course, not comfortable with those at this point. Will be working on that over the summer but thought I would try to find out what the course is like before heading to try a race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shantyspark View Post
    I plan to buy my pass this weekend! Can't wait to get my Faith out for a real ride, just need to get protective gear. Really don't know where to start with that.

    Anyway, has anyone raced in the Tuesday night series and know which trails they use for that? I am mainly wondering if there are gap jumps on the course, not comfortable with those at this point. Will be working on that over the summer but thought I would try to find out what the course is like before heading to try a race.
    The bike show is a good place just to check various models of gear (style/size/price etc). What are you needing? Have you ridden at blue?

    I haven't seen the 2014 Tuesday Night series posted yet. I don't think there is an opening day selected yet. For the Tuesday Night Series, what I recall: the trails alternate from week to week (becoming progressively more technical) Last year the races were held on Groove, Embryo, The Ridge, Showcase etc. They didn't announce the location until race day, but there is time to session the course prior to the race. There are categories for men and women; new riders and experienced riders and for men there is age classes.

    Singlesprocket and I did one of the races...it was my very first race... quite an accomplishment for me And I loved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    The bike show is a good place just to check various models of gear (style/size/price etc). What are you needing? Have you ridden at blue?

    I haven't seen the 2014 Tuesday Night series posted yet. I don't think there is an opening day selected yet. For the Tuesday Night Series, what I recall: the trails alternate from week to week (becoming progressively more technical) Last year the races were held on Groove, Embryo, The Ridge, Showcase etc. They didn't announce the location until race day, but there is time to session the course prior to the race. There are categories for men and women; new riders and experienced riders and for men there is age classes.

    Singlesprocket and I did one of the races...it was my very first race... quite an accomplishment for me And I loved it.
    I need all gear, but not even sure what to get. I have ridden lots of mountain bike but not a lot of pure downhill riding so my gear is all just XC/trail oriented. I have ridden at Blue and in Whistler this past summer, but each of those were only a day each. I did BC Bike race last year and had no issues riding all of the trails in that, so technical skill isn't much of an issue, just large jumps as I have not had much practice.

    I would love to go to the bike show but unfortunatly I cannot go (going away for the weekend to Taboo resort so still a great weekend, haha). The things I know I want are full face helmet and knee pads. After that I am not sure when it come to compression suit type upper body gear, with or without neck brace, neck brace and elbow pads only up top, no shoulder/chest, etc. When it comes to that part I am really lost.

    When I rode at Blue I rented the full compression suit and gear, which was fine, but in Whistler I didn't get the compression suit for up top and was also fine. Mind you I didn't fall so who knows how fine I would have been if I did. Any recommendations on that or where to go in Collingwood (live there) or close to there to look/buy would be great. I only moved here from Alberta in September so I am not familiar with things much yet.

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    You shouldn't have a problem riding at blue. I'd recommend a full face, knee/shin pads and elbow/forearm pads. Check out Kamikazi in Collingwood or Badlands Sports at Blue Village as well as the pro shop behind Badlands.

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    stoke vid...

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/78170647" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/78170647">Riding Feels Good: Sid Slotegraaf</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/mechanicaleyemedia">Mechanical Eye Media</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    stoke vid...
    I recognize much of this vid was shot on Grab Bag (my favorite trail... )! Some shots of Haole and Squeaker/Big Sleaze and I think O-Chute

    Sid is an exciting rider to watch. I'm inspired to push the limits this season
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    i second the pro-shop behind bad lands, they are a good bunch of guys in there with great service. plus you get a discount in both places if you are a season pass holder.
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    i dont think you need to worry about gap jumps at Blue, i suck at jumping and i havent found anything at blue overly challenging

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    stoke vid...
    Hey - he's a local boy! He spoke at Hamilton Cycling Club's year-end banquet and sat at my table. Super nice guy. The club and local community contributed to help get him to the World Cup in South Africa.

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    whats the cost for a day pass?

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    some more discounts...

    15%* off at Blue Mountain Retail Stores
    *Discount applicable on regular priced items. Valid during the 2014 summer season at Red Devil Sports, Lifted, Columbia and Columbia Kids. Must present valid 2014 Mountain Bike Season Pass to receive discount. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts. Other exceptions may apply. See in store for details.
    Free “Bring-a-Friend” Day Pass
    *Valid for one complimentary Mountain Bike Day Ticket to be used during the 2014 Mountain Bike Season. Voucher will be distributed at time of pass pickup. No replacements will be issued for lost or forgot vouchers. Vouchers hold no cash value, and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts. Those redeeming must still purchase a Mountain Bike Park Pass for $10 +taxes.
    20%* off Midweek Resort Lodging
    *Valid: Sunday to Thursday arrivals, May 19 to July 31, 2014 and September 2 to October 2, 2014

    Reserve by calling 705-445-0231 or 877-445-0231 and speak to our Leisure and Travel representatives. Be sure to quote Promo Code: BPASS2014

    *Valid for Sunday through Thursday arrivals only from May 19 to July 31, 2014 and September 2 to October 2, 2014. Accommodation/packages are subject to availability. Rates and packages are subject to change without notice. Any reservation changes will be subject to the current accommodation rate at the time of change. Reservation must be made through information and reservations and will be cross referenced to valid 2014 Blue Mountain Adult Bike Park Season Pass. Season Pass must be presented at the check-in to confirm discount. Package does not include applicable tax, fees or gratuities. Offer valid only at Blue Mountain operated properties. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount
    15%* off regular priced menu items at Jozo’s Bar and The Pottery Restaurant
    *Discount applicable on regular priced menu items only and excludes packaged or promo items. Valid May 23 to October 13, 2014. Must present valid Mountain Bike Season Pass to receive discount. Not to be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts, and cannot be applied to the purchase of alcohol. Other exceptions may apply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by croft View Post
    whats the cost for a day pass?
    Day Pass –includes unlimited lift access $38*
    * All prices + tax
    (Does not include the one-time fee of $10 + tax to obtain the mandatory Bike Park Pass)
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    Opening day (tentative) May 23!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Opening day (tentative) May 23!
    come on warm temps! though it will be muddy. will be interesting how my new carbon 40mm derby wheelset will work.
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    Pedal Fest and the return of the East Coast Open!!

    June 28 – 29, 2014

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    The East Coast open is back and DH Race is returning with an Open format.
    Training: Saturday June 28, 2014
    Race: Sunday June 29, 2014

    Amateur & Open Divisions:
    Youth Boys & Girls 12-14
    Youth Boys & Girls 15-17
    Women 18+
    Men 19-29
    Men 30-39
    Men 40-49
    Men 50+
    Open Men
    Open Women


    Oh boy!

    Pedal Fest


    Other Activities during Pedal Fest:

    Whip it Contest Saturday June 28, 2014
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Caricature Artist

    Cycle Master the cycling street performer
    BMX Stunt Shows
    Kids Bike Parade
    Groove Dancing
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    Downhill Mountain Biking
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    Leisure Bike Rides to the Beach
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    Tuesday Night Downhill Race Series at Blue starts July 15 to August 5, 2014

    (I'm stoked)

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    An hour of fun racing, followed by apres and prizes!
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    Trail update from blue:


    Crews are getting some of the beginner and easy blue trails cleaned up as there is some patches of snow/ice and wet areas that has slowed work down on the collector.

    It's reported that the goals this week are to focus on cleaning and clearing 3-4 trails (Embryo, Fresh Air, Raison Run and The Ridge) down to the Collector. Next week, because of snow and wet conditions, to push for The Groove and The Gulch, and possibly O-Chute depending on how much work is needed on the other trails.

    For the full report:
    Summer Trail Update #1 - Mountain Biking and Hiking
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    Oh boy... Can't wait :0)

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    On the way to Kolapore and did a detour to blue.... this is the view from the Village. Crossing my fingers and toes for opening day next weekend

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    Popped into guest services to get my pass too.
    It's pink this year. Lol.

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    So stoked.
    The barista at Starbucks remembered us from last season and said that ski season was extra long.

    It was nice being back.
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    Is Blue open tomorrow? (Friday)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    Is Blue open tomorrow? (Friday)

    Depends on the weather

    I usually check the mountain report before heading to blue.

    Mountain Report

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    Thanks @cyclelicious

    Is the lift serviced stuff too advanced for a downhill n00b?

    I've ridden Kolapore, Kelso, Albion etc., comfortably - not fast, but also not in survival mode.

    My bike is entry-level but reasonably sorted to the point I know nothing's going to fail catastrophically... maybe...

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    I think you will be fine
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    Thanks @cyclelicious

    Hopefully it's on tomorrow. Driving up from GTA.

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    7 of 14 trails open! A little bit of rain just starting so there may be midday closures or delays like any other rain day. Stay tuned to the Mountain Conditions page on the website link for updates.
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    Thanks for the update - I didn't end up going because the mountain report showed it as closed this morning.

    Can someone tell me a bit more about what it's like - are there decent beginner and intermediate trails that have good flow and don't require constant speed management (ie: riding brakes to keep from scaring yourself).

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    7 of 14 trails open! A little bit of rain just starting so there may be midday closures or delays like any other rain day. Stay tuned to the Mountain Conditions page on the website link for updates.

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    Definitely! Embryo is lots of fun and has good flow. There were a couple of beginner trails added last year as well...more pedally, speed management is never an issue on those. Sorry but I forget the names of those. Get a map at the place where you buy your pass...they can show you what fits your abilities. Have a great time!

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    heh, that was a podium finish for me...

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    Tuesday Night Downhill Race Series at Blue starts July 15 to August 5, 2014

    (I'm stoked)

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    An hour of fun racing, followed by apres and prizes!
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    Groove and The Gulch, you will be fine on those.
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    Thanks PFactor! I can expand a little on your post. The Gulch and the Groove are the newest beginner/intermediate trails. They are both wide and flowy, with big berms and a few small pedally sections. I like warming up or winding down on those trails because they are longer runs compared to the rest and you can ride those trails aggressively depending on the mood.

    The intermediate (blue trails) have various technical sections that are great for practicing skills. Rock, roots (Embryo, Raisin), tighter berms (Raisin, Fresh air), tigher turns (Ridge) or steep sections (Ridge) and little jumps (Raisin, Fresh air) etc.

    When I was first learning , I sessioned those runs over a dozen times each visit... and I still find them exciting now that I am faster!

    My first season at blue, I rode a SC Heckler, subsequentlly I rode a SC Bur LT (I still see many riders with these bikes on the runs). I found that the bigger brakes helped me with control when I progressed to the advanced runs (steeper, and bigger drops etc)

    Haole requires a special pass due to some features that require a certain level of advance skill (ie ability to control the bike in the air and handling the bike on off camber sections.

    The advanced trails are varied as well. My favs are Grab Bag, Squeeker, Big Sleaze... and Haole. Singlesprocket likes OChute and the Wall (when it was open) Everyone has a favorite even the pros we have met who have visited blue...

    I hope to see you up at blue. I am riding 180/160 singlecrown black/hotpink transition syren, (the geometry fits my riding style whether I'm riding at blue or Mt Ste Anne). My husband is riding 160/160 black/blue transition covert 650b. (He loves his new bike as well)
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    Thanks all! This is great info - I'm stoked, going to try and head there tomorrow.

    I have a feeling it will be a very expensive trip since I'm sure that afterward I'll want to dump my entry-level GT Avalanche for something better.

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    So I went up yesterday. Ended up getting a great deal on a season's pass ($120).

    I took my entry-level hardtail down Groove (the beginner trail) 2 or 3 times and once down Embryo.

    I then decided to go for a 2 hour downhill lesson to see what I was missing. The bike was amazing (brand new Rocky Mountain Flatline's). Got progressively quicker throughout the day - I still suck and I'm slow but can see this being an addictive sport.

    What kind of bikes are you guys riding up there? Are they all DH focussed? @cyclelicious those Transition bikes look amazing.

    I'd love a downhill specific bike but I need a good all-rounder first that I can use at Kelso (my primary riding area) but still want to have fun on those 4 to 5 trips to Blue every year. Suggestions?

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    i've ridden pretty much every kind of bike at blue from full blown dh to hd xc bikes. i've also ridden the same bikes at mount saint anne. the bike i enjoyed the best was a 160mm travel type of rig. this year i've built up a covert 650b for my blue rig and do everything bike. the bike was built with going down in mind but can be pedaled easily anywhere.

    a couple of things to keep in mind when doing such a build:
    -choose a new enduro style frame (slack head angle, rear 15mm axle)
    -160mm fork
    -wide rim wheel set, go strong, go tubeless
    -i use dh brakes
    -chain guide
    -short stem, wide bars
    -i run big tires 2.4's but 2.3's are ok

    a few people are going back to this style of bike, though you are not going to do 20' gappers with it. it is more then capable of doing drops, jumps and the steeps.

    here's a pic:

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    with a skilled rider here is a vid of what such a bike is capable of:

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/68255224" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/68255224">The Limit</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user4108505">Transition Bikes</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>









    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    So I went up yesterday. Ended up getting a great deal on a season's pass ($120).

    I took my entry-level hardtail down Groove (the beginner trail) 2 or 3 times and once down Embryo.

    I then decided to go for a 2 hour downhill lesson to see what I was missing. The bike was amazing (brand new Rocky Mountain Flatline's). Got progressively quicker throughout the day - I still suck and I'm slow but can see this being an addictive sport.

    What kind of bikes are you guys riding up there? Are they all DH focussed? @cyclelicious those Transition bikes look amazing.

    I'd love a downhill specific bike but I need a good all-rounder first that I can use at Kelso (my primary riding area) but still want to have fun on those 4 to 5 trips to Blue every year. Suggestions?
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    How the heck did you get a seasons pass for $120?!? Even the early-bird bike show special price was $169.

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    I think it had to do with the fact that I had a winter 5x7 pass. When offered the deal I jumped on it - will pay for itself in another 2 days.

    Are there other trails around the top that aren't as gnarly as the downhill ones? My hard tail suffers, and I likely won't be renting a downhill bike and gear every time I go up there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    How the heck did you get a seasons pass for $120?!? Even the early-bird bike show special price was $169.

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    Nothing really worth going to Blue for, in my opinion. If you're going to be in that area, I think you're better off checking out Kolapore and Three Stage...I think I read that you have been there already? XC trails at Blue are pretty lame really.

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    I'm thinking my budget for the next bike will need to be about $3,500.

    Primary riding: Areas like Kelso, Halton Hills, Hilton Falls etc.

    I'd want to be able to hit the Blue downhill trails 5 or 6 times a year as well and would want something that is capable.

    The Giant Trance SX seems like it could fit the bill: Trance SX 27.5 (2014) | Giant Bicycles | Canada

    Not sure if it might be too much bike. Thoughts?




    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    i've ridden pretty much every kind of bike at blue from full blown dh to hd xc bikes. i've also ridden the same bikes at mount saint anne. the bike i enjoyed the best was a 160mm travel type of rig. this year i've built up a covert 650b for my blue rig and do everything bike. the bike was built with going down in mind but can be pedaled easily anywhere.

    a couple of things to keep in mind when doing such a build:
    -choose a new enduro style frame (slack head angle, rear 15mm axle)
    -160mm fork
    -wide rim wheel set, go strong, go tubeless
    -i use dh brakes
    -chain guide
    -short stem, wide bars
    -i run big tires 2.4's but 2.3's are ok

    a few people are going back to this style of bike, though you are not going to do 20' gappers with it. it is more then capable of doing drops, jumps and the steeps.

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    with a skilled rider here is a vid of what such a bike is capable of:

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/68255224" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/68255224">The Limit</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user4108505">Transition Bikes</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    Yep. Used to go to Kolapore years ago. Loved it. Looking forward to getting back there and also trying 3-Stage. Took a 20 year hiatus from riding - I have no idea why. Oh well, better late than never.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    Nothing really worth going to Blue for, in my opinion. If you're going to be in that area, I think you're better off checking out Kolapore and Three Stage...I think I read that you have been there already? XC trails at Blue are pretty lame really.

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    nah, it's perfect. good for everything. though you might want to get a dual ring to make the climbs easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    I'm thinking my budget for the next bike will need to be about $3,500.

    Primary riding: Areas like Kelso, Halton Hills, Hilton Falls etc.

    I'd want to be able to hit the Blue downhill trails 5 or 6 times a year as well and would want something that is capable.

    The Giant Trance SX seems like it could fit the bill: Trance SX 27.5 (2014) | Giant Bicycles | Canada

    Not sure if it might be too much bike. Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    The Giant Trance SX seems like it could fit the bill: Trance SX 27.5 (2014) | Giant Bicycles | Canada

    Not sure if it might be too much bike. Thoughts?
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 750 is a much better choice. Altitude | Rocky Mountain Bicycles Better drivetrain; you get a double instead of an overkill single, and parts are SLX/XT instead of Deore/SLX. Big advantage I'd say is the adjustable geometry on the Altitude, you can slack out the angles and increase the progression of the travel to better deal with steep trails and bigger higher speed hits. Great bike, I rode the carbon version last year and liked it enough that I plan on buying one when I have the funds saved up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    Big advantage I'd say is the adjustable geometry on the Altitude, you can slack out the angles and increase the progression of the travel to better deal with steep trails and bigger higher speed hits.
    why not get a bike with the right geometry and suspension setup to begin to with?

    -stick with a 66 degree head angle for this style of bike, don't need to switch it up.
    -one thing they don't tell you is as you change your suspension progression by moving your shock leverage points around is that you will have to retune your shock. greater leverage more sag... pain in the butt if you ask me. I want at the very most just to flick a switch to stiffen things up in the rear for a climb or a flat section.
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    That COVERT 27.5 3 looks pretty sweet. What do you think of the spec for the price ($3,199 USD)?: https://www.transitionbikes.com/2014..._Covert275.cfm


    Do you know anyone who carries them in the GTA?




    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    why not get a bike with the right geometry and suspension setup to begin to with?

    -stick with a 66 degree head angle for this style of bike, don't need to switch it up.
    -one thing they don't tell you is as you change your suspension progression by moving your shock leverage points around is that you will have to retune your shock. greater leverage more sag... pain in the butt if you ask me. I want at the very most just to flick a switch to stiffen things up in the rear for a climb or a flat section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    That COVERT 27.5 3 looks pretty sweet. What do you think of the spec for the price ($3,199 USD)?: https://www.transitionbikes.com/2014..._Covert275.cfm


    Do you know anyone who carries them in the GTA?
    you can't go wrong with it. don't get hung up with what derailleur comes with the bike. personally in this category of bike i like transition, norco, and santa cruz...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    That COVERT 27.5 3 looks pretty sweet. What do you think of the spec for the price ($3,199 USD)?: https://www.transitionbikes.com/2014..._Covert275.cfm


    Do you know anyone who carries them in the GTA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    That COVERT 27.5 3 looks pretty sweet. What do you think of the spec for the price ($3,199 USD)?: https://www.transitionbikes.com/2014..._Covert275.cfm


    Do you know anyone who carries them in the GTA?
    Just to play Devils advocate, since you said you'd only be riding Blue 5-6 times, but mainly at Hilton, Kelso, etc, just think long and hard about what bike you want to be riding there as that is where you will get the most saddle time. Absolutely nothing wrong with riding a 160mm travel bike that weighs 30+ lbs, if you'll have fun pedaling that around those places, giv'r, many people do, and it's your ride, so that's all that matters. But if you like ripping the trails a little faster and don't want to be pedaling that bike up the service road at Kelso, you might considering going for something with 130-150mm travel. Still will handle Blue those 5-6 times. Having only one bike takes some compromises.

    Luckily right now, many companies are coming out with 27.5 130-160mm trail/enduro bikes, so plenty of options. Many good bikes that can serve as Jack of all trade type bikes that can be take virtually anywhere and ridden virtually any trail.

    I'd go Santa Cruz Bronson, heard many a good things about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    why not get a bike with the right geometry and suspension setup to begin to with?

    -stick with a 66 degree head angle for this style of bike, don't need to switch it up.
    -one thing they don't tell you is as you change your suspension progression by moving your shock leverage points around is that you will have to retune your shock. greater leverage more sag... pain in the butt if you ask me. I want at the very most just to flick a switch to stiffen things up in the rear for a climb or a flat section.
    The low speed tech riding at Hilton Falls requires a very different suspension setup anyway than Blue Mountain, and the optimal geometry is different as well. Both can easily ridden on the same bike, say, a Norco Sight or Santa Cruz Nomad and lots of people do that. However, given the choice I'd rather have a bike like the Altitude or Devinci Troy where I can change the geometry.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    That COVERT 27.5 3 looks pretty sweet. What do you think of the spec for the price ($3,199 USD)?: https://www.transitionbikes.com/2014..._Covert275.cfm
    Avid Elixir 1 brakes are bottom of the barrel and barely fit for commuter bike duty. Donate them to someone who likes/needs them and replace them with any Shimano brake from the M615 Deore on up.

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    hilton falls is much like kolapore...and having ridden a bandit and a 650b covert there... i must say i prefer the covert, plus i was faster on the covert to boot. the geometry is fine, leave the tinkering to the tech geeks... it's all about grins and riding...


    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    The low speed tech riding at Hilton Falls requires a very different suspension setup anyway than Blue Mountain, and the optimal geometry is different as well. Both can easily ridden on the same bike, say, a Norco Sight or Santa Cruz Nomad and lots of people do that. However, given the choice I'd rather have a bike like the Altitude or Devinci Troy where I can change the geometry.



    Avid Elixir 1 brakes are bottom of the barrel and barely fit for commuter bike duty. Donate them to someone who likes/needs them and replace them with any Shimano brake from the M615 Deore on up.
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    Thanks guys - all super helpful stuff. I hope I haven't totally hijacked this thread to be a 'what bike should I get' thread. I'm a noob on this forum, so please forgive.

    Just sorting out my list of 7 to 8 bikes that I can then start whittling away at. So far (in no particular order): Giant Trance XS, Santa Cruz Bronson, Transition Covert, Kona Process 153 (the Covert and the Kona appeal to me most right now).

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    to get on a burly enough bike that weighs 27lbs you will have to go carbon fiber... you are looking at a frameset that starts around 3 grand...


    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    Just to play Devils advocate, since you said you'd only be riding Blue 5-6 times, but mainly at Hilton, Kelso, etc, just think long and hard about what bike you want to be riding there as that is where you will get the most saddle time. Absolutely nothing wrong with riding a 160mm travel bike that weighs 30+ lbs, if you'll have fun pedaling that around those places, giv'r, many people do, and it's your ride, so that's all that matters. But if you like ripping the trails a little faster and don't want to be pedaling that bike up the service road at Kelso, you might considering going for something with 130-150mm travel. Still will handle Blue those 5-6 times. Having only one bike takes some compromises.

    Luckily right now, many companies are coming out with 27.5 130-160mm trail/enduro bikes, so plenty of options. Many good bikes that can serve as Jack of all trade type bikes that can be take virtually anywhere and ridden virtually any trail.

    I'd go Santa Cruz Bronson, heard many a good things about it.

    Or I'd consider the Scott Genius 700 Series.
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    no problem, your bike choice short list is solid...

    couple of other tips
    -get a decent set of platforms and 5-10 shoe's (you can ride everything with it)
    -high coverage helmet, lots of choices
    -knee/shin pads, once again lots of choices


    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    Thanks guys - all super helpful stuff. I hope I haven't totally hijacked this thread to be a 'what bike should I get' thread. I'm a noob on this forum, so please forgive.

    Just sorting out my list of 7 to 8 bikes that I can then start whittling away at. So far (in no particular order): Giant Trance XS, Santa Cruz Bronson, Transition Covert, Kona Process 153 (the Covert and the Kona appeal to me most right now).
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    Thanks! I bought 5-10's and installed platforms on my current bike a couple of weeks ago - felt like I bought a new bike.


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    no problem, your bike choice short list is solid...

    couple of other tips
    -get a decent set of platforms and 5-10 shoe's (you can ride everything with it)
    -high coverage helmet, lots of choices
    -knee/shin pads, once again lots of choices

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    Blue was DH candy today. Perfect weather

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    Some changes: expanded upper parking lot and minor reroute for the ride accross the top

    New 2014 skills test for Haole. Singlesprocket and I aced it

    Great to see familiar faces and everyone was stoked

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    Bombing down The Ridge
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    Trails were dry (dusty) and corners were loose.
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    Some steeps and corners were sometimes squirrelly
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    Weather forecast looks fantastic for the weekend. Alot of people talking about heading up to blue... should be an awesome turnout of riders


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    Looks like a good part of our crew will be up on Sunday, 6 were in at last count.

    Been to Horseshoe a couple of times to get the winter bugs worked out, this will be the first time a blue for the season.

    A couple of quick questions
    I bought a seasons pass this year
    - where do I pick it up?
    - and do I still have to pay the 10$ for the pic or is it included in the seasons pass price?

    The Haole test, any pics or a description - compared to last year etc?. Sucks that you have to retest - grandfathering would be nice.
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    PIck up your pass at the counter near the rental. We didn't have to pay extra

    We did the test .. it was quick. Small jump and an off camber

    See you Sunday

    We're going up this afternoon and again tomorrow
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    Fantastic 2 days of dh. Up to blue following our CF morning training.

    Saturday ... we could see clear across the bay
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    Greeted the Inukshuk at Haole and Embryo... strangely it only had one ear
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    Dry weather = dusty sections and corn chowdah on the corners.. it was best to stay in the centre of the trails. Even merging onto the Collector (like at the Ridge) was like plowing through the snow

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    Sunday was the busier day. Love the new parking lot!
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    Look up in the sky! The pilot tipped his wing when I waved.... how cool is that!!
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    This was the only time we had the gondola to ourselves... hubba hubba, aooooga!
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    My funnest moment... doing Grab Bag. When Rick M assured me that it was "dry" , I was game, and it sure got me pumped up. I ripped down those steep rooty sections like a pro ha!
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    Speaking of ripping down the trails... Gulch and Groove were the fastest and least dusty of all the trails. Singlesprocket tested the enduro bike and was he flying !
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    oh yeah was ripping it up. great pedally runs down the entire length of groove/gulch including the bottom section that no one rides. probably the most under appreciated trail at blue but oh so much fun on the enduro rig. also enjoyed doing squeaker/grab bag when I didn't get stuck behind a train and wheezed dust...


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    At blue on Sunday. We did 8 runs non stop in 4 hours. Warm-up on Groove/Gulch, FreshAir, Big Sleaze, Ridge, Haole, cool down on Embryo. Trails were aces
    My favorite trail of the was Haole. The stepups were fun. And I was getting descent air time
    Gulch/Groove were the least dusty. I was railing the berms alot faster.... blue just keeps getting better and better

    Met a few more new people and chatted with a few returnees from last season

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    Was out riding at Blue today. Trails are in perfect condition! Almost everything is open and running well. Rode Embryo, Haole (x4), Squeeker, Shot Glass, Show Case and Grab Bag. It was the first time I rode Squeeker and Shot Glass, both were awesome trails, can't wait to ride them again tomorrow. If any of you see a guy riding a red and white Giant Faith, fox helmet, come say hi, would love to meet more people on the hill. See you out there and enjoy the amazing trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shantyspark View Post
    Was out riding at Blue today. Trails are in perfect condition! Almost everything is open and running well. Rode Embryo, Haole (x4), Squeeker, Shot Glass, Show Case and Grab Bag. It was the first time I rode Squeeker and Shot Glass, both were awesome trails, can't wait to ride them again tomorrow. If any of you see a guy riding a red and white Giant Faith, fox helmet, come say hi, would love to meet more people on the hill. See you out there and enjoy the amazing trails!
    Hey Shanty! Will you be at blue on Sunday?
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    Hey Shanty! Will you be at blue on Sunday?
    Hmm I am not sure. I want to make it out in the evening, around 4 or so but not sure if it will work out.

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    Any of the trails do-able on a cyclocross bike?

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    I capped off a great day spectating at Albion, then a gruelling ride at Pretty River, with a few runs and xc at Blue in the evening on my xc bike. Was later in the day but good to see lots of familiar faces out.

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    Twas a bit dusty today, a bit sketch here and there with the copious dust lubricating everything.
    One of our crew got a bit rowdy on Squeaker and gapped into the new straight down section just after the road crossing, only he forgot the trail tends left and ended up meeting a tree a few feet above ground.
    Raspberries all around; me thinks he got away with one.
    We thought he was out for the day, but he decided to go back for another go, and buttered it.
    Then it was time to crush a couple of beers.

    Sucked a lot of dust today, a bit frustrating to run up behind a train and have to breath their exhaust.
    Oh well, time to pull over for a bit and let a little settle room develop, before reeling them in again.
    Some of the braking bumps seem especially large for so early in the season.....The trails could use some rain...

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    squeaker was prime, yeah that section was also pretty loose.




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    Twas a bit dusty today, a bit sketch here and there with the copious dust lubricating everything.
    One of our crew got a bit rowdy on Squeaker and gapped into the new straight down section just after the road crossing, only he forgot the trail tends left and ended up meeting a tree a few feet above ground.
    Raspberries all around; me thinks he got away with one.
    We thought he was out for the day, but he decided to go back for another go, and buttered it.
    Then it was time to crush a couple of beers.

    Sucked a lot of dust today, a bit frustrating to run up behind a train and have to breath their exhaust.
    Oh well, time to pull over for a bit and let a little settle room develop, before reeling them in again.
    Some of the braking bumps seem especially large for so early in the season.....The trails could use some rain...

    Overall, great fun was had by all.
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    I wouldn't recommend doing the dh trails on a cross bike... Otherwise then that there's is probably a few trails you can have fun on around Collingwood.


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    We had a jubilant day at blue. All runs were open with the exception of Waterfall and OChute (prepping for Ocup) Singlesprocket and I squeezed in 12 consecutive runs. All blue and black diamonds

    We shmoozed with friends and made several new connections... what a positive vibe!

    My favorite trail of the day : Grab Bag. It just gets better each day. So gnar and I'm carrying enough speed to pedal minimally. It's glorious

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    a bit of rain this week... conditions should be perfect for this weekend and canada day.
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    sqeaker... was fun hammering down on the enduro bike. running around 25 psi in the tires with tons of grip...

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    ^ Squeeker was closed last season. So glad it's open again... however I didn't miss those off camber roots!

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    It was my first run on sqeaker, got stuck in the rocks and lost sight of you till woods were over.
    around 35 psi, single ply.

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    sqeaker... was fun hammering down on the enduro bike. running around 25 psi in the tires with tons of grip...

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    awesome void LV! sqeaker is a fun run. conditions should be pretty good this weekend. me and judy will be heading up sunday/monday/tuesday...

    me and judy had a good time ripping around with you and raiva...
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    whip it! whip it good!

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    Saturday looks good weatherwise.... Sunday, Monday, Tuesday are iffy (possible thundershowers)
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    Pedal Fest this weekend. Will be there on Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
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    THIS I would like to see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jduffett View Post
    THIS I would like to see!
    There's no question it can be done (see video link below) but whether it would be fun in any sense of the word for anyone who doesn't have skills like Chris Akrigg is another matter altogether. Even for a rider like this, I'd have trouble believing it would be their go-to choice for a rig to use for lift accessed trails. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    There's no question it can be done (see video link below) but whether it would be fun in any sense of the word for anyone who doesn't have skills like Chris Akrigg is another matter altogether. Even for a rider like this, I'd have trouble believing it would be their go-to choice for a rig to use for lift accessed trails. ;-)

    Sorry, that was meant as a bit of a personal call-out for P90Puma...
    Otherwise, yes, I agree entirely!

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    I would think he would use a full squish...

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    There's no question it can be done (see video link below) but whether it would be fun in any sense of the word for anyone who doesn't have skills like Chris Akrigg is another matter altogether. Even for a rider like this, I'd have trouble believing it would be their go-to choice for a rig to use for lift accessed trails. ;-)

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    Singlesprocket and I spent a dazzling day at blue during Pedal Fest. The trails were mint! Got in 10 runs before the Whip It Contest

    Large turnout...

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    Trails were mint, Here's me getting a little air on The Ridge
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    2 mile run this morning followed by 4 hours of dh.... glorious day!

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    looks like Saturday the July 5th will be the best day weather wise...

    heading up, will probally attempt Sunday also...
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    Sure going to miss riding at Blue this year. But I got a lot different riding to do out west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binrat View Post
    Sure going to miss riding at Blue this year. But I got a lot different riding to do out west.
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    Vivacious day for downhilling! Perfect weather and perfect trail conditions

    We stopped at the local farmers market in Bolton and thank goodness we brought the cooler!

    One lobster pie for singlesprocket
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    Setting up the bikes... ready to roll. There was a large turnout of riders including several female shredders
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    In the village, we met this elderly man riding a recumbent bike. He stopped at Starbucks and joined a couple of friends. He is blind and uses a service dog to guide his bike. Remarkably he rode easily through the crowds who were there enjoying jazz weekend.
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    Beautiful day. 12 runs non stop and fun times
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    over shooting the table top on the covert yesterday

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    The trails were fast this weekend!

    I was landing at the end of table top on some of my runs. Smooth landing

    Love blasting through the berms on this trail


    The rain today should firm things up again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    awesome, you are going great time!
    I plan to have a great time. Just not hitting the XC trails until the grizzles are done feeding on bikers around canmore.

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    Here's my new-to-me ride. Instead of going with a more versatile all-mountain bike I figured I'd go DH first - I can always use my hard tail everywhere else.

    Took it to Blue last Friday and was blown away. Needs to be tuned up a bit and a brake bleed, but other than that it's ready for an amazing summer!

    BTW: all of these videos are very helpful. I'm a complete n00b so sessioning these runs from the comfort of my couch will no doubt help flatten the learning curve.

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    ^ Sweet ride Luis! Hope to see you soon!
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    Tuesday Night Downhill Series @ Blue

    Returning to Blue Mountain Bike Park on Tuesday Nights is the Downhill Series at Blue presented by TEVA. The series will consist of four DH races where riders can compete for the overall series title. For race results and updates visit www.facebook.com/BlueMountainBikePark

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    Tuesday July 15th – Raisin Run
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    Please Note: Participants under 18 years of age will need to undergo their annual assessment before racing in the series. All participants must sign event waiver. Participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian on-site to sign the event waiver, or have them sign the online waiver in advance. Helmets are Mandatory

    Event Location: Blue Mountain Resort, registration & trail info will be available at Village Rentals.

    Event Waiver: Please sign the waiver in advance! https://www.smartwaiver.com/v/tns2014

    Registration: $20 Entry Fee

    DH Series – Must have a valid Bike Park Pass and a valid Blue Mountain trail pass (Event trail pass is discounted to athletes at registration) or a valid Blue Mountain Downhill Season Pass

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    Please Note: Events and information are subject to change.

    For more event information go to Blue Mountain Resort, Official Site : Ontario's Only 4 Season Mountain and Village Resort, Canada
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    burly ride

    looks like this saturday will be the better day. will be heading up in the afternoon...


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    Here's my new-to-me ride. Instead of going with a more versatile all-mountain bike I figured I'd go DH first - I can always use my hard tail everywhere else.

    Took it to Blue last Friday and was blown away. Needs to be tuned up a bit and a brake bleed, but other than that it's ready for an amazing summer!

    BTW: all of these videos are very helpful. I'm a complete n00b so sessioning these runs from the comfort of my couch will no doubt help flatten the learning curve.

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    There is also some good stuff on youtube if you are willing to filter a lot of stuff out. I liked this video.

    HOW TO MOUNTAIN BIKE: World's Best Downhill Mountain Bike Lesson - YouTube

    Oh yeah. Congrats on the new ride. Not that familiar with DH bikes, but that will certainly do for Blue and much more. Should be a lot of fun!
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    Thanks @secret agent, I've watched that one's a favourite of mine. My strategy is to just head up to Blue as much as I can and session the crap out of Groove, Embryo etc.

    I tried covering as many of the runs as I could and just found I was in survival mode vs. actually learning - though I did improve quite a bit throughout the day.

    Not to side track this thread too much, but are big crashes really a matter of when, not if? I've done track days on motorcycles, and have ridden dirt bikes, but the exposure seems higher on DH - as is the fun factor. Got to admit that Kelso crash over the weekend spooked me a bit. Know of someone else that happened to at Kelso a few years back. Gear-wise I'm thinking of picking up a Leatt. I know their efficacy is controversial, and they're perhaps overkill...

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    There is also some good stuff on youtube if you are willing to filter a lot of stuff out. I liked this video.

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    Oh yeah. Congrats on the new ride. Not that familiar with DH bikes, but that will certainly do for Blue and much more. Should be a lot of fun!

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    I don't DH much any more. Used to head to Blue a couple of times every year, but haven't for a couple so I am not the best judge of crashes there. I have had only one serious crash where I was knocked out and needed to go to the hospital, but it was due to stupidity/carelessness. Having said that, I hit a hidden stump at Durham on Saturday and bent the crap out my front wheel. Went over the bars and did little damage to myself. Stuff will always happen, but there are things to do to minimize risks. They are always there though. But like any discipline, you have to stay within your skill level and slowly bring things into the mix as you feel stronger and more comfortable on the bike. It is always better to ride with others to improve faster, but don't feel you have to keep up. It's more about learning technique and form.
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    most injuries at blue are broken ribs, collar bones, fingers and toes (plus soft tissue)... sure other stuff happens, but that can happen anywhere. best advice i can give is wear a fullface followed by elbow and knee protection. added protection if you are still uncomfortable is a compression suit and neck brace.

    nothing will protect you if you are riding past your capabilities. so take it easy and build up your skills confidently. i found that being in shape also helps when you crash, so consider some form of weight training. this really important if you are in the 50 plus group like myself. feel free to hang with us if you see us at blue, i don't mind spreading the knowledge...
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    most injuries at blue are broken ribs, collar bones, fingers and toes (plus soft tissue)... sure other stuff happens, but that can happen anywhere. best advice i can give is wear a fullface followed by elbow and knee protection. added protection if you are still uncomfortable is a compression suit and neck brace.

    nothing will protect you if you are riding past your capabilities. so take it easy and build up your skills confidently. i found that being in shape also helps when you crash, so consider some form of weight training. this really important if you are in the 50 plus group like myself. feel free to hang with us if you see us at blue, i don't mind spreading the knowledge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    I don't DH much any more. Used to head to Blue a couple of times every year, but haven't for a couple so I am not the best judge of crashes there. I have had only one serious crash where I was knocked out and needed to go to the hospital, but it was due to stupidity/carelessness. Having said that, I hit a hidden stump at Durham on Saturday and bent the crap out my front wheel. Went over the bars and did little damage to myself. Stuff will always happen, but there are things to do to minimize risks. They are always there though. But like any discipline, you have to stay within your skill level and slowly bring things into the mix as you feel stronger and more comfortable on the bike. It is always better to ride with others to improve faster, but don't feel you have to keep up. It's more about learning technique and form.
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    Yeah, everything but the front wheel. CS straightened it out pretty well, but I don't feel right on a compromised hoop. I ordered up a set of Stans Flow hoops and I am going to get the wheels re-built with those. I have a bruise the size of a grapefruit on my inner thigh. The bike leapfrogged me after I hit the ground. I am all good though. All dirt where I landed, so no real damage. If that had happened at AF, I might no be so lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    Not to side track this thread too much, but are big crashes really a matter of when, not if?
    If you ride in a self-challenging manner to progress & improve your skills, then yes, a big crash is inevitable at some point. When you're 20 it's not too bad, a couple good nights of sleep and anything that didn't result in a hospital trip is good as new. When you're older, body armour and knowing how to take a fall really helps to minimize your downtime.

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    Where else does everyone ride? I haven't tried Horseshoe yet, any opinions on it and how it compares to Blue?

    Are there other lift serviced parks within 4 to 6 hours drive?

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    Where else does everyone ride? I haven't tried Horseshoe yet, any opinions on it and how it compares to Blue?

    Are there other lift serviced parks within 4 to 6 hours drive?
    Lift access : There are a few which come to mind
    We've been to Horseshoe a few times since it first opened. There are 5 or 6 dh trails of varying difficulty. The runs are shorter than at blue. Day passes are a little cheaper. There is a couple of food places

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    Sir Sams in Haliburton has lift access and a few down hill runs. Never rode there. but I did find this link/ The link describes 9km of dh trails.

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    I've heard good things about Camp Fortune near Ottawa and Bromont near Montreal

    My favorite spot is Mont Ste Anne near Quebec City
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    Are there other lift serviced parks within 4 to 6 hours drive?
    Camp Fortune in Quebec is about 5 hours away, and if you speed a bit you can make it to Bromont in 6 hours. Out of those two I'd recommend Bromont, it's probably the best developed park in eastern Canada and has a ton of trails for all skill levels, there's everything from smooth flowy beginner trails to seriously steep & gnarly runs that are Sam Hill approved. Keep in mind that difficulty levels are significantly higher in Quebec, when I first started riding over there I could easily ride any DH run in Ontario but found myself in survival mode on any of the black runs in Bromont.

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    Camp fortune is ****ed. I love the place for really tech riding but the singage is really lacking. If u go, make sure you go with someone who knows the place.

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    Just want to add: Whiteface NY is about 6 hour drive. It's got the high elevation and long runs. We stayed in Lake Placid which is a short drive to the bike park (Downhill Mike , a really nice, dedicated guy oversees the downhill) Mont Ste Anne is fantastic (Great scenery, local food, micro brews, ++ enduro trails, beautiful Quebec City etc). It's a longer drive but you can stay longer and enjoy what the region has to offer.
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    Great day at blue. Got there early and got in over a dozen runs! Trails were amazing and fast. I was getting big air. I'll be whipping it soon There was a busy trail running fest happening ... marathon, 50k and 80k! Awesome athletes!



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    Then after an awesome day of shredding we were off to the Ribfest. It was so well organised. Kudos to the Rotary Club of Bolton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    Camp Fortune in Quebec is about 5 hours away, and if you speed a bit you can make it to Bromont in 6 hours. Out of those two I'd recommend Bromont, it's probably the best developed park in eastern Canada and has a ton of trails for all skill levels, there's everything from smooth flowy beginner trails to seriously steep & gnarly runs that are Sam Hill approved. Keep in mind that difficulty levels are significantly higher in Quebec, when I first started riding over there I could easily ride any DH run in Ontario but found myself in survival mode on any of the black runs in Bromont.
    Another vote for Bromont here. That place is just awesome all around. Amazing trails, the water park and some good beers to be had at the pub.

    Horseshoe is decent, if you just want a quick ride and live in York Region or the Barrie area. And its open in the rain, but watch out for the sand. If you ride Horseshoe, I would recommend bringing your cross country bike and crossing the street to ride the Copeland Forest. Better trails over there....

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    Anybody up there this weekend? Moving up to Philly soon and want to check out Blue (first time).
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    I found Sir Sams pretty lame and I was riding a hardtail. It has a magic carpet type lift and it was covered for a lot of it. It was a really hot day and it made it like an oven in there. The lift up is really slow. There may be 9 km, but a lot of it is on a wide open field going back and forth across the hill. There are basically 2 runs that I enjoyed. There is a really long winding climb up if you want to ride up the hill. That's not my idea of DH though. I was bored there in an hour. I would not drive up to Haliburton for it. I cottage up there all the time, so I thought I would check it out. Was only there the one time. Great place for epic road rides though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxhound.rank View Post
    Anybody up there this weekend? Moving up to Philly soon and want to check out Blue (first time).
    Singlesprocket and I will be at blue on Saturday. Looks like the weather will be best on Saturday

    Maybe we'll see you then ?
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    I'm a good 2 hours from Blue. How do you guys decide whether to go or not in terms of weather?

    Do you check previous nights forecast and if there's rain in it, say forget it?

    Do they typically post whether they're open that day early enough on their site (i.e.: 8AM)?

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    Patrollers preride the trail daily prior to 10 am opening and preride every couple hours until trails are safe to ride.

    We live 1.5hrs away and I always check the website before leaving... especially if its rained the day before.

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    Weekend is looking very good!

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    I was out at Blue today and had a pretty good crash. They have added a small jump on the collector after Haole and it caught be a bit off guard, went off on a bit of an angle and went off the trail to the right. Just a head up to people heading there this weekend. Should be a fun little jump but gotta hit it right as the landing area is not very wide.

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    Thanks for the heads up - I'm guessing getting air and landing on the right side (down the slope) could be a bit of a drop, hope all is well!

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    they will be building a complete new section on the lower part of haole from my understanding...
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    I hear tell of some trail work - between Grab-Bag and The Ridge. Supposed to be berms and jumps..... any info on that...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykel View Post
    I hear tell of some trail work - between Grab-Bag and The Ridge. Supposed to be berms and jumps..... any info on that...?
    Someone I talked to on Monday aft said it's whole new trail. Haole style but BIGGER. They were working on a bridge feature tall enough that you pass under it when getting onto Ridge/Raisin/Fresh from the assessment spot. There was work being done on the top of Squeaker as well. Not sure if it's just an alignment or a completely new entrance but based on the amount of noise they were making it sounded like serious work.
    Hope its all ready for Aug long weekend.

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    that's another trail, there are two trails being built. though it is hard to say which section being built is for what trail. a passover bridge has been built at the squeaker/sleaze entrance. already rode over it, though it does eliminate the rock pinch feature that was there.

    Quote Originally Posted by silverstick View Post
    Someone I talked to on Monday aft said it's whole new trail. Haole style but BIGGER. They were working on a bridge feature tall enough that you pass under it when getting onto Ridge/Raisin/Fresh from the assessment spot. There was work being done on the top of Squeaker as well. Not sure if it's just an alignment or a completely new entrance but based on the amount of noise they were making it sounded like serious work.
    Hope its all ready for Aug long weekend.
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    hey guys are HTs allowed in BM? was talking to a few ppl at lbs and they said I cant bring my HT and have to rent a fs.

    this could be my excuse to pick up a new fs :P

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    I took my hard tail up the first time I went to Blue.

    I went down the hill 3 times (beginner / intermediate runs).

    Walked to my truck and threw my bike back in it - walked to rental shop and rented a downhill bike.

    2 weeks later I was the owner of a downhill bike.

    Beware.

    Edit: I knew something was up when I get to the top of the lift for the first time and the lifty says "let me shake your hand, anyone who takes a hard tail down the mountain has my respect".

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    hey guys are HTs allowed in BM? was talking to a few ppl at lbs and they said I cant bring my HT and have to rent a fs.

    this could be my excuse to pick up a new fs :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    I took my hard tail up the first time I went to Blue.

    I went down the hill 3 times (beginner / intermediate runs).

    Walked to my truck and threw my bike back in it - walked to rental shop and rented a downhill bike.

    2 weeks later I was the owner of a downhill bike.

    Beware.

    Edit: I knew something was up when I get to the top of the lift for the first time and the lifty says "let me shake your hand, anyone who takes a hard tail down the mountain has my respect".
    Then it's time to go shopping for a new 650b FS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    I took my hard tail up the first time I went to Blue.

    I went down the hill 3 times (beginner / intermediate runs).

    Walked to my truck and threw my bike back in it - walked to rental shop and rented a downhill bike.

    2 weeks later I was the owner of a downhill bike.

    Beware.

    Edit: I knew something was up when I get to the top of the lift for the first time and the lifty says "let me shake your hand, anyone who takes a hard tail down the mountain has my respect".
    We met a couple of guys recently who were riding 29r's at blue. They told us they rode down a couple of trails (Gulch and Groove) and then tried Showcase said they found it very challenging and wished they had much more travel and bigger bikes. On the next gondola ride up they asked about XC trails so we directed them to Happy Valley etc. It wasn't long before they returned to the darkside and explored some intermediate trails. They also swore that the next time "they are renting dh bikes"
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    Quote Originally Posted by spena View Post
    hey guys are HTs allowed in BM? was talking to a few ppl at lbs and they said I cant bring my HT and have to rent a fs.
    They're allowed. I always ride my hardtail at Blue but it's not something I'd recommend and I wouldn't do it myself if I rode there more than once or twice a year. I'm not 20 anymore and my body definitely feels it after a full day of riding. A nice AM/enduro bike or whatever they're called these days is on my list of things to buy, I've ridden DH bikes at Blue and they're not as fun for me as their shorter travel siblings. On the other hand I plan on doing more riding in Quebec in the future so DH bike is also on the list.

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    Last year we got to meet and watch Geoff Gulevich ride Haole.

    This weekend Elvis is everywhere... so much fun.
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    Blue was buzzing with excitement this weekend!

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    short vid from yesterday on the 650b...

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    hey guys are HTs allowed in BM? was talking to a few ppl at lbs and they said I cant bring my HT and have to rent a fs.

    this could be my excuse to pick up a new fs :P
    They fully are , all trails are rideable on them. Would I recommend it as the blue experience? No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spena View Post
    hey guys are HTs allowed in BM? was talking to a few ppl at lbs and they said I cant bring my HT and have to rent a fs.

    this could be my excuse to pick up a new fs :P
    what lbs said this?
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    Can't wait for the new trails. Hoping they will be open to some degree for the labour day weekend. Fingers crossed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a001bill View Post
    Can't wait for the new trails. Hoping they will be open to some degree for the labour day weekend. Fingers crossed!
    Did you ride at blue today?
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    Perfect temps and trails were cracking good. A decent turnout of riders

    Hazy over Georgian Bay
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    Stopped to check out the new trail which runs between the Ridge and GB
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    Nice berms
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    We gave the trail crew excavating 2 thumbs up! This trail is tight
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    Off I go. Did about 10 runs... sweet
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Did you ride at blue today?
    Not Saturday - but probably Sunday. It's been raining on and off for a couple days in Waterloo and all the trails are too wet to ride. Looks like north of Toronto is pretty dry this weekend - fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a001bill View Post
    Not Saturday - but probably Sunday. It's been raining on and off for a couple days in Waterloo and all the trails are too wet to ride. Looks like north of Toronto is pretty dry this weekend - fingers crossed.
    Sweet! We are heading to blue again this afternoon.

    Rain/thunderboomers were in the forecast yesterday but blue remained dry and we had a great time.
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    More DH riding today at blue. More riders shredding and more tourists in the Village... it was glorious

    Sadly my favorite trail Grab Bag was closed and so was The Ridge. Trail crew is working on the new trails. But there were plenty of other options!
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    I'm going there very soon but I was wondering if you had to do a test so that you could go on certain trails. What do you do on the test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annoyingguy32 View Post
    I'm going there very soon but I was wondering if you had to do a test so that you could go on certain trails. What do you do on the test?
    You will need to watch a safety video to allow you access to all the trails except Haole. To ride Haole you need to do a skills test. The test for Haole consists of riding off camber features and some jumps
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    How big(Feet)are the jumps on Haole? The trails look awesome by the way!

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    10 to 20 ft tables? That's what it feels like anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annoyingguy32 View Post
    How big(Feet)are the jumps on Haole? The trails look awesome by the way!
    The jumps are ALL "rollable" meaning that taken with less speed you will not get airborne and the bike will simply roll up and over the feature. As you get more comfortable with the trail, simply hitting everything with increased speed will get you up in the air.

    The best thing about the Haole trail is that all the jumps and features are pretty low consequence. If you go up there during the week the trails aren't as busy and you can take your time scoping them out. Another idea is to take a 2 hour guided ride. If you get one of the guides to show you around your first time you can probably pick up some pointers on the different trails and line choice that may have taken you 5 or so laps to figure out on your own. Have fun.

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    We had a blast Saturday (heading up again today). Clear skies and no humidity . Saw some familiar faces and met some new riders
    Grab Bag and Squeaker remain closed but there were plenty of options and some bonuses

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    The Ridge was open... which led to an opportunity to see the work on the new advanced trail
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    Nice rollers...
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    Leading up the this beauty
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    More curious riders
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    Walking up to the new feature
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    Another bridge underway on the other side of the landing
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    Further down a spot for a bridge
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    Should be a wicked trail
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    Just went to Blue last week. What bikes do you all ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YYZ View Post
    Just went to Blue last week. What bikes do you all ride?
    Hi Z. I ride a single crown Transition Syren (180mm front, 160 rear) It's playful but I'm using all my travel right now so I have to hold back on bigger drops and jumps. I am building a double crown (200mm front and rear)

    My husband is also going 200mm and building up a double crown. Currently he has a Transition Covert 650b. The 650b is good in tight spots and corners but he's holding back on his speed.
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    Thanks for sharing. I am interested in buying a bike with 7 inches of travel for blue and other bike parts. If you say that its not enough and are making a full on downhill rig I guess I should also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YYZ View Post
    Thanks for sharing. I am interested in buying a bike with 7 inches of travel for blue and other bike parts. If you say that its not enough and are making a full on downhill rig I guess I should also.
    i've ridden pretty much every kind of bike at blue, other lift assisted parks and gravity shuttle runs... i've come to the conclusion that if you are going to do this type of riding your needs are best served by a dh rig.

    just keep in mind that you need to decide what dh rig you would like, one that is a pure speed sled (racing) or something more playful for the park/freeriding. with the new carbon frames out there weight isn't a huge issue. i prefer something more on the playful side like the kona operator. this weekend after 2 days of dhing on the covert i wish i had the kona...
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    Sunday's ride

    Season's change but the itch remains the same
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    I am definitely not weight conscious when it comes to a dh rig. A dh bike under 3k would be the best, therefore my options are limited. Looking at a lot of used bikes, especially 7 inch rigs as they are somewhat in my price range compared to 8 inch bikes.

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    if you can hold out to the end of season the market will become saturated with used bikes as people up grade, prices will drop... though one bike almost in your price range new is the KONA BIKES | 2015 BIKES | GRAVITY | PRECEPT 200

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    I am definitely not weight conscious when it comes to a dh rig. A dh bike under 3k would be the best, therefore my options are limited. Looking at a lot of used bikes, especially 7 inch rigs as they are somewhat in my price range compared to 8 inch bikes.
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    I'm new to the whole DH thing and recently my friend and I both picked up used bikes off of Pink Bike.

    Amazing deals to be had and it's mostly a buyers market. You can find bikes that were selling at $4 to $5k new a few years back, going for $1,500 to $2,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    I actually have been looking at the precept. Nice entry level bike. But I think I will wait a month or a few to pick up a decent used one of Pinkbike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    I'm new to the whole DH thing and recently my friend and I both picked up used bikes off of Pink Bike.

    Amazing deals to be had and it's mostly a buyers market. You can find bikes that were selling at $4 to $5k new a few years back, going for $1,500 to $2,000.
    Nice score. What bikes did you guys get?

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    I got a 2008 Intense Socom FRO. 2010 Rock Shock Boxxer Team fork. Chris King hubs and BB, etc., for less than $1,500 (2008 MSRP on frame alone was $3,100)

    My buddy got a sweet 2010 Knolly Delirium (also a $3,000 frame in its day). Really sweet set up. Lots of top spec parts for about $1,600.

    We've been hammering both bikes as best we can, and no issues.

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    Nice deals man. The Delirium is the same style of bike I am looking in to. No one is selling them locally though which sucks. Going to wait a couple months so more bikes pop up.

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    Keep an eye out for bikes in Quebec. There are lots of them out there....just beware if they've been slammed into any rocks.

    I picked up a 2013 Turner DHR at the beginning of the season from a guy near Montreal. The bike looked brand new and I got it for dirt cheap. It was totally worth the drive. I love people that get a new bike every year

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    Don't really want to drive out of Ontario to pick it up but if its a super deal I guess I will have to. Too many rich guys!!

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    blue also sells it's rental bikes, might be another option
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    Quote Originally Posted by YYZ View Post
    Just went to Blue last week. What bikes do you all ride?
    2013 Knolly Podium w '13 Zoke 888 Evo2-Ti and a CCDB coil.

    Agree - Pinkbike is a great resource. Riding buddy just scored a 12 or 13 Carbon Session 9.9 for 3500.... Deals to be had...

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    blue also sells it's rental bikes, might be another option
    Blue sells the bikes at end of season
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    Do you know the price they sell them at? I was riding with someone who rented one and the BB was squeaking and the front chain ring was bent as well as the chain guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YYZ View Post
    Do you know the price they sell them at? I was riding with someone who rented one and the BB was squeaking and the front chain ring was bent as well as the chain guide.
    i think it is around $1000
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    Meh. I guess it's not that bad. Hopefully if I decide to get one it would be in decent condition. Cause I know people really beat them up. After all its a rental!

    Do you know if they post something on Pinkbike buy/sell? How do they usually sell them?

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    Camp of Champions also sells their bikes via PinkBike at the end of the season. Pretty sure they touch them up and replace any busted/damaged parts before selling them, too.

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    Went to Blue yesterday (Sunday). Forecast looked good.

    Unfortunately, rained like crazy the previous night so they never opened up on Sunday. I along with many others waited around all day for updates to see if they would open any of the runs.

    No such luck.

    Lesson learned.

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    I was in Ottawa yesterday and the weather was also pretty crappy there throughout the weekend. Do you have a seasons pass for blue?

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    Did anyone see the Haole construction pics posted on the Gravity Logic FB page? Some really big stuff being put together. Looks like they are working on two different trails - one that is a progression up from Haole and one that is a step down and more of a blue trail.

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    Thoughts on Horseshoe Valley? Planning to head there to try the downhill runs this Friday.

    Opinions? How does it compare to Blue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by a001bill View Post
    Did anyone see the Haole construction pics posted on the Gravity Logic FB page? Some really big stuff being put together. Looks like they are working on two different trails - one that is a progression up from Haole and one that is a step down and more of a blue trail.
    Those pics are sweet!

    The pics we took last week (on previous page) is from the "advanced Haole". The pics were taken on a section running between Grab bag and The Ridge. Just seeing the progression up close is exciting

    The new intermediate trail that passes under the new bridge over the Big Sleeze and Squeaker is a bit more hidden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis691 View Post
    Thoughts on Horseshoe Valley? Planning to head there to try the downhill runs this Friday.

    Opinions? How does it compare to Blue?
    Fun trails, but no where near the length, vertical or variety that Blue has. Not saying that they are bad, though. I have a seasons pass to Horseshoe and have had lots of fun there.

    If you bring a "trail" bike, be sure to get some tips on where to go across the street in the Copeland forest. You will have a blast out there.

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    Just saw the pictures. New haole looks pretty sweet. And I never been to Horseshoe. How is it really compared to blue? More trails? gnarly-er trails?

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    We're heading to blue on Sunday (Looks like the better day due to the rain this week)
    But will keep checking the trail reports
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    Great day again. Saw many familiar riders! Much rain must have fallen this week because most trails had a bit of mud and the odd puddle. Nothing wrong with that.. we like getting dirty

    Gearing up
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    A rider crashed on the last drop on the collector. The safety patrol crew responded quickly... Hope he's doing ok
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    Hey, I just got back from Blue today. First time riding DH and I was hitting Showcase all day! Loved it, and I hope to go there a lot more!

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    Looooong weekend starts today ( took the day off hehehe!) heading to blue. Weather looks magnificent.

    and it looks like they have named the 2 new trails! (Sadly not open yet.... but )

    H2O (Special advanced)
    Minion's Rush (intermediate)
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    You're gonna have tons of fun! Awesome weekend to go. I am really jealous!

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    Looks like Minions Rush will be open tomorrow based on their Facebook post! I will be there as well starting around 11.

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    I'm heading up there for Sat/sun/Mon. Really looking forward to the new trails and hopeful for Grab bag and Squeaker reopening.

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    Hey shredders! We had a blast today. Temps was perfect. Trails were mint! I wish I took more Thursday's off this summer. (I promise myself next summer ...)

    Great news to report that the new trail Minion's Run opened today at 5. Singlesprocket and I tested it out and are happy to report that it was well worth the wait Long and flowy, it was a bit soft but once it hardens it will be fast , jumpy and fuuuuuun.

    Chris will post the GoPro video he shot

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    The Big Sleaze(double black). I am happy to report that I rode Big Sleaze today. The filter bridge is scary(for me).. .the rest was butter
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    Minion is similar to Gulch/Groove but better IMO
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    good riding today....

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    new minion trail at blue... going to be a fun flow trail

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    Rode at blue today, after a tough CF workout this morning. We had a window of time before the late afternoon rain hit.

    Riding across the escarpment
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    Dark clouds rolling in after our 5th run down
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    Started to rain at Minion's Rush
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    Discovered a new bidge being constructed which seemed to be part of Squeaker? or a new trail?
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    We were up there on Friday as the weather looked sketchy for the rest of the weekend. The new Minion Rush trail was pretty wet and greasy but it will be a really fun trail once it dries up.

    There were a bunch of riders sessioning the H2O trail, packing it down maybe? Looks promising for next weekend.

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    saturday was a strange day up at blue... passed this fire on the way back...

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