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    There are some rides that you are going to pay dearly in sweat equity to experience. Los Pinos is one of those rides. If you want to experience genuine, soul sucking, quality suffering, in the most masochistic of terms…sign here. First, you climb up San Juan trail, to Blue Jay Campground. From there, get ready for some quality suffering, up the Main (Pain) Divide. This is, without question, my least favorite climb in all of southern California. That’s putting it nicely. I despise this climb. It’s brutal, mind numbing, and I’ve witnessed grown men in tears, puking, after summiting.

    Survive that, and you are at the base of Los Pinos. Now, begins the real fun. 14 hike-a-bikes. Some so steep, loose, and hellishly long...that I seriously question my sanity.

    Pain management.

    Just as the last of the Hike-a-bikes is done with, and I have narrowly resisted the urge to slit my wrists… the BIG payoff comes. Backcountry, ridgeline, tasty, singletrack, dessert.







































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    What the EFF is "All MOUNTAIN"???

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    holy nuts, sick TR. Greybeard on the turner looks like he had a good enough time falling onto rocks. and WTF is the dude on the 2XU jersey riding?

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    Hey that looks like it may have been fun. I've ridden with one of those dudes... that guy in the first picture (see below)... has he found his Marzocchi air pump adapter yet?

    Also nice calm readiness at the pinchy switchback Mr Fat Front Tire. I think I'd rather be in that spot than that weird bike-forward body-back scrunched down position that seems instinctive to most riders.

    I did a nice trialsy, jigsaw puzzly ride yesterday but camera was dead-battery'd and we never stop to take pics anyway.
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    WANT TO DO THIS RIDE.

    Is that the High Roller II prototype on the front and rear of the red bike?
    Tire Design & Development Engineer. The opinions expressed in this forum are solely my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bholwell
    WANT TO DO THIS RIDE.

    Is that the High Roller II prototype on the front and rear of the red bike?
    Yes, bholwell. I'm running the prototypes on the grey bike as well (60a compound on the front; 3c compound on the rear).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippling over canyons
    Yes, bholwell. I'm running the prototypes on the grey bike as well!
    Hey I think I've ridden with you too!
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    Nice. Where in So Cal is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash T. Abula

    I did a nice trialsy, jigsaw puzzly ride yesterday but camera was dead-battery'd and we never stop to take pics anyway.
    likely story...FAIL! you have no pictures to prove nor do you have a fat front to be able to do such a ride

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    Great ride!

    That ride delivered! It was worth all of the effort, occasional cramping, festering flies, and crashing. Raoul now has the proud distinction of being one of the few people who have only ridden up the San Juan Trail. If you are interested in this ride, make sure you check the weather forecast before riding. Do not attempt this ride on a hot summer day. Also, as spring advances, the steep downs just get dustier and looser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    likely story...FAIL! you have no pictures to prove nor do you have a fat front to be able to do such a ride
    heh heh heh

    I would do that ride on this skinnyfront bike:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash T. Abula
    Hey I think I've ridden with you too!
    He's back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippling over canyons
    He's back!
    It's a whole lot different than He's gone!

    We're pretty snowed in still in the alpine. I skinned up & skied down on Friday, rode yesterday, rode saturday. Turned back by snow both weekend bike-ride days.

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    this trail is 5x better than noble. not a snoooozer ride.

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    Looks like perfect weather for such a ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robncircus
    Nice. Where in So Cal is this?
    San Juan Capistrano, sort of.

    off of Ortega highway

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    Looks painfully good!

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    So so painfully great....
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    Great pics, thanks for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bholwell
    WANT TO DO THIS RIDE.

    Is that the High Roller II prototype on the front and rear of the red bike?
    Hey Bryan,
    Yep, got the single ply FR up front and the dual ply DH in back, no flats so far...
    Shuttle Noble? Hell No!

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    Simply awesome.
    A bunch of my ride pics: http://uberfarm.com/mnf

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    This picture sums it up for me. Daunting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic

    Amazing ride.

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    Is it weird that I want to do this ride again already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raoul duke
    Is it weird that I want to do this ride again already?
    it would only be weird if you rode with aquaholic and chose to ride it, or any ride, with him again

    the guy is a pompous ahole and while its cool to watch him ride, i despise him with all my being and its simply not worth it

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