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    1st SS endurance race..

    I love riding my new SS El Mariachi so much I got the bug to use it in the Wilderness 101.I went for a test training ride last week about 50 miles and 6000 ft in climbing and felt pretty good.So I contacted the race director and now have officially switched divisions to SS division.I absolutely love how the SS handles and is about 5 lbs lighter then my geared bike.Even if I can only do around 75 miles I'll be happy.In some ways I feel I'm could be commiting "ritual suicide by SS" for finishing but sometimes you have to go for it.

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    I rode my El Mar SS at the Stoopid 50 and while I over-cooked it early on I still managed to finish. Bending a seatstay probably didn't help my cause. Just make sure you choose your gear wisely and have fun!

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    You will be good! Especially on a SS, start steady, finish strong. Pick a lower gear than you would otherwise choose.
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    I actually prefer SS for endurance - no granny gear to fall back on makes me keep working!

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    It's easier for me to overcook it when riding with gears. With the SS you are changing your cadence and position often, using different muscle groups; makes it good for endurance.

    What the **** am I saying; makes it great for EVERYTHING!!!!
    (well almost everything).

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    I'm running a 32 in front and a 20 in back.I feel pretty confortable with that gear...it still blows me away that I feel faster,not only on singletrack but the long mountain climbs.I probably switch my Karate Monkey to SS come spring. A higher gearing 36 front and either 20 or 22 back.I feel when I get on my geared bike its a mechanical issue waiting to happen.
    Last edited by shackleton47; 07-06-2012 at 03:05 PM. Reason: x

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