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    And with the arrival of spring...

    Comes the return of the redbreasted cucoo:


    Funny I coulda sworn I ordered an XL frame.


    Anyway gotta start somewhere:


    I wish I could capture the nature of that step-down. It's a choppy and twisty apoach. Like anything else the camera doesn't tell the story. I wrecked really hard on it last year. Small or not it's my personal demon, and I hit it first try, first big bike ride of the year. Yay me!

    Libor slayed on it.


    The afternoon started with trailwork:

    Libor worked the berm. Dirt w/o rocks is hard to find.




    I worked on a speedbump:




    Y'know how sometimes a rock is a little bigger than you thought when you started?



    It ended well:

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    Howd the new zoke perform for ya. That frame did look small.
    Too wet to ride!

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    Dood, you could suit up as MLB with the new lid and your DH kit. At least they'll both see and hear you coming on trail.

    Spring is freakin great, but my arse and lungs are paying for winter hibernation.

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    Your a freakin' BEAST zilla!

    Do you have any pics of you standing next to a BMX?

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    The Horror, The Horror, The Horror, the color of the shorts don't match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    The Horror, The Horror, The Horror, the color of the shorts don't match.
    Yeah? Well I got yer matching shorts right here!


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    Fantastic work on those take offs and that speed bump must have helped to shed any excess calories you stored over the winter, so yea, it's all good!

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    I like the first pic, you look like you are ready to go into battle. as always, great pics!
    fill what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch where it itches.

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    good pics as usual Zilla. How'd the Triple 8 treat you today, was this your first real ride on it?
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    ssssweeeeeeeet my friend, good looking jump, and you'll be glad to hear I finally heeded your advice to ride flats and I've been loving it, thanks bro!!!
    I like bikes.

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    - nice Z. Meeting TK up there today for some more TM then a ride on the pedal side. Give a call if your around.

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    Proop, rsce,
    Yeah it was the first time out on the Trip-E. It felt nice and plush but really blew through the travel. I kept adding preload, comp and a lot of b/o but still too soft. I have a firm spring in it so I guess the factory oil height is too low.

    It was also the first day out with the TLD SE2 helmet. Very comfy. Easy to breathe in. Can't comment on the ventalation since it was only 50 degs out. I never felt like pulling it off if that has any value.

    Moose, getting back in shape is tough! I've been riding xc, road, and fitness bs in the gym
    for quite a while... still feelin it. But DAMM being back on the big bike is a huge stoke.

    MJ, Wase, The new jumps are indeed some kickarse work by the DFT. I didn't build the one in the pix but I do my part when I can. That's going to be a sweet new trail. The first gap is a ~20-footer (beyond my skillset) that leads into the berm you see above, then into a big right hand hip jump, then swings down and back up a hillside into a left hip...there will be more too. It'll take a while but it's going to be killer when it's done and all the chunk gets pulled up.

    Here's the first big gapper:





    The landing tranny is almost 2x as wide as the kicker. Nice.



    Here's the right hip:
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    Quote Originally Posted by fattireb
    - nice Z. Meeting TK up there today for some more TM then a ride on the pedal side. Give a call if your around.
    Call what? You change ph numbers more often than a meth dealer.
    Got a list of to-dos today. Take some pix of the funride!

    Hey I think I have a name for that first big gap: "Committed". I you're not when you take off, you surely will be after you land.
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    Man those features look solid, but damn that first gapper is huge.
    If jackasses could fly this place would be an airport.

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    NIcely built stunts. So does the new 888 not have an air preload like the 66? The 66 doesn't require much. I only add about 5 pumps of air with the mech preload all the way on. Then I run about 5 clicks of compression, unless I'm hitting the big stuff, then I run full compression.
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    Very nice trailwork, guys! And way to start the season ...

    'Zilla, you are towering over that XL Highline like it's a 20in BMX bike! I'd hate to be on your wrong side ...

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    I think there are a still 1 or 2 red hues/shades not yet incorporated into the outfit/bike. Other than that slight oversight ....

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    Originally posted by the big dude in the funny costume:
    "Yeah it was the first time out on the Trip-E. It felt nice and plush but really blew through the travel. I kept adding preload, comp and a lot of b/o but still too soft. I have a firm spring in it so I guess the factory oil height is too low."

    Alex, I know that you know what I'm thinking. You need an avalanche fork. Need it. Got to have one. Do you need Craig's phone number?



    you know you want one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chingon
    NIcely built stunts. So does the new 888 not have an air preload like the 66? The 66 doesn't require much. I only add about 5 pumps of air with the mech preload all the way on. Then I run about 5 clicks of compression, unless I'm hitting the big stuff, then I run full compression.
    The 66 has an air preload assist but the 888 does not. It has a bottom-out/air volume adjuster. I'm using up all my travel even on small drops and hard-clunk-bottom on medium sized drops. I figure I need some more progressiveness and since I have the air volume cranked all the way (+) then it's probably time to add some oil.

    Anyone know what the '08 & '09 888 oil levels should be? I mean real life volume not manual listings.

    Renny, I'm sure that Avy is the be-all but hey I got (2) new forks, I'll just have to live with that. I'm sitll not feelin it's industrial looks or reverse sliders, not sure why, just my feelings.
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    Cool looking jumps.

    I agree that Spring in the northeast can be nice, but I think I prefer spring in the southwest.

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    solid riding and building BZ!
    nice job color coordinating the fork and armor too, that fork looks much more appropriate under you.

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