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    a little dw spot stoke

    I took the dw spot up to big bear to do some lift assisted trail riding and had a great time. Even though conditions were loose and dusty, I was really flowing. I had a grin on my face and was attacking! I was especially happy that I rode the whole top section of cables. Something that I've only done on my dhr!

    I'm still trying to zero in on some of the more subtle differences between the tnt and dw spot. The obvious ones are the pedaling and the way it soaks up hits without getting as hung up as much. Now that I took it to a spot where I've had lots of ride time on the old design, I've also noticed how the rear wheel feels more glued to the ground. I don't feel like I need to stay as on top of the bike as I did with the old one. It has more of a point and shoot feel with less need to finesse it down the rocky stuff. It could be that I was just having a great day, but it seems to navigate rutted turns easier than the old as well as staying stable in loose, drifty ones. It felt like it needed less adjustments in the turns, where ever I pointed it, it tended to stay there. I was bottoming out on medium sized drops (front and rear) so need to do more experimenting with pressure levels.

    We did take a few shots and some video clips but it was just so fun riding that it was hard to take the camera out.

    I hope to get up there again before the snow comes cause I really had a blast.

    Here is a little taste of it:

    Will on the top section of Cables:


    Me on the big chute on Cables. Its not the drop as much as the roll out:


    Pretty good sized drop on Milkshake:


    They finally built up some logs around this tree thats been down forever:


    Will on Colin's trail:




    Sunset view out the car window on the ride home:



    A couple short video clips:
    <embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="https://static.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=https://vid99.photobucket.com/albums/l305/superstock_2006/dwspotbigbear092609.flv">

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    excellent stuff

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    Have you shimmed your air can yet?
    I found this added a bit better end stroke support and cut down on bottoming the shock.

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    Nice work! Cables has some interesting sections.

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    Great stuff S. It looks like I missed out on a great day.

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    I aspire to have the skillz to push my spot the way superstock does, great job man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1soulrider
    Have you shimmed your air can yet?
    I found this added a bit better end stroke support and cut down on bottoming the shock.
    +1 mines shimmed and Pushed. F'n superb. (and yeah, no more bottoming)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1soulrider
    Have you shimmed your air can yet?
    I found this added a bit better end stroke support and cut down on bottoming the shock.
    Good point. I have not tried this yet.

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    Awesome pics SS, Looks like fun!

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    Old bikes

    Hey SS, what did you do with kermit #1? I still have your old blue spot (I think it's an '04?) and it's going strong - put some dt swiss wheels (5.1D) and shimano pedals fairly recently to freshen it up. Pike up front, and got the Romic serviced - I still like that shock the best. Plush but not wallow-y. Grateful to you for this frame - best bike I ever rode!
    I once corrected DW about a bicycle related topic.

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    Nice pics, SS.

    Here's one of Mo on an 8 footer...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn. Biker123
    ...an 8 footer...
    Where's the other 4 feet?


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    Steeper than it looks...

    With enough speed the LZ is just above the little outcrop of rocks at the bottom of the pic. Of course you could just pedal drop and make it about a 5 footer.

    Where's my stickers?

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    Stickers?


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    The funny part is, that you didn't tell me which carrier will be handling the VIP..so, I just happened to be outside when all three drove by.

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    I'm in So Cal and I've never been to Big Bear. Are those trails off the trail map? I thought it was more crosscountry riding than all mountain. Do you recommend it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORVH
    Hey SS, what did you do with kermit #1? I still have your old blue spot (I think it's an '04?) and it's going strong - put some dt swiss wheels (5.1D) and shimano pedals fairly recently to freshen it up. Pike up front, and got the Romic serviced - I still like that shock the best. Plush but not wallow-y. Grateful to you for this frame - best bike I ever rode!
    That's awesome. Glad to hear she is still going strong! Post up a pic of her if you can ...

    I'll get the old spot up in the classifieds soon. I was keeping it around just in case all of this DW stuff was just a bunch of hot air. As much as I loved the old spot, I like my new one more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifouiripilay
    I'm in So Cal and I've never been to Big Bear. Are those trails off the trail map? I thought it was more crosscountry riding than all mountain. Do you recommend it?
    Falline is on the map as is Milkshake. Cables and Colins is not. If you're going for XC stuff, I'd recommend 1e01 (also known as pine knot), cabin 89, and falline.

    There is a whole bunch more on a thread I posted last summer.

    Deadbolt has a couple of good shots of gnarly sections of Cables there...

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    Thanks, I'm looking for more dh orientated trails, rock gardens for the rfx. I've never seen trail shots like yours of BB. I guess I'll have to hunt got cables and colins. I like trails like andersons(Att) and noble. I'll try to make it BB by he end of the season or next yr.

    Quote Originally Posted by superstock
    Falline is on the map as is Milkshake. Cables and Colins is not. If you're going for XC stuff, I'd recommend 1e01 (also known as pine knot), cabin 89, and falline.



    There is a whole bunch more on a thread I posted last summer.

    Deadbolt has a couple of good shots of gnarly sections of Cables there...

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    excellent riding ss, thanks for sharing the stoke!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    Where's the other 4 feet?
    I'm glad someone said it. I thought I was on pinkbike for a sec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    Where's the other 4 feet?
    he climbed back up

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    Jeez...tough crowd. BTW...that dwspot made some really bad sounds upon landing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn. Biker123
    Jeez...tough crowd.
    LOL.....

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    Some shots from this weekend

    Slaka took Will and I on a tour in Laguna on the 5 spots. A little climbing on the north side and then a few shuttles down Telonix.

    A good drop with a fairly steep run-out, I forgot the name of this but it comes out at the Art School. Cool trail!





    I tried a 135x20x1.0mm shim in the RP23 but still bottomed on this drop. I'm going to try a 135x25x1.0mm which will be closer to DGC's 135x20x1.2mm shim.

    Slaka left his 5 spot at home and brought the beast:



    Another feature:



    Will a little lower on the trail:





    Thanks to Slaka for the tour. Will be back again soon.

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