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    Hmmm. I wonder what did this to my rear tire? It's only 5mos old.



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    I say "It's pretty rocky out this way" ppl shrug and say "yeah what evah"
    So I brought a camera along just for a little NE XC imagery. What we don't have in grand vistas we make up for in strategic minerals.
    I forgot the Gpod so no timer shots today.
    I shot some parts of the trail I rarely stop on. I skipped most of the rollers BDTD.
    Anyway some highlights from Monster at Blue Mt. in Peekskill. No need to view all the shots unless you're really bored.

    Monster is only a ~2.5 miles long XC trail but it takes 35-40 mins to ride it.


    The granite here is abundant and it eats anything it can catch.


    Dip down and taste the delicious igneous.


    Then climb up out of the bowl and camber off to other treats


    Uright, Uleft, and you off da wall.


    Add a little fiber to your diet.


    Don't forget to brush.


    Seconds anyone?


    From bridges...


    To ridges.

    The line up comes from the right behind that tree way in the back

    A stepdown is rarely a letdown.


    An alternate POV. Down, down, left.


    Even wet, I've got this one down.


    Even dry this one's got me down.


    Logovers by the dozen


    A not-so-secret garden(on another trail).


    Tire's Eye View.


    After the ride I noticed somebody's been busy


    Beavers??? Yep. I had no idea they were in this area. These puppies don't play!



    Anyway it was a great ride. If you come up this way , bring a spare tube... if not for your tire, then to float on.
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    Great post, BZ! Looks a lot cooler, but we gots rox too!

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    Rocks






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    Cool ride.

    We took a little group ride the other day. We went about six miles in three hours. It was sort of like what you pictured except without all the pesky plants and leaves and such. This stuff is all granite as well. Grips like mad and takes your skin off if you fail.











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    Nice XC Ted. (I'm diggin those lines though!)

    123, yeah it's amazingly cool here this summer. Usually it's~90 degs w/ 80%hum +zero breeze. Today it was 75. Friggin perfect riding!

    Hey Enel do you guys get your dirt carted in or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Nice XC Ted.
    Yeah, sorry, I just went with one theme...

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    Quote Originally Posted by big-ted
    Yeah, sorry, I just went with one theme...
    Kickarse just the same...What area is that?

    BTW folks I'm not trying to say "we's gots mo' roks dan youze"...This is just an excuse to toss out a look at the right coast.
    BTW BTW, before anyone points it out I was experimenting with 200 ISO... no shootie under deep canopy. Back to fourhundy.
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    Got rocks... Red Rock Canyon, Co.Springs...

    Red Rock Cayon Loop - 30+ miles of fun rides...
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    I meant its hotter than hell here right now and your pics want to make me get out and ride.

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    Thanks for the flashback Enel. I'm already missing the Prescott Slickrock.

    Nice shots Zilla and b-t. I'm starting to get the itch to work on my skills in the rocks.

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    Oh, and after last weekend I have a new found respect for trying to ride UP in rocks. Riding down them is pretty much point and shoot, if you lose momentum you can just let off the brakes a bit. Going up needs some damn strong legs...

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    My bad Ted... I see you're in BC... out there that IS considered XC!
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    nice shots bikezilla. no beaver shots?
    life is steeper than it looks

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    Nice BZ - when the heck are we gonna ride?

    BTW - a new trail is coming together somewhere in Ringwood that has rock bridges up the wazoo - we sampled it at the weekend at it is kickarse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antipop
    ...no beaver shots?



    Wilks... I GOTTA get out your way. It's been forever since I hit up "Rockwood".
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    Nice stoke BZ, getting some respect for the EC rock. FWIW, my wagon wheel Arrrrrrrdents encountered the same problem about 4 months into their life including a full on side wall tear with tube sticking out. Luckily found at the end of the ride. I like this tire so much that I replaced it with another knowing full well what will happen.
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    Awesome pics. The photos don't do the rocks justice, Monster is a tough trail. And the rollers on Stinger are impressive too.
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    Most of the Ardents I see around here look the same as yours. I think they are coming out with beefier sidewall version.
    Nothing to see here.

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    It took me four rides to put a big sidewall tear in a 2.25 Ardent run tubeless. Bummer, because I really like the tire. The 2.4 have proven far more durable (850g vs 650g).

    Great pictures BZ! Beautiful pictorial of a masterpiece of a trail.

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    Hmmm. I wonder what did this to my rear tire? It's only 5mos old.
    Monster is only a ~2.5 miles long XC trail but it takes 35-40 mins to ride it.
    The granite here is abundant and it eats anything it can catch.

    Dip down and taste the delicious igneous
    Then climb up out of the bowl and camber off to other treats
    Uright, Uleft, and you off da wall
    Add a little fiber to your diet.
    Don't forget to brush.

    Seconds anyone?
    From bridges...
    To ridges.
    An alternate POV. Down, down, left.

    Even wet, I've got this one down.
    Even dry this one's got me down.

    Logovers by the dozen
    A not-so-secret garden(on another trail).
    Tire's Eye View.

    After the ride I noticed somebody's been busy
    Beavers??? Yep. I had no idea they were in this area. These puppies don't play!
    Anyway it was a great ride. If you come up this way , bring a spare tube... if not for your tire, then to float on.

    MAN GREAT BIKE POETRY... LOL

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    erguy...LOL! I'm a poet and don't even know it.


    Skunk, SS, NYB,

    This is my first long term use on tubed XC tires...I usually run UST but I found such good PF resistance on the Ardent DH tires I decided to buy a set of their XCs. FWIW the DH sidewalls are bombproof. I hashed the crap outta a set of 2.6 for a season w/o any marks. Also ran a set of 2.4-DH on my Spot held up mark free. But that's DH tires with way more weight.

    The only UST I've ever had sidewall issues with were the contis....crap in a box. So while USTs are heavier, compared to a tire with a tube the weights aren't much different at all and they tend to have stronger sidewalls and no PF issues. I'd go back to UST cept the Ardent's aren't yet availabel in that form, and frankly I'm spoiled with the speed and ease in swapping regular tires.

    I really like the Ardents. Hope they grab a few grams and steel up the sidewalls. No matter how I try I scrape my back tire on something every few mins. That's just how the trails are layed out. rocks sticking up every where.
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    amazing shots zilla, makes me envious.
    anyhow i had the same with my advantages. it's just the light weight single ply. they were ok but bust through one day so not ideal. talking to a friend who runs a shop over here you can actually get three sidewall thickness of ardents, single, 1.5 and double ply. it happens on the rear due to torque, well that's what i want to believe, not cos i've got a fat ass!

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    Poetzilla. Who knew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickhart
    ... it happens on the rear due to torque...
    Aaah so all those scraping sounds as I thread through the rocks had nothing to do with it then. Good to know.

    My guess is the rear is at issue because it takes a smaller arc in a turn (tire cheat?) so when I work my front wheel around something tight, it pretty much drags the back wheel right across it.

    I didn't know they had different ply versions I thought it was only XC and DH. I'll surely go for a multi-ply version next time. For now I'll just swap the back with the front and put some kind of patch on the inside where I developed a small herniated tube projection. (ouch!)
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    right on BZ, glad to see you got your camera fixed!
    looks like there are lots of rock roller lines waiting to be pioneered...

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