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    TR3, and my fantastic Flux DW

    Without a doubt the 3 day stage race at this years Trans Rockies was the hardest riding/racing I've ever done. Outta the gate it was something like 7000ft up, countless sections of unrideable up's and downs including a mile long scree slope on the first day that saw many a tumbling rider. Stage 2 had the greatest impact on me and was the toughest thing I've done, as I'm not used to high elevation. One rider commented (for those that are familiar) that it was like starting in Moab and heading up to Burro's pass via porcupine rim, turning around heading back down and then riding the road back up and down again! I don't know about that but when you can stretch out your arm and touch the side of the hill you've been hika biking up for the last hour, it's pretty steep. Oh.. and then you have to come down the other side. I had the only Flux DW in the race. Several other DW bikes came out to play from Ibis and Pivot, but it was my Turner that didn't blend in with its flashy granny smith green. Mated with a talas on the front this 25lb duo made the 3days enjoyable, effiecient and super strong frame with a 100-140fork. But for most of the ride I was in 120mm mode and really could have just left it in that position.
    Couldn't help noticing that when I dropped my bike off for wrenching it wasn't pulled apart like some bikes from the 'big brands'. Other than a wrecked front derrailleur on day 1, all the wrench had to do after the wash was oil the chain and check tire and shock pressure! On day three the 40km slop fest in the rain had no ill effects on the Flux. It still ran as quiet as it did on day one. No squeaky pivots here! I ride the Flux as hard as I can every time I'm on it. When a bike can go through what I've put it through it really doesn't fall into the XC race category as its listed as it can handle a lot more than XC-ish riding. Being in race mode I don't carry a camera. So my pics are of the scenery after each stage, pretty boring stuff compared to what it was like on the trails. Except this one of a tired beat up 40+ rider who managed a 6th place at the end of it all. Can't wait to do it again.
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    Good stuff and well done

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    BIM, nicely done and great report on the event and the DWL Flux.

    Is this the correct TR weblink? http://www.transrockies.com/trc/about/route.htm

    The Candian Rockies make the American version look tame.

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    Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires? How did they hold up during the whole race?

    Well done on a big effort!

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    Nice work

    After doing some 100's this year I'm thinking about stage races and 24hr's for next year.

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    I can vouch that bikesinmud owns one sweet Flux (I talked to you outside the massage tent). I rode an 08 Flux and likewise thought it was the perfect ride for the Transrockies. I just hosed it down each night and lubed it - not a single other thing. I see a DW Flux in my future at some point.

    Congrats on the finish - well done. I finished right in the middle of the pack - pretty happy given that it was my first stage race. Used it as a sort of preparation for BCBR 2010. I agree that day 2 was pretty brutal - I had a bad crash in Bear's creek and ended up walking a lot of it - lost a lot of time on what had been an otherwise good day. I wasn't in such a race mode that I didn't stop and take a few pictures. Here you'll see: view after climb on day one, view of scree slope, one of the climbs on day 2, and my bike after the mudfest of day 3. I had to laugh when I picked up my registration and saw my number...
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    Great photos and great race plate

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69erSycip
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires? How did they hold up during the whole race?

    Well done on a big effort!
    I used the Rocket ron's 2.1's only on day 3, they shed mud extremely well and at 25psi they hooked up like velcro considering the slop. On the two previous days I was using the same set of racing ralphs 2.25's bigger volume and they held up well to the rocks.

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    Doc - great post! Sounds like the Flux treated you well.

    For old time's sake - here's the current rendition of your old Sultan frame

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    [QUOTE=chunkylover53

    Hey david great pics, too bad we couldn't hook up so you could the dw-flux for a spin, that would have sold you right there. What an awesome time eh?

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    [QUOTE=bikesinmud][QUOTE=chunkylover53

    Hey david great pics, too bad we couldn't hook up so you could the dw-flux for a spin, that would have sold you right there. What an awesome time eh?[/QUOTE]

    It was a great event - very well run, great people, and superb surroundings. I have to admit that after three days I had had my fill of riding and was content to go home. But following the results the last couple of days (I have some friends still riding) I've really started to miss it. Perhaps I should have taken up the offer made on the last night to keep going for the full seven. I think we got the best of the weather though - sounds like it's getting pretty wet and nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    Doc - great post! Sounds like the Flux treated you well.

    For old time's sake - here's the current rendition of your old Sultan frame

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/NpzE79giQvT69bWbLaJ5JQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_2W6rELw9q40/SmJvavdmvsI/AAAAAAAADZo/Ibx873Hs6RU/s800/Sultan.JPG" /></a>
    I have moments where I regret having sold that bike. That being said I do have room in my stable for another 29er. If I do pull the trigger it will be for another Sultan. Cheers

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    I am jealous of you long -twitch muscle guys. As much as I work out/train I never seem to develop much endurance. Great results congrats.

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