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bobbythehawk
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looks great - his bike is WAY overkill for that terrain, no?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:12
akasnowmaaan
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Looks like a slightly more elegant Niner RIP9.

Quote:
looks great - his bike is WAY overkill for that terrain, no?

No doubt. That stuff is rideable by a rigid.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:20
motorbacon
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(Reply to #53)

akasnowmaaan wrote:
Looks like a slightly more elegant Niner RIP9.

Quote:
looks great - his bike is WAY overkill for that terrain, no?

No doubt. That stuff is rideable by a rigid.

Everything can be ridden on a rigid, but comfort factor does decrease exponentially. And you're often wondering why you ride rigid

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:36
anomaly

What you don't see, because of what the video is focused on (that a FS bike can climb reasonably well) is that there are sections of all of those trails besides the first one that have 2+' drops. That said half of my friends have 0 problem riding a hardtail around here.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:53
timberland boots
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I've got a ridgid and I just honestly find that a full suspension is more fun in just about every situation for me. For starters if it's properly setup I find they corner much better even on fairly buff singletrack that could be ridden on a cyclocross bike if one were so inclined.

Suspension, not just for drops ATMO

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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:09
motorbacon
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^^^

Agree with Smitty,but I just don't have a squishy bike

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:13
curiousincident
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(Reply to #57)

Mr. Bear wrote:
A nice little video of my backyard trails. Pretty much every climb he does is ridden 95% of the time as a descent.

http://vimeo.com/33990203

the terrain looks sublime. that remix, otoh, is kind of upsetting.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:15
anomaly

It gets a bit more gnar on a trail in that area, averages -18% over a mile
http://www.pinkbike.com/video/233996/

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 19:18
timberland boots
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(Reply to #59)

Mr. Bear wrote:
It gets a bit more gnar on a trail in that area, averages -18% over a mile
http://www.pinkbike.com/video/233996/

Fuuuuck, looks so rad. We're all super techy slow shit up here, but I can't really complain since a lot of people have far less than I do, and my trails are within a mile and a half of the city core.

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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 19:24
anomaly
(Reply to #60)

Smitty wrote:
Mr. Bear wrote:
It gets a bit more gnar on a trail in that area, averages -18% over a mile
http://www.pinkbike.com/video/233996/

Fuuuuck, looks so rad. We're all super techy slow shit up here, but I can't really complain since a lot of people have far less than I do, and my trails are within a mile and a half of the city core.

There is another trail that averages -20% over a mile and the highest average speed on Strava is 8.5mph.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 20:05
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Fri, 01/13/2012 - 09:44
timberland boots
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That spot has been in a ton of videos and such, crazy shit

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Fri, 01/13/2012 - 10:52
Russell
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FUCK

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Fri, 01/13/2012 - 12:18
Cadence
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Feels good man that that picture is taken like a twenty minute ride from my doorstep.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 22:28
anomaly

Pics of you hucking it?

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 09:27
jamey
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I don't even know why you'd do that.

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Sat, 01/14/2012 - 20:37
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(Reply to #67)

jamey wrote:
I don't even know why you'd do that.

street cred, bro.

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Sun, 01/15/2012 - 01:28
asterisk
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So this spring I want to get back into the mtb game. Considering a FS 29er with modest travel... is there a middle ground between XC and 'all-mountain'? Anything standout I should look at first? Most of my local trails are tame but if I didn't have to borrow a bike to hit up Black Rock occasionally that would be good too.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 23:00
timberland boots
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(Reply to #69)

asterisk wrote:
So this spring I want to get back into the mtb game. Considering a FS 29er with modest travel... is there a middle ground between XC and 'all-mountain'? Anything standout I should look at first? Most of my local trails are tame but if I didn't have to borrow a bike to hit up Black Rock occasionally that would be good too.

Trail.

Most "all mountain" marketed bikes are pedalable enough that except in serious xc racing you won't ever regret having that extra inch of travel. If you can swing it and you're really set on the 29er thing a canondale tallboy is pretty much hot shit and there's a lot of guys even using them for north shore riding

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Tue, 01/17/2012 - 23:18
akasnowmaaan
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RIP9 is also good. You can build it up a lot of ways, it works well with 120mm to 140mm forks and even has an option for rear maxle.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 23:29
johnnyraja
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(Reply to #71)

Smitty wrote:
canondale tallboy

Just pointing this out so asterisk doesn't get confused, not trying to be a dick, and I know you know this and just had a brain fart, but Santa Cruz Tallboy.

And I think Colorado Cyclist was having a buy a Tallboy frame, get a free Fox fork deal. Not sure if still going.

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Wed, 01/18/2012 - 08:28
timberland boots
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Woops.

But yeah, thanks.

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Wed, 01/18/2012 - 08:46
Petr5
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If you could be persuaded to hard tail, the Cannondale Flash Carbon 3 is specced very nice and only 700 more complete compared to the tallboy frame only. If I was going all out ballertown though, I'd go for the Niner.

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Wed, 01/18/2012 - 10:44
asterisk
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Leaning towards frame only to ensure fatty approved components/wheelset but would swap from a complete if it makes more sense. I've ridden a Rip and it was a sweet bike but I'm curious to try something closer to a Jet. Also looking at the Transition Bandit 29 and Kona Satori (probably both on the higher travel end of things.)

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 11:26
timberland boots
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(Reply to #75)

asterisk wrote:
Also looking at the Transition Bandit 29 and Kona Satori

Fuck yeah. You're totally on the right track here

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Wed, 01/18/2012 - 11:34
deadforkinglast
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(Reply to #76)

Smitty wrote:
asterisk wrote:
Also looking at the Transition Bandit 29 and Kona Satori

Fuck yeah. You're totally on the right track here

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 11:55
motorbacon
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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:20
deadforkinglast
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Sooo gnarly, bro!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:14
that guy
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(Reply to #79)

asterisk wrote:
Leaning towards frame only to ensure fatty approved components/wheelset but would swap from a complete if it makes more sense. I've ridden a Rip and it was a sweet bike but I'm curious to try something closer to a Jet. Also looking at the Transition Bandit 29 and Kona Satori (probably both on the higher travel end of things.)

The Satori is 130mm and 30 pounds. It's a big fucking bike. Similar to the Stumpy or Horsethief.

Most "XC" 29ers are really perfect trail bikes, especially at real world price points where they come with real world components.

Bikes suck. Don't ride one.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 17:02
timberland boots
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Most xc bikes have steep ass headtubes more oriented for climbing than descending with much confidence though.

30 pounds isn't particularly heavy in my opinion either. Most "all mountain" bikes tend to fall in that range and nobody is having much trouble pedaling those up hills

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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 17:07
timberland boots
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Not usually into jumping type videos but if it's well shot it's easy to get stoked on almost anything ATMO

http://www.pinkbike.com/video/234127/

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Sat, 01/21/2012 - 00:52
deadforkinglast
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Damn. This is the kind of freeride that really gets me stoked watching:

http://www.pinkbike.com/video/236939

Fast, steep, technical and soaking wet. Also probably the best self-filmed video I've ever seen.

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 02:11
oogens
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the satori is awesome, totally makes up for my lack of bike handling skills

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 02:56
Russell
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god damn I wanna go for a ride now

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Sat, 01/21/2012 - 14:44
DDYTDY
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Singlespeed-A-Palooza!

Who's in? Zank's in, Me.... who else? Registration opens @12:01am 2/5/12

http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14793

This will sell out fast this year.

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 20:01
timberland boots
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Shit. Weather is hovering around too cold for the trails to have any hope of drying before spring, but too warm for the trails to freeze solid so you can ride on them. Nothing to do but watch videos all winter, and in this vein I found an online copy of my all time favourite segment. If I could bounce around a trail 1/10th as smooth as Wayne Goss I'd be pretty happy

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Fri, 01/27/2012 - 20:28
timberland boots
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(Reply to #87)

motorbacon wrote:

loool, avoided this because the amount of "shit x says" videos is making me rage but this was awesome. Actually laughed out loud at the guy on the skinny yelling "DID YOU SAY GO, OR DID YOU SAY NO?". Amazing

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Fri, 01/27/2012 - 20:35
bobbythehawk
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(Reply to #88)

DDYTDY wrote:
Singlespeed-A-Palooza!

Who's in? Zank's in, Me.... who else? Registration opens @12:01am 2/5/12

http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14793

This will sell out fast this year.

I could get into this. Are y'all local up there?

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 20:52
DDYTDY
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(Reply to #89)

richbobby wrote:
DDYTDY wrote:
Singlespeed-A-Palooza!

Who's in? Zank's in, Me.... who else? Registration opens @12:01am 2/5/12

http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14793

This will sell out fast this year.

I could get into this. Are y'all local up there?

I'm about 4 hours north. Cheep hotels all around. Some people camp at Dark Horse. Bring craft beer for George and root beer for Mike.

Sat, 01/28/2012 - 07:42
Face
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(Reply to #90)

asterisk wrote:
So this spring I want to get back into the mtb game. Considering a FS 29er with modest travel... is there a middle ground between XC and 'all-mountain'? Anything standout I should look at first? Most of my local trails are tame but if I didn't have to borrow a bike to hit up Black Rock occasionally that would be good too.

Kona satori.

I weigh 215 dry and have had no problems in the 2 months I've been riding it. Good for more XC rides but can still almost hang with the DH bros, but that's more a lack if skill than lack of bike.

Most mountain bikes that are not intended for XC racing can easily handle 200lbs so long as you don't ride like a moran.

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Sat, 01/28/2012 - 13:54
kevinwulf
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http://vimeo.com/35502958
New Chris Akrigg.
fuckin' tenderhole device I'm on not letting me copy the embed code

Sat, 01/28/2012 - 16:44
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #92)

kevinwulf wrote:

that's by far the best self-edited bike vid I've ever seen

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Sat, 01/28/2012 - 18:43
anomaly

His wreck some months back was fucking brutal. The sound when he hits the ground is awful.

Sat, 01/28/2012 - 19:11
akasnowmaaan
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1) That little move through the rocks at 3:07 is just beautiful.
2) I want a dog.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Sat, 01/28/2012 - 19:18
JUGE FREDD
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I mean that little powerslide at 3:30, the wheelie to fit the wide bars through the stone wall at 3:45, just awesome.

Even the little shit like the box-opening montage or the car-mounted cameras (sliding door!).

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Sat, 01/28/2012 - 23:15
Russell
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(Reply to #96)

akasnowmaaan wrote:
1) That little move through the rocks at 3:07 is just beautiful.
2) I want a dog.

dude you don't have a dog?
get a dog, man.

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Sun, 01/29/2012 - 00:12
motorbacon
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Very nice video. The part that made me cringe the most was actually when he was in the garage rehabbing and cringes doing the one leg squats. If you've ever had major leg/knee surgery, you know exactly what he's going through.

Sun, 01/29/2012 - 01:13
DDYTDY
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Full rigid 29er... so much fun today.

Sun, 01/29/2012 - 11:52
oogens
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dumb MTB Q: been borrowing a kona satori, works great on descents but haven't had much time with it on climbing (since i've only borrowed it so far during bro shuttling). also tried a hei hei, which was great but i'm still too shitty at bike handling to feel comfortable on it in rocky stuff.

have two opinions pushing me towards satori land, another two are saying that i should go with a giant reign 2, opinions for that being better suspension linkage for climbing, feeling that companies in general are more dialed on their 26" geometry, and it's cheaper.

i'm 5'8" and ~160lbs, not that this terribly matters. maybe i just need to find a giant to steal from someone for a try

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 02:15
timberland boots
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I've got the giant trance x which is more or less a downsized version of the reign. The suspension design is more or less flawless, doesn't brake jack and doesn't pedal bob ever, so it has that going for it. A lot of people still really like single pivot designs and it's renown for being lively and fun on descents. If it really came down to it, I prefer 26ers over 29ers and would get the reign if it were one of last years models with the standard taper steer tube. If it were one of the new bikes with giants even more proprietary ultra new taper headtube I'd sooner punch myself in the face than deal with that idiotic bullshit.

- Giant Trance x owner who can't upgrade his fork to 140mm unless he buys a Fox because no other manufacturer makes a tapered fork in 140. Thanks Giant, that extra stiffness is really helping me out....

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 12:28

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