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anomaly

Put the Titus up for sale in the classifieds, if anyone is interested LMK.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 22:34
Elderbear
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I'ma keep the squishy fork DQs coming: Kinda leaning away from RockShox now cos 'spensiver for decent damping, etc. X-Fusion Slide 29er is now on radar cos easily adjustable travel, metal innards, etc. Another suspension bro says good things about Manitou Tower 29. Any thoughts on that one?

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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:21
timberland boots
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Friend of mine has the tower pro, he really likes it and the damper is fairly sophisticated. X fusion looks great and I suggest checking out a marzocchi 44 micro ti as it's been getting great reviews, long service intervals, and having had a tiny bit of time on a similar fork it's definitely the business as far as small bump compliance and smoothness. No experience hucking it

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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 21:17
JonnieGonePlaid
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Rode up bear wallow, crossed to signal knob on white and rode down the treacherous Orange blaze Saturday at Elizabeth Furnace, Front Royal VA. It's roughly 2k climbing super rocky and jagged single track, get to the top and it's about 2 miles of more super rocky and jagged ridge riding. Coming down Orange from signal knob is the hardest thing I've ridden, period. Something more well suited for Danny MacAskill. 5-10mph rock biting loveliness for about the first 800 feet of descending. The rest is ~20mph super tight singletrack with rockgarden surprises, that if you don't slow down in time for, will send you OTB head first into boulders or off a 20-30 foot drop to your left onto more boulders. First 200 feet of descent I got the front wheel caught in between some boulders trying to get rad. Damn Bontrager rim bent out about 20 degrees rendering it ineffective for further use. Had to loosen all the spokes on the bent area (30% of wheel) and make smash on rock until straight again and re-tension. Wheel made it down the mountain but will not be taking me on any more adventures. Also destroyed a rear rotor on that descent. Orange blaze generally costs me ~100 bucks in broken parts and leaves some pretty gross scars on my chain stays. I'll miss this place.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 23:19
JonnieGonePlaid
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqiuqMn54XE

Poor edit a friend made of the Orange Blaze trail I speak of. Video starts on Bear Wallow, 2 minutes in begins Orange Blaze.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 23:25
jr
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HEY BUDDY WOULD YOU LIKE SOME TRAIL WITH YOUR ROCKS?

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:41
jamey
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That doesn't even look enjoyable. But that's just my opinion.

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:20
JonnieGonePlaid
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(Reply to #358)

jamey wrote:
That doesn't even look enjoyable. But that's just my opinion.

The first time I was taken there I got so angry that I was cursing at my buddy. After learning how to actually ride on that stuff it's become some of the most gratifying riding I've ever done. Just super challenging for folks who are bored with the typical MTB trail and looking for some sweet variables.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:42
timberland boots
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(Reply to #359)

jamey wrote:
That doesn't even look enjoyable. But that's just my opinion.

The parts where you could carry some speed looked fun, but I agree about crawling over basketball sized boulders not looking like my cup of tea.

Can see how you'd break derailleurs and bend dicks on that for sure

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:02
Russell
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damn that look like my jam if I had the right bike and the skills for it

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:45
Petr5
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(Reply to #361)

Russell wrote:
damn that look like my jam if I had the right bike and the skills for it

just... lol

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:51
Elderbear
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(Reply to #362)

JonnieGonePlaid wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqiuqMn54XE

Poor edit a friend made of the Orange Blaze trail I speak of. Video starts on Bear Wallow, 2 minutes in begins Orange Blaze.

Goddamn.. the angle of the camera in the "You Got Another Thing Comin'" section makes me wanna hurl.

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 12:06
JonnieGonePlaid
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(Reply to #363)

Elderbear wrote:
JonnieGonePlaid wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqiuqMn54XE

Poor edit a friend made of the Orange Blaze trail I speak of. Video starts on Bear Wallow, 2 minutes in begins Orange Blaze.

Goddamn.. the angle of the camera in the "You Got Another Thing Comin'" section makes me wanna hurl.

Agreed, it doesn't really do the trail justice either, just wanted to better define my remarks about how rocky it is.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 12:43
motorbacon
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Reminds me of the beloved Rocky Ridge nearby. The ascent is brutal. The descent, if you fall, will hurt you. No soft place to land and lots of sharp rocks to fall on.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 12:49
motorbacon
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From a local CAT1 SS race this weekend. Sprint at the finish, one dude intentionally shoves other dude into barriers. Doesn't get DQ'd but first place is given to guy that got knocked down.

Link to entire sequence. Start at pic 568
http://vorick6.smugmug.com/Sports/CCCX-XC-2012-2-March-10-2012/21879205_qbL6sC#!i=1745768709&k=XKP2b2c

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 13:06
JonnieGonePlaid
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(Reply to #366)

motorbacon wrote:
From a local CAT1 SS race this weekend. Sprint at the finish, one dude intentionally shoves other dude into barriers. Doesn't get DQ'd but first place is given to guy that got knocked down.

Link to entire sequence. Start at pic 568
http://vorick6.smugmug.com/Sports/CCCX-XC-2012-2-March-10-2012/21879205_qbL6sC#!i=1745768709&k=XKP2b2c

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA, MTB racing > Road Racing

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 13:14
timberland boots
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XC racing basically is road racing ATMO

And I don't mean that as a knock, I just see a lot more in common with xc racing and road racing than xc racing and any other discipline of mountain biking that more or less boils down to "I wonder if I can do x on my bike without falling down?"

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 13:38
motorbacon
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(Reply to #368)

Smitty wrote:
XC racing basically is road racing ATMO

And I don't mean that as a knock, I just see a lot more in common with xc racing and road racing than xc racing and any other discipline of mountain biking that more or less boils down to "I wonder if I can do x on my bike without falling down?"

The majority of xc guys I know that are cat1/2 are able to get the fastest times going UP and DOWN trails. Most are on carbon ht's and they destroyed times layed down by dh dudes on full squish bikes and when they are on full squish bikes, they crush dreams.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 13:56
anomaly

Aye, the fastest XC racers in Marin hold almost all the DH records as well. You can't do well here without the ability to bomb down hills like crazy.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 14:26
timberland boots
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I know road guys who ride mountain bikes better than me as well, that's not the point I was making. I'm saying the average UCI cross country race course is non technical enough that races are decided by fitness and decision making/tactics in the same way road races are as opposed to most people's trail riding experiences involving a lot of technical bike handling

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 14:31
motorbacon
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(Reply to #371)

Smitty wrote:
I know road guys who ride mountain bikes better than me as well, that's not the point I was making. I'm saying the average UCI cross country race course is non technical enough that races are decided by fitness and decision making/tactics in the same way road races are as opposed to most people's trail riding experiences involving a lot of technical bike handling

I agree, to a certain extent. For CCCX XC racing down here, none of the courses are too technical, but for a lot of the enduro events, there is a lot of techy stuff there.

Nate, did you try to sign up for the Demo Enduro?

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 15:10
DDYTDY
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(Reply to #372)

JonnieGonePlaid wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqiuqMn54XE

Poor edit a friend made of the Orange Blaze trail I speak of. Video starts on Bear Wallow, 2 minutes in begins Orange Blaze.

Meh,
looks like a typical trail in New England.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 16:18
DDYTDY
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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 16:19
timberland boots
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Holy crap.

Trail looks fun as hell though. Except for the getting crushed by a boulder part

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 16:23
motorbacon
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see. that looks fun. smooth rocks are nice. jagged rocks, not so much.

and yes. boulder crushing you. not fun.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 16:31
JonnieGonePlaid
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(Reply to #376)

motorbacon wrote:
see. that looks fun. smooth rocks are nice. jagged rocks, not so much.

and yes. boulder crushing you. not fun.

I like it all. I just get sick of the same trails over and over so I try and find new ones. Another thing that helps with that is switching the bike, 120mm FS 29er to rigid 29er makes every trail I know new again.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 16:52
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #377)

DDYTDY wrote:

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If I wanted to be crushed by big heavy uncontrollable objects I'd go ride a shitty road bike.

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 16:55
LurkeyLurkerson

I went for my first after work ride of the year today. The trails were good and the weather was amazing. It was 77 degrees today. It's never this warm in PA in march.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 20:24
jr
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Neat! Where is that is?

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 21:50
LurkeyLurkerson

Swatara state park in PA. It's about a 35 minute drive from Harrisburg. It's some of the only smooth, fast single track around. Most of the trails in central PA are super rocky and gnarly.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 22:23
liquify
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Whoa, I would like that. my IL ass is still shaky on said super rocky and gnarly central PA trails.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 23:51
Petr5
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This rock changes every winter and actually looks rideable this year. Still don't think I'll ever do it. Falling to the left would be horrible.

Ask this guy

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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 02:29
anomaly

Sold the Titus last night, I am now MTBless for the time being.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:35
CheshireCat
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borrow! ^_^ I wish i had another bike you could borrow. I'll ask my bud if he'll mail me my singlespeed

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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 22:57
Face
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(Reply to #385)

Mr. Bear wrote:
Sold the Titus last night, I am now MTBless for the time being.

SLR?

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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 23:45
anomaly
(Reply to #386)

Face wrote:
Mr. Bear wrote:
Sold the Titus last night, I am now MTBless for the time being.

SLR?

Kona, probably Satori, for the short term while Ripley/Tallboy LT/Yeti 95 get sorted.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:52
timberland boots
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Maybe look at the transition bandit 29er too, seems to be the business from a lot of the reviews I'm seeing

http://www.nsmb.com/4927-popping-my-big-wheel-cherry

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Thu, 03/15/2012 - 02:00
Face
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Satori is so rad, just get a dropper post and throw some tubeless valves and tape at it.

hei hei is also really rad and fast but the satori can go anywhere.

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Thu, 03/15/2012 - 02:01
JonnieGonePlaid
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(Reply to #389)

Smitty wrote:
Maybe look at the transition bandit 29er too, seems to be the business from a lot of the reviews I'm seeing

http://www.nsmb.com/4927-popping-my-big-wheel-cherry

agreed

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 09:26
anomaly
(Reply to #390)

Smitty wrote:
Maybe look at the transition bandit 29er too, seems to be the business from a lot of the reviews I'm seeing

http://www.nsmb.com/4927-popping-my-big-wheel-cherry

Super bro deal on Kona. Only industry deal on Transition...

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 16:28
curiousincident
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went for my first night ride last night at patapsco with richybobby, a few shop bros and a friend. it was the most fun i've had in a while, can't wait to do it again. definitely need to look for some of my own lights.

the shop got a 650b dragon in as a demo so we were passing that around, spent another good portion of the ride on a few years old 26" dragon and stole my buddy's dakar for a steep, rocky descent. it was incredibly fun. looking forward to riding the 650b some more, the white bros fork was pretty great and makes some really fun wooshy noises.

i'm not sure exactly how long we rode for, but i was seriously seriously wrecked by the end. lots of pedaling in the last few days and a very out of shape me = not so much gas in the tank. can't wait til i'm in better form and can ride on to my heart's content.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 11:42
bobbythehawk
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prolly that stash slowing you down - hella wind resistance

also - night riding is the shit. Had such a blast.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 13:22
curiousincident
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prolly urite but i need that extra padding in the event of crash. for to protect this pretty face, you see.

how much were those china lights you got/do you think you'll be able to ghetto mount to helmet?

kind of just thinking i'll get a minewt 300...

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 13:39
bobbythehawk
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they were like 50 bucks shipped or something.

as for mounts - anything is possible

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 13:54
oogens
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MTBDQ: as you spend more for shimano spds, are you getting more than weight savings? m520s good enough or am i shooting for XT for whatever reason?

also, anyone try the trail version? i've only played with the small xc flavor, I haven't noticed lack of support since my shoes don't flex that much...

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 14:01
yonderboy
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The M540 have an alloy locknut on the spindle, whereas the M520 has their standard plastic locknut. The guts are basically the same across all models.
The plastic tends to wear out after a while, causing the bearings to develop play. That may be an issue if you're a heavier rider.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 14:16
Face
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the only shimano pedals i have ever purchased or will buy are xtr. spend alot and buy them once. my 959's have lasted for what feels like forever. however, you really do get your moneys worth with xt.

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Sat, 03/17/2012 - 01:01
timberland boots
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Pretty rad update from Ultramontane. 2 videos and a shit ton of great photos

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Ultramontane-No-05-2012.html

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Sat, 03/17/2012 - 16:15
JUGE FREDD
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It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
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Sat, 03/17/2012 - 19:40
deadforkinglast
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Maybe the video isn't giving a good representation of the steepness of that trail, but it looks like a DH bike is gross overkill for that trail.

Looks fun, though.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 21:27

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