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Downhilling thread

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by smslavin, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Apr 17, 2019 at 9:17 PM
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    i know it’s only april and there’s still a ton of snow lying around but, is anyone ready to break out the big bikes? probably going to start making some runs up to valmont to shake out the cobwebs.

    my schedule is a little wonky so, like skiing, i’m usually riding solo. it’d be great to meet up with some colorado peeps for some days at winter park and keystone this summer. let’s make it happen.

    if anyone wants to meet at valmont, i’m up for that too.
     
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  2. Apr 17, 2019 at 9:20 PM
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    My boys are doing a trip this weekend in Kamloops. I’m renovating the house and thick in the middle of it:(
     
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  3. Apr 18, 2019 at 5:58 AM
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    sorry to hear that but... kamloops?!? :headbang:
     
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  4. Apr 18, 2019 at 6:46 AM
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    I miss the lift assisted downhill... Looking to leave FL soon though.
     
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  5. Apr 18, 2019 at 7:24 AM
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    I know I know. I want to go. Kamloops is one of my favourite places to ride. Especially in the spring before it’s dries out. Everything is perfect loam and no dust
     
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  6. Apr 18, 2019 at 7:42 AM
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    it's on my list. would love to get out to retallack too. oh, and revelstoke.
     
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  7. Apr 18, 2019 at 7:47 AM
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    When you said valemont were you saying the BC valemont?
     
  8. Apr 18, 2019 at 7:47 AM
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    Those are on my list also. I just bought my first dh rocket lst fall. So my list is long!!
     
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  9. Apr 18, 2019 at 7:54 AM
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    nah, valmont bike park in boulder. pump tracks, slalom course, slopestyle, jump lines. it's a pretty awesome spot and incredibly well maintained. i'm getting old for massive hucks but it keeps me comfortable in the air to deal with most of the drops and tabletops on the trails at keystone and winter park.

    what did you get?
     
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  10. Apr 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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    Sounds awesome. I’m getting old for Hucks too. Just getting into it. Grew up bmxing and need another reason to get outside and excited. I got a 2016 Norco Aurum carbon 7.1. 27.5 wheels and all the new tech. It feels like a rocket. Can’t believe how much of the a difference the geometry makes for going down a mountain.

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  11. Apr 18, 2019 at 8:05 AM
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  12. Apr 18, 2019 at 8:12 AM
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    rad. i've got a yeti 303rdh. fox 40 up front and a cane creek out back. it just soaks up everything. would love to upgrade to a new dh sled but it's hard to justify it. what i have does everything i need it to even if it is a tank.

    i didn't get to ride at all last summer due to my hand surgeries. kinda chomping at that bit to get back to it.
     
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  13. Apr 18, 2019 at 8:20 AM
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    Nice. That’s a while then. My thumb is partially why I’m not going this weekend. Had right thumb surgery in late December. Had to pin my thumb back into the socket and anchor my thumb tendons back to the bone with screws. It’s still very weak and sore. I can relate to the hand surgery blues unfortunately
     
  14. Apr 18, 2019 at 8:32 AM
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    yea, carpal tunnel and trigger finger relief. had one hand done then 5 or 6 weeks later, they did the other side. my hand strength is just now back to 100%. all i can offer is, be religious with whatever PT exercises you've been given. i've got a one of these in every color and they've been super helpful.

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  15. Apr 18, 2019 at 8:36 AM
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    Ouch that must have been a though year. Cool I’ll look into that thanks.
     
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    I'm not too old for hucks, but I'm too beat up for it. I have nothing in between my shoulder ball and shoulder socket. A good hit there and it's shoulder replacement time for me. Rather not do that. It was a "I'll deal with it later" mentality that got me to this point of a messed up knee, messed up shoulder and messed up lower back. I guess it's "later" and I'm dealing with it now. I'll still rock black diamonds on a snowboard, but I'm stuck on blues and bypassing huge things on blacks on a MTB.
     
  17. Apr 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM
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    This is exactly my deal too.
     
  18. Apr 18, 2019 at 9:52 AM
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    Dang... Reading this thread, I REALLY need to get back on the DH bike. I think it's been almost 2 years now since it started collecting dust! Used to me my main ride!!!

    I have an '08 Intense M6 that I re-badged with Banshee stickers (just to make people go :gossip::confused:)
    Up front I'm rocking an '03 888, but I had it gutted and upgraded with Avalanche internals with a CCDB out back. Surely does NOT have modern geometry (66 degree HT), but it gets me around. I'm not a jumper or hucker, but I can get down just about any track with it. Probably bc I've been downhilling since 1999!!

    Here's a DH Bike blast from the past list:
    -1st DH bike was a 1999 Ellsworth Dare - Snapped that frame within about 2 years (of course)
    -Then moved to a Schwinn Straight-8 with the PULL shock. It was an awesome bike (progressive linkage and floating rear brake), but the pull shock kinda limited upgrades so I eventually sold it. My buddy was rocking the Yeti Straight-8 at the time. Same bike but w/ regular shock...
    -From there I moved to a SantaCruz V-10 that I rode the snot out of for about 8 years. Again, proprietary rear axle (18mm? 20 mm?) led to its demise.
    -In 2013 I bought the used Intense M6 (2008). This one has seen limited action though, as I started having kids (3 now) and my guys -DH trips went by the way-side.

    I've ridden all over North America though!!
    Northstar (my old stomping ground when I lived in the bay area)
    Bass Lake
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    Bootleg Canyon (NV)
    Whistler
    SnowShoe WV
    Banff Canada
    Urban DH in Mexico
     
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  19. Apr 18, 2019 at 9:59 AM
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    Wow nice track record!
     
  20. May 3, 2019 at 8:09 AM
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    Used to downhill regularly on some epic pirate trails some friends and I built. My bike collected dust for years and I sold it (specialized big hit) Still ride a lot but more xc/enduro. All the good pirate trails are shut down now a days due to being timbered. Photo is from awhile back at the starting point of pirate trail (Kasheeba) in sw PA. Last time riding came across the landowner who was blocking it off and putting gates up, he wasn't too stoked to see us..
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    I used to ride a 2005 Norco Rampage. More of a freeride bike but I'd bomb downhill on it all the time. I recently found a box with some of my old armor and full face helmet. Kinda makes me want to check out the local hill but my current Rockhopper isnt well suited to that riding. :(
     
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    I used to have an Evil Imperial. The most useless thing on earth. Marzocchi 888 on a hardtail.

    This has Super Monsters on it, but you get the idea. (not mine)

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    Haha wow that is a confusing bike. Looks rad though!
     
  24. Oct 25, 2019 at 8:34 PM
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    Canada cleaned house at Rampage wooo:canada:

    Whistler first place
    Silverstar second place
    Big White third place

    :yes::boink::bowdown::canada:
     
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    To help with the winter blues and continue my progress, I build a manual balance stand for me and a couple my riding buds. Let me tell you (from a newbs point of view) this is hard af! Obviously I need the balance practice! This bike is miles longer and bigger than my old bmx haha. Cheers!

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    Upgraded my rear spring to a Kronos titanium :) I needed to drop a spring rate for proper sag so started looking. I saw this near mint, used one on Pinkbike for a killer deal and made it happen. I’m getting plugs installed on my forks as well during the winter service. Pretty excited to give it all a try next season. I’m assuming it’s going to be a completely different ride with proper sag. :headbang:

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    Right!
     
  29. Dec 3, 2019 at 7:10 PM
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    I didn’t get to ride the big bike at all this past summer. Super bummed. Hope next summer will be better.
     
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    Ah well it’s easy to top that one next year then isn’t it? I loved my first dh season. I’m seriously addicted. Hence, the manual balance stand you can see I built. So stoked for 2020!
     

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