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  • in reply to: click in shoes #77591

    I had my big toe nail ripped completely off last season while riding DH. So i switched to riding my xc bike on flat pedals. As far as generally pedaling along, there wasn’t much of a difference. I tried a few different skate shoes that i already owned. They weren’t that great because they didn’t grip the pedals that well and they made my feet tired because of all of the flex in the sole. So i started pedaling with my 510 DH shoes. Those were much better. Your feet don’t get tired, and they don’t move anywhere with those shoes. They don’t move at all. The only disadvantage of riding flat pedals uphill is when you have to lunge up something and you’re in a techy section. You can’t pull the bike up and over anything. It’s damn near impossible because your feet will just come right off the pedals when you try to lunge especially if you’re in an area with a lot of rocks and roots.

    I actually like to ride downhill in SPD’s and on flats. I ride more aggressive lines when on flat pedals and i can turn a lot better because i can lean the bike more without popping out of the pedals. But when i ride SPD’s downhill, i’m a lot smoother. I can loft over rocks and roots and unweight the bike a lot easier because i’m attached to it.

    I prefer flats for DH, and spd’s for trail riding and xc. I used to ride DH with spd’s, but i don’t dare now. I take a lot more chances on the DH bike now than before and i need the security of knowing that i can put a foot down at high speed and put it right back on the pedal if i need to. It’s not that i couldn’t put a foot down while riding DH with SPD’s. It’s just really hard to get clipped back in while you’re cruising down a trail that’s rocky and rutted.

    in reply to: PICS of your DH specific rigs or just your DH MTB’s #76832

    Here’s a few action shots. Don’t have any pics of just the bike.




    in reply to: Giant vs. Felt which one? #77218

    Get the Giant. But get a Reign. 😉

    Just kidding. Sort of. I really like the Reigns. But that’s just me.

    in reply to: Santa Cruz Bullit or Specialized Demo7 one #76616

    There are a couple of guys out here that both have Bullits. They ride them on everything. They take them dirt jumping, they take them downhillin, and they ride them xc. They have them set up with a chain guide and only one ring up front. they’re really strong riders all around. After seeing their bikes, i wished i had the money for one.

    in reply to: Opinions please! Type of bike for road trip… #76206

    Make sure you get used to how that full suspension rebounds. it’s a little weird when you’ve only ridden a hardtail. Go take it off some curbs or a few stairs to see what it feels like so you can get used to absorbing a little bit of the rebound with your legs without getting bucked off the bike.

    in reply to: Mountain biking with your dog #75508
    "bikeservant" wrote

    I don’t ride with my dog but it is probably fun at times. If the dog takes off after an animal it turn into a problem.

    Yeah. Tell me about it. My dogs both happened to hear a skunk in the bushes above the trail on day last year. That sucked. They smelled so bad it almost made me throw up on the way home because they had to ride in my van. about 20 baths later each, and all kinds of home remedy fixes they finally didn’t stink as bad. It still lingered for a long time though.

    in reply to: Does anyone bring a weapon? #70224

    If i had to carry a weapon, it would be Chuck Norris because he IS the ultimate weapon……..

    But since he won’t fit, i’d probably carry some MACE. I don’t want anything getting close enough that i’d have to stab it. And i don’t really want to kill anything. Especially when i’m the one invading it’s private space.

    in reply to: What’s in your pack? #75395

    1. Multi tool.-You never know when you’ll need to do maintenance on your bike.
    2. Two tubes-Yep. Two. I’ve been unlucky enough to get two flats on my bike on one ride. I don’t do patch kits. It’s almost faster to just put in a new tube and it doesn’t cost much. Plus, i always run slime.
    3. Snacks-Could be granola bars, CLIF bars, or gummi cola. Anything is better than nothing.
    4. Pump-I carry a pump that works with both valves. Gotta have the pump if you gotta change a tube.
    5. Tire Levers-Can’t change a tube without them most of the time. I carry metal ones made by Park. they’re heavy, but i’ve broken too many plastic ones and cracked my knuckles too much.
    6. Water-Always fill my camelback. Never really know how much water i’m going to want on a ride.
    7. Cell phone-never know when you are going to break your bike or need someone to pick you up.
    8. wallet-sometimes you have to park in some sketchy places. I’d rather have my wallet on me if someone breaks in to my truck.
    9. Toilet paper-Never had to use it in 12 years of riding until i went to Moab this fall. Don’t ask.

    in reply to: help on making fast turns without loosing the front end. #75904

    Sounds like you are leaning back too far in the turns and probably coming close to locking your elbows. To turn fast, you need to be in an attack position with your elbow bent and outward, and your back less vertical. You have to put some weight on the front wheel in order to have traction. When you come up on the turn, slowly apply the brakes, lean in a little, lean the bike more than your body, keep your outside foot down, then come off the brakes as you hit the apex. You gotta be smooth. You almost want to lean the bike underneath you while you are standing above it.

    Check out http://www.leelikesbikes.com Go to the clinic section and you’ll see pictures of him turning correctly in a parking lot.

    in reply to: Mountain biking with your dog #75506

    I have two boxers. One of them is 9 now. He can’t go very far. Brings a tear to my eye when i think about how we used to average 10 to 12 mile rides. Now he’s lucky to do 5 all around.

    i have another boxer that is barely a year old. He’s a different story. I got him out a few times last year, but he still needs work. He goes crazy when he’s out. He just loves to run. It just takes time to get them used to following you and staying out of your way. If you bump them enough, they learn. But you do have to find trails that don’t have many people on them. Some riders get mad. Others understand because they’ve had their dogs with them on the trails before too. Most of the time they’re cool with it.

    I noticed that the more i got my dogs out running, the less they wanted to escape the house and wander around if they got loose. They also started to listen and obey more. I think it just helps curve that appetite of wanting to run and be free when they can go out a few times a week and run till they about die.

    in reply to: Landing straight drop off/table top on MTB #76525

    Try to find a place that has two stairs that you can drop off. Ride towards them with a little bit of speed. Right before you go off, drop your body lower and back a little behind the seat and push the bike forward a bit at the same time. You don’t actually pull up when you do drops. If you do, you run the risk of landing on the rear wheel first, then slamming the front wheel down after. That results in a ton of weight being transferred from back to front and can result in a theatric "over the bars" experience.

    aw. Not "north" enough for me. 😢

    in reply to: Ready to move to the next level #73533

    Holy cow, that was a ton of info. That’s awesome.

    If it were me, i’d be all over the Reign. But i ride uphill simply because i love to flow downhill. I’ll give up pedaling efficiency and lightweight bikes so i can rail turns, fly through rocks, and jump down the trails without worrying about my bike being able to handle it. I don’t like second guessing my equipment while i’m flying downhill.

    in reply to: Suspension upgrade #76760

    Make sure you find out how big of a fork your frame can handle.

    The changes in geometry could help a bit with downhillin. It’ll raise the front up a bit and bottom bracket. A higher bottom bracket means that you’ll clear rocks easier, but won’t turn as good. You can get used to that. You’ll just learn how to turn better instead of relying on the geometry of the bike to help you out.

    The fork will be weird at first on the uphills, but you can get used to that too. I have an XL GT IDRIVE 5.0 that has a marzocchi 66 fork on the front of it. It has about 7" of travel. It took a bit of getting used to climbing, but all you really have to do is lean in more towards the handlebars and use your legs and hips more instead of pulling on the handlebars. It’s not as hard as people say it will be. And as far as standing up and pedaling on a mountain bike in concerned…….i don’t think many people do it unless they are racing XC. Getting a fork with adjustable travel and lockouts will just end up costing a lot more money for something that you probably wouldn’t end up using enough to warrant the price difference. I’d just get the fork you want and get used to it. It’s not that hard to change body positioning while riding uphill.

    in reply to: What do you think about diamondbacks?????? #73999

    My boy is on the Response. Great bike for the price. I like Diamondbacks. I have a hardtail dirt jumper made by them. I’d really like to ride that bike they call "the Scapegoat".

    in reply to: Fellow MTBers lend me your suggestions #75915

    There’s a shop in Kaysville Utah that is blowing out there Kona’s and Ironhorse bikes from 2008 because they won’t be selling them next year. You might want to look them up. I think their website is http://www.bebikes.com

    Here is their phone number. 801-544-5300

    Might be worth a 2 hour drive for you. I know they are just trying to get rid of them. If you go look at them and decide that you want one, they will probably work with you if you tell them how far you drove. Talk to Micah, Casey, Brock, or Tyson. Those dudes all know their stuff and they’re super cool.

    I think you can find some of their bikes on http://www.ksl.com in the classifieds.

    in reply to: suspension.. How much is enough?? #75953

    If it were me, i’d get the Reign. But i don’t even know if they make those anymore. I think around 6" is perfect for a do it all bike. But that’s just me. I ride uphill so i can ride downhill. I’m a pretty aggressive rider. i ride a lot of downhill and have a nice downhill bike, so i’m probably a little more aggressive when going down hills.
    6" bikes are great. They usually have a lot better geometry for riding all together. If you’re mostly in to climbing, i don’t really know which bike would be better suited for you.

    in reply to: Yet another Suspension Question #76046

    [quote="cjm"]Unless your are pedaling a lot of smooth surfaces, lock outs are over-rated.

    I’m totally with you on this one. I think pro pedals are over rated and over hyped. Why buy a full suspension if you only want to use it part of the time? I often wonder why people with propedals don’t just learn how to pedal smoother or ride with a little more momentum.

    I have a coilover on my trail bike. the cheap FOX VAN R. Killer deal, killer performance, always predictable.

    in reply to: advice please #76290

    You might have a hard time talking a bike shop into letting you ride a bike on a trail before you actually buy it unless they have a demo bike.

    I had a Mongoose Teocali the year they came out. that bike was awesome. i’d still have one if it weren’t just a tad too small for me. Now i have a GT I drive 5 XL. They’re owned by the same company, but they both have great qualities.

    If it’s your first full suspension bike, i’d say that you should just do a little bit of research, check the bike fitment, then just get the one that you think looks the best or is the best deal. Being new to the sport can sometimes be a blessing. When you don’t know much about it, you can ignore all of the techy stuff that some people talk about. You won’t even notice hardly any of it when you ride unless you really think about it. When i ride, i just ride. I’m thinking about my legs hurting, my lungs hurting, or I’m thinking of that next big turn i’m going to rail. I don’t think about how good my bike pedals, or how well that pedaling platform performs, or the geometry of the bike. I just ride. All of that stuff can be tweaked a bit by your riding style. Don’t get caught up in they hype. Just make sure you don’t get something from a department store.

    in reply to: Opinions please! Type of bike for road trip… #76203

    Your bike would be fine for the slickrock trail. I’ve seen some 29ers on Porcupine rim before. They were hardtails. i wouldn’t want to punish myself like that. That trail is rough. I don’t care what anybody says. there are sections that you have to go through where there really isn’t a smooth line. Just smoother than the roughest. If you do Porky, rent a FS bike.

    The hardtail should be fine for the rest of your riding. I’ve ridden in Fruita before, and i remember it being relatively smooth.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you can’t ride Porky on a hardtail. It’ll just punish you. Your knees and ankles will be worked.

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