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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by bizutch, Jul 17, 2012.
I'm pumped. Are you? If not, you're just a stuck up fuddy duddy.
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Knob slicing time
Timing of practice runs and races suck. Looks like the best chance to get practice rides in is on Thursday. Then maybe 1 run a day after that. I'll either pass completely or race it without ever ridden the track once. I'll probably head up there for the other race weekends which work better with my work schedule and can get more riding in.
Have fun everyone!
Do you stop during that one run and have Tantric sex with Sting?
Because that is the only way you are only getting in one run.
Its a 2 1/2 minute course and a 5 minute lift ride. You can get in plenty of practice.
Even if you are lazy about it, it's extremely easy to get in 3 runs/hour.
I'm pretty pumped. Heading out of town tomorrow morning...got a new set of spikes (JIC) and feel like I got the bike pretty dialed. If I don't do well this week only my skills will be to blame.
I offer my services freely. Warmest regards...
I'm really excited to get back to Beech. That course was a lot of fun last year. I know quite a few people from the PNW are flying out too!
I REALLY wanted to go. Planned all winter/spring for it; but between airfare from WA, car rental and lodging, I just couldn't swing it .
Looking forward to it going to Angel Fire next year. That I can drive to and AF's been on my bucket list anyway.
Planned to go but i'm out injured.
From what I am hearing I should deffinatly find spikes ASAP! My Shredded DHF may not work. But we will see!
work schedule didn't work out for me, especially with Cat2s racing on a friday...WTF?
i guess that's additional motivation for me to push and progress to Cat1 in an year or two.
If anyone wants to get in a titanic load of riding and shuttling while you're in town, you have no idea how close all the other stuff is. Sugar Mtn is 10 minutes down the hill and that trail is great. Lots of shuttling in the forest down the rode. Big swimming holes all over, Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mtn.
It's a ridiculous place to have tons of fun.
I think I can wedge a DH bike into the car for some shuttles on Monday.
Would there be any interest in 2.2" Super Tacky Wetscreams?
One of my favorite local shops has a bunch and I'd love to help them out.
Sell them on consignment. Hipster DHers love consignment sales.
Don't the 2.2's measure out close to 1.75?
I put a pair on once for a snow race and they looked ridiculously small!
It's more the knob size of the 2.2's that's the problem. They fold really easily.
I know...had 2 knobs rip off, at a snow race no less.
Ever frozen a rubber band and then tried to stretch it?
Anyway, 2.2 Wetscreams at Beech would be perfect. There aren't monster 1/8 mile long boulder fields like at Platty to need the extra volume.
Not that it matters much coming from someone as slow as me, but I ran the 2.2 Screams last year at Nats and they were fine. I didn't detect any noticeable knob squirming (<-- awesome wording) and some claim the smaller width variety cut through hub deep mud better, but who knows. I did recently cut down the center knobs on my rear one in an alcohol fueled attempt to create a Hill Billy without actually paying for one, so we'll see how that works out
Sorry for the never raced DH in the mud and only third DH race ever this weekend at Nats, but when is it appropriate to cut down spikes? I have a new set of Storms......
If you get a lot of squirm, then cut them down. Best all-around option for any spike is a cut down one. Probably more uses than a full version.
As someone who sucks at mud racing, take this with a grain a bath salt, but my feeling is your really don't need super tall center knobs unless you're spending a lot of time in sloppy grassy areas. To me, the main benefit of mud spikes is cornering, and a lot of people claim tall center knobs are to squirmy on big rock sections. Thats why I think the Spesh Hill Billy is the way the forward.
Yes, I realize I just got sniped by Profro, but I want to feel like I've added something to the conversation.
However I will say this... Back when Specialized was developing the Storm we took some early protos out to Windrock in the rain and did back to back comparisons with the Wetscream down the Windill trail I was super impressed with the Specialized Storm in the rocks.
For example back when Snowshoe's trails were newer a full spike was awesome. However as the trails got more and more hard packed over the years a full spike was just too squirm on hard packed dirt. So I stopped running full length spikes and started to run cut down versions.
Again, a cut down is almost a can't miss whereas a full spike could be.
Continental Mud Kings are the Sh!t!! I have been running them the past 2 race seasons in the South East and feel they Top the Old Michelin DH Mud 3. Good luck to all this weekend and wish I was healed up to race. Sucks I will miss the last National in the south East for a long time.
Both courses are awesome! I am on the AM course and love it! So much fun!
These photos just made me cry like the baby above. Stupid ass hand.
Nationals are two hours from my house, and my hand which has been healed for a couple of months is still too weak to race.
Good luck to everyone there. The track looks prime.
One Ghost team rider Nick flipped the hip on the big bike.
Hahaha that's awesome. Cool that Ian Hylands is here too.
Nik Duke is a friend of mine. At whiteface we saw him backflip my TOP dirtjump bike. He said he could flip a DH rig. But I doubted it. Until yesterday he flipped his ghost, got full rotation, with leatt, clipped in, on a hip, at nationals. He is sick
I told him how good it was to meet him and that he was the most famous person there. He said Gwin was.
So Gwin and Harmony qualied fastest yesterday, any news from the hill today?
congrats to Neko for winning the DS yesterday! nice redemption from last year
Gwin won ! No suprise there, at his Winning pace hopefully he carries this over to Worlds too!
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Strobel crash or something? Too bad.