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Whistler on a sluggo?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by BR andon, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. BR andon

    BR andon Chimp

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    Im building up a burly HT, the soul cycle sluggo and my friends and i have a trip planned to whistler this summer. I was going to take my haro extreme but the frame broke and now i dont have to much money and i came across the sluggo cheap and the sluggo works really well for the type of riding i do in AZ. I am wondering if anyone has taken a HT to whistler? how was your experience? and do you have any trails you suggest thanks.

    I know whistler will be more fun on a fully suspension but i dont have the money to get one in time for the trip.
     

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  2. mandown

    mandown Poopdeck Repost

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    i've seen it done on hardtails. depends on how smooth you are and how heavy you are. one of my buds hit the clownshoes drop on a planet-x hardtail with a psylo. gutsy.
     
  3. ridiculous

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    If it means anything to you my buddy rode his imperial at Diablo. He managed to make it through the day with only a handful of falls. Its not whistler but Im sure It could be done, youre probably going to be toast at the end of the day.
     
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    I only fell once.
     
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    whistler has a dj park and pump track i THINK
     
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    Think of it as a learning experience.
     
  7. BR andon

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    Yea I figured its gonna be rough, i have been to bootleg twice on my friends HT and by the end of the day my lowerback was toast. Thanks for the quick replies ill get the sluggo built up and hopefully get use to it before we go so i can be semi smooth.
     
  8. Slugman

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    I've ridden my hardtail(s) at Diablo, Plattekill, Big Bear, Mammoth, Northstar, Downieville, Bootleg Canyon, etc...

    If you feel comfortablee on it you'll be fine. Granted I get worked harder than my freinds and definately do not go as fast - but I love it.

    I'm going to Whistler this summer and bringing my Sluggo as well. However I am brining my full squish... getting a bit old for HT all the time.
     
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    I rode Diablo and Snowshoe on an Imperial and it's doable, but you will be hurting at the end of the day.
     
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    you ride like old people screw - slow and awkward :busted:
     
  11. Slugman

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    And like those old people I'm just happy that I'm doing it!!!
     
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    I rode my Norco manik built up with a dual crown and Funn wheelset at whistler this past summer on every trail and drop that I rode my fully except the big ladder bridge drop that is connected to the teeter totter drop in the slopestyle area. Even the Clown shoes drop isnt that big of a deal, eight feet at most. The only thing was switching back and forth from a hardtail to a fully kept me on my toes.

    I think you will find you like it. Didnt slow me down that much.
     
  14. jodysbike

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    It is possible to ride any Easiest to Advanced trail on the mountain with a hard tail and some of the Expert double blacks.
    The only real big deal is that you could do 30 rounds down on a full squish for every five runs down on a hard tail. Your just going to be sore and beat to hell a lot quicker. But the hardtail may give you more satisfaction after you clear something hard without the safety and control factor 8" gives you. That's why I enjoyed my summer more on my Cowan FS than I did on the Dirt Bag the summer before.
     
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    If you have to make a choice between not going at all and going on a hardtail, the choice is clear: Go.

    You'll be fine on the flowy berm and jump trails, but you'll definitely take a beating on more natural-style DH trails. You'll also have a harder time surviving multiple days, but you can always take a break and hit the DJs or skate park.

    For a day or two a mid-travel bike seems best but since I tend to do like 9 days straight (and I am sort of old) I usually bring the full squish.