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Old 04-03-2017, 08:17 PM   #8716
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Noice! I lived in NM for a while, miss riding out there.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:58 PM   #8717
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:11 PM   #8718
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So I have my first pro race Saturday, the Fontana round of the US Cup.

My goal is not to finish last. That's it.

And I got the cold yesterday. So here I am being as lazy as possible hoping to fully recover by tomorrow.
How did the race go btw?
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:19 PM   #8719
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Still a bit muddy here in San Mateo/Belmont. At least in places.
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:49 AM   #8720
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Still a bit muddy here in San Mateo/Belmont. At least in places.
I still love that Ritchey! I just built an Ascent Disc Breakaway. It rides super smooth.
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Old 04-18-2017, 02:24 PM   #8721
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Quick snap from my ride last night

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Old 04-20-2017, 05:23 PM   #8722
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:49 PM   #8723
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How did the race go btw?
Absolute shite. I got sick a few days before the race. I did everything I could do to try and recover, but it wasn't enough. I didn't even finish the first climb before blowing up (scheduled for 6 laps). I suffered through 3 laps before getting pulled off course.

The following weekend at Bonelli, a much bigger race, I felt better. But going up against World Cup riders is nuts! Scheduled for 7 laps, I got 3. Got beat by my friend, still haven't been able to beat him yet (soon).

My friends video of Bonelli (he does great coverage):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGTu9k2AI7Q

Mine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IXpjRYoTW0

Ben's video of Fontana (I'm in the blue/orange, pass him on the road climb):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbpGSlPKxeo
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Old 04-22-2017, 05:15 AM   #8724
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New bike day... 2017 Slash 9.8. I've been loving my 2017 Fuel EX, but have been wanting a bit more bike for some riding. I have only one short ride on it here in the midwest, so it's hard to say too much about it. So far I can say that it is obscenely stiff, which I'm pumped about. Kit wise it's great, although I swapped out the guides for Zees and the Bontrager post for a Transfer (both personal preference). My only gripe are the wheels, which are obscenely heavy (~2100g!). Some 1650g carbon wheels will go a long way to pepping up the ride. It pedals really well wide open, and firms up super nice when you flip the climb switch. The bike for sure encouraged me to just jump off everything possible. The real test will be when I get it back to AZ and can hit my home trails.

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Old 04-22-2017, 07:38 PM   #8726
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:26 PM   #8727
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The seating position looks really awkward though.
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The seating position looks really awkward though.
Yeah.... I had a bike like that - spent a lot of times learning how to jump over the handlebars when I was headed over with varying degrees of success lol
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Old 04-24-2017, 07:43 AM   #8729
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New bike day... 2017 Slash 9.8. I've been loving my 2017 Fuel EX, but have been wanting a bit more bike for some riding. I have only one short ride on it here in the midwest, so it's hard to say too much about it. So far I can say that it is obscenely stiff, which I'm pumped about. Kit wise it's great, although I swapped out the guides for Zees and the Bontrager post for a Transfer (both personal preference). My only gripe are the wheels, which are obscenely heavy (~2100g!). Some 1650g carbon wheels will go a long way to pepping up the ride. It pedals really well wide open, and firms up super nice when you flip the climb switch. The bike for sure encouraged me to just jump off everything possible. The real test will be when I get it back to AZ and can hit my home trails.

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Yay Bike ADD

I'm gonna slap another season on my Commencal, but I really see myself getting on some kinda yoked out trail 130mmish bike in the future. We got a nice hot day on Friday so I took it out and found some hero dirt, no scenic pics this time unfortunately.

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Old 04-24-2017, 08:16 AM   #8730
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The seating position looks really awkward though.
A lot of that is the angle. I also have pretty long legs, so need to run it high. Not a big deal with the dropper, but I have to make a point to keep weight on the nose of the saddle on techy climbs. Also, I've always had to run a lot of post and thus am used to the climbing position.

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Yay Bike ADD

I'm gonna slap another season on my Commencal, but I really see myself getting on some kinda yoked out trail 130mmish bike in the future. We got a nice hot day on Friday so I took it out and found some hero dirt, no scenic pics this time unfortunately.
Ha, a bit! I sold my Stashe, which was great, but not used much in Arizona. My Fuel will still be ridden 60-70% of the time, because as you said burly 130 bikes are awesome. But, this Slash will be a ton of fun when I have more rowdy days up on Lemmon. Unfortunately, it's currently in NC, but I'll be there a good bit over the next couple of months. Multiple Pisgah trips will be made!
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