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05-14-2013 10:28 PM
Argo Looks like a ripper on the skis.
05-14-2013 09:37 PM
wrathfuldeity
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Past Sat. did my first ever dh on barrowed Cove shocker with dual crown and protective eq....gnarls fun. Kids said they took me on fairly difficult intermediate trails, since I had never done it...I would not know any better and just have to go for it or puss out (they were hoping I'd die and they get some insurance $). Well shit my pantz...steeper than any stairs I've walked down, with just inches to clear the bars, rock ruts, trees and a few little jumps...a couple places there was no trail and the trails were half as wide as in Argo's clip. Apparently I killed it; only went over the handle bars once and hugged a tree mid-air while the bike kept going. Wish I'd done a gopro of it. Damm kids talked me in to trying more shit.

As Agro notes...its a total commitment thing...just drop and go...and don't lock up the wheels. My shoulders, forearms and hands are feeling it...and was surprised how out of breath I was for rolling down hill. The cross country stuff looks like a piece of cake compared to the dh stuff.

Daughter just put up some footy of this trail...its not me of course but my first evar dh trail.
04-29-2013 09:24 PM
tanscrazydaisy
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Originally Posted by BigmountainVMD View Post
My one bit of advice from someone who is new to the mountain biking scene... If you know you want to do some legit trail riding w/ rocks, branches, etc., definitely just save up for a good full suspension.

I saved up some cash and dropped it on a Trek Cobia 29er hardtail, and while the bike rode great, as soon as I started getting in to some legit trails I was wishing for some forgiveness in the back end.

Ever since it was stolen I've had my eye on a Trek Rumblefish... I just can't find a gently used one near me!
As much as I would love to drop $$$ on a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR.... you can easily do "legit" trail riding with rock gardens, logs, etc with a hardtail.

you don't need a Full Suspension for getting over branches.

A full suspension won't be you up as much as a hard tail.
04-29-2013 05:24 PM
wrathfuldeity idk but my first mtn bike ride was a full suspension, that just ate up terrain and I don't think a hardtail, x-country or single crown would have done very well...had a lot of confidence on that thing. Daughter found her used specialized demo 7 on pinkbike....got it for a steal in that seller had become preggers just after doing a bunch of upgrades and they just wanted out to make some room.
04-29-2013 05:15 PM
BigmountainVMD My one bit of advice from someone who is new to the mountain biking scene... If you know you want to do some legit trail riding w/ rocks, branches, etc., definitely just save up for a good full suspension.

I saved up some cash and dropped it on a Trek Cobia 29er hardtail, and while the bike rode great, as soon as I started getting in to some legit trails I was wishing for some forgiveness in the back end.

Ever since it was stolen I've had my eye on a Trek Rumblefish... I just can't find a gently used one near me!
04-29-2013 04:08 PM
EatRideSleep
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
Past Sat. did my first ever dh on barrowed Cove shocker with dual crown and protective eq....gnarls fun. Kids said they took me on fairly difficult intermediate trails, since I had never done it...I would not know any better and just have to go for it or puss out (they were hoping I'd die and they get some insurance $). Well shit my pantz...steeper than any stairs I've walked down, with just inches to clear the bars, rock ruts, trees and a few little jumps...a couple places there was no trail and the trails were half as wide as in Argo's clip. Apparently I killed it; only went over the handle bars once and hugged a tree mid-air while the bike kept going. Wish I'd done a gopro of it. Damm kids talked me in to trying more shit.

As Agro notes...its a total commitment thing...just drop and go...and don't lock up the wheels. My shoulders, forearms and hands are feeling it...and was surprised how out of breath I was for rolling down hill. The cross country stuff looks like a piece of cake compared to the dh stuff.
wrath, you are so boss
04-29-2013 02:12 PM
wrathfuldeity Past Sat. did my first ever dh on barrowed Cove shocker with dual crown and protective eq....gnarls fun. Kids said they took me on fairly difficult intermediate trails, since I had never done it...I would not know any better and just have to go for it or puss out (they were hoping I'd die and they get some insurance $). Well shit my pantz...steeper than any stairs I've walked down, with just inches to clear the bars, rock ruts, trees and a few little jumps...a couple places there was no trail and the trails were half as wide as in Argo's clip. Apparently I killed it; only went over the handle bars once and hugged a tree mid-air while the bike kept going. Wish I'd done a gopro of it. Damm kids talked me in to trying more shit.

As Agro notes...its a total commitment thing...just drop and go...and don't lock up the wheels. My shoulders, forearms and hands are feeling it...and was surprised how out of breath I was for rolling down hill. The cross country stuff looks like a piece of cake compared to the dh stuff.

04-28-2013 08:21 PM
tanscrazydaisy
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Here is one of our xc trails. We shot this video early last summer. We use lift service. Do a 15 mile loop and then come down the front side. Very doable on a hard tail but I prefer a full suspension with lock outs on the shocks.
which Silversun Pickups song is that?

Some of the trails I ride:
6 Mile Run is great for easier riding, though Hurricane Sandy added new features to get over.
http://youtu.be/9lFv6lGtzIU

LewMo
http://youtu.be/G2ElPvHmFMU

Jungle kicks my butt every time
http://youtu.be/vgL9_LTijrk

I always get lost riding Mahlon
http://youtu.be/mZ5l5xIc_GQ

Deer Park... broke a Rear Derailleur...and had my first taste of emergency single speed.
http://youtu.be/exqpb1R9TPw
04-28-2013 08:11 PM
Argo

Here is one of our xc trails. We shot this video early last summer. We use lift service. Do a 15 mile loop and then come down the front side. Very doable on a hard tail but I prefer a full suspension with lock outs on the shocks.
04-28-2013 07:35 PM
tanscrazydaisy
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Originally Posted by tj_ras View Post
Looking to get something entry level that i can progress on and use for a long time.

Shopping around the diamondback recoil 29'er has my attention.

Help me out?
At one time Diamondback was a great brand. Then they went wal-mart....building their bikes to a small pricepoint, which compromises engineering (since a full suspension caught your eye), and consequently their reputation.

At that pricepoint, I would look at something like a Trek Marlin, which is a decent entry 29er hardtail. A Specialized Hardrock Sport 29er is also around that pricepoint.

This is for more cross country riding.

If you're looking at Downhill (sort of the mountain biking equivalent of a terrain park)... well that's going to require a beefier bike... you'll probably gonna destroy a cross country bike.

Moon Lake Park is sort of in the Wilkes-Barre vicinity
Moon Lake Park Pennsylvania Mountain Biking - YouTube

This is the type of riding I do, over in NJ... with my Specialized Rockhopper 29er (that I got back in 2009)
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