Thursday, July 31, 2008
Allison Dunlap (hence the AD) helped develop these tires for use in her conditions. AD is a Colorado Spring dweller. Her terrain mostly decomposing granite and hardpack. With that background, and since this is one of our drier summers on record, I thought the Advantage would be a good tread for our gravel over hardpack and our crumbling conditions in steep terrain. I didn't know if the 2.1s were going to be enough but, hey - I already had 'em, so I mounted them up.
My first several rides were around Peaceful Valley and Camp Dick. Lots of embeded rocks and the trail conditions were still relatively moist. The 2.1s were good, but I couldn't help but think that they could be better. With that thought, I grabbed a 2.25 off the wall and mounted it in the front, leaving the 2.1 in the rear. Results were definitely improved - better front braking and cornering traction. Conditions were drying out still, though, so I thought I'd bump up a size again all the way around.
2.25 in the rear
2.4 in the front
On to my current setup and probably my favorite all conditions/all mountain (god I hate saying that) combo that I've tried to date. Maxxis Advantage 2.4 front, 2.25 rear. This combo hooks up everywhere and still rolls relatively efficiently. The front tire has been great so far for everything that I've encountered - sand, deep dust, crumbly rocks, roots, and baby heads. The 2.25 in the rear hooks up better and slides more controllably than it's 2.1 little brother but doesn't weigh that much more. As a Hall Ranch tire, it excels. To be effective at Hall, a tire must roll fast, grip on rocks, and not slide in the pea gravel covered hardpack. The 2.4 has given me confidence to rip corners at Hall faster than I have on a 26" bike in a long time.
These Maxxis Advantages have been a confidence boost all the way around. It's good to be back on 26" and I'm glad I have these tires for that.
Here's the stats:
Maxxis Advantage 2.1 kevlar, 70a durometer - 640g
Maxxis Advantage 2.25 kevlar MP60 durometer- 660g
Maxxis Advantage 2.4 kevlar MP60 durometer - 860g
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Beauty all those frames lined up.
They will come with cable routing for remote seatposts as well.
Can't wait to get 'em in. The first batch is almost sold out. Call or email to get on the list!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
more beautiful welds
Not to mention the perfectly machined rear dropouts.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
And a not so usual shot of Longs Peak.
The Flux in full dress.
Lots of Xs in this pic
more Xs. Carbon, too. mmmmmm.
XTR brakes front and rear. Tell me those XTR rotors aren't beautiful, too.
DT 240 centerlock discs that we laced up to DT 4.2d rims. Very nice
Beautiful machine work and welding.
More machinework. Functional and weight saving, but this baby is still very laterally stiff in the rear.
Another example of Turner's ample mud clearance. Those are 2.35 Nevegals on there, too.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Here is to a quick recovery Erik and we are thinkin about ya.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Actually, not a car but my backyard. I had to get into the garage the other day to gather up a few things for a bike ride. I saw a somewhat large black mass move quickly from the side of the garage as I walked out of the house. I was curious so I walked around the garage to check it out. I was a bit surprised to see a bear crawling up to the top of my garage and into the tree next to it. I've been here 8 or so years now and have yet to see bear in the yard.
Pretty cool. I went inside to grab my camera, hoping it would still be in the tree. It was.
Shortly after I took the pic, he started snarling and growling at me so I thought it best to pursue another strategy. I went back inside and figured he'd take off.
Well, he didn't. He came back to root around our trash storage (looks like I need to bearproof the trash now). The trash can is just outside of the window of the garage. I went back out to work on bikes and take a few more pics. He was just outside of the garage window so I got to watch it close up. Pretty sweet.
Now, my youngest daugher is having trouble sleeping because some random creature is ouside up on the mountain and is screeching loud enough to keep the neighborhood awake. Don't you just love Colorado? I do :)
Monday, July 21, 2008
If you like steep and technical riding, this is your ride. If you do not like rides that are steep, loose, and/or technical, this probably isn't the ride. This is probably the toughest Tuesday nighter that we'll do all year.
We're going to have fun! :)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
7/15 - Jamestown. Meet at the post office at 6pm. We'll come up with something creative up there that we haven't done yet this year.
7/22 - Lion Gulch. The mother of all front range gulch trails. Hard up and hard down, this is one of the toughest rides we ever do. This will be an experts only ride. Not experts as in "I race expert and can climb with anyone," rather, expert bike handling skills because there are rocks and steeps there that are out to get you. Expect carnage, this one will be fun.
7/29 - one more time up at Peaceful Valley. This could become a lights mandatory ride because the days are getting shorter. Stay tuned!
A few switchbacks up the road in Hermit Park, I turned around to see the storage building off the highway with RMNP and Estes Park beyond.
It's a few miles of dirt road with beautiful views before you reach the trail that gets you into Homestead Meadows. I talked to the ranger about it, too. It's the only trail open right now (cause 99% of it was already there) and it's all good for bikes. Just gotta pay your $6 Larimer County day fee...
I think that it's important to note that if the above picture was a trail in Boulder County, the trail would have to be perfectly manicured to be open yet. If it was Jefferson County, you'd already see 3 wooden waterbars with rubber mud flaps on them. Good thing Larimer County is realistic and down to earth enough to realize that trail thru the grass is exactly that...
There's still a few relatively hidden gems in the meadows area, too.
I checked out a not oft checked out spur. It dead ended after going the the hardest hit area of the Big Elk Fire. I found these and my head started playing tricks on me. A group of antlers like this was more than likely collected by people at some time or another. Either that or a monster cat that specialized in taking down big game bucks and racking up the kill with a bonepile. This is also where I turned around because the trail had petered out by this time and I was kind of bushwhacking.
The return trip down Lion Gulch was as sweet as ever. I only encountered 2 other hikers, which was rare for a Sunday. I guess Sunday eve at 8pm is a good time to descend LG.
I rode the roadie up to Jimtown today and on the way back I took a shot of the area where we top out and start descending. Its such an amazing view.
Don't we start descending near the saddle on the top right of the photo?
Friday, July 11, 2008
Now I just need Dave to build up a "Cooter" bike (because he is the local mechanic). And then find someone in law enforcement who has a Basset Hound and build up a Roscoe or Enos bike. The only thing that remains is the dixie horn and maybe a CB. "Lost sheep to Bo Peep".
Here are some photos:
Get 'em while they're hot. Turner is placing all frames on sale thru Aug 31. Valid on in stock frames (no custom geometry or paint) while supplies last.
email or call if you're interested. They will go pretty fast.
303.823.5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org