the first step up on DM is the only one you need to really brake for,even then just hip it to the left more……. its not meant to ripped apart at mach schnell, its a jump trail
But then it becomes challenging/borderline dangerous to hit the second step down set-back. The second step-up also asks you to stay low or you end up pedaling at the next drop. Also, it's not really about going faster, not at all. Just not having to suck up so many of the jumps. It's pretty fun to not brake and just float a jump.
anyone know why the took that little step down out that was just before that first step up on DM? it seemed to work well and had nice flow it it…..
You said it Bryan, I don't think there's an answer though…
… couldn't make the step-up to the trail junction area today. Gotta find more speed from somewhere (or the mud needs to dry). I know as uncool as this sounds, but B-line is just butter smooth. If all you want to do is flow, flow, flow …
A big goal of the FT rebuild was to dump speed elsewhere than into a pile of braking bumps. The fact that you have to work a bit for the last step-up I think should be good, as you said the trail is still soft, and in the past it was possible to land well past halfway across the staging area. B-line will never be uncool. It might be the most awesome trail on the mountain. It can be so many things to so many people.
The kicker after that is fucking big. Maybe not crabapple big, but fucking big for this old man. I hope I'll be able to clear it this year, but if not, there's always next.
Glad you like FT, we're pretty pumped too! The new A-line jump is exactly 1 foot bigger than the previous biggest jump on A-line (seriously). For reference, the 3 big jumps on Crabapple are each over 10 feet bigger than the new A-line hit. If this helps your mind game, the new jump is also incredibly easy. It has such a long take off that no preloading or popping is required, just rail the corner above, maybe throw a fear pedal or two in, then just relax and ride off the take off. It's just a head game because it's 20 feet tall and takes up your entire field of view! ;)