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July 23, 2015, 4:43 p.m.
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Marzocchi to close for good??

Have you watched any DH World Cups lately?

That comment is a bit like, "Have you watched Formula 1 lately?" with regards to choosing my commuter car suspension. Just because it's potentially faster for Aaron Gwinn doesn't mean its better for me. World Cup DH bikes that are mega stiff may be effective on DH tracks for sub 3 minute runs, but far from fun, and I ride my bike to have fun …. and do long descents.

Further more, air springs may work fairly well for any given track, when freshly serviced, and setup appropriately. But even at it's best, air springs are sensitive to air temperature, lack small bump sensitivity of a coil, always have an initial preload, have funky spring curves and from what I've found near impossible to get right for a wide variety of trail types. Then add in increased service intervals etc and I declare coil springs FTW … even the Endurbros are figuring it out.

I am currently air spring free and couldn't be happier.

July 22, 2015, 5:05 p.m.
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Marzocchi to close for good??

So bummed to hear this, and certainly hope there is a buyer for the MTB business. I've yet to ride any forks that come close to either my 380 or 350. Both have fantastic dampers, are coil sprung, and long maintenance intervals. I'm tempted to buy a spare of each.

Side bar: If Marzocchi is truly gone, could someone please for the love of god make a half decent 160 mm travel fork with a coil spring? Air is for tires.

July 1, 2015, 10:45 p.m.
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2015 fivers

Agreed. I thoroughly enjoyed having some post race cold refreshments from the local refreshment store.

June 16, 2015, 10:58 a.m.
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2015 fivers

The big question is; what is Shirk scheming for this week? I too enjoyed last weeks course, a good mix of different trails. Weeee FUN! Keep up the good work Shirk.

April 26, 2015, 9:27 p.m.
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Ultimate bike for the Shore?

Range. I haven't ridden anything better on the Shore yet. So efficient on the way up, blazing fast and stable on the way down.

Aug. 1, 2014, 1:40 p.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

And a huge thanks from me as well to the well organized organizers, enthusiastic volunteers, and wonderful sponsors. Best entertainment in town for sure. I can't wait for next years series.

The course last night was super fun! Thanks to Steed for supplying post race eats and refreshments.

Cheers,
Tim

July 29, 2014, 4:27 p.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

Actually, one could take the glass is half full opinion, that a Wednesday ride will help open your legs up;)

Given awesteners times at the last Toonie I'd go with his advise. I was just trying to sound like Enduro bro by talking about tapering my training … I actually have no idea what that means other than I have an excuse to do nothing and drink beer.

July 29, 2014, 2:24 p.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

No ride for me tonight. Have a muscle in my neck / upper shoulder that is knotted up and need to get it taken care of tonight.

I'll be out marking the course Wednesday night. Aim to be climbing up from the Water Towers about 5:45 if anyone wants to join.

[HTML_REMOVED]enduro_nerd[HTML_REMOVED] Dudes you have to taper your training on Wednesdays so you have fresh legs for race day! [HTML_REMOVED]/enduro_nerd[HTML_REMOVED]

Actually I have a family dinner … sad … would have been awesome to meet up for a rip!

July 29, 2014, 1:33 p.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

It Kirkford, Bobsled and Natural high. Go Practice!! Chainless!! Yeeeooowwww!!!!

Are you guys down for a preride tonight?

July 25, 2014, 10:37 a.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

awesterner smoked all of last night. Nice work Steve, you must have been pinned out there!

Huge thanks to Shirk et al for a fantastically organized event as always. I loved the course and the community around these events.

It's been said already, but can't say enough about the support from Endless Biking this week. Awesome presence at the event (I couldn't stop laughing riding through the cheering section) and then a fantastic after party. Y'all rule at life.

July 23, 2014, 11:04 a.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

S#$t is getting serious… People are practicing the courses for these races?!

In my defense I rarely ride Fromme so I try get in a lap down the course before the Toonie so I know more or less where I'm going. Last night was my first time down in Lower Oilcan in years and had a blast!

July 22, 2014, 10:31 p.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

Yup, really good course. It'll be super fun to ride even if it's wet on Thursday.

I think I took the wrong exit on Lower Oil Can though. I wound up a couple minutes west of the exit of Grannies on the Baden Powell. The map you posted shows the exits really close together. Hopefully I won't miss the turn on Thursday!

July 22, 2014, 9:57 a.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

Ohhh a bit of rain on Wed / Thurs. Course is classic old school trails this week.

FYI - Endless Biking is the sponsor this week and they are planning the apres down at their headquarters. They've got lots of fun stuff planned.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1473741289534994/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Spill the course beans Captain Shirk! So stoked for this event! I'm assembling as much Mexican paraphernalia as possible.

July 22, 2014, 9:52 a.m.
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Wanted - Enduro World Series Whistler entry

I'm still looking for an entry as well. I hope I can find one, this sounds like rad times.

July 11, 2014, 9:50 a.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

fantastic event as always; a well oiled machine this series is. spot on organization, great trails, and burgers c/o the norco crew. good stuff everyone! probably would have rather ridden with a chain, but had fun nonetheless.

I couldn't have said it better myself. Yet another spot on event. Cheers to the sponsors, the organizers, the volunteers and Norco John Henry for tasty bacon burgers, bacon hot dogs and mid climb refreshments. It boggles my mind there aren't more people out at these things.

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