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Nov. 17, 2015, 9:40 a.m.
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Ripcord versus Norco Fluid 4.3

The Fluid 4.3 is an awesome bike, one thing I found though is that the head angle is a little steep for the bike park (not bad, but not perfect). I found a used Fox Talas 34 (32 would have been better, but I had to go with what I could find) and had it lowered. Now in the short travel settings the geo is the same as the OEM form, but in the long travel setting he's got a comfortable DH-centric head angle. This change wasn't cheap (though not nearly as expensive as you might think) but it's had a surprisingly positive affect on his riding and the variety of trails that he can handle (and therefore a lowering of Dad's boredom doing the same trails again and again and again).

The Maxxis Snypers were much more competent that I expected, until it got really muddy. A little bit of mud wasn't too bad, but mucky trails in Squamish in the winter probably won't respond well to them. Consider some High Rollers (if you can find them) or source out some old stock 24" tires collecting dust from back in the day when we all had 24" rear wheels. The Fluid has a surprising amount of clearance so you're not too limited in width.

Nov. 17, 2015, 9:25 a.m.
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DHR RIP?

Poking around the interwebs looking for some Turner DHR information and it looks like Turner has ret-con'd it from existence.

I haven't heard back from Turner, so I was wondering if anyone knows if the venerable DHR is gone for good, or if this is just a blip and a new Carbon 650b DHR will appear soon?

It'd be sad to see one of the best downhill bikes of all time disappear from the landscape.

July 29, 2015, 10:11 p.m.
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Creekside opening next weekend

Look at the date of the article. Then add 1 day.

Quiet you!

July 29, 2015, 2:25 p.m.
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Creekside opening next weekend

I wonder how this will affect the nudist festival: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/nudist-festival-aims-to-expose-creekside/Content?oid=2643525

As for the EWS course, there's a lot of work going into that area of the mountain, pretty sure that much/most/all of it is related to getting the race course up to snuff. Definitely a good time to ride it before the hordes arrive.

July 29, 2015, 12:57 p.m.
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Creekside opening next weekend

Because people didn't believe me when I mentioned it a few months ago…..

http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/access-to-bike-park-from-creekside-beginning-aug-7/Content?oid=2666464

April 20, 2015, 6:54 p.m.
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Whistler Bike Park 2015

That is pretty cool now that it's starting to happen. Creekside should offer some new terrain and the opportunity to head down to a whole new Summer area. I'm at Alta Lake, so either way I'm a kilometer away from home. It would be cool to avoid the crowds at the village, especially on those really hot days.

Any references for this? Or is it just verbal for now?

No links to point to, but it does come to me from 3 completely different sources.

Totally take it with a grain of salt as plans can change and people can be wrong, but the last thing I heard through these sources was that the park was opening on the 2nd. We'll probably have to wait until after the Garbo Zone is open to know for sure.

April 20, 2015, 9:33 a.m.
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Whistler Bike Park 2015

Sounds like the plans to open Creekside are going ahead as well. Probably not the Gondola, but there will likely be trails open so you can finish your day at Dusty's (which will be open all summer).

June 10, 2014, 2:33 p.m.
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Banshee Spitfire question

Has anyone run the Spitfire with the 150mm x 12mm dropouts? How messed up was the chainline? I'll be running 1X9 probably.

I'm sure they're mostly available for the Rune, but I've got a DH wheelset that's lighter than most AM wheels and it would be nice to have one wheel/hub size for my DH and AM bikes (not to mention cheaper).

June 10, 2014, 2:07 p.m.
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Owner of Reckless Bikes just Shot

I've heard that the cop was hit in the chest, but is fine. That leads me to believe that she was wearing a vest. So does that count as another attempted murder?

June 10, 2014, 1:15 p.m.
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Owner of Reckless Bikes just Shot

Holy fucking shit. I used to live upstairs and that Starbucks was my morning stop (don't judge me).

Nov. 26, 2013, 5:23 p.m.
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RIP HNIC

Why would Rogers exercise more control than a government sponsored broadcaster?

What I don't understand is why CBC had the Canadian rights if they only ever broadcasted games on Saturdays and the playoffs? I don't think that HNIC will die, the NHL will do what they can to keep it around as it has WAY more reach than any Rogers owned broadcast could hope for, and that's good for the league (and Rogers indirectly).

Nov. 18, 2013, 9:27 a.m.
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STOKED! I just ordered a Spitfire. Not what you think.

What are the dimensions of your Spitty and Dom? I'll pass on your thoughts about the Dom to my friend.

The boards are VERY similar, even down to the point where the same comparable sizes between the two have almost identical volume. The major difference seems to be the tail shape and apparently the rails are a little modified. They both have huge volume for their length, something invaluable for larger guys looking to ride shorter boards.

I'd compare the two of them to a Remedy and Slash, or Rune and Spitfire. Same platform, very similar ride, but one's a little more appropriate for when shit gets a little more real.

I LOVE the Dominator and wouldn't have ordered the Spitfire if my wife hadn't fallen in love with the dom and claimed it as her own. I used the opportunity to jump on a Spitfire, who wouldn't?

Nov. 17, 2013, 11:48 a.m.
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STOKED! I just ordered a Spitfire. Not what you think.

Those Arbor boards look amazing. Now checking to see how wide they come, then on to see if I can find a bamboo DH Frame for the trifecta.

Nov. 16, 2013, 2:25 p.m.
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STOKED! I just ordered a Spitfire. Not what you think.

Nice looking board. My bud grabbed a Dominator last fall. I take it that is a wood laminate rather than a wooden board like a wefi or those Channel Islands colabos?

Personally, I'd go for a Hobie Spitfire;)

Yeah, it's kind of a hybrid laminate, not a wood core, but also not just a veneer that's only for looks.

I'm moving up from a Dominator myself (Rapidfire, with the bamboo topsheet). Awesome board, especially for mushier waves. The Spitfire is pretty much a performance Dominator as I found it a little lacking in speed and bottom turns were a little sluggish, which became a bit of a problem when waves got around chest to head high.

Also, damn that Hobie Spitfire looks cool.

Nov. 16, 2013, 12:22 p.m.
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STOKED! I just ordered a Spitfire. Not what you think.

Banshee might have a nice AM bike in their line, but Firewire's Spitfire is WAY better looking.

Not my board, but the same model and similar length.

I figure if I can't make a board look good IN the water, I should get one that also looks great on the beach :lol:

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