Rode Pingu/Pangor. A little snow at the top of Pingu, but everything was rideable.
The 29ers are looking more and more appealing. The one thing I'm waiting for is a few more burly packages (like craw said). Bikes like the Transition Bandit 29. And speaking of Transition, I wish more companies would spec their bikes like Transition. Start with a high end fork and rear shock, then spec everything else to hit the price point.
Sounds like it's going to be an epic Fromme day. If I had to guess at an awesome route for Fromme I would go with Upper Oil, Executioner, BP to Boundary, back to the BP, up Mtn Hwy to 7th then back up to Ladies?
Dales was rad before, but it feels even better now. Props to the builders. I can't beleive how much got done in one day; amazing!
Good to see an explanation on the durometer of the new EXO 3C tires. I was wondering why my set felt so much harder than the DH version. I figured they just labelled the tire wrong. Now I know.
I've been running the EXO tires on my "AM" bike (Knolly Delirium T) for about 3 months now. I went from the DH version to the EXO tires and dropped 1.8 pounds off the bike. It made the bike way easier to pedal and it is much easier to convince myself to do multiple pedals laps now. The thing I like about the tires is that they feel similar to their bigger cousins on dirt and in mud. They have similar cornering characteristics to the DH tire, but I find they roll over a bit in really hard corners (as to be expected from a thinner sidewall). One other thing to note is they do not hook up nearly as well on cold wet roots and slick rocks as the full on DH tire(this might get better once things warm up).
One other thing to note; I'm running the tires tubeless (with no problems) so that might contribute to the thinner sidewall feel.
Overall, these have been great tires and I've still been able to tackle all the lines that I would normally do with the bigger tires. I'm not sure I would run them on my DH bike, as the bike is a lot faster and who doesn't like monster trucking through a rock garden!
Great review, Ed. I've been riding the same fork since August and it's been awesome. There are a couple things I've noticed about the fork. First, it's tough to get full travel out of the fork (I've had the same issue with other air 36's and Totems). I find I only get around 165-170 mm of travel regularly and I can only get full travel when I karate chop something big. Second, while the fork is stiff (and it's really stiff for a single crown), it's nothing like the 40. I think these are relatively minor issues and are common to all single crown and air forks. Would I buy one again? Damn right I would!! I think this fork makes for a great North Shore "XC" bike/freeride bike.
Cam, did you find that the jacket kept you too warm? I usually find that the rain jackets are perfect for keeping out the rain, but also keep me wet with sweat.
Where about's is the trail you rode? Fromme?
I think RockShox pissed off a lot of people with the poor performance of the first set of Totems. They would have to have fixed a lot of problems and made them a wicked fork to get people to buy them again. They are also going to need some good reviews from real people, not shop workers or pros.