let me be clear, it requires much more adjusting every few rides to shift properly than any shimano I've had. Shimano is literally install, adjust, forget about it for months.
inconsistent shifting, much barrel adjusting, and it sticks out in the line of fire of rocks way more than shadow, yeah, ymmv indeed..... ;)
Finally! I can't wait to replace the chunky and overall 'meh' GX on my new bike with the XT 12 speed!
good article, AJ!
I have a pair of flow ex's on hope hubs that are well into 5 seasons of smashing, I'm not a heavy weight by any stretch, but they've seen plenty of hard riding and racing. the new EX3's are pretty much top of my next wheel list.
yeah, na....I'll just keep running DH casings and not dealing with all this extra complexity
my sarcasm probably didn't come through well...I love the steep gnar tech jank of Babylon, but most people should probably give it a miss because it's the real deal gnar and will hand most people their asses really quickly
overgrown, unmaintained, terrible, worst trail in whistler.......I hear dark crystal is pretty good though!
I'll try to answer a few of these things as I'm pretty qualified to answer it as I was the planning director for the past 3 years and involved in trails stuff well beyond that...
First, re. High Side/HiHi. As the builder/maintainer, I was asked and consented to EWS using it. That trail was in a WORCA enduro a couple weeks after it was completed, is regularly used in toonies (probably at least 6 this year), and was used in BCBR. It's probably one of the more heavily used trails in Cheakamus and for the record, was/is predominantly a bench cut, mineral trail that has never had much "loam" on it. It's the perfect trail for high use and events as it requires little to no maintenance at this point, a few hours in the fall once rain comes back generally primes it up fast. That being said, a couple sections are getting a bit worked and I have plans to upgrade them in the spring after the fuel thinning/management works are completed this winter.
Hind Sight was also something conceived by myself and Tim Haggerty and had financial and human resouce support from WORCA, BCBR, and WB. Hind Sight was low cost and is getting better and better with minimal maintenance season to season. Tim put in 5 hours of work on it this fall and imo is running better than ever.
These types of low elevation, high use trails, are exactly what events should be using, and the WORCA trails sub-committee has been working with Crankworx/WB to develop an events policy to clarify expectations and responsibilities to prevent ad hoc reactive decision making. Additionally we provided a list of trails to them we felt were most suitable for high impact events like the EWS that could have potential impacts easier mitigated. They chose this past year to focus on trails within the WB Controlled Rec Area and worked with the builders of those trails to coordinate pre/post maintenance. For the past few years pretty much every trail used has been vetted/approved through WORCA and/or the designated builders/maintainers. That isn't to say there haven't been a few misses or gaps, but we're actively working to address those issues and keep on working collaboratively with each other.
I think for an established trail destination like Whistler, big events like this are less important than in areas that are trying to develop tourism (many other EWS venues), but we still should accommodate them in some fashion. We're hoping the events policy will be applied across to other events too locally, we're seeing more and more desire for trail running events, so it's something we're trying to address now to ensure consistency in how all kinds of different trail using events are handled.
more reach?! lol...I remember demo'ing the honzo CR a couple years ago, and the medium at 450 and me being a 5'10" guy couldn't even get over the front end properly for prolonged steep climbs and the front end wandered around aimlessly constantly, and that was with the absolute shortest ranger stem possible....won't disagree re. HA though
I disagree re. MRT, it's totally different, but also a great ride.
Oakridge is mega rad, some decent camping and hot springs around too for people who don't mind roughing it a bit. So much just awesome benched speed and corners, we really enjoyed Hardesty too when we were there. Oakridge is the top of my must return to very soon list in Oregon
actually, many of us have ridden them and it really hasn't changed our opinion that they're a new user type that requires different management approaches, which for those in advocacy means even more work than we're already doing rep'ing our non-moto mtb clubs. They're suitable in certain places and certain trails, and not suitable in others. Here in Whistler we have a number of heavily used mixed use areas with already tenuous situations between mtb's and hikers, other non-moto user groups have already tried to tie non-moto mtbs to e-bikes in attempts to sway opinions in favour of further restrictions on ALL bikers. it is an issue whether the e proponents want to admit it or not.
why would anyone want to have to use tools to remove wheels? I'll keep using maxle or similar style, thanks.