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Jan. 2, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
Dirt not snow

Rode Hornby today and it was epic! No snow at all on the trails and fast frozen dirt. It may have the best trail conditions in the Province right now.

Apparently Hammerfest is good to go in the trees.

Duncan is rideable but Tzouhalem and Maple have snow up high. Prevost is a no go.

Hartland and Partridge Hills are in good shape as well but have snow up high as well.

Sept. 20, 2016, 11:41 p.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
Your choice wet cond/light* weight tyre...

The New Bontrager XR4 in 29x2.40" are solid tires at a great weight. Look at the SE4 for a more robust casing. Getting a lot of good feedback from these tires.

Aug. 17, 2016, 9 a.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
Mt Tzouhalem

Great new climbing trail on Tzouhalem called the Grand Traverse. For tight and tech you should do a full lap to the summit and ride rocky mountain ridge to boogeyman to danalyzer. Mad Dog and Double D are great but super blown and dusty this time of year. See: for details.

Nov. 30, 2015, 11:25 p.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011

My wife and I recently moved back to the south island from Vancouver and landed in the Cowichan Valley (Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, Cobble Hill, Chemainus, etc.)and we couldn't be happier. Found Victoria had changed since we'd been gone and found the valley far more affordable. The riding is amazing (Cobble Hill, Tzouhalem, Maple, Prevost, etc.) and it is only getting better. Can be in Vic in under an hour and Cumberland in two hours. Think of Duncan like Squamish 10-15 years ago. The potential is huge! We thought of Langford but it is getting crazy busy. Colwood crawl is as bad as getting on the Lionsgate.

Feb. 4, 2015, 11:39 p.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
Crankworx Enduro

I'm excited I managed to grab a spot. Been doing this race ever since it turned into and "enduro." I had the white blank screen at 9am on two computers but managed to get the link up before it sold out. I also had no idea the price had jumped that much as I was filling out the forms as fast as possible, pretty steep but its super cool to race at that level even in an amateur category.

I agree with kperras that we need another 4 Kings (4 Aces?). That race was one of the best events I've ever done.

Jan. 4, 2015, 11:51 p.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
Crankworx Enduro

This race was easily the burliest/toughest race race day I've had on a bike. I finished but barely. What I found so tough about this race was the non-stop technicality, I had the worst arm pump I've ever had and stopped a few times during the fourth stage as I could not hold on. Upper body work and little bike park laps would be highly recommended. I have raced and completed all the previous Crankworx enduros along with many SeaToSky, Oregon, 4kings, and Island cup enduros and this one was tougher than all of them by miles. I can't imagine 2015 being as tough but time will tell. Register and commit!

This video is shot on the trails used for the first and second stages this year to give you an idea:

June 18, 2014, 12:11 a.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
big dude Squamish bike?

Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL "BC Edition" in XXL

-Super slack headtube angle with ride9
-Burly wheels and build
-Absolute ripper up and down

Trek Remedy 29 in 23"

-Again super ripper and some great spec on the Remedy 9
-Carbon options soon

6'6" and 200lbs here. Currently riding the Rocky and love it. Trek Remedy will probably be the next bike (slightly larger seat tube). Having a bike that fits you properly will change the way you ride!

Dec. 3, 2013, 2:21 p.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
2014 BC Enduro Series

Time to start training:

March 4, 2013, 11:08 p.m.
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Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
FVMBA Trailblazer Race Series

I am surprised nothing has been posted about this yet:

4 race series:

-One XC

-Three Enduros!!

$30.00 to register for all four (plus FVMBA membership)

Registration is open NOW.

I did the FVMBA Spring Series last year and it was a blast, very well run events.

2013 is shaping up to be a great year of racing.

Feb. 6, 2013, 10:44 a.m.
Posts: 15
Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
when is the Sunshine Coaster for 2013?

Dates confirmed on the race website. XCM Saturday April 27th and the DH Sunday April 28th.

Stoked for The Works one bike challenge.

Feb. 6, 2013, 10:39 a.m.
Posts: 15
Joined: Sept. 22, 2011
Can a modern AM 29er replace an Enduro?

Great thread so far. As someone who's 6'6" and has put just under a year of riding and racing on a XXL 2012 Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 I can confidently say this bike is a dream for taller riders looking for a do everything all mountain/trail bike. Coming of an XL Trek Remedy 9 (a bike which I also loved) with 150mm travel and a 160mm 36 front fork, I finally made the switch after realizing I could have bike that actually fits me and could handle the more aggressive riding I enjoy (not to say that you have to be 66 to enjoy this bike). My stumpy is pretty much stock except with a fox 34 140mm fork, xtr trail pedals and wider handlebars and shorter stem. Set up tubeless it weighs in at just under 30lbs (my remedy was 32lbs) not bad in my opinion for such a large bike. The advantages I have found far outweigh the disadvantages, they include:

-Angle of attack while descending

One of the immediate things I noticed was when rolling into a steep technical section with the all too common 6-12 inch drop the front of the bike would not drop away from me as much as the 26er and would result in a lot more confidence and very few feelings of wanting to go over the bars. I have gone OTB on this bike maybe once. Whereas with my 26er remedy I would find the wheel would more commonly get stuck and need the 160mm of travel to get through these sections.


My climbing ability and more notably technical climbing has improved tenfold since buying this bike. I figure it is mainly due to a bike that actually fits me properly and the XC nature and geometry of the Stumpjumper platform. However, the confidence of the larger contact patch and rollover capabilities of the 29er wheels has had me cleaning climbs I was constantly walking on my 26er.

-Trail flow and Momentum

I am becoming tired less quickly on long rides and my riding friends have noted my improved speeds on our commonly ridden trails on the shore. This includes standard shore singletrack as well as the more machine built graded trails such as bobsled and
half nelson. The first time I dropped into half nelson I could feel the bike pick up momentum. I like to use the example of Lower Griffen on Fromme, where some sections of the trail I feel I am slightly slower than I was on 26ers but overall I feel significantly faster.


I was never the best cornering rider and it has taken some time getting used to laying the 29er over in corners like I did with my Remedy but am improving and have watched other riders slay trails with multiple tight corners on their 29er AM bikes. Wheel flex is also more noticeable on my 29er but not at all to the point I find some people have noticed in reviews.


I do love to jump (nothing insane) and I find my 29er to be more than capable. Although it is less flickable than my Remedy and I often find myself feeling more like I am along for the ride than able to whip the bike like I could with the Remedy. This has not stopped me from multiple days in the WBP and various other jump oriented trails. I find the Stumpy EVO to be very playful and have a blast on it for the vast majority of my rides.

I love this bike and find it to be one of the most versatile bikes I have ever owned. It has taken me all along the shore and sea to sky corridor, NIMBY50, NSMBA and FVMBA toonie races, Oregon Enduros, Crankworx Enduro, 4Kings, Moab, Fruita, Williams Lake, Island Cup Super Ds and SSC shuttle days and is still going strong. In my opinion you cant go wrong with this bike.

However, I am drooling over those SWORKS Enduro 29er spy shots.

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