Friday, June 06, 2008

Dirty Dawg Mountain Bike Festival

Dirty Dawg
Mountain bike festival.



Wow, great course. A very very technical rock section in there. Take Gap rock sections and do it about 10x. Save some gas for that section as you'll need some power in the legs to push a decent size gear through. Spinning does not work in this kind of terrain. You need a large enough gear to be able to pop the front wheel up on demand.

I might ride it on Sat. May race may not. Last few days having problems breathing or something with the allergies or heat. Legs are ok though.

3 Comments:

At 6:29 AM, Blogger doubleB said...

Ash,
The Dirty Dawg is calling you. Come on out and play! Thanks for the compliments on the course man, we hope to see up here.
--dB

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger Jesse said...

Hi!
Thanks for the post. This goes back awhile, but does the suspension setup you recommended for the Azure two years ago still hold true? I just bought an 06' IH Azure Comp off of eBay and found your post about suspension setup. Is the info still accurate? Thanks

 
At 7:27 AM, Blogger ashwinearl said...

I'm not sure if you're referring to my general suspension setup guidelines, or specific setup for this particular course.

This weekend's course is pretty different than past courses. It has two single track sections that are pure technical rock gardens. Myself and a friend both determined independently that a tighter setup (less bounce, less divey, faster rebound) works better here. It's really easy for front and rear wheels to get sucked down into the crevaces and too much dive, and too slow a rebound throws off the timing needed to keep moving and maintain momentum.

A stiffer setup will be readily apparent in other parts of the course though, because there is a signficant amount of chatter. Small roots, small rocks, etc. The chatter definitely wears on you with a hardtail or a stiffer setup.

There is some smoother climbing sections where the stiffness might also be helpful, but there's also sections where a plusher/ efficient (=DW Link) would provide better traction.

 

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