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Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/30/2015 10:11 PM

Dave Camp blew by me like I was standing still today. Get some, buddy! Agreed that Day 2 (Stages 3/4) will crush some riders. BIG, steep climbs. Plus long, physical race runs. Ouch. All the hike-a-bike sections are what did me in during practice. Pretty ... more »

Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/29/2015 11:52 PM

Today's "unofficial" practice was indeed a free for all. Some riders/teams went so far as to find creative back 4x4 roads to get them nearer to the tops of trails, and others crossed streams in their vehicles and motored up what will be pedal powered ... more »

Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/29/2015 7:41 AM

More detail about those stages and the practice schedule has just been released: "Big Mountain Enduro with the support of the Enduro World Series welcomes you to the 5th stop of the most important enduro series on earth. Six backcountry and two bike ... more »

Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/29/2015 7:05 AM

The Crested Butte EWS stages have been released (mostly). They include: Doctor Park (424) Roaring Judy Brush Creek (North to 400) Waterfall Creek (555) Trail 403 Bike Park Bike Park Upper and Tonys Trail Day 1 - http://www.bigmountainenduro.com/bigmtnenduro/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/BME-EWS-Map-CB-2015-Day-1-1.pdf ... more »

Reply to Shawn Neer 7/29/2015 2:10 AM

Shawn will be at MSA on a proper DH bike (hint hint). He'll crush it. One of the most dialed riders I've ever met, and only getting better with age and experience.

Reply to Advice for a dirt bike transplant 7/26/2015 11:42 PM

Interesting choice, going from moto to XC... Having experienced both, and the full spectrum in-between, my honest suggestion would be to kick the XC bike and purchase yourself a nice trail/all-mountain bike - something with a bit more travel (140-150mm),

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Reply to 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Championship Teams and Riders 7/25/2015 8:45 PM

Cycling Canada just announced their gravity team: 2015 MTB World Championships Selection - DHI Junior Women Georgia Astle Junior Men Henry Fitzgerald Magnus Manson Jack Almond Elite Women Casey Brown Miranda Miller Claire Buchar Vaea Verbeek Elite Men ... more »

Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/25/2015 2:56 PM

Valid point. Here's the elevation/distance/time breakdown for Crested Butte:

One could certainly make an educated guess, though it'd be difficult. Is that against the rules though? As far as I can tell, it's only illegal to practice stages ... more »

Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/25/2015 9:33 AM

It's worth noting that there are ~500+ miles of singletrack in Crested Butte, so pre-riding the right trails would be like finding a needle in a haystack. http://www.cbgtrails.com/embed/38.898280862062315,-106.95726871490477/10

Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/25/2015 9:06 AM

Chris Ball's letter above discusses the altitude. As Jeff mentions, some athletes may already live at altitude and therefore not need to show up early for that reason. Even so, what worsens the situation is the EWS racer's booklet, which originally told riders

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Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/24/2015 5:31 PM

One thing that's quite odd is that on the "official practice day" you can't even ride all of the stages. Where's the sense in that? Vital reached out to the organizer for comment. Meanwhile, several riders are already in Crested Butte six days early getting used to the area and (a reasonable

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Reply to Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/24/2015 4:29 PM

Related, here's a note from Chris Ball about Crested Butte and training prior to events: "Dear all teams and riders, Congratulations to everyone for a great first half of the season. As we hit the midway point in our year, with four events to go, I just ... more »

Reply to 2015 Specialized Enduro Comp 650b? 7/24/2015 11:16 AM

Here's a review of the Elite model - http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Specialized/Enduro-Elite-650b,15211 While spec'd a little better, it'll give you a good idea of overall ride impressions.

Reply to New enduro bike decision. 7/18/2015 8:28 PM

Here are two in-depth reviews that might help your decision, with a relevant excerpt quoted from each. Nomad - http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Santa-Cruz/Carbon-Nomad-27-5,15577 "At slower speeds or while you're not fully on the gas the ... more »

Reply to Extended cog ring $$$$ 7/17/2015 8:54 AM

"- convert to 1 x 11(SRAM or Shimano) and spend loads of bucks" Nailed it. This is a big part of the reason why they can charge what they do. People are more willing to pay $70 for a semi-solution than the hundreds required to step up to a dedicated ... more »

Reply to SGD Big Boy/Azonic Love Seat 7/15/2015 8:25 AM

I had one 12 years ago:

Reply to Enduro My Bike? 7/10/2015 11:41 AM

Enduro is all about the accessories. I took a stab at enduroing your bike.

Reply to Commencal Supreme DH sizing ? 7/10/2015 11:11 AM

Compare the reach measurement on your current bike to the new one. Do you want something longer? Shorter? The same?

Reply to Road Trippin' 7/8/2015 12:14 PM

Have fun buddy! I'm sure you'll have a blast. You may be able to find a XL rental at one of the many Whistler shops. It'd be worth your efforts. Lost Lake is a good time as well.

Reply to I came from BMX, what do i need to know? 6/16/2015 6:51 AM

Hahaha. Oh yeah, this is a must watch: http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/How-To-Be-A-Mountain-Biker,23486/bturman,109