Aaron Gwin's Winning Ride - Specialized Enduro 29er 3

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Aaron Gwin's Winning Ride - Specialized Enduro 29er - 2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill Bikes - Mountain Biking Pictures - Vital MTB


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2013 Sea Otter Pro Downhill Bikes

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3 comments
  • syngltrkmnd

    4/21/2013 4:52 PM

    This only supports how weenie the DH course is. I have no hate for 29ers, I'm just disappointed at the course. Our regular trail rides are far more challenging. Maybe this will inspire course builders to come up with something that is only do-able on a proper DH bike, or else consider changing the name of the event. "XC Descent", perhaps.

  • NoahColorado

    4/21/2013 10:12 PM

    The course goes down a hill, it's a downhill. It may not be Champery - but it's still a downhill. There are different flavors of downhill, this being one of them. May not be technically challenging, but the speeds these guys go on it, on trailbikes especially, is insane. Could it be improved or changed, surely - but to counter your point, the fact that Aaron won makes it seem like a downhill to me. If it's so pedally, non-technical, non-challenging, and easy - then why did the same guy who's been dominating so-called "real" downhill races win against a field of riders with supposedly better fitness, enduro racers, and other "specialists"? Maybe it's not a "traditional" downhill course, but neither is Fontana, Canberra, or countless others.

  • Stiksandstones

    4/22/2013 8:05 AM

    Jeez Noah, couldnt have nailed it any better. Its been over a decade of racing this same DH, its the sea otter DH, its a fun season opener expo race, calm the F down and accept it for what it is. In the 90's when the racing scene was supporting salaries for everyone down into the top 30, we were racing down sandhills in michigan, all the way to technical tracks in europe, its all about flavors and fun, and riding BIKES. Sea Otter was fantastic, great chance to see dealers, consumers, new bikes, new gear, see all the racers get tuned up for the season and most of all-watch the world slalom championships!

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