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Woo hoo -- it finally happened!(11 posts)

Woo hoo -- it finally happened!Fiver
Aug 12, 2002 9:57 AM
I'm pretty used to the odd looks I sometimes get if I have my Crosscheck out on technical singletrack--and I have to admit I enjoy them--but yesterday was a first for me. I smoked a guy on a full suspension bike, on a rooty, bumpy, sandy downhill.

I was out with a friend at a local park with some reasonably challenging singletrack. Some rocks, some sand, some stutter bumps, some roots, etc. At the top of a short climb I stop to warn my friend (who hasn't been to the park before) about the downhill section coming up, which is fairly tricky, especially on a 'cross bike. A guy on a Jekyll catches up and says hello. We tell him to go ahead, not wanting to slow him down on the descent. I give him a couple hundred feet headstart, and then head down. By the end of the downhill, which is only about 1/4 or 1/2 mile long (hey, I live in Minnesota), I was five feet off his rear wheel. I stopped to wait for my friend, so I didn't pass him, but it sure felt cool. Childish, maybe, but I'm happy.
re: Woo hoo -- it finally happened!peter in NVA
Aug 12, 2002 10:10 AM
Been doing that lately with my road bike since its been so dry here in Virginia. Great juvenile fun until I went into my LBS and saw my Mich Axial Pros are now $50 apiece-so I stopped!
re: Woo hoo -- it finally happened!MasterBlaster
Aug 12, 2002 11:02 AM
I guess he didn't know you were racing him right?
It's always a raceFiver
Aug 12, 2002 11:24 AM
I thought everybody knew that.
I second that! NMJakob
Aug 12, 2002 11:26 AM
I had the same feeling...Wheelz
Aug 13, 2002 2:32 PM Downieville CA. This place is a down hill mecca, with riders sporting the latest in full suspension gear. Well, I was able to keep pace with all high tech rear travel bikes on my hard tail. I was catching full suspension rigs all the way down the mountain--all 19 miles of it. It's a great feeling.
Aug 13, 2002 7:32 PM
let's not get all big headed. There are some low skill level riders out there riding fancy FS rigs, I've compared times down certain runs on my cx vs. my Ellsworth Truth and I can't come close to the speed of my FS rig. So we've all beaten up on a few beginners on our cx bikes and it feels good but keep in in perspective. The cx rigs do make you better descenders as line choice is critical.

I have a MTB area I ride on my cx bike as part of my commute and I tend to enjoy blowing by MTB's going uphill mashing a bigger gear in my drops while the MTBers are spinning a 22x 32. But yes it is all a perverse pleasure indeed.
further perverse joysatpjunkie
Aug 14, 2002 10:28 AM
Commuted to work on my cross bike (43 miles round trip) hopped onto the back of a group of pretty serious roadies and rode paceline for 15 of the 21 miles with them. As they'd drop of the front and head to the back you should have seen the looks as they realized a guy with 35 knobbies and a 48T big ring was keeping up. I even took my turns pulling. Timed it perfectly so that I was on the front when I veered off and dropped into some double and single track. Even bunny hopped a log as I disappeared into nature.
Speaking as a roadie...Velocipedio
Aug 14, 2002 2:02 PM

Gotta try that sometime...
That's a good oneFiver
Aug 15, 2002 5:33 AM
Kinda like the Nike/Lance commercial that was on a few months back, where Lance hops off the road onto North Shore trails and drops the rest of his riding group.
That's a good oneatpjunkie
Aug 15, 2002 9:46 AM
yes it was, forgot all about that commercial. That was my favorite spot. My experience was especially fun as they were all in their team gear and matching Russ Denny bicycles. The fact that most roadies (of which I am one, but not of this ilk) are such tech weenie, gear snobs made it far more enjoyable than passing the generally friendly MTBer. Far more of a look of horror on their faces, as I lacked the necessary quantity of Record 10 Carbon to make me go 'fast'. I'm a diesel by riding style so I was lucky as we were pushing mostly flat and fast. I know they weren't going at full click but were pushing a good enough pace that I definitely didn't belong, especially with those gawdawful barends! Hooked up with some MTBers on the single track section on the way home. Damn those 35's just don't bite or float well in some of the sandy stuff I have to deal with. They tend to dig and slip instead.