I Rode My Bike Today...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by herzalot, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Ebruner

    Ebruner Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Erik Bruner
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower, Kona Hei Hei
    It's just that the grip damper sweeps from basically no Low speed damping at fully open, to near lockout (with threshold blow off) at the fully closed (clockwise) setting. To get the best mix of low speed damping that resists small rider movements, (such as braking or subtle weight shifts) you need to have some damping going on or it will feel wallowy. The strategy is to use some volume reducers to reduce the initial harshness and then use some LSC damping in tandem to get the fork to resist small movements so it can stay supportive yet supple, and still blow off on bigger and high speed events.

    The grip damper (first gen grip found in the performance series and rhythm) are actually quite good. This is evidenced by the newest top tier forks using a highly upgraded yet related damper (grip 2) which was announced last week. This is by no means a perfect damper and by extension, it is by no means a perfect fork. However, I have found that you can achieve roughly the same performance and tuning ability with the oem adjustemnts that you can in say a pike. You can of course do a bit better with an rc2 damper or an upgraded pike... but for double, if not triple the costs.

    Don't give up on the rhythm and grip damper. The first few rides I wasn't in love with it, but after some adjustments I am quite pleased with the performance it provides and the relatively minor trade offs I have to make to get that performance out of it.
     
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  2. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Pick one, got a few
    @UPSedzilla
     
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  3. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    50 Year Trail today. Super awesome slow speed twisty turny weaving through tight cactus gardens with lots of little tech features to keep you busy. Did The Chutes, too. 11.5ish miles
     
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  4. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    I'm not worthy of the "zilla". Yet. ;)
     
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  5. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS

    Getting there.
     
  6. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    That makes sense, I get it, thanks!
     
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  7. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Ed, when you gonna get a SS? Im gonna go sample my bud’s SS this afternoon.
     
  8. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    I already have one.

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  9. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    I think you need to come out for a ride. Soon. :D
     
  10. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    That is awesome. :thumbsup:
     
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  11. Ebruner

    Ebruner Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Erik Bruner
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower, Kona Hei Hei
    I friggin wish I could man. I just threw my back out again saturday morning (for the third time this month) while putting my underwear on. I was like 75% recovered from the last event I had 3 weeks ago. It's been a month since I've been on the bike. It's been a struggle for me the last month and I hope I will soon be able to put this behind me.

    Meanwhile, I shall bide my time by consuming ALL OF THE BIKE RELATED INTERTUBE CONTENT. No but seriously... I'm so bored. I've rebuilt every bike that I own twice and now they are all perfect lol.
     
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  12. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo, Ripley & Tranny
    Well, since you're bored, I'll help you out and drop a couple of my bikes by...................:)
     
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  13. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Nope. You know what I meant.
     
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  14. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
  15. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Fantasy Island, 8.2 FAST miles.

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  16. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I was spent from two pedally type rides today so I didnt have the gas to do a lil trail ride sampler on my friend’s SS. What I did do for the ride I posted above is match his SS cadence as best I could by choosing and sticking with the closest gearing on my drivetrain to his 32x21. I rode his tail almost the entire time and around the last mile, my bad knee starting hurting so we finished at a good time for me.

    SS interests me, thats all I can say at this point. :D
     
  17. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C


    That's what I said... Like 10,000 miles ago.
     
  18. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Fantasy Island is almost completely flat, no?
     
  19. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Mostly flat. Quite a bit of out of the saddle short hills to burst up. Not like So Cal. No sustained climbing.
     
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  20. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS

    That is why matching the SS cadence was not to difficult. It definitely changes when you have to start climbing.

    But I'm glad you are intrigued. :thumbsup:
     
  21. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Staying with him on the flats was no different than pushing it a little.

    In any event, I dont think my knee could handle it anyway.
     
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  22. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Quick spin yesterday to see how the legs felt after Vision Quest... 15 miles around the flat part of the Rwanda ride. On the little climb above Coto on Chiquita Ridge, someone built a little single track go-around. It's all of 150 feet long, but it was fun. :thumbsup:

    The actual trail is steeper and looser than it looks in the picture, and this part of the course usually has the 50s and 25s running together. I can't count how many of the 25s I've seen spin out and go down on this little climb.

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    I also ran into Jerry, who is the mountain lion king of O'Neill Park. Great guy... His mountain lion videos and pictures are amazing.
     
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  23. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Suz and I headed out for our Tuesday afternoon Oaks ride.

    She said she wanted to do a similar route to what I did on Sunday. She also said she wanted to ride down Hawk.....how can you argue with that.

    We met up with our friend who joined us for most of the ride.

    Up Goat, up BumbleGoat, up BumbleBee, down Yucca, up Coachwhip, down Barham, down Cactus, up BumbleBee, down Hawk, up Oak, down Peralta, up Oak.

    Suz was pretty much done at the bottom of Peralta, but with a small nudge she did one extra climb up Oak.

    17 / 2600’

    Good ride
     
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  24. horsebikerider

    horsebikerider Member

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    Suzanne Martin
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy
    I'ma tired :sleep:
     
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  25. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Some Taco Tuesday ride stoke:


    Recent Eagle Scout project installed pavers on this descent. Turned out pretty good for a city open space park
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    Continued on to the Tunnels, a pretty unique local canyon full of dwarf oaks
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    Got back up top just as sun was going down. Imminent construction will soon kill part of the trail network.
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    Another Eagle Scout project
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    Another tunnel of brush
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    tacos...
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  26. Obsidian

    Obsidian Member

    Location:
    Costa Mesa
    Name:
    Obsidian
    Current Bike:
    2017 Intense Tracer
    You are doing it wrong bro.
     
  27. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    Yesterday I did a nice spin on Backbone from Encinal to Mishe Mokwa and back. The air was clear and the views were spectacular.

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  28. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
    Just a short 3.5 miles up live oak to the vista and back to my car on the glen ranch side.
     
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  29. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
  30. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS

    I don't think you did. :cautious: That's not what you do. :rolleyes:
     
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