Also - any thoughts on a hardtail vs. full suspension?
I've never been there... Only place I've ridden in that area is Kelso. How big are the climbs? There isn't anything too significant, say a few hundred meters, is there? Steep single track, or graded fire roads? Just trying to get an idea of what to prepare for.noonievut said:Were you at the Summer Solstice or have you been to Albion before?
I'll assume you haven't...but the only thing that would change from the last race is the direction and trails they use / don't use.
My impression of Albion is that there are a lot of climbs, some that include tight uptill turns (often after steep downhills), not many rocks/roots though (so I don't think FS is truly needed). It's a mix of tight singletrack (watch the handlebars on those trees) and some doube track. Usually pretty dry, but the course has it's wet spots after some rain. As a newb I'm constantly challenged by going fast vs. being in control, especially on the twisty decents.
totally unlike Kelso. No comparison.rpiontek said:I've never been there... Only place I've ridden in that area is Kelso. How big are the climbs? There isn't anything too significant, say a few hundred meters, is there? Steep single track, or graded fire roads? Just trying to get an idea of what to prepare for.
most top XC racers ride hard tail,Johnny Hair Boy said:A good full suspension bike will be beter on any terain ecept pavement than a hard tale. Most newer bikes that lack in suspension design make up for it whith an spv shock. I ride there three time a week and after a few laps you will wish you had suspesion if you dont.
switched this season from Norco Team Titanium to Ellsworth Truth...SuperNewb said:XC racing is generally a well groomed trail (eg.. no big bumps) So xc racers are usually better off a hardtail.
I ride this lil loop in the don ( if you can call riding the don a loop ) and it took me 17mins to do it on my 24lb hardtail and on my 29lb FS it took me just under 19mins.
Of course I have more fun on my FS then my hardtail.
trekracer8000 said:Hardtail light at 22lbs? LOL
If you really want, you can actually bring a hardtail down to the 20lb mark... ive seen a 19.6lb trek 9.8.
For technical stuff.. go fs, hands down, if your dealing with up and down hard pack then go HT. If theres mud or soft loamy stuff then go Hard tail. FS will bog you down in the soft stuff.
HT accelerates quicker, climbs better and because it can be significantly lighter, will be easier to manoever in the air (hops, wheelies etc)
MY XT V brakes did that sometimes. Does the tekro ones have a long spring like the XT's? That would be a cause then but shouldnt be.noonievut said:I have tektro V brakes and because I take the front tire off to transport my bike I find that I often need to make minor adjustments before each ride. For example, the brakes are fine for a ride, I pack up the bike, take it home, and the next time I go out I test the brakes and I notice some rub on the rim? I wondered if during a long ride the brakes go "off-line" and need adjustments.
Anyway, I agree that disks aren't needed, and you've got me by 10pds