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Just returned from a weeks riding in Chamonix - here's a pic of my RFX taking a breather in the meadows at Lognan. Would have taken more pics, but was way too busy having fun!
 

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Wow

I'm going to LesGets at the end of August and I think it's not very far from Chamonix. That picture is fantastic, I hope I can take a similar one when I go. How did you like it? Any advise on particular things to bring or spots to visit? Thanks.

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Just returned from a weeks riding in Chamonix - here's a pic of my RFX taking a breather in the meadows at Lognan. Would have taken more pics, but was way too busy having fun!
 

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Chamonix is about an hour away from Les Gets I think - we met a few people who had come down for the day. The riding is fantastic - steep, tight, rocky and very technical in places - big tyres needed (I was using Nokian NBX 2.5DH), and armour is a good idea too. Oh yeah, a chain device would have come in handy!

The trails are marked on the VTT map from tourist information - all the 'official' trails are jeep track, but these are linked by walking trails not marked on the bike maps - fine to ride on, just be nice to walkers! These are often very steep and technical - take it easy... :eek:

If you're only going to be there for a day, try the Lognan meadow run where the picture was taken. You take the Grand Montettes lift from Argentiere (15 minutes on the train from Chamonix) up to Lognan, and take the jeep track signposted La Lavancher from the lift station. Go past the chairlift station, and up a short climb with a barrier at the top. Start descending jeep track again, the entrance to the meadows is on the left, on a right hand bend - it's pretty obvious when you see it. Descend through the meadows singletrack (ace! :) :) ), and exit at the lower right hand side (careful of a wire strung over the trail). The trail turns to jeep track again after a bit, descend this until you see a small steep track leading on a hairpin left hand junction (the fire road carries on straight down) - take the hairpin for steep switchbacked fun. The trail ends at La Lavancher - the options here are signposted. you can either descend to Chamonix / Les Bois (an absolute blast - fast rough jeep track, with water bars you can launch off), or head back up to Argentiere on the Balcon Nord, and do it all over again!

Have fun! What bike are you taking?
 

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Al2000 said:
Just returned from a weeks riding in Chamonix - here's a pic of my RFX taking a breather in the meadows at Lognan. Would have taken more pics, but was way too busy having fun!
Nice Pic!

I am really digging the red with gray decals that match the Z150. Looks good.
 

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Thanks for the info...

I have a Devinci Banzai, it's a trail bike, 5.75 inches of rear travel. Currently has a Manitou Swinger 3way air in the rear and a Talas fork. I run a Hutchinson Octopus 2.3 UST in front and a Hutch spider 2.1 UST in the rear. From your comments, I think I'll get myself an Octopus 2.5 for the front and put the Octopus 2.3 in the rear...

Thanks again. I can't wait for that trip, it will be a blast to ride in those big mountains. I live in eastern Canada so we don't have anything comparable. Our terrain is technical (rocks/roots/mud), sometimes steep but never anything with such heights and views like the Alps...

Cheers.

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Chamonix is about an hour away from Les Gets I think - we met a few people who had come down for the day. The riding is fantastic - steep, tight, rocky and very technical in places - big tyres needed (I was using Nokian NBX 2.5DH), and armour is a good idea too. Oh yeah, a chain device would have come in handy!

The trails are marked on the VTT map from tourist information - all the 'official' trails are jeep track, but these are linked by walking trails not marked on the bike maps - fine to ride on, just be nice to walkers! These are often very steep and technical - take it easy... :eek:

If you're only going to be there for a day, try the Lognan meadow run where the picture was taken. You take the Grand Montettes lift from Argentiere (15 minutes on the train from Chamonix) up to Lognan, and take the jeep track signposted La Lavancher from the lift station. Go past the chairlift station, and up a short climb with a barrier at the top. Start descending jeep track again, the entrance to the meadows is on the left, on a right hand bend - it's pretty obvious when you see it. Descend through the meadows singletrack (ace! :) :) ), and exit at the lower right hand side (careful of a wire strung over the trail). The trail turns to jeep track again after a bit, descend this until you see a small steep track leading on a hairpin left hand junction (the fire road carries on straight down) - take the hairpin for steep switchbacked fun. The trail ends at La Lavancher - the options here are signposted. you can either descend to Chamonix / Les Bois (an absolute blast - fast rough jeep track, with water bars you can launch off), or head back up to Argentiere on the Balcon Nord, and do it all over again!

Have fun! What bike are you taking?
 

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BanzaiRider said:
I have a Devinci Banzai, it's a trail bike, 5.75 inches of rear travel. Currently has a Manitou Swinger 3way air in the rear and a Talas fork. I run a Hutchinson Octopus 2.3 UST in front and a Hutch spider 2.1 UST in the rear. From your comments, I think I'll get myself an Octopus 2.5 for the front and put the Octopus 2.3 in the rear...

Thanks again. I can't wait for that trip, it will be a blast to ride in those big mountains. I live in eastern Canada so we don't have anything comparable. Our terrain is technical (rocks/roots/mud), sometimes steep but never anything with such heights and views like the Alps...

Cheers.
Nice bike! I think they're available here in the UK, but I've never seen one in the flesh. Have fun, and post some pics when you get back!
 

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KLars said:
Nice Pic!

I am really digging the red with gray decals that match the Z150. Looks good.
Heh heh - it does doesn't it :) More by accident than design, but it works for me!
 
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