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That's what it's all about right;)

Dan and I had a hootin good time today. Enjoy.

Granite Dells Fun from Enel on Vimeo.

If the Video demonstrates anything it's that the bike really has little to do with it. Luckily with my technological advantages, I can make up for skill deficiency....a little.

I will note that Dan is riding a specially set up "Rock Monkey" with 26X20 gearing, super short cockpit, etc.



Also note that after trying various set ups, he prefers the shortest chainstay possible (around 17" on the Monkey).:eek:



"Do you boys need a refresher course, It's all short chainstays now";)
 

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I guess his rear hub is broken; it's freewheeling.

Cool video.
I think he rode fixed off road for something like seven years.

He has since learned that gears and suspension can be satisfying as well, in moderation.
 

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"Do you boys need a refresher course, It's all short chainstays now";)
Zealot. Up your skills--the bike has nothing to do with it. I could do those moves *easily* with my long-stayed hula hoop.

Awesome vid--looks like tons of fun. Is this the trail that's less than 3 miles long? I think I could spend *days* out there...

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Boy that sure doesnt look that hard on video,I think video's flatten everything out.That was alot of fun.Whats really funny is Enel rides this area all the time ,and I ride it at lunch alot
but this is the first time weve ridden it together and we both take the same alternate lines.:thumbsup: As far as fixed goes I pedaled every inch for a lot of years ,the time came t take a break and just roll.
 

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Boy that sure doesnt look that hard on video
That's an understatement.

It was fun being out with another rider. We both had lines we rode regularly that the other had not tried. We both pulled off some moves that we had only sort of eyeballed before. I would say I added four moves to the repetoire today. A couple I would have thought "unrideable" before Dan went up them.

Always fun to ride with someone else.

5 miles in two hours.

On a more serious note for the 29" forum, I would like to review the Gear a little.

Comparing the Monkey to the Box, I find the Monkey suffers in comparison in both small and large bump compliance. It is an efficient pedaler, however, and hardly bobs at all. Power goes straight to the wheel. Bottom out is well controlled on the Monkey. Since they both have short stays, they both are superior handling bikes. The cost to fun ratio is about 3-4 times higher on the Monkey/RST Combo.

Both bike suffer badly from inferior hub engagement points to the point of near unrideability.
 

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Yes the v-brakes are anoyingly loud but they work for the beater bike both my other monkeys have discs,but I wont take either one out to those trails that place is abrasive
on bikes & body.

going29az its actually a 22 tooth eno.make an offer.
 

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mikesee said:
Is this the trail that's less than 3 miles long?
Yes, two miles of trail right now. Built by a Mtn biker who likes technical riding (and his crew of 70 year olds). Less than a year old. Hopefully increasing to 10 miles or more if the city's purchase of more land in this area goes through. I am pushing any way I can for it since the terrain is really unique for around here.

It's great for hiking too. Had the whole fam out there for a couple hours this afternoon.

 

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Hey man, that was a fun video, thanks for posting Enel :thumbsup: Just made the decission to try and take my Monkey off road when the weather clears - was set up and used as a commuter/road bike, now has back on the Nano rear and option of either Nano/WeirWolf FRONT. Rear wheel is crap though, so looking to get something better that doesn't flex like a wet noodle when I stand up and hammer.

Since this thread invloves a Monkey I thought I'd ask........do any of you Monkey owners and riders ever feel like it steers "from the back wheel"? I don't know how better to describe the feeling, other than if I quickly steer the bike side to side it fee actually like I'm kinda on the rear wheel pivoting around - not sure if that makes sense. Wondering if it's the frame/wheelbase or my crappy rear wheel :???:

Anyways if anyone feel slike replying to this I'd appreciate it.
 
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