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Yesterday, on the Pass Mtn. Loop outside of Phoenix, AZ, I rolled a telephone pole water bar drop of about 18" or so and endo'd HARD into some rocks. Dented helmet, heavily hacked elbow pad and bruised/scraped shoulder.

Don't know if I just wasn't paying attention, or if I caught a stopper rock, but I went over fast and hard. One of the guys said, as I was laying there gathering my wits, "Wow, that's the first 29'er I've seen endo..."

Added some scratches to the RIP9...:mad:

Of course, I dusted myself off and went back and rolled it no problem to get it out of my head...and later in the ride, cleaned a technical downhill section I've never tried before...:thumbsup:
 

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I've endoed my SIR9 about five times in the last month. Weird how you go from not doing it at all to doing it a lot ... I think it tracks as you develop your riding style or something.

My more memorable endoes came from:

-- trying to hop a deadfall tree which was about 6" off the ground. I made it over but the rear wheel hit it, and it bounced my ass right over my head. Nice.

-- taking a ramp up over a huge tree, which I assumed had a ramp down on the other side. It didn't. Nice.

-- doing a skinny and bailing but not getting the rear tire off when I did. Nice.

Anyway, it is pretty easy to endo a 29er if you are trying.

/edit -- by the way I am impressed you were wearing pads.
 

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It happens...

There is a short stretch of trail that I ride fairly regularly the demands my absolute and full concentration. It is a rocky and rooty downhill ... quite steep, with a tight entry between trees and a vicious right-hander at the bottom, off cambered.

I have endo'ed on this hill three times on the 29'er, even though I know the section like the back of my hand. Rocks stick out of the ground, it is criss-crossed with roots, and quite often has some leaves as well.

If my concentration isn't 100% ... even the big wheels can't save me... :eek:

Maybe that is what happened to you ... :D

R.
 

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pinkheadedbug said:
/edit -- by the way I am impressed you were wearing pads.
This trail has peril lurking everywhere...I wear the elbows on the whole thing. Going up or down, there's lots of gotchas. If I hadn't had the elbow pads on, I would have seriously f*cked up my elbow...
 

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I've been waiting for my number to be called.
I've been in a "try to ride everything with saddle up" mode for about a year and haven't hit the deck yet....Saturday was close as we descended two techy/steep descents. Saddle up and Wingnut waist strap desperately attempts to derail the train but I fought for control and won....this time.
 

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I tried riding a steep downhill with my saddle up on Sunday, and whacked my nuts as I slid back over the rear wheel.

won't be trying that again.
 

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That is the best description I've ever heard. My one big wreck was one of those diagonal endos where you don't exactly got over but get launched just the same, just kind of off to the side. Good stuff. It seems that the instances are so much less, but the severity is pretty bad. That much more reason to stay on top of the fork maintenance.



Enel said:
29ers endo harder when they do imo...longer lever for the "flyswatter effect".
 

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I had my first :eekster: on my fixie the other day

going down steep grade and grabbed a little to much fr.brake. rear wheel came up and so did my blood pressure

let off quick enough but not after my but became suctioned to the seat.

running no rear brake has forced me to become very skilled at using the fr. :thumbsup:
 

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I had the best endo in some time the other day. I dropped off a small rock into soft dirt and the wheel just stopped. Somehow I just stepped over the bars and walked away as my bike flopped onto its side. I've done this before, but unfortunately not consistently. I was smiling real big and the satisfaction I felt was similar to when I have managed to get past a difficult section of trail or ride a new stunt. :)

~R
 

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for the classical scholars

endo
endas
endat
endamus
endatis
endant

with apologies to descartes:

velo ergo endo

heh -- I think that's my new sig
 

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I Have Had Exactly One 29er Endo...

11/12/06 - I know the date because the broken neck it left me with is still healing. Fractured C-7. The GOOD news is that I have a CT scan tomorrow that should confirm the bone has healed and I can loose the brace. Should be back riding in April! Started trying to build some fitness back over the holidays on the Rower and Elliptical.
 

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I endo'd my Rig for the first time about 10 days ago. It was a phantom crash in which something suddenly stopped my forward progress. I was moving rather quickly down an open fireroad. I flew about 20 feet or so, jammed my shoulder and busted some ribs. I haven't had a decent nights sleep since. I don't think the 29'er had much to do with it a 26'er would have had a similar result.
 

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My Spider has that 73 degree head angle feeling but have yet to endo it. I am actually doing larger drops than I was on my 5" 26er. Now my 26er on the other hand, feels so stable but I will endo that thing a couple of times a month.
 

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Yup, me too!! Coming down a stepped downhill flying over the little jumps, my front tire blew apart on my GF 292. Over the bars I went and minutes later I finally got up. After trying to figure out what happend I could not move my right shoulder. We tied it up with a couple tubes and proceeded to walk the hour back to the car. Drove through the border (Detroit-Windsor) to the hospital and after an x-ray and a visit to the specialist a separated clavical was the out come!:thumbsup:
 

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Schultz29 said:
I endo'd my Rig for the first time about 10 days ago. It was a phantom crash in which something suddenly stopped my forward progress. I was moving rather quickly down an open fireroad. I flew about 20 feet or so, jammed my shoulder and busted some ribs. I haven't had a decent nights sleep since. I don't think the 29'er had much to do with it a 26'er would have had a similar result.
With 26" your crash might have had a lower trajectory. Distance flown might have been very similar or less, and the smaller vertical component could have made the lading a bit less uncomfortable.
You might also have crash higher up the trail already, as it just happens more often with smaller wheels. You'd already be slowly limping home at the point where you now took that launch.
Generally, 26" seems to hurt less, but more often :)

I can honestly report that the few 29" endo's I suffered left like being lifted up over the ehad by a much taller WWF wrestler before being smacked done.
 

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Padre said:
I've been in a "try to ride everything with saddle up" mode for about a year and haven't hit the deck yet.....
Word. I'm all about adapting to the "saddle in the adam's apple" style of riding. It keeps you better prepared for when things get steep unexpectedly.
 
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