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Ok, I was hoping for some rider input on my new stepdown roadgap. See the pictures for a better idea. Run in is at least 100' down a ridgeline to the road which wraps around horseshoe style in front of the the jump and ridgeline. Take-off to landing is about a 6 foot stepdown. Take-off to landing is about 18 foot gap. As you can see from the pics the landing on the far side of the road has about a 3 1/2' tall wall to clear (or case on). There is a tree just past the landing zone to the right that raises some concern but I think going left of it and down the hill should be no problem.
Anyway, it looks good to me, but it is committed (go big or go home). Kinda one of those stunts you like to see another rider hit first....but, since I built it! Anyone out there have any ideas on the speed needed to clear this? Need to get some action pics soon to wet the apetite and invite up any willing posse.
 

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Ok, I was hoping for some rider input on my new stepdown roadgap. See the pictures for a better idea. Run in is at least 100' down a ridgeline to the road which wraps around horseshoe style in front of the the jump and ridgeline. Take-off to landing is about a 6 foot stepdown. Take-off to landing is about 18 foot gap. As you can see from the pics the landing on the far side of the road has about a 3 1/2' tall wall to clear (or case on). There is a tree just past the landing zone to the right that raises some concern but I think going left of it and down the hill should be no problem.
Anyway, it looks good to me, but it is committed (go big or go home). Kinda one of those stunts you like to see another rider hit first....but, since I built it! Anyone out there have any ideas on the speed needed to clear this? Need to get some action pics soon to wet the apetite and invite up any willing posse.
Nice work. I have no idea about the speed as I personally have zero desire to hit something like that. Cant wait to see the action pics though!
 

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and dont stare at the tree while landing............
nice work....find one of the local "big time club" riders and watch him
 

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calvinator said:
and dont stare at the tree while landing............
lol...do you have a spedometer on your bike?? cuz there's no way in hell I would ever figure out when I hit 15 MPH...I measure more like WCH's way....(3 hard pedals....3 baby pedals...3 pedal for your life pedals....etc...)
 

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go back about 40-50 feet and give her about 3 pedal revolutions and no brake checks and you'll be straight.....
wow... i never thought you had to worry about speed. i was always asking people at the trail how fast for the double, and they always were like "don't worry about it" or "you'll figure it out" or even when i got going they would say "that's it!"

so good thing you have people helping you out.... i would not want to figure it out by myself on something that big...
 

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sweet gap. If you are unsure about speed, better to have to much than too little. Dont want to come up short on something like that :(
 

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That looks like an awful lot of fun. I tend to just haul a$$ on the 1st attempt on something like that. Best to overshoot the landing a bit then come up short. Give the distance and how much lower the landing is than the take off, I suspect you're not going to have too much trouble as long as you commit.
 

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clearing gaps is all about the hop off of the gap. i can clear the same stair gap at a number of different speeds depending on how hard i hop off of it. it's really an experience thing to just know how hard you need to pull up in order to make the landing given you speed.

looks like a nice gap. have fun
 

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Looks tight!

You southern Oregon kids are still kicking ass I see. Where is that jump at? Say hi to the Bear Creek crew for me will ya.
 

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that does look like a totally sweet gap, just give it one or two dry runs (where you act like your gonna hit jump it. then just brake before you do) and have ur friends see if it looks right for clearing it...
 

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Trying to kick ass...

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You southern Oregon kids are still kicking ass I see. Where is that jump at? Say hi to the Bear Creek crew for me will ya.
Near Grants Pass, I say hi to John for ya, probably see him ast the A-town thaw next month.
 

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nice looking gap. yeah, I'd say just run up to it a few times and seee what feels right, then give 'er.
 

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You will be sweet, compress the suspension a little you will pop over that with not to much speed needed.

It will be one of those things, that once you do it, you will saying shiat why did I muck around for so long, we haev all been in situations like that, if we havnt we are Bull S'ers

Get amongst it
 

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I wish I could find more of those here in Oklahoma. :mad:
don't wish just get a shovel and build.

that gap looks like a lot of fun. If I were you i'd just go fast, way faster than you think you need to. just make sure that you go left and not into the tree and you should be good. Make sure you get some pics, or better yet videos of you in the air over that too.
 

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Please tell me that your somewhere in SoCal....I'll come hit it for you tomorow.

Looks super fun. Not very big but good enought to style off of.

Here's the deal...I'm sure you've already cleared larger distances and height than that.
I you built it you've probably spent quit a bit of time starring at it.
Think of some of the trails youy already ride that have some flow to them.
What I usually do is compare it to a double that you've already hit or a section of a trail that you already fly over (with a small single jump or root or rock) that isn't gaped out but has a similiar elevation change or distance. Draw the picture oin your head and think of it the same way.

It doesn't look like you need to pull up much so just carry your speed and spot your landing. Keep your front wheel up and concentrate on where you want to set the bike down.

Some one said that you'll be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner. They're right.
 

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Faster than the one who didn't make it ;)

We have one about the same proportions and it can be cleared at 15 mph.

<img src="https://www.pbase.com/fwalden/image/36111104.jpg">
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this is the old guy doing it...no points for style but my son thought it was cool to stand under it when I went off it.

<img src="https://www.pbase.com/fwalden/image/33780547.jpg">

my buddy Scott

<img src="https://www.pbase.com/fwalden/image/33780550.jpg">
 
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