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striker!
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Here is some 5 spot helmet cam footy down one of my favorite trails, Mt. Lowe. I hadn't rode it since November and was way overdue. Its a great trail for the 5 spot, lots of rocky sections and some great turns. The only caveat, is that as fun as this trail is, you CANNOT go off the trail. Its super steep and exposed and a blown turn could be ugly. I'm filming the slightly crazy Aussie on his XL spot on the first part. I wish my camera had a wider angle lens so you could see how exposed it is. He films me down the next section down to the old hotel ruins.

A view from the climb:



Inspiration Point Lookout:



The LA basin covered in a foggy blanket:



The nearby TV towers on Mt. Wilson:



Helmet cam of the upper section. I'll edit the second half soon. Please excuse the f-bomb that the cameraman gave during a stepoff. The audio is a little low for the music, especially on the second track and I just haven't gotten around to redoing it. Anyways, enjoy:


Mt. Lowe Helmet Cam on Turner 5 Spots from superstock on Vimeo.

Trail stoke served.

S
 

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Moosehead
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sweet riding and trail ss. nice wall pops at 1:42 and 2:25. you definitely sense the exposure on some of the turns between 2:50-3:22.
 

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Living the Dream
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Very nice.

Is that the 55ATA Micro? If so, how do you like? I am a big fan of the RC3, but not a big fan of zoke air forks. I am hoping to try the new 29er 44ATA coming out. Still wish the 29 version was the RCSti, though. Thanks for the great vid. Makes me miss my California roots.
 

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striker!
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Alpenglow said:
Is that the 55ATA Micro? If so, how do you like? I am a big fan of the RC3, but not a big fan of zoke air forks. I am hoping to try the new 29er 44ATA coming out. Still wish the 29 version was the RCSti, though. Thanks for the great vid. Makes me miss my California roots.
Its an '09 55ATA micro. I had an '08 and had some issues with it until they installed the '09 internals. My buddy's '08 has gone back twice. My '09 has worked good and it hasn't needed to go back to marz. Its super plush and I love the ATA. You'll notice that on the climb shot, I have it all the way down (125 mm). The only issue with this is you can blow through all the travel so I crank up the compression. For the downs, I extend it almost all the out (165mm). When its in the longer travel, the PAR chamber kicks in and there is excellent ramp up at the end of stroke. I do like this fork and it is a true 5 pounds. I'm tempted to put a 44ATA on the flux but my Fox is working fine.

So from my experience, it looks like they got the issues hammered out for the '09 model. YMMV.

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I've never rode in the San Gabes but I've heard Mt. Lowe is one of the best.

I'm looking for an L.A. ride if the cool weather holds, maybe I can get DFT to travel up to the Mt. Lowe this week?

Thanks SS!
 

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Looks like fun but i be honest, exposure like you have in some of those switchbacks scares the sheite out of me.
 

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Team Sanchez
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No more TNT stoke please. DW only.








J/K. Keep it coming. Excellent vid. I really hope that trail is one way only coming down. Lot's of blind corners.
 

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NOT Team Sanchez
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ditto that

moosehead said:
sweet riding and trail ss. nice wall pops at 1:42 and 2:25. you definitely sense the exposure on some of the turns between 2:50-3:22.
air sucks as a berm! Nice vid SS, I think you and few others are the only one's helping this board out in stoke department............sorry I can't help, I ride a traitorous Titus.
 

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Excellent, thank you.

A good definition of high consequence single track................failing to make the turn is an option you only take once :eekster:
 

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Wa Hoo. Nice looking run.

How long is that down all together? Can you drive right up to the start or did you guys climb?

I only notice exposure when I'm watching someone else ride it :eekster: or I'm walking it. My blinders kick in when I'm riding it. Not sure if that's good or bad.
 

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Sheeit, I got that kind of exposure on a lot of trails I ride. It's the speed at which you guys ride is where the problems might arise..then afall a long ways down. We've got some 150'-200' drops, on what I'd call easy trails, here on the Front Range but at my glacial pace it's no prob. Keep these vids coming.
 

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Thanks for that!

That trail's name is "Middle Sam Merrill". One of the best, and yes, you do climb to get there now, cause the road from above is out. Fortunately they're working on the road and we should be able to shuttle again in a few months.

Sam Merrill working on his trail...
Note Sam wears a tie to build trail. Classy!
 
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