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After 4 years of pondering and tinkering, I have built the perfect (to me) “Pisgah bike”. It took me 4 days to build the bike squeezing in time where possible while traveling literally from one end of NC to the other visiting family over the Holiday. Three garages and 4 different bike shops contributed to the end result. I took the bike out for its maiden journey with barely a driveway test. I read through some posts on this board to get a good handle on setting up the DHX Air. Thanks for your help!

I am not sure what I can add to what has been said many times before regarding a review of how the bike performs, but I will throw out a comment or two. The bike’s first ride was a 32 or so mile trek in the Wilson’s Creek area near Linville. The route we do is in my opinion is the “highest value” rides available in Pisgah. It is one of few routes that I know of where you spend almost equal time descending as you do climbing. I did most of the ride with the fork in the 130 mm setting since I was accustomed to a 130 fork and I wanted some time getting a feel for the bike, especially since the ride begins with a fast and technical descent.

The bike exceeded my expectations. The bike climbs exceptionally well. The long top tube kept the front end from wandering and I could not be happier with the pedaling efficiency. On the downhills, I have never felt that much in control of the terrain. It soaked up everything the trail could dish out. On my other bikes, I felt like I was holding on for dear life at times. For the final descent, I rolled out the fork to the 150 mm setting. This downhill is an extended descent down an off-road motorized vehicle trail. Wide open, jumps, banked turns, drops and super fast. All I can say is WOW! Probably the most fun I have EVER had on a mountain bike. For those that know Wilsons, the route was: No Name, Green Town, Raiders Camp, Brown Mountain ORV trails.

Thanks to Chad at Red Barn Bicycles in Montana for hooking me up the the frame, fork and front wheel.
 

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Sweet Pack. I hope to get mine up to the Pisgah area in the spring.



Is there a map for the trail(s) you rode?
 

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What kind of wheel is that? Did Chad build them up? I am also waiting to finish my pack off with some wheels. He also hooked me up with a Six Pack frame and fork. I'm glad you liked the bike!
 

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great bike, great trails!

ncbiker said:
I am not sure what I can add to what has been said many times before regarding a review of how the bike performs, but I will throw out a comment or two. The bike's first ride was a 32 or so mile trek in the Wilson's Creek area near Linville. All I can say is WOW! Probably the most fun I have EVER had on a mountain bike. For those that know Wilsons, the route was: No Name, Green Town, Raiders Camp, Brown Mountain ORV trails.
I'm from Greensboro, used to live in Hickory a few years back. You ride with the Hucksters ever? Crazy dudes.

That's a great route you guys took. You've gotta take that thing down No Shin, it's a thrill and a half.

We're headed up there with the team van (Shuttle, anyone?) in the next few weeks, weather permitting- let me know if y'all wanna meet up.

Tommy
 

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Is there a map for the trail(s) you rode?
I have not seen a good Wilsons Creek Pisgah Area Map that shows all of the trails we ride. You really need a guide to show you around.

did you end up running flats the whole ride?
Dude, I cheated. Those pedals are flats on one side and clipless on the other. They are cheap Wellgo D10s or something like that. Saturday was the first time I used them. I like 'em. Not very heavy either.

What kind of wheel is that? Did Chad build them up?
The front is a DT Swiss 5.1d laced to a Hope Bulb hub and yes, Chad built it. Damn nice wheel. Very light for what it is and I'm pretty sure it will take all of the abuse that I'll be able to throw at it. The rear is a King laced to a Mavic F219, built locally.
 

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I'm from Greensboro, used to live in Hickory a few years back. You ride with the Hucksters ever? Crazy dudes.

That's a great route you guys took. You've gotta take that thing down No Shin, it's a thrill and a half.

We're headed up there with the team van (Shuttle, anyone?) in the next few weeks, weather permitting- let me know if y'all wanna meet up.

Tommy
Yea, the Hucksters are who showed us around up there. We still hook up with them from time to time. I havent been on No Shin in a while, same thing with Hadley and Bee Hive too. Its hard getting those trails in and then climbing back up to the top to ride Raiders Camp.

Post when you are going up there. There is talk of a Dec. 10 trip. I've ridden with some guys from G'boro/ Raleigh area up there before. Maybe we've met.
 

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ncbiker said:
Yea, the Hucksters are who showed us around up there. We still hook up with them from time to time. I havent been on No Shin in a while, same thing with Hadley and Bee Hive too. Its hard getting those trails in and then climbing back up to the top to ride Raiders Camp.

Post when you are going up there. There is talk of a Dec. 10 trip. I've ridden with some guys from G'boro/ Raleigh area up there before. Maybe we've met.
I used to ride with the Hucksters a few years back. A good friend of mine who still lives in the Hickory area (Daniel P) still rides with them occasionally- he has a black Bullit.

December 10 is a Sunday, right? I've gotta work at the shop here in G'boro ebery Sunday thru Christmas- gotta love the holiday rush. I've got every Saturday off, though.

We might have met at some point. I'll post when we decide to come up, most of our guys here haven't hit the Linville Gorge area, so it'll be a blast for them.

Tommy
 
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