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Ha ha, all the sh!t I have been gettign re the bike not getting dirty, low and behold, we had a small amount of rain, first rain in like 6 months. So there was a little sandy mud about, nothing too drastic though, laughable really. Main thing though is she got dirty today. See the below pictures just to prove it....

Had a fantastic 5 hour ride today. (see the pic looking back towards Barcelona & the coast, first climb) I have finally got used to how the ML climbs, am stoked. This is the first ride I have been totally happy, I was before, but was still getting used to the different characteristics compared to the Id. So the climbing is great. It could be even greater if I had ETA again. I have to say, I am NOT liking one bit having to wind the travel down on the Pike, this is a joke really I have to say. The pop lock is good, the fork is great, but the travel adjust is terrible.

Am finally also getting better accustomed to the heat, it was around 100 F for most of the ride, this is a grat thing, no dizzy spells and spewy feelings. Still F ing hot though.

Found even more screaming single track down hill runs today.

So all in all am stoked more so with the Motolite.

Last pic, lunch break, found a great spot near a small spring in the trees.
 

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u must be really missing the new zealand winter!

Just in case you feel like a taste of home Riverhead's still as fun as ever at times like this.
 

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How are the Kenda tires working for you?
 

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Just in case you feel like a taste of home Riverhead's still as fun as ever at times like this.
Bonty, indeed miss Riverhead, great riding there, dont mention it, the colour of the mud even reminds me of home.................... dam it, miss the riding in good old NZ............. Is Woodhill still like the Southern Motoway on Sundays? We used to be there riding at 6am, best time..... Am hearing you have had loads of rain and it is wet as, dam striaght Woodhill would be muddy as................. All Good................. Nice bike by the way, wouldnt be many of those at home! Be well
 

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How are the Kenda tires working for you?
zorg, am loving the Kenda's actually, forgot to add that in the post when I was typing. Really good, amde the other tires on the other wheelset look like sh!t. Dont know how I put up with them for as long as I did..................... The Stick-E on the front hangs on real good. No, you all pu tme on the right track with the rec's for the Kendas....
 

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Whafe, buddy, just deal with the the longer fork. At first it will seem harder to climb, you'll think that you need a shorter fork and you'll blow a couple of steep hills. But, after a few rides, of leaving the travel maxed out, you'll be fine with it. Start at the middle (125mm), and then go up 5mm per ride and ignore the temptation to wind it down. Eventually you'll adjust your body weight and won't miss ETA anymore.
 

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Its good to see that thing dirty

I thought all the exogrid bikes has a super-duper non-stick coating that made all the dirt and mud just fall off.
 

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I don't know... You have a bit of dirt on the frame, but your tire still looks brand new. How'd you manage that? :)
 

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Legs...

Whafe...you need to stop posting pics of your super, sexy, dirty legs...there might be kids viewing this thread!

Great to see that you're managing to get the bike dirty as well! Glad to read your reviews of the ride - hope you keep enjoying it for a long time to come!
 

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Dude I think you missed a spot below after cleaning ya bike:D

No more pics of shavin legs dude theyre scary not a good look bro LOL you roadie!

Is that what the blokes are like in Spain sorry bro hehe couldn't resist no doubt J like thems, all good.

Glad to see the sexy carbon exogrid is working for ya and those tires, would love to see it here in NZ I could do with a buddy to ride Riverhead all the usual Horseman are still woodhill bound and tied, conditions are great there at mo and new carpark is fun you'd like the trip back its a hoot n toot. Those feilds look a bit like Pukekohe except for the sea and building in the city..later dude ride long and prosper!

 

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I don't know... You have a bit of dirt on the frame, but your tire still looks brand new. How'd you manage that? :)
GA, when I say Spain mud, it is a joke to be mud, take a look at the shot below mine of a fellow country man in New Zealand, that is the mud I knwo and feel home at in...........So yes clean tires, through a little pizzle sandy mud...................... Thats it, I'm fessing up, I am homesick for the kiwi terrain,:sad: would kill to get the ML dirty, I mean DIRTY..............

I want to ride Riverhead with trailadvent and my crew, want to head down to Rotorua, ride, get muddy, then jump in the hot water river......................etc etc etc.

Will try not winding down the fork travel then, will take that on board........:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Whafe even muddy that exo still somehow looks clean...Nice! I had a pretty great, and horrible ride myself yesterday. It started out great I had just had my drivetrain replaced so the old Moto was rolling particularly well... ugg perfect! Than wouldn't ya know bad luck sets in, and my chain breaks, and me without my chain tool. Than good luck, a guy rides by with one, and I'm back on my way. Than half way up the longest climb my tube literaly explodes BOOM!!! And I had just bought a new tire on the way to the trail, so I'm half carrying my bike cause I had given away my extra tube. But than good luck comes by again, and some dude stops and gives me a tube.

So I figure I won't press my luck and turn around to head back. Somehow I was either changing the tube on one or ran over a yellow jackets nest, but I wound up getting stung all the way down the Mnt. like 25 times.

Than I spot some one on the side of the trail with a flat. Turns out to be this hot chick on a hot pink RX, blinged out to the max! I wound letting her borrow a pump to top off her tube. That was fun, ya know alway's a gentlmen "he he". Anyway I'm getting ready to go out again today, and finish that ride.

Have a good one man and Duly's right I think the TA will just take some getting used to.
 

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Whafe even muddy that exo still somehow looks clean...Nice! I had a pretty great, and horrible ride myself yesterday. It started out great I had just had my drivetrain replaced so the old Moto was rolling particularly well... ugg perfect! Than wouldn't ya know bad luck sets in, and my chain breaks, and me without my chain tool. Than good luck, a guy rides by with one, and I'm back on my way. Than half way up the longest climb my tube literaly explodes BOOM!!! And I had just bought a new tire on the way to the trail, so I'm half carrying my bike cause I had given away my extra tube. But than good luck comes by again, and some dude stops and gives me a tube.

So I figure I won't press my luck and turn around to head back. Somehow I was either changing the tube on one or ran over a yellow jackets nest, but I wound up getting stung all the way down the Mnt. like 25 times.

Than I spot some one on the side of the trail with a flat. Turns out to be this hot chick on a hot pink RX, blinged out to the max! I wound letting her borrow a pump to top off her tube. That was fun, ya know alway's a gentlmen "he he". Anyway I'm getting ready to go out again today, and finish that ride.

Have a good one man and Duly's right I think the TA will just take some getting used to.
Dam BlackA, that was a run, some days are just like that. You will pack your chain tool and a spare tube and never have an issue for months, you will give ya tube to someone, as you do, then bang the next ride, you will need one. Todays ride should be perfect though.

Dam there are not many blinged out hot pink RX's out there, that was a spot of real good luck......

Yeah will take on board Duly's thoughts, I think I have really gotten used to the ETA, I feel lost on some real steep mother hills, but I am beginning to move my weight around loads more, so will give that a go during the week when I ride...........

Loving the ML though, in the air it rocks, real balanced..............Stiff as in the rare end. Wish I had just gone ahead and got the RP3 Push'd. Bob thought not until later, but should have done it............. Not too worry......

Well hoping you cross paths with Hot Pink RX rider...............
 

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Whafe said:
Dam BlackA, that was a run, some days are just like that. You will pack your chain tool and a spare tube and never have an issue for months, you will give ya tube to someone, as you do, then bang the next ride, you will need one. Todays ride should be perfect though.

Dam there are not many blinged out hot pink RX's out there, that was a spot of real good luck......

Well hoping you cross paths with Hot Pink RX rider...............
Totally... I guess that's like so universal. And yeah that might have been the first pink RX Ive seen on the "local" trails yet.
 

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great pix whafe!

THAT BIKE IS FILTHY- NOW GO CLEAN IT UP!!!! :D :lol:

BA, I hear ya on the rough day. We did about 3.5hrs of hard trailwork yesterday in 90d.f temps.. by the time we got on the bikes I just wanted to drink a cold beer and take a dip in the lake. 200' into the trail, I hit a small jump and got bucked hard on the landing (this was on my turner), I flew into a tree trunk pretty hard. Fortunately I had pads on but it still hurt. After I got up & dusted off, I figured out that the rebound on my marzocchi 66 was totally gone, thats why I got bucked, The fork was topping out loudly off every little ripple in the trail, no matter how I adjusted it. So I had to ride around all the fun stuff, which was really frustrating since it was a flowy fast FR trail with lots of fun drops. Then I got a flat- and my hands cramped up while I was fixing it since I had been shovelling for 3hrs previously.... At that point I was like "OK I am all smiles, but this SUCKS!" :madman: :madmax: :rolleyes:

A bad day on the bike is much better than not being able to ride. :yesnod:

Hopefully Marz will take care of me- got to call them tomorrow.
 

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Mate!

That thing is so blingy that even mud itself is afraid to make it look dirty...

Sweet, gorgeous ride!

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great pix whafe!

THAT BIKE IS FILTHY- NOW GO CLEAN IT UP!!!! :D :lol:

BA, I hear ya on the rough day. We did about 3.5hrs of hard trailwork yesterday in 90d.f temps.. by the time we got on the bikes I just wanted to drink a cold beer and take a dip in the lake. 200' into the trail, I hit a small jump and got bucked hard on the landing (this was on my turner), I flew into a tree trunk pretty hard. Fortunately I had pads on but it still hurt. After I got up & dusted off, I figured out that the rebound on my marzocchi 66 was totally gone, thats why I got bucked, The fork was topping out loudly off every little ripple in the trail, no matter how I adjusted it. So I had to ride around all the fun stuff, which was really frustrating since it was a flowy fast FR trail with lots of fun drops. Then I got a flat- and my hands cramped up while I was fixing it since I had been shovelling for 3hrs previously.... At that point I was like "OK I am all smiles, but this SUCKS!" :madman: :madmax: :rolleyes:

A bad day on the bike is much better than not being able to ride. :yesnod:

Hopefully Marz will take care of me- got to call them tomorrow.
Even when we have a day of shockers, am still stoked to be outside connected with the scooters............... Am sure Marz will sort this one, dam hope so....... Goodluck :thumbsup:
 

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G'Day whafe,

A bit of OT here, i sent you PM yesterday, I believe your pm is full, sorry to disturb you buddy. I just would like to ask, how do you find your new hubs and spokes (I9), I am very interested in getting one, and would like to ask you since I ride an ML too( Not exogrid though). I am wondering if this is better than Crossmax XL, which i was intending to buy before I saw your Bling bike set up ..BTW, I am currently using an American classic hubs and rims, with dt swiss revelation spokes.

Thanks mate!
 
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