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I may be in Tulsa in June. Was wondering what people can tell me about Keystone? Is it a fun course? My wife will be in tulsa longer than me so I was thinking of sending my rigid single speed with her and keep my nice bike in Boise for other stuff. Sound smart?
 

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Keystone is a fun course; not lots of climbing and super tech. Tech skills will outweigh fitness and offer a better ride if you've got 'em!
 

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would single speed be? Sounds like it would work fine since minimal climbing? Or am I likely to spin out on lots of flats?

Is it abusive technical where full suspension is highly beneficial?
 

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Abusive technical would be the perfect description of Keystone. 98% ride-able with good skills and right gear. One climb on the expert loop may be too much to clean. It is difficult on a geary. Not to worry about spinning out as there are no flats. Limited climbing is deceiving. Although there are no true long climbs there are numerous short technical ones that wear you out. Most guys run a 32x20 on a 29er. I wouldn't want to bring a 26er to this race...
 

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Sounds like a fun course. Guess I'll bring my full sus bike. I'll have to suffer with 26" ;) I'm sure I can borrow something for any races here and train and play on my single speed.
 

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AlliKat said:
Sounds like a fun course. Guess I'll bring my full sus bike. I'll have to suffer with 26" ;) I'm sure I can borrow something for any races here and train and play on my single speed.
AlliKat - we have some Demo bikes from Niner (RIP9s currently, JET9s when they become available) we would be happy to let you take one out to Keystone....can probably talk someone from the shop into being a tour guide too! Look us up when you get to town

918xc.com

Thanks
 
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