The place local to me, straight out of the car park is the longest and steepest climb in the place! Gets it out of the way early but gets you blowing a bit lol. Loads of tight switchbacks all the way up so getting momentum is hard.I recently sold my custom Orange Patriot DH bike as most of my mates have stopped riding DH as much and doing a bit more XC or have grown old and boring with family/children stopping them coming out to play. So I bought a Santa Cruz Nomad AM bike so I could do a little XC whilst still being able to push it on the DH runs............ turns out Im not as fit as I thought I was, this up hill lark is torture!
Tell me about it. The guys in work convinced me to do a charity X-Country race last year. It's been a few too many years since I did any "real" XC and it was only 35 km so what the heck. My word, after 10k I was finished. I had cramps in my legs and feet during the ride! It was also very steep in parts, only walk/climbable. Anyway, I came 4th from last which was no surprise to me and I was the oldest in 4,000 entries so I got a ripple of applause crossing the finish. But man was I finished! Took me a week to feel normal again!I recently sold my custom Orange Patriot DH bike as most of my mates have stopped riding DH as much and doing a bit more XC or have grown old and boring with family/children stopping them coming out to play. So I bought a Santa Cruz Nomad AM bike so I could do a little XC whilst still being able to push it on the DH runs............ turns out Im not as fit as I thought I was, this up hill lark is torture!
I don't like them at all after a few tumbles at speed especially on loose rock descents. I travelled almost 10m once chin-up on my face on rocks with my feet up and almost 20 kg of bike grinding me in. Had my left hand trapped under me, took all the skin off my forearm and the back of my hand, glove shredded! I could have rolled out without the friggin bike welded to my feet!SPDs for DH is just asking for a face full of tree! Ive heard a lot of people coming from road biking or XC to DH say they cant get on with flats, the answer is a good set of flats with proper spikes like DMR or Wellgo V8/V12 and a pair of Fiveten shoes. Its the equivalent of SPDs but quicker bail out if needed, with this combination Ive never had a foot slip off a pedal even on the wettest, muddiest rides.
Bloody shame it was nicked. Over the years Ive has 4 bikes stolen, never seen them again. Two were brand new, well only weeks old. A Bianchi XC and a Kona Cindercone. I could chop their bloody hands off myself. A bike is personal, it becomes part of you when you ride.I use to be into the DH thing and loved it!
Unfortunately my bike was nicked last year and seeing as I'm moving to Namibia at the end of next year I'm holding out for dirt bike. Can't justify a couple of grand on another bike that I'll only get use out of for 18months. It is sick though and I do miss it. Good video that.
In terms of pedals, decent flats with 5ten shoes is a hard one to beat.
This was what I rolled on:
If anyone sees it about let me know!