Archives for July 2013

Let’s Ride Sweet 16 – Mountain Biking Barton Creek Greenbelt

Riding the Sweet 16 trail segment. Another of my favorite segments at Barton Creek Greenbelt. I like to [Read more…]

Let’s Ride Travis Country Pumphouse – Mountain Biking Barton Creek Greenbelt

Riding the Travis Country Pumphouse to Barton Creek trail segment. One of my favorite segments at Barton Creek Greenbelt [Read more…]

Let’s Ride!

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt

I’m going to try something new. With the racing season at a slow point, I find myself looking for other things to do when it comes to videos and things to write about.

While I was out riding my new (to me) Jet9 yesterday, and doing a little trail videoing, I thought it might be cool to do some “Let’s Ride…” videos that highlight certain trails and/or segments.

Depending on how this goes, I may or may not do a lot, and I may or may not do much editing with them. I want to try out some different ways of doing it.

With/without music and/or ride audio
Solo or with riding friends
Edited or full length

My current thinking is that these will be pretty raw. Maybe some light editing, possibly for stabilization and likely will include telemetry data.

The first video will be up soon and covers one of my favorite segments in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the nearly all downhill, rocky, loose, W.F.O. descent called Travis Country Pumphouse (to Barton Creek).

Let me know what you think!

2013 ORAMM Race Report

Y U NO ORAMM

Y U NO ORAMM

Well, sadly for me, I had to leave North Carolina a week early and did not get to stay and participate in ORAMM. I was pretty sad about that =(

Maybe next time. In the meantime, here are some good 2013 ORAMM Race Reports:

So far only Dicky has posted anything of note. I’ll update this list as more come in.

The Tetons – Yeti Cycles

Caught this video recently. It’s been 2 years since I was at Jackson Hole on the tail end of a hunting trip. That stay was pretty much life changing for me.

I gotta get back up there someday. Some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. Didn’t mountain bike while there, but I definitely will next time I’m up that way!

Back Early – No ORAMM …

Well, turns out that I wasn’t able to stay in North Carolina as long as I had planned. That’s not really a bad thing other than missing ORAMM and not really getting in as much Pisgah riding as I had hoped.

On the flip side, I did managed to finagle my way into getting in rides on both legs of the journey. On the way out, I rode Montgomery Bell State Park outside of Nashville, Tennessee and on the way back I hit up Stanky Creek Trails aka Nesbit Park in Memphis.

I did get a couple of rides in North Carolina and I’ll go into those more in future posts.

The new Niner Jet9 is working out wonderfully and it was great on the rides I’ve had so far. The true test will come when I start maneuvering through our more technical local trails. The ‘endo’ factor is my only real concern at this point as I’ve given up 2 inches wheel to wheel, as well as inclined my posture more.

While I’m pretty disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to ride ORAMM (and even more irked at the waste of money), I guess not seeing this is a possible upside:

Just a casual stroll in the forest

WTF – EB Route, Travis Country Pumphouse Down

The WTF crew were riding the EB route so I took the opportunity to hook up with them for part [Read more…]

Niner Jet9 Review

Well, as I referenced in my last post, my chain stay had gotten bashed and I was looking for a replacement.

Another chain stay bites the dust!

Another chain stay bites the dust!

I dropped the bike at the shop last Monday before we headed out of town for a trip to Corpus Christi with the expectation that I’d be out about $300 to have it fixed.

Shop calls on Friday with some bad news. Apparently my seat stays are also bent, as well as needing some new bushings. This is going to push the price upwards towards $500.

Now we’re starting to get into the neighborhood of concern on pricing. I’ve already had to replace the chain stay once last fall due to the derailleur hanger not breaking off and shearing off the end of the stay. That cost me about $300 then. Now I’m looking at another $500 into the rear triangle as well? Not to mention I also know a guy who had this exact same bike and also went through 2 chain stays?

Hrmm… do I keep dumping in $300 per stay every 6-8 months or consider changing things up a bit?

Let’s not forget, I’m headed to NC and ORAMM on Friday. AND, there is no way to get the replacement parts here in time to get everything fixed before I leave. Ugh…

So, one option I have is possibly pick up a used Niner Jet9 frame and swap everything over. I am going to meet a guy later today to take a look at a 2011 medium sized frame he is selling.

I was a little worried about going from a large to a medium, but I do know at 5’11” I’m on the edge of being able to ride either a medium or a large.

My buddy Kirby rides a 2010 large Niner Jet9, so I asked if I could borrow it for a spin to get an idea if I thought a medium would work.

I picked up his bike and headed for the Greenbelt. I thought riding on trails I knew would give a good indicator.

The Review

The first thing I noticed was how much more nimble this bike is. The chain stay is a little shorter than the Kona, but the overall wheelbase is about 1 inch shorter. The bike was much more playful and easy to finesse than my Kona.

The next thing I noticed was how the bike just flowed over/through the rocky chunder on the greenbelt. That is likely also a result of the longer travel as Kirby’s bike has a 140mm fork vs. the 100mm fork on the Kona. On both going up and coming down, the bike felt solid through the loose rocky chunder and I was surprised at how much more stable the bike felt.

The other really big difference in bikes was how much easier it was to finesse the bike. It is likely a result of the shorter length of the bike and the shorter reach, but I was able to finesse some of the more tricky climbs better than usual. It was much easier to pick lines, particularly going up, which resulted in my being able to clear several step ups and climbs that I only *sometimes* clear on the Kona.

I was really liking the ride and it felt great. I wasn’t trying to ‘pin it’, and yet I still managed to put up some very respectable times on the segments I rode.

I’ll just say, I really, really enjoyed the bike! It felt very solid, and stable, yet still being more nimble than the Kona.

The only downside to the bike is that it is about 2 pounds heavier than my setup on the Kona, and much of that might could be remedied with a component swap.

Niner Jet9

Kirby’s Jet9

Now, the primary purpose of the ride was to see if I thought a medium would work. Kirby is running an 80mm stem, a setback seatpost, with the seat moved nearly full forward. I didn’t feel stretched, or cramped, and pretty much felt just right. I believe I should be able to get pretty much the same feel on a medium, but possibly with a 100mm stem and a setback post.

I am going to give the Niner frame serious consideration if everything checks out.

So, if I do happen to buy the frame, then it’ll be a race to get the components swapped and get the Jet9 built up with as much of my existing components as possible. I’m not completely sure if the bottom bracket will transfer so I might end up having to get a new BB. I just too ignorant of those details between the two frames to know for sure.

ORAMM

In any case, it looks like I won’t be riding my bike at ORAMM. I’ll either pass on the medium frame and take Kirby’s Jet9, or I’ll pick up the medium frame and try to get all of my parts swapped over. I’m a bit disappointed in either case as I would prefer to avoid this pre-trip drama.