April 19, 2017 at 10:25 am #816162
I foolishly sold my DH bike this spring and already regret it. What is everyone riding at Blue this season? Full DH bikes or new ultra capable all-mountain bike? 27.5″ or 29″?
Bikes I am considering:
– Pivot Phoenix
– Pivot Firebird
– Evil Wreckoning.
I had a lot of fun on the Nomad at Blue but nothing beats a dedicated DH bike.April 20, 2017 at 9:33 am #816172
I’ll be riding the trusty ol’ SX Trail if I make it up to Blue this year. Or I’ll rent, I’ve never actually done a lap on a proper DH bike. 9yrs old, still going strong.April 20, 2017 at 9:58 am #816178
That SX trail is a sick bike. You definitely need to get up there this season, Rentals are solid, Glory DH. I took @fietser up last year and he had a blast. I don’t think enough people take advantage of it. It’s a super fun experience at Blue, whether you go for a day or every weekend, Im more focus on enduro this year but will be up a bunch, likely earning my turns.
Might be a good year to reintroduced the RFG ride days up there.April 20, 2017 at 10:55 am #816181
Will be on my one bike quiver for all riding types this season – 2016 RM Altitude 790 rally.
If i were on full DH I would have to go with Scott Gambler.
Totally agree that the overall experience is super fun and all trail riders should take advantage of the whole experience, no matter what level of rider.
Take a half day off, leave GTA just before lunch and ride to the shadows creep in. Wash your bike, grab a beer and food, walk the village and head back for reasonable time to arrive at work the next day.
$120 day with lifty, food, gas, etc. can normally get 8-ish laps and 70km in that time if yah hustle.
*Protip – Use a bike with a dropper, lol … 2km ride from the gondola to H20/Haole
*EDIT – Evil Wreckoning has been on my radar for sure. Additionally, got the privilege of playing with Joes’ Commencal DH rig while at Joyride this season and it is 100% something i would be looking into too if in the DH market 🙂April 21, 2017 at 10:09 am #816200
Might be a good year to reintroduced the RFG ride days up there.
That’d be a great idea. I just find t hard to justify a full day away from the kids. But they’re older now and can enjoy the village more, so hopefully I’ll get back up to Blue more regularly.April 21, 2017 at 10:24 am #816201
The camps there are amazing, kids outside all day. Lots to do as a family. I do a mini vaca there with my girls each summer now. Laps in the AM and famjam in the afternoon. There is family entertainment in the evenings. Blue has a private beach and shuttles to and from. Pretty solid little getaway really. This is exactly the visitor they want to attract so its pretty tailored to us.April 24, 2017 at 10:00 am #816223
Well, I think the Wreckoning is off the list. Sick bike but after a pile of research, don’t feel it gives me what I’m after.
Down to the Pivots, Firebird or Phoenix….
Opening weekend is just around the corner. Who’s heading up for opening weekend?April 24, 2017 at 11:55 am #816226
Ive got the 19th booked off work and will be heading up for opening day, and likely come back Sat or Sun. Still riding my alum 26″ Gambler, no plans of upgrading til I cant find parts for it anymore! See everyone up there.April 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm #816227
I’ll be riding the trusty ol’ SX Trail if I make it up to Blue this year. Or I’ll rent, I’ve never actually done a lap on a proper DH bike. 9yrs old, still going strong.
night and day difference when the going gets rough. Nothing works like a DH bike.April 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm #816228April 27, 2017 at 9:15 am #816327
Should make it up a few times. Haven’t been there riding in a long time, since racing I think.
No DH bike currently, so I’m debating selling the 134 to pick up a frame with more travel so it isn’t outgunned when I’m hitting up slopes. Doing bromont trip in July! If anyone’s selling an L/XL 27.5x142mm rear frame hit me up! haha.April 30, 2017 at 7:54 am #816380
Is opening day on the long weekend? Just realized that I’ll be in Pennsylvania biking that weekend. Oops.
I’ll be on my Turner DHR at Blue. Good ‘ole 26″ wheels.May 1, 2017 at 9:04 am #816393
Pulled the trigger on this badboy last week. I hope to have it in time for opening weekend, if not I’ll ride whatever I have.
After watching the WC this weekend, it made me happy I did. Nothing beats a full-on DH bike when things get real.
Guess it could be obsolete by Fort Bill though; sounds like many teams are working on a wagon wheel DH bike. As we saw in the race however, weather doesn’t give a shit about wheel size. Should be a pretty wild season.
1 user thanked author for this post.May 1, 2017 at 3:49 pm #816403
SOOOOO excited for bike park sessions this year on my ultra capable AM bike!!!
I treated myself to yet another RM to add to my fleet. Rocky Mountain Slayer 770. Just got my cockpit sorted with cromag BZA stem and bar and it feels incredible on the local DH fun lines.
I rode my RM Thunderbolt at blue about 10 times this past season and i’m really looking forward to sessioning my new mini DH, funduro, downduro, magic carpet extra squish machine.
The adjustable geometry of the new RM’s is a really important point with bike choice for me… in “XC mode” this bike is still fairly quick and nimble.. its actually enjoyable to climb and ride on flat trails despite how much travel it has. Put in in slack mode and it’s a full on East Coast DH beast!!!!
Personally, I don’t like the the new Pivot firebird at all…. (Based on appearance mainly).
The Evil looks pretty slick though!
Looking forward to making more friends on the gondola this year!
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Slayer is a sick bike, you’ll love it. Think it’s a perfect choice.
I reasserted the mini DH bikes pretty diligently. The Firebird may be odd looking to some but part of that is the short stays and long from centre, which translates to a pretty incredible ride. Also think its’ the best climber and all day bike for epic trips. And with 170/170mm can handle pretty much anything. Santa Cruz should have an answer when the N4 is released. But with new V-10 style read end it may be more DH than AM. The previous Nomad was simply amazing as well, still is. Slayer was also at the top of the list for me. You’re gonna love it.
All the bikes are killer these days, great time to be a mountain biker. You rally can get exactly what you want.
Looking forward to getting some laps in with ya this summer!
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