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KMC Chains Winter Series #3

Posted by RL Policar On February - 13 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Last weekend the boys were out racing some Super D at the KMC Chains Winter Series at Southridge. So we asked each racer to give us a brief report on their race experience.

 

First up is Knight Rider-Kyle Knight:

Kyle Knight

Super D was pretty cool this week. I liked the layout of this course super fun pretty tech and kept me on my toes. I was able to get in a little bit of practice, really trying to get the rock garden line down. My run went well felt good about my race run on the techy parts but there were some sprint spots that I just could not push as hard as I would have liked. Over all great weather, great dirt after the rain, and a really fun course. Thank you to my sponsorsminbikeriders.com and Dainese D-Store of Orange County. I placed 15th out of 21 racers.

Leandro Parada

Round #3 at the KMC Chains Winter Series, if you can call it winter. We had a light amount of rain during the week, which made track conditions nearly perfect, in addition to the layout of the course, which was long and fun, we couldn’t ask for more. This time around we had a good number of racers in our class, well over 20, and fast guys.  The track was long, with some fast turns, a technical rocky part, which we practiced a few times to get the line memorized, in addition there was a good little climb, which on this type of race format  was going to get just about everyone.
Race time came about, I took off confident, first fast turns, no problem, not crazy fast, just fast enough.
Climbing time, pedaled it, paced myself as there was plenty more to come, as the climbing section was over, I felt the stress on my legs from the climb, then the rock garden, I was confident and tired, I pushed through it, made it through, then I got confident, hit a small rock and went over the bars, ouch! Yes I was mad, good bye race time…
I got up as soon as I could, straighten my bike, hoped on it, and kept going. I tried to push a little harder to make up time, and stumbled on another section that I usually know by heart, but oh well, I kept at it. I finished off the race, I was tired, mad, and at the same time happy, I was still in one piece, with just a small bruise from my crash.
I was the first one of the team to make it down, I went over by the finish line to cheer on my team mates as they came across the finish line.  So here we are, another event in the books, took 19th place out of 24 I think, maybe less, all I know is I was not last. This was a fun day, the mistakes I made only make it for a better story to tell if I don’t win. I want to thank my team mates, for the fun times, and. All the sponsors we have, and overall God for keeping us safe, none of us suffered any major injuries, and we look forward to the next one

Dan Burdett is a man of a few words, actually he’s not. The guy looooooves to talk. If you get a chance to, ask him about audio and visual equipment. He’ll give you  break down on everything you need to know. However, he works really hard on the race course. Dan took 8th in Sport Men 35+

We call him Super Dan

The belle of the ball would be Adam Spik. He just came off training for marathons and drinking raw eggs and punching a side of beef in a meat packing house. Plus he saved a little girl and her kittens from a burning building just the day before. He too is a man of a few words. When I asked him for his race report, this is what I got….

3rd place “Thanks to the support of MtnBikeRiders.com and The Dainese Store of Orange County.” I couldn’t have done it without you.

3rd place for Adam Spik!

So there you have it folks! Thanks to all the guys for putting 100% of effort out there and we do want to thank our sponsors MtnBikeRiders.com and The Dainese D-Store Orange County

 

 

We’ve got a Fatty for you!

Posted by RL Policar On February - 6 - 20142 COMMENTS

Actually this Fatty isn’t what you’re thinking, it’s the On-One Fatty available at PlanetX. Ghost Rider, our Managing Editor on our sister site, BikeCommuters.com is putting this Fatty through the snowy paces for a review. We Voluntold Ghost Rider for this review because of the obvious…snow. He’s at our Dayton, Ohio facility to see what all the hoopla is all about with these fatties.

On-One Fatty being tested

Check out the small rooster tail being kicked up from the rear tire. From what GR tells us, under the 4″ of  powder, there’s a few inches of ice that even the big fat tires can’t seem to break through.

BRAAAP!

Apparently you can pretty much do anything with these bikes despite the larger tires.

Stay tuned as GR does more testing on this fun bike!

 

Leandro Parada’s Super D Race Report

Posted by RL Policar On February - 4 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

First race of the year which also means this was the first race at the KMC Chains Winter Series at Southridge, Fontana. What can I say, we had perfect temperatures for riding, a very dry course for winter, no rain, no mud, and many people out there trying to get it. We started out the morning by doing the registration line, which was short, but still took us 1 hr to get to the front due to the XC racers showing up late for registration, then Kyle as well as a couple of my other friends, Sandra,Kevin and myself headed up to do some practice runs. As we got to the top of the road, we started looking for the blue arrows which marks the SD course, we did 4 little runs on a section until someone told us we were on the wrong track, the SD course was on the other side of the hill, and not on what we were running on.

Leandro’s Super D Race Run

I got to do 2 dry runs before the race. Didn’t feel that great about it, just felt ok. Not too fast, not too slow, and due to the dry, dusty and sandy conditions of the track I didn’t want to go too fast either. Race time came about, I was pumped and ready. I lined up at the start, 3, 2, 1, Go!

I felt really good on my run, and a few slow sections, and made it down in 1 piece, overall I was happy with the Run I did, but I know it could have been faster. and the end of the day, I finished 7th of 14, not bad, but will have to step my game up for the next race if I want to place. I like that we have a good group of fast guys my class, which makes things a little more interesting and challenging.Looking forward to the next race! I’d like to thank my sponsors for their support MtnBikeRiders.com and the Dainese D-Store Orange County.

Nashbar Bee’s Knees Review

Posted by Moe Ramirez On February - 3 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

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While the rest of the country freezes their butt off, So Cal mountain bikers are enjoying quite a warm winter. Warm winter=more riding! To up the winter fun factor, I’ve been riding Nashbar’s Bee’s Knees 650b single speed fully rigid bicycle.

Calling this bike a “beginner entry level” bike would be a mistake, the $499.00 may say otherwise but I would not recommend this bike to a person who’s just entering the sport. Why? First of all, the bike needs to be re-geared to be more “knee” friendly for mountain biking, the 32X18 gearing seems to be working fine for most people that have ridden the bike. Another reason why this bike would appeal to a more seasoned rider is that this bike is quite customizable and adding middle of the line parts that maybe gathering dust from a previous upgrade would be an decent upgrade to this bike.

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One look at the spec sheet and it easy to see that this bike comes with mostly no-name parts such the saddle, seatpost, bars and the cranks. These parts do attribute to the heaviness of the bicycle. However, it is nice to see that the bike does come with Avid mechanical brakes and Kenda Nevegal tires.

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What is the appeal of this bike? It’s a singlespeed 650b bike! As I mentioned on my first impression, I love Singlespeed bikes for their simplicity and how challenging they can be to ride.

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How does it ride? Having had experience with both 26″ and 29″ singlespeed bikes, the 650b has blown me away. The bike is nimble, the steering does not feel heavy like a 29er, the lower center of gravity on the 650b does not feel that you are riding too high and once you get rolling, the momentum that 29ers have over a 26er is also present on a 650b bicycle. The choice of tires on this bike help out a lot, Nevegals are a superb all-around tire and that helps the bicycle track with easiness in all kinds of terrain.

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The Bee’s Knees is no racing machine by any means, but the fun factor of this bike scores highly on my scale. I really like riding this bike even though it can beat me up sometimes and it also has proven to be very reliable with zero problems and zero chain drops. Another great reason to ride a singlespeed bicycle is that it increases one’s stamina and physical condition and it is great for losing the weight you gathered during the holiday season.

If you are wanting an inexpensive singlespeed with 650b tires, you should really consider the Bee’s Knees, it surpassed my expectations.

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Kyle Knight Race Super D Race Report

Posted by RL Policar On February - 1 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

One of our newest members of the MtnBikeRiders.com Race team is a fella named Kyle Knight. Ya I know what you’re thinking, “what a cool name!” Trust me, all I want to do is call him “Michael” or “Knight Rider.” Anyhow Mr.K has been involved with Enduro racing for quite some time. He’s won a handful of Enduro races and we were pretty excited to have him on the team. He’s got some sort of moto (dirt bike) background so his riding style is chock-full of finesse or as some say it, STEEZE.

Read up on Mr. K’s Super D race experience below…

Mr.K.

Race # 1 Southridge winter series at Fontana 1/11/14.
Were back to racing. This past weekend was the first round of the Southridge winter series. Weather was nice cool light breeze on race day lead to some good racing and good times. For this weeks race nothing was over the top but it was sandy and had some long pedaling spots that put everyone to their test and showed how out of shape the holidays made me.

I felt good all day but right off the bat I missed the first corner and push too hard in the next corner trying to make up time and my front tire washed out. Had to clear my head for a sec then I put in a good ride the rest of the way down. Didn’t expect much after that this class is stacked with some fast guys but I went home with a smile on my face and looking forward to my next ride. I’d like to thank my sponsors for the support. D-Store in OC (Dainese) and MtnBikeRiders.com

Mr. K’s Super D Race Run

 

Hard as in hard tail. Rigid to be exact! Check out the Soma Juice 29er.

Soma Juice 29er

Pretty water bottle mounts. I like added touches like that, brings a level of class to a frame.

Did I mention that it’s steel? Yep!

Beefy steel fork.

Soma provided the frame, seat collar, fork, headset and stem.

Dang forks looks so burly!

Slider dropouts give me the option to go single speed at a later date. I may just take them up on that offer.

The build plan basically has a budget in mind. I don’t plan on spending any money on it. I’ve got some newish 1×10 drive train parts that I’m planning on using as well as an WTB i9 wheel set.  The build itself shouldn’t take long. We’re planning on having it done by next week.

Happy Birthday to the Semi-Famous RL

Posted by Moe Ramirez On January - 25 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Another year goes by and his fame increases by just a smudge… Still, he is the semi-famous, legend in his own mind and my very best friend RL Policar

From all the MtnBikeriders.com writers and racers: HAPPY BIRTHDAY RL!!!!

Want a MtnBikeRiders.com Sticker?

Posted by RL Policar On January - 20 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

If so you’re in luck! We’re giving away 10 stickers! These measure 12″x1″ made with white vinyl. Can be placed on your body, bicycle, vehicle and on children. All you have to do is send us an email with your mailing address and we’ll send one out to you! The first 10 emails we get will automatically receive one sticker. For the rest of you suckers, sorry! Thanks!

Stickers!

Check out the 2014 MtnBikeRiders.com Team Jerseys

Posted by RL Policar On January - 15 - 20142 COMMENTS

Check out our 2014 Team Jerseys. The MtnBikeRiders.com Race Team had some changes this year and with that in mind, I decided to go completely away from the colors we’ve used in the passed. This year we’re proud to say that The Dainese D-Store in Costa Mesa Ca. has sponsored our team. A bit of a back story on our new kit. When we were working with Dainese to secure our sponsorship, I went ahead and picked out the shorts you see me wearing and worked on a design that closely match the colors and style of the shorts.

3/4 jersey with oval collar

Dainese logos on the sleeves and back.

This is me riding my invisible bike.

This is me riding my real bike during my first Super D race.

The jerseys were a big hit with the team. In fact when I set out to create the design, I waited until the last minute before sending a mock up to the the guys. Actually, the jerseys were already being made when they saw what it was going to look like. The fit is pretty nice, it allows you to wear elbow pads and of the DH guys, the can wear their body armor underneath without it being too constrictive.

At the KMC Chains Winter Series, we received a ton of compliments from other riders as well as other teams. By the way, we didn’t just buy some jerseys off the shelf and had iron-on logos made. No way, we went all out and had these custom designed and manufactured right here in Los Angeles Ca. That’s right, our jerseys sublimated and handmade by beautiful women who are the best in their craft.

Why Super D Racing might be better than Downhill

Posted by RL Policar On January - 14 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

This past weekend I participated in my very first Super D race at Southridge at the KMC Chains Winter Series. I’ve been racing bikes on and off for a few years now, some XC and mostly downhill. When I did race downhill, I found that I really enjoyed it.

But after this weekend, I think I’m going to focus more on Super D racing instead. I thought about this during my drive home after the race. There were a few things that clicked in my head that made sense to me on why and how Super D is better than downhill racing. I’ve got some bullet points for you, ready?

  • No need to buy a downhill specific bike
  • Race the bike you ride with during the week
  • No need for full face helmet and body armor
  • Bike is way lighter
  • Pedal up the instead of pushing your bike up
  • Super D Races are typically twice as long as downhill races at Southridge.
  • Practice and Race on the same day

So those are my bullet points on why I think Super D is better than racing downhill. But I probably should note that I’m speaking in terms of it being held at Fontana, Ca. If you’re a SoCal regular or you’ve raced in Southridge, then you know that the venue really doesn’t compare to any world cup destinations, but it’s still downhill. In fact you’ll often find super big name pros racing at Southridge like Arron Gwin, Gee Atherton, Kyle Strait and many more. Basically Southridge DH is good enough for pros, so it’s definitely challenging enough for guys like me.

But I digress to my bullet points. Here’s the thing, if you want to race downhill, try giving Super D a chance first. You can use the same bike you normally ride because it doesn’t really require a bike that has more than 6″  of travel. The bike I used was the Titus Rockstar with 5″ in the front and 4″ in the back. While the other guys on our race team rode 5-6″ trail bikes. Actually Art Aguilar raced with his carbon fiber XC bike. That was enough bike to handle the course.

 

Super D might be better than DH

Another point that I wanted to make about Super D is that you can use your current gear. Most DH racers will ride with a full face helmet as well as some sort of body armor. There were a few Super D racers that used a full face and armor during the race. But I find that a full face can be very constricting when you’ve got a long pedal section.

One last thing that makes Super D great is that when you do race, you’re riding a bike that you’re familiar with. Often times in DH you’re riding a completely different bike. That means you spend less time on it, not as familiar with all the handling quirks.

In conclusion, racing Super D opened my eyes to a whole new opportunity to enjoy my bike and racing

 

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