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INTERBIKE 2013: SONY POV ACTION CAM

Posted by Art Aguilar On September - 30 - 2013

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I am always on the look out for new ways to get that great riding footage or a cool product video reviews for our readers of MtnBikeRiders.com and in doing so we are on the look out for the newest tools to help us with that, so when we go to Interbike you will see a lot of new POV cameras trying to make a break in the market.
Now I will be truthful here I really didn’t know that SONY had a POV camera and what I saw did kind of remind me of the one I have now, but when I went into the booth something about the SONY ACTION CAM just caught my eye that told me it may be a hair better if not greater then the big guy out there, also this is SONY!! They are a leader in the camcorder industry as well as cameras, along with other electronics, so why wouldn’t they not know how to make a POV camera better then the leader in this realm.
Rachelle Arcebido from SONY Electronics was kind enough to go over their new ACTION CAM with me and I for one really like what she had to say about the SONY ACTION CAM’s features. Lets take a brief look at the new SONY ACTION CAM and
what you can get with it. The camera will come with two surface mounts, rugged waterproof protective housing, also in this pic below you will see the handle bar mount, as well as the camcorder mount, other accessories you will be able to get will be a chest mount, goggle mount, and roll bar mount just to name a few.
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As you can see in the next few photos the ACTION CAM is slim and sized to be light in weight. Operation is also made to be easy. The only thing that I was told that SONY does not do themselves is the optics. SONY went to one of the leaders in the field for this and that would be Carl Zeiss. They give you an ultra-wide angle Vario-Tessar lens for perfect clarity. The ACTION CAM has a view screen on one side, the waterproof protective case has a standard tripod mount on the bottom, so you will be able to use it on just about any type of mounting system. True stereo speakers (not a mono speaker like the other guys), and all the necessary cable hook-ups within the unit, oh and did I forget to mention SONY’s own hallmark SteadyShot™ image stabilization, and Wi-Fi, and of course 1080 HD.
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TURN IT INTO A HAND HELD CAMCORDER
This was one feature I loved more then anything, SONY has a kit that will turn your ACTION CAM into a hand held camcorder. Once you clip it into the unit it has a flip out screen that turns for you to position, also it has the standard tripod mount on the kit. This makes for one versatile POV camera.IMG_9432
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K-EDGE TEAMS UP WITH SONY
If you don’t know who K-Edge is they make mounting systems out of nice machined aluminum that mount POV cams to the handle bars and under the seat. These are slick units that keep the cameras nice and clean on your bike.
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I could go on with all the great feature that come with the new SONY ACTION CAM, but if I did and we get one to test I won’t have anything left to tell you, but what I can say is Rachelle said something that that made perfect sense when it come to the other guy, “They make mounting systems for a camera and we make a camera, the mounting systems are for it”. The camera should come first and we all know SONY has what it takes to make the best. This being said its a tough market to break into and it will break those who don’t keep up. SONY has a good thing here.

Thanks to Rachelle Arcebido for showing us the new ACTION CAM.
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INTERBIKE 2013: DOWNHILL BIKES

Posted by Art Aguilar On September - 25 - 2013

NUKEPROOF, DEVINCI, SANTA CRUZ, INTENCES 275, FOES

Here is your Downhill Interbike eye candy. Enjoy.

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INTERBIKE 2013: DAINESE 2014

Posted by Art Aguilar On September - 25 - 2013

DAINESE FULL OF INNOVATION> Most people know DAINESE for their high excellence in quality as well as their high standard of safety. They have been doing it right since 1972 in the motorcycle industry and this has carried over to the mountain bike industry in 1992. What you see out there most others have copied, which is truly flattering.

They have a lot of first when it comes to developing something no one else has. So what did DAINESE do in 2012, they reinvented mountain biking protection again by incorporating the BOA retention system (what you see on ski boots and road cycling shoes) in their new line of knee and elbow pads, they also added aluminum sliders ( this from the roadracing suits) on the knee and elbows to the OAK PRO Guards, and to top off the last of it DAINESE developed a new padding to absorb impact better to go with their newest pads.

Made with the synergyc use of two innovative materials: Pro-Shape and Crash Absorb materials. A sandwich composed of an outer layer in polymer derived from F1 racing with the highest shock absorption capacity and remarkable elasticity is bonded to an inner layer of polyethylene foam of the highest thickness and visco elastic nitrile rubber to create an extremely flexible pad. (as quoted from Dainese)

2014 PROTECTION AND GEAR
With the popularity of Enduro Racing most companies have come out with lighter pads as well as gear and DAINESE has done the same.

For the Enduro Racer or weekend worrier the new light weight TRAIL SKINS Knee and Elbow Guards incorporate the same PRO-SHAPE materials as the OAK series of pads, but lighter.IMG_9250
Highly breathable as well as flexible one could only feel the air flow through them. You will also see side impact protection as well.
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The new RHYOLITE JACKET SOFT has been updated for 2014 with added shoulder and elbow protected sleeves that can be removed. Back protection is the flexible Crash Absorb shape memory retention material (water-repellent elastic-visco nitrile rubber), along with PRO-SHAPE and Crash Absorb that is positioned in the front chest, side and abdomen areas.IMG_9252
The jacket like the pads is fully breathable.
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If your just looking for the back protection DAINESE has you covered with the BACK PROTECTOR SOFT
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The new Downhill Freeride line has changed as well. BASANITE jersey and HUCKER shorts are made with lighter materials and have more breath ability. If you look at the photo of the jersey from the back side you can see through it.
The shorts have nice big air panels to allow flow and comfort
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The new ROCK SOLID-D gloves caught my eye. They look like the ROCK SOLIDS, but have a added PRO-SHAPE panel to the knuckle area. They were quite comfortable on the hand and as you can see in the photo the PRO-SHAPE flexes nice to the hand.
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I don’t know what RL was trying to do here, but he made a nice hand model, plus his tux shirt matched the gloves.
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DAINESE also has a new PERFORMANCE Jacket as well as PERFORMANCE ARMOR that uses the new MANIS Back Protector, also DAINESE has their new Enduro/Trail jersey and short called the DRIFTER. More on this later.
Look for DAINESE new gear soon.

Thanks to DAINESE guys for the time.

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INTERBIKE 2013: COMMENCAL 2014

Posted by Art Aguilar On September - 23 - 2013

COMMENCAL LINE UP

COMMENCAL has always been a bike that looks cool to me. If you have never heard of this little company from Andorra, they have had such riders as Anne-Caroline Chausson, Cédric GRACIA, and the powerhouse cycling family “the ATHERTONs on their bikes. Winning races all over the world cup circuit. Since 2000 this small company has made a big impact in a short time.

SUPREME DH WORLD CUP
The flag ship SUPREME DH WORLD CUP leads the way with all the bells and whistles you need to take on any World Cup course. Top of the line Fox suspension, Formula Disc brakes, SRAM XO, RaceFace cranks, and E-13 Chain Guide you are ready for that rainbow jersey. IMG_9439

SUPREME DH : CAN YOU SAY PRETTY FAST IN PINK
Now don’t take this one lightly, the SUPREME DH may not be the top of the line, but it will take you to the top of the podium if you have what it takes. It shares a lot of the same company components, but just the the next step down.
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A closer look at the rear suspension gives you a super plush ride in the rough.

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META SX FACTORY

This is badass 6″ Enduro entry with Fox Float CTD with remote lever, Fox 34 Float Factory CTD FIT Remote. Both fork and shock have the KASHIMA Coating for smooth action, Formula Brakes, SRAM XO, and to top off a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost.IMG_9435

FOR THE LITTLE DOWNHILLERS IN THE FAMILY

COMMENCAL didn’t forget the little one’s in you clan. They are one of the few if not only manufacture that makes a 24″ and 20″ mini DH bicycle called the SUPREME24 and 20. This is the coolest thing to see out at your local races and I just love it. Makes me want to go have a kid just so I can buy one. “WOW I didn’t say that!!”
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The colors may be a little bright, but one things for sure you will be noticed when you cross that finish line and to see more about the COMMENCAL line go to commencal.com.

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LOADED AMXC NOSLIP GRIPS

Posted by Art Aguilar On May - 7 - 2013
THE LOADED AMXC NON SLIP GRIPS

THE LOADED AMXC NON SLIP GRIPS

 

 

 

 

 

THE AMXC NO SLIP GRIPS

While at Sea Otter we ran into Loaded Precision Inc. If you have never heard of them they are a precision bicycle component manufacturing  company based out of San Diego California.
They make everything from handlebars, stems, headsets, seatpost, wheelsets, and hubs. This is a company that has a lot of really cool products. Their products stick out because of the beautiful anodizing and precision machining that is just a part of what and who they are and one of their products that caught my eye early on while at Interbike this last year was the AMXC grips No Slip Grips. It was this unique grip surface that was on them that made me stop and look at them. It looked like something that the military would use and I’m not just talking our ordinary military, but Special forces, namely our Navy Seals. Sure enough when talking with the guys at LOADED they did confirm this was a material used by them and in what way I can not say. The other part of the grips you have is the clean looking machining of their Lock-Rings & end caps.

GRIPS WITH GRIPSION
OK I made that word up and what does gripsion mean, simple “Ultimate Grip”. I know looking at the LOADED grips one would think their just another pair of lock on grips, but I’m hear to tell you these things hook you up like a fly stuck on flypaper. LOADED was kind enough to give us a pair to test and seeing that I was racing the downhill at Sea Otter what better place to do a first test.
When you feel them for the first time bare handed you can tell off the bat that they do have a tacky surface on them, one I have never felt on a grip before. It almost feels gummy to the touch. With gloves on you get the same feel, so what is it with the surface that makes them unique. Well its the material of the grip, as I had mentioned earlier this grade of rubber is used by a part of our US military and what does the NoSlip Grip offer, no matter what the weather condition is, snow, rain, mud, dirt, or something like grease the LOADED  NoSlip grip ensures rider hand contact to the grip. This is as important to the rider as it is to a soldier gripping his weapon or vital item he is using in the field.

THIS IS WHAT GIVES YOU GRIPSION.

THIS IS WHAT GIVES YOU GRIPSION.

ON THE RACE RUN
Once I fit the grips on and tighten them they locked on like any other lock on, but they do have an extra ring that comes with the grips that give them better lock to the bars, end caps go in with no hassle. Now I’m use to a fatter grip, but I really didn’t mind the feel of the LOADED NoSlip grips, yes they were slimmer, but they felt really good in the hand and with my gloves on you had no slipping at all.

Now I didn’t have any practice to get a feel with the grips, so my race run was a cold one with these babies and the first thing I noticed out of the gate was my hands were stuck to the grip till I would release them. On my run moving the bike under me, pulling on the bars to jump or maneuver was like having clips on my hands. After my run I thought about it and I was truly impressed with these grips, they preformed as stated.  Now I really like to pick apart a product before I will say this is the best thing next to ice cream or tacos, but I may have to lean this way.
I did want to give them one test while I was at Sea Otter, so I poured water on the grips and sure enough the water beaded right off the grip and when I  poured the water over my hand and grip there was no slippage. again “Wow”! I’m sold and as time goes on I will be giving these grips an extreme mud, dirt, water (again), and grease (well maybe) test for a long term.

QUICK TECH
Here’s the tech on the grips.
Material: NoSlip rubber / Clamp: CNC 6061 Alloy Lock-Rings & End Caps / Weight: 118g / Clamp Diameter: 29.5mm / Length: 130mm / Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Gold, Green

LOADED AMXC NOSLIP GRIPS ON MY AIRBORNE TAKA

LOADED AMXC NOSLIP GRIPS ON MY AIRBORNE TAKA

CLEAN LOOK WITH STYLE

CLEAN LOOK WITH STYLE

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT’S THE PRICE FOR GRIPSION

To have ultimate grip from LOADED and their AMXC NoSlip grips the msrp is $29.99.  Yes this may be a little on the high side for a set of grips, but well worth it if you ask me. They come in five colors, so I’m sure you can find a color to make you stead look cool.

You can go to the LOADED website to check out all their cool products at www.loadedusa.com.
We wish to thank LOADED PRECISION INC.

The Tuxedo Tactical Team

Posted by RL Policar On February - 15 - 2012

At the last Shimano Winter Series Downhill Race, the team decided to bust out their Sunday Best, Tuxedos!

Art, Corey, Bryan, RL and Neal.
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Yours truly.
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Neal Bryant
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Bryan Doney
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Art “Always Sexy” Aguilar
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Funny how different cameras pick up a different shade of pink on the jerseys…One of the best things about the Tuxedo jersey, we get a TON of compliments before, during and our race runs. So much so that I’ve even received orders from people at the race! The jersey definitely stands out and it has been a great marketing tool for MtnBikeRiders.com.

In Decline Magazine

Posted by RL Policar On May - 8 - 2011

We touched on this a few weeks ago when we first heard that some of us were scheduled to appear in the June 2011 issue of Decline Magazine. Well I finally tracked down my own copies, one to read and one to save. In the photo you’ll see (from left to right) team racers, Corey Pond, Art Aguilar and yours truly. The article talks about the Shimano Winter Series that Southridge Racing Company has been putting on the last 20 years. We really are blessed to have this organization and venue to ride. Big thanks to Mike Lord, photographer extraordinaire and of course Decline Magazine.

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Ride Report: GMR Downhill

Posted by Joe Solancho On March - 16 - 2011

This past weekend my friends and I headed up to Glendora Mountain Road aka GMR. We would be descending down a trail called Monroe Truck Trail or GMR East. There are several names for this trail but it’s commonly referred to just as “GMR”. I myself have been riding this trail several times the last two weeks, since my friend Perfecto showed it to me. It doesn’t seem to get old… It’s pretty hard to pass up a super fun descent that is SIX miles long.

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Big group gettig ready to hit the trail!

The way this works is we shuttle the riders to the top. We typically leave several cars at the bottom parking lot then drive up to the upper parking lot, next to the trailhead. The drive up is the only downside for this ride. If you easily get car sick / motion sickness, best to prep yourself as you will go up a winding road. GMR is also popular to many other users such as road cyclists, motorcyclists (fast guys who drag their knees on corners) and longboards (skateboards). The road can be busy so be careful. It’s about an 8 mile drive to the top.

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View from the trailhead. Pic by Nel Manimbo

Description of the trail – from the trailhead you will start on a descent. You will encounter a short climb, then the rest is all downhill. There is nothing technical with the trail, just a few exposures on the side of the mountain as you pick up speed. There will be short s-turns, switchbacks, loose rocks in some places, … but most of all FAST sections. If you are familiar with the Luge in Orange County, it’s similar but much longer. Talk about smiles for miles… (*There is an option off this trail for a more challenging downhill which has a real steep section).
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Area where we regroup

This group ride consisted of 21 guys. The plan was to do two runs. The first will be down the trail I described above and the second will be down GMR West, a two mile DH run. I myself haven’t been down GMR West and was looking forward to it. Heading down the mountain, the group split into two – 12 went with me down the route mentioned above and the other 9, Perfecto’s group, turned off at the *steep section. We stopped at the breakpoint to regroup. From here we would typically go down the switchbacks but decided to try a different route. It was supposed to be longer… little did we know what the bottom had in store for us. Water crossing after water crossing!!!
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One of the many water crossings. pic by Nel Manimbo

Just when we thought we were out of it, there would be more… not only that, some sections were impossible to ride through as the shrubs were overgrown. Needless to say we had to hike-a-bike through some of it. When we finally made it out, we regrouped at the exit.
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While waiting for the others to exit we noticed a FD helicopter flying overhead and fairly low. Uh oh… we had a feeling something happened. From here was a short ride to our cars that were left behind at the lower parking lot. When we got there, there were more FD and paramedics. We asked what was going on and all they can tell us is someone got hurt. Not knowing the details, we suspected it was someone from the other group that split off. There were no other mountain bikers on the trail except for us that morning.
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Landing somewhere up in the mountain. pic by Flex Jamboy

We waited at the bottom for awhile waiting for the other group to come down. When they didn’t, six of us went up for another run down the mountain. Reaching the breakpoint we see Perfecto’s group – one less rider, Jay. Apparently there was a mishap and Jay crashed down the mountain. I don’t have the details of his crash but it required him to be airlifted out of the mountain. Perf’s group, now one-less rider, were taking turns bring Jay’s bike down the mountain.
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Securing Jay before the airlift. Pic by Flex Jamboy

My six guys finished the ride by heading down the switchbacks avoiding the previous water adventure. Almost at the bottom, our friend Dexter comes very close to rear ending Alan and had to veer off the trail. Fortunately there was a tree that kept him from going much further to the bottom of the mountain. We pulled him up and he walked away unscathed. Wow what an eventful ride!!!
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Dexter peeping out like an elf…LOL

Jay went home from the hospital the same day. From the pictures and posts on FB, he appears to be ok. Below is a video from our last run… Rescue Dexter is at the end of the clip :)

Leatt-Brace DBX Comp – Protection for your neck!

Posted by Joe Solancho On February - 15 - 2011

In our sport of downhill (DH), whether you are racing or just riding downhill trails, nothing boosts more confidence than having the right protection. Other than the obvious – helmet, you can now have protection for your neck. The Leatt-Brace DBX Comp employs the patented Alternative Load Path Technology (ALPT) which minimizes movement of your neck upon a crash.

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The Leatt-Brace, maker of the moto neck brace has come out with a specific brace for bicycles – the DBX Comp (Downhill and BMX). Although similar in appearance as the moto neck brace, the DBX Comp is constructed with thinner pads, ¼” thinner vs. the moto. The DBX helps protect riders from head or neck impacts. The ALPT helps disperse the energy that is typically transferred to the neck, resulting from an impact to the head and assists in the transferring of forces away from the vulnerable neck structures to less vulnerable areas of the body and is pivotal in the design of all Leatt-Braces.

The DBX (and other Leatt-Braces) helps protect the rider from the following scenarios:

- Hyperextension: Extreme bending of the head in a rearward direction
- Hyperflexion: Extreme bending of the head in a forward direction
- Lateral Hyperflexion: Extreme bending of the head to one side
- Posterior Hypertranslation: Movement of the head relative to the neck, at ninety degrees to the neck.
- Axial Loading (when combined with Flexion, Extension and Lateral Flexion): Helps prevent axial loading when the axial forces act in combination with bending moments or shear forces. As an example, this typically occurs when your head is forced downward and forward (Hyperflexion) or downward and backward (Hyperextension).

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Specs on the Leatt DBX:

- Injection molded
- Glass reinforced
- Nylon neck brace system
- Designed by medical professionals and motorcycle enthusiasts to help prevent extreme neck movements upon a crash

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The DBX Comp’s key parts are the neck brace which are two pieces – front and back. The front includes the piece that sits on your chest and the back piece includes the thoracic member. The front and back are connected by “pins”, one on each side. A strap is included to keep the brace in place (optional).
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Side view of the DBX Comp

The most important part of wearing the DBX Comp is the fitment. It’s imperative that you are properly fitted to ensure you have the maximum protection. The DBX Comp comes with four pairs of pins to accommodate various sizes:

- Short Pin (0mm)
- Medium Pin (10mm)
- Long Pin (20mm)
- Long Pin (30mm)

Having the Leatt-Brace too big (loose) or too small(tight) can affect the way the brace protects you. The DBX Comp can also be opened or closed on either left or right side. There is a hinge closure that locks onto the pins.

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The extra pins; the medium is mounted in the DBX

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View from the back with the thoracic support

In the racing circuit, I’ve also noticed that the Leatt-Brace has inspired confidence to many riders of all levels. From Professionals to Beginners, they are no longer wearing body armor. Note that body armor is a personal preference, however if you do decide to wear it in conjunction with the DBX, you have to be sure that the thoracic piece is sitting flat on your back and is under the spine protector. Armors that have been in production with thicker chest padding and spine protection will not work well with the DBX… again, proper fitting is key. They now have body armor out in the market that is designed specifically to “fit” with the Leatt-Brace.

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Wearing the DBX Comp in the Southridge Finals without body armor.

Real life experience: Since wearing the DBX Comp, I’ve personally experienced how the Leatt-Brace can save your @$$! Jan. 9th 2011 Fontana Winter Series #1, practice run – I was following RL Policar down the DH course. At some point I bobbled at a technical section which caused me to stop and redo. At this point RL was long gone. I continued down the course with out anyone to follow. I came up to a section which was a roller/drop off. I should have stayed on the right side where it was a fairly easy roll. Not knowing which way to go, I went left and the rocks started to gap. End result – Over The Bars (OTB). Point of impact was the right side of my head and I rolled over, slamming my right hip onto the ground. I’d hate to find out what would have happened had I not been wearing the DBX. I walked away with bruises on my right hip, leg and buttocks.
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My crash in January. Photo by Tibor Fazekas, www.tibiphoto.com

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Not too long before my OTB, I learned that one of my friends, Perfecto (Perf), crashed while on a casual downhill ride. He was at a local secret DH spot in So Cal with a lot of jumps. Now this guy can hit the jumps… but sometimes we all have mishaps. So what happened – Perf crashed hitting his face first, shattering his helmet. A typical face-plant type accident without a Leatt-Brace, the force of the impact is typically transferred from the ground to the helmet; through the helmet to the scull and scull base where it is then transferred through the neck to the back (thoracic spine). With the Leatt-Brace, the force will instead transfer from the ground to the helmet, through the helmet onto the Leatt-Brace once impact is made. Some of the force will then be transferred to the brace and dispersed to the less vulnerable parts of the torso. If the impact is significant enough, the brace is designed to fail in crumple zones (similar to those seen in cars), thereby helping to absorb some of the energy of the impact.

See before and after pictures below. Had he not been wearing the Leatt-Brace, he would have had a serious injury.
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Perf’s helmet when new

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Helmet after the crash

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So does it work – YES it does! Both scenarios mentioned above could have easily resulted in a more serious injury. Able to walk away from it is priceless. We should always think safety first. Leatt-Brace DBX has other models available – The Ride, the Comp I or II and the Pro. The DBX Comp retails for $395.00. For more information, visit Leatt-Brace at www.leatt-brace.com.

Ride Report: Hummingbird Trail, DH in the Valley

Posted by Joe Solancho On February - 9 - 2011

Saturday group rides have been a staple to my schedule for quite sometime. My group of friends typically frequent the various Orange County trails… however from time to time, we’ll explore other Counties.

This past Saturday we ventured to Simi Valley (just past the Los Angeles area) to a trail called Hummingbird. From Orange County, it’s a good 1.5 hour drive… a bit far but definitely worth the downhill that was in store for us. For sometime I’ve heard how fun Hummingbird is… it didn’t disappoint!

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Early start, 6:00am truck and bikes read to roll

Our group met at the end of Hummingbird trail. There were about five other cars that met us there. From here we left one car, then doubled back to Rocky Peak (previous freeway exit) where we can catch the trailhead for Hummingbird. Getting there was a challenge on big bikes… needless to say, there were a lot of hike-a-bikes. A few of the guys that were on lighter bikes were able to pedal up.

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At the top of Hummingbird Trail

Below is a video of our first run. From the start until the end it was pure descent. There was maybe one short pedaling section but if you carried enough speed, it’ll carry you to the top. Hummingbird reminded me of Sedona, AZ but without the red dirt. There were tons of unique rock formations, several of which were on the trail and you had to maneuver through.

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A truck load of bikes!

Our second run was down another trail just before Hummingbird. It’ll remain nameless as it seemed to be a “secret” trail. I wouldn’t want to ruin it for the locals. Just to give you an idea – it’s filled with jumps, step-ups, drop-offs, plus more… If you like all of these and have excellent handling skills, this trail is for you. Unfortunately none of the guys were familiar with this trail and our ride did not flow as we were trying to get around the tougher parts. But for sure this trail rocks!

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Myles looking down the trail… pretty steep

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Exiting out of the tunnel

Hummingbird was a blast! Looking forward to the next trip to the Valley!

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