MtnBikeRiders.com

Underneath the robe you find a man. Underneath the man you find his nucleus.

NEW 2015 KHS ENDURO BIKE

Posted by Art Aguilar On September - 10 - 2014

 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

Check out the new KHS Enduro sled. 160mm of travel, slack head angel, and 27.5 (650b to them).

Suspension pivot give an active feel.

Dropper seatpost is a prerequisite for any cool Enduro rig.

Shimano XT and SLX parts make this bike a winner.

More to come.

KHS SixFifty 606 review

Posted by Joe Solancho On February - 3 - 2010

MtnBikeRiders.com first heard about the KHS SixFifty 606 just before Interbike 2009. Excited with the 650b concept, I couldn’t wait to see it in person in Las Vegas. To date, there are only a few manufacturers entertaining this wheel size as part of their line-up. The 650b (27.5”) is the third option in mountain bike tire size. It falls in between the established 26” and the revolutionary 29er (29”). The 27.5” tire is fairly new in the current MTB arena however the tire size itself has been around for many years. The 650b is designed to roll faster than a 26” bike, yet is lighter than a 29er and will fit smaller riders.

BIKE SPECS:
Frame
650B” Full Alloy, Hydroformed Tubing, Gussetted Headtube
Fork X-Fusion Velvet, 650B
Headset Cane Creek A-Headset 1-1/8″
Rims Weinmann XM280 Disc Specific, Doublewall, Black, 650B
Hubs Alloy 6-Bolt Disc, QR, Cassette
Tires Kenda Nevegal Folding Kevlar, 650B x 2.1
Spokes 15G FT/14G RR Black Stainless, 32°
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX
Shifters Shimano Deore Pods w/Optical Gear Display
Chain KMC Z9000 w/Master Link
Crankset Truvativ Fire 44/32/22
Bottom Bracket Truvativ GXP outboard cartridge bearing
Cassette SRAM PG950 11-34, 9 Speed
Pedals Wellgo Alloy Platform
Seatpost Alloy micro-adjust
Saddle WTB Siverado
Handlebar FSA XC300 31.8, Alloy
Stem FSA OS190 31.8, 3D Forged
Grips PowerTools Dual Density
Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Ryde
Brakes Hayes Stroker Ryde, 6″ rotors
Color Gloss Red w/White Panels
SIZES: S, M, L, XL
MSRP: $1199

IMG_3164

ABOUT ME:
5’10” 195lbs, 40 year old male, mountain biking enthusiast.

TESTING GROUNDS:
SoCal’s finest: Aliso Woods, Whiting Ranch, Fullerton Loop, Santiago Oaks, Turnbull Canyon and Santa Ana Mtns. (Coal Canyon & Skyline).
IMG_3173

THE BIKE:
The KHS SixFifty 606 was ready to ride from the day it was picked up from the KHS office. Already pre-assembled, there were only minor adjustments and changes that I had to make. First were the pedals. The SixFifty 606 came with the generic plastic flat pedals. To give it a thorough testing, I installed one of my Crank Bros Candy pedals. I then made an adjustment with the handlebar position pushing forward by a few degrees. With its initial set-up from the factory, I felt cramped the way it was laid back. Last were the throw on the brake levers of the Hayes Stroker Ryde. These seemed to be installed right “out-the-box” where they were too far for my index finger to reach. From here I was ready to go! Later on I installed Ergon GC2 grips with integrated bar-ends.

AESTHETICS:
The KHS SixFifty 606is truly a good looking bike. The top tube is a unique hydro-formed shape that resembles a hexagon shape. It’s a solid hardtail frame. I love the color scheme of red, black and white. Looks very sharp and FAST!!!
IMG_3176

COMPONENTS:
The components paired up with the KHS SixFifty 606 would be considered mid-level. Far from the top of the line, however the performance was exceptional. First is the Hayes Stroker Ryde. Like its predecessors, it provided excellent stopping power. At high speeds I was able to control the corners on a fireroad descent with light dabs on the lever. The Shimano Deore shifters and the SLX rear derailleur performed really well. The shifting was precise and crisp. (during a race I had minor issues with shifting; it was later resolved with adjustments).
IMG_0086

The X-Fusion Velvet is a very good fork. For a 100mm of travel it performed really well through the trails I frequent. Although geared for XC, I did take it on a few runs down technical/rocky sections such a Rock-it in Aliso and portions of the Troy Lee trail in Corona. Short of additional travel, it handled the well.
IMG_3170

Rounding it off with Kenda Nevegals. All of my bikes are equipped with the Nevegals, so off the bat I’m already partial to it. Needless to say, it performed well to my standards.
IMG_3168
PERFORMANCE:
Climbing: Ascents on the 650b, whether it was on a long grinding fireroad or technical switchbacks, the semi-big wheel motored up without any issues. You are centered in the best position to make a quick fore-to-aft shifts in upper body weight that make a difference in handling. I always felt balanced on the SixFifty 606. When I was crawling up tight switchbacks the 650b felt like a 26” bike. On sandy sections where I had struggled on my 26” bike, the semi-big tires motored through it. Finally, climbing on and off the saddle felt great… off course it’s a hardtail.

Descending: Through the various trails that I rode the SixFifty 606, there were never any descents where I was uncomfortable on. The bike felt great and rolled exceptionally well over rocks. Off course I didn’t ride it on a six inch (or more) required gnar-gnar trail… after all, it is a XC bike. But for the likes of Chutes (Santiago Oaks), Rock-it (Aliso Woods) and portions of the Troy Lee Trail, the SixFifty handled really well. The 90mm stem placed me in a better position than the traditional 110-120mm XC stems.

Cornering: The SixFifty 606 was very nimble. It felt light and responded quickly to my steering.

I had the opportunity to race the SixFifty 606 at the Mt. SAC Fat Tire Festival. The course laid out dry, sandy un-groomed trails as well as hard-packed dirt. The bike plowed throughout the course. Then somewhere in the middle of the race I started experiencing “ghost” shifting which hindered acceleration on certain areas. Never the less, I finished the race however did not place.

joe

At the same race but in the Pro category, a better testimonial came from a Charles Jenkins, Professional Racer who won on the KHS SixFifty 606. See video below:

WEAKNESS:
I found no weakness with the SixFifty 606’s performance. Other than the mis-shifting that I had encountered during a race the bike has performed exceptionally well on the trails. The gears shifted on queue, the fork was plush and reacted well to the trail.

One thing that it can benefit from is a diet. At 29lbs, for a hardtail there are plenty of areas where lighter components can be used. Short of wheel selection for the 650b size, the rest are standard in the market. However with an MSRP of $1199.00, it’s spec’d appropriately with the components listed above.

SUMMARY: The Good just got Better…
Since taking possession of the KHS SixFifty 606, I have logged approx 300 miles on it. Riding the 650b I did notice a faster rolling bike. In the beginning I wasn’t quite convinced, however I rode it frequent enough were I eventually felt the difference. It has many characteristics of the 26” yet the benefits of the big wheeled 29er. I would often switch between my 26” bikes and the 650b throughout the week and on the same trail. The SixFifty is so enjoyable to ride, that I would have smiles for miles on the trail. I wouldn’t mind having a 650b in my stable however I’ll have to rid some of my 26” bikes first ;-)

For more information on the KHS SixFifty 606 visit www.khsbicycles.com.

FTC Disclaimer

The Story Behind the Review: KHS Lucky 7

Posted by Moe Ramirez On November - 26 - 2009

I struggled for a couple days to write the review of the KHS Lucky 7.  I kept transitioning from reviewing the bike to telling stories about the bike.  Finally, I’ve decided that’s exactly what I’m going to do.  What follows, is the story of my time aboard this bike.  The trips, the rides and the races that the KHS Lucky 7 carried me through.  Watch for the review in the upcoming weeks.

The Lucky 7 has been my go to gravity bike this year. Team sponsor KHS cycles has been nice enough to grant me extended time with this demo bike, on the condition it is raced and that I share the results.

Though designed for free-ride use, the Lucky 7 is the go to bike for the KHS race team at smaller DH race courses. However a thorough resume is not a prerequisite for hopping aboard the Lucky 7 and getting the most out of the experience.  I was a casual mountain biker, I owned one trail bike and rode two or three times a month.  I had other hobbies and interests that split my time.  From 2006 till November 2008, that was my riding experience.  That’s when I met RL through this very blog and eventually the rest of the Mtnbikeriders team.  Which led me into single-speeding, then XC racing and eventually DH racing.  So as I, a true newbie to downhill, I began my time with the Lucky 7.  The first race [Southridge Winter Series, 2/22/2009, 13th out of 14] was a disaster!  I did manage to get the durability testing out of the way immediately, though!

The next race [Southridge Winter Series Finals, 3/22/2009, 10th out of 20] was a lot better!  With no dirt naps in-store for me.  I began to see the capabilities in the bike and the potential I had to become competitive [in Beginner Men 27-34].   Unfortunately, I would be without the Lucky 7 after this point until a shuttle session at Telonics a couple weeks before the 3rd race of the Golden State series in Fontana on 07/12/2009.

In Telonics I got to ride some real DH terrain on the Lucky 7 and it was amazing!  It’s just a forgiving bike that soaks up the small and big hits.   We had a ton of fun and burned through a set of brake pads in the process!  Now onto the race, with a two run format and no “wall” to pedal, this is the closest to a true DH race located in So-Cal nowadays.   With a fresh new attitude on DH riding and fresh legs (normally I race XC the day before the DH race), I was able to put together “the run of my life” I recall telling Tony at the bottom.  What a rush!  To have a clean DH run, one where I honestly felt I rode as fast as I possibly could, clean without any mistakes, I get excited thinking about it!  The result was a 3rd place and my first DH podium.

Next up was Mammoth mountain, now this is a true DH race.  On a mountain with loose pumice, a nasty rock section, a wall ride and a finish through the 4x track.  Mammoth lived up to its name, with a fast race run coming in 4 minutes, the track was over a minute longer than any Fontana run.   The Lucky 7 was beautiful here, through the steep sections, over the jumps and pedaling the straights.  We were a team, and we were determined to make it to the podium.  Well, we did better than podium, we won!

So, now here we are near the year end.  The 18th annual Southridge classic has just concluded (though I’m gonna make you wait for that story).  Be sure to check out the upcoming Lucky 7 review and review the 1st impression here.  It’s funny, we’re so used to reviews coming from expert and pro riders.  It’s true that they can push a bike to it’s limits, but couldn’t they ride almost any bike down the Mountain?  Wouldn’t a bike we (mountain bike enthusiast) consider stable and comforting seem slow and unresponsive to them? Anyways, if you don’t want to read a review from a Beginner DH racer, don’t worry.  I’m moving up to sport the first race next year.  I’ve got to say thanks one more time by the way to KHS Bicycles and their our Lucky 7.  Don’t forget to check out the KHS SixFifty 606 too.

KHS SixFifty 606 has arrived!

Posted by Joe Solancho On October - 19 - 2009

Last week MtnBikeRiders.com  took possession of the spankin’ brand new KHS SixFifty 606.  We have been featuring this bike prior to Interbike 2009.  For those that are not familiar with this bike, it sports the 650B tire size, a *new size that places itself in between the established 26” and the revolutionary 29er. (*new in the current MTB world; but the 650B has been around for quite some time.)

IMG3172 by you.SixFifty 606 at the top of Mini Moab

I had my first ride on the SixFifty 606 this past Thursday.  I picked up the bike from David “Sho-Gun” Sanderson.  The bike is absolutely beautiful… much better looking than I had remembered it from Interbike 09. I guess with the thousands of bikes I saw at the show, I had forgotten the finer details of the SixFifty 606… for one the hydro-formed top tube with a unique shape… see below.

IMG3165 by you.

The ride on Thursday wasn’t what I had planned for the first ride of this bike.  For one, it was a night ride; secondly with rain from the previous day, some sections of the Loop were too muddy which diverted from the normal route; the Loop typically holds up well after rain.  All in all there were too many distractions for my first ride on the SixFifty 606.

This Sunday, I took the SixFifty 606 up to one of my local training grounds – Coal Canyon.  I started the ride from my house in Corona and rode all the way to the top, which is commonly called Mini-Moab.   I was joined by my friend Val.  On the way up, we traversed through mainly fireroad and on occasion sandy sections.  From time to time there were corners with small baby heads.   The climbed to the top went exceptionally well.  The hardtailed SixFifty 606 climbed like a billy goat.  Crossing the sandy sections with the semi big tires, the bike motored through it where I had struggled through in the past with my 26” bikes.  

Reaching the top at 2300ft, we took a short break at Mini-Moab.  The long ride down Coal Canyon is always a treat as we’ll hit sections at 40+ mph (per Garmin 305).  The SixFifty 606 felt natural on the descent.  It was nimble and handled great on the steep sections.  Coming through the corners with baby heads, on the few that I couldn’t avoid, the SixFifty 606 rolled over them with control.   On some of the wider turns, I tried taking a sharper turn through them however I had a difficult time.  No biggie, this was my first real ride on the SixFifty 606.  As soon as I get acclimated to the bike the handling will be much better.   

Notes from the first two rides:  climbed great – on & off the saddle; nimble for a semi big tire, descended well.   I also felt taller, but obviously I have bigger tires.

I’ll be riding this bike through various trails in OC as well as a few races.  Stay tuned as I put miles on the SixFifty 606 and provide an in-depth feedback. 

About me: I’m 5-10″, 190+ lbs, 40yrd old mountain biking enthusiast.

IMG_0087 by you.

IMG_0086 by you.

IMG3170 by you.                       X-Fusion Velvet 650B

IMG_3168 by you.27.5 x2.10 Kenda Nevegals

IMG_5662 by you.Both Kenda Nevegals, 2.10″ tires. 26″ (L) & 650B (R)

Below are the specs:

Frame
650B” Full Alloy, Hydroformed Tubing, Gussetted Headtube
Fork X-Fusion Velvet, 650B
Headset Cane Creek A-Headset 1-1/8″
Rims Weinmann XM280 Disc Specific, Doublewall, Black, 650B
Hubs Alloy 6-Bolt Disc, QR, Cassette
Tires Kenda Nevegal Folding Kevlar, 650B x 2.1
Spokes 15G FT/14G RR Black Stainless, 32°
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX
Shifters Shimano Deore Pods w/Optical Gear Display
Chain KMC Z9000 w/Master Link
Crankset Truvativ Fire 44/32/22
Bottom Bracket Truvativ GXP outboard cartridge bearing
Cassette SRAM PG950 11-34, 9 Speed
Pedals Wellgo Alloy Platform
Seatpost Alloy micro-adjust
Saddle WTB Siverado
Handlebar FSA XC300 31.8, Alloy
Stem FSA OS190 31.8, 3D Forged
Grips PowerTools Dual Density
Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Ryde
Brakes Hayes Stroker Ryde, 6″ rotors
Color Gloss Red w/White Panels
MSRP: $1199 • COLORS: Gloss Red w/Whie Panels• SIZES: S, M, L, XL

Interbike 2009 – Carbon Frames

Posted by Joe Solancho On September - 27 - 2009

At Interbike 2009, one thing definite that I noticed was the abundance of carbon frames. As I walked the convention, speaking to different manufacturers (big or small companies) it seemed that they all had at least one carbon frame – road or mountain. The monocoque frames were just beautiful to look at!

Below are just some of the bikes we saw the last three days:

2E8J9913 by bicyclebloggers.                            KHS XCT Carbon, w/tapered headtube
2E8J0218 by bicyclebloggers.SASO MB1

IMG_9907 by bicyclebloggers.LOOK

LaPierre Pro Race 900LaPierre ProRace 900

2E8J0135 by bicyclebloggers.Rocky Mtn/Maxxis Team Edition

2E8J0133 by bicyclebloggers.CarboTec

2E8J0039 by bicyclebloggers.Morpheus Oracle-4X

IMG_9923 by bicyclebloggers.Titus

IMG_9919 by bicyclebloggers.Ellsworth Enlightenment

2E8J0028 by bicyclebloggers.BOO Bamboo Bicycles, carbon-bamboo

2E8J0069 by bicyclebloggers.

2E8J0046 by bicyclebloggers.Ellsworth…

In addition to the frames, there were ample of carbon components to compliment them.   Below are just a few that caught my eye.

2E8J9969 by bicyclebloggers.RaceFace Carbon Next cranks

2E8J0177 by bicyclebloggers.Carbon Wheelset from Sun Ringle

 

First Impression: KHS Lucky 7

Posted by Joe Solancho On March - 19 - 2009

First Impression by David “Mini-Mal” Sanderson.

 

The world famous Moe has been tasked with the envious duty of performing in-depth reviews on the KHS DH200 downhill and Lucky 7 freeride bikes.  Due to the technical difficulties associated with attempting to ride two bikes at once, I did Moe a favor and spent some time aboard whichever bike he wasn’t on, spending most of the time aboard the Lucky 7.

 

3262154064_f6c7300ac9_o by you. 

The Lucky 7 is a value in the freeride bike marketplace, spec’d with a full complement of capable durable components from Truvativ, WTB, Sram, Hayes and FSA and highlighted with a Fox Van R rear coil shock providing 7.3” of travel along with a Marzocchi 66RCV fork giving 180mm up front.  I’m also impressed to see Hussefelt cranks, stem and bars by Truvativ on here.  Full part specs are provided at the end of this article.

 

3279952646_9ff51f5370_o by you.                          Marzocchi 66RCV

IMG_1784 by cycle_moe.Truvativ Hussefelt cranks 

Our testing grounds were the Southridge DH course located in Fontana CA.  The course features a couple small rock gardens, several banked and flat turns along with a couple of long pedaling sections.  It is by no means a future World Cup stop but Donny Jackson and the crew at Southridge Racing Co have done well with what the terrain has provided them.  A small note also, several members of the KHS Downhill team reach for the Lucky 7 at this particular venue.

 

3279913354_39cd5e943d_o by you.Practice at Southridge.

 

The Lucky 7 is by no means a bike I would chose for an all day climbing epic, but with its dual ring drivetrain and horst link suspension and long seat tube adjustment range, you just might find yourself skipping the shuttle line (when its long anyways).  You can’t stand up and hammer the pedals efficiently, but if you stay seated and spin you’ll make acceptable progress up hill.

 

Pointed downhill the Lucky 7 hits its stride, the plush travel absorbing bumps, rocks and ruts smoothly while the slack head angle keeps things stable and is definitely confidence inspiring at speed and allowed me to push harder and faster downhill than I ever could on a trail bike. 

 

3301869393_d3102bf934_o by you.               Downhill Winter Series

Frame New Design AL6061, 4-bar Horst bearing linkage, 7.3″ travel

Rear Shock FOX Van R, rebound adjust

Fork Marzocchi 66RCV, 180mm, rebound & compression adjust

Headset FSA Pig, 1-1/8″ Threadless

Rims WTB Speed Disc XL, Double wall

Front Hub: Formula Disc, Sealed Bearings, 20mm through axle

Rear Hub: Cassette 12mm x 150mm

Tires WTB Prowler MX 26×2.5, Kevlar bead, 60TPI

Spokes 14G black, 32°

Front Derailleur Shimano SLX

Rear Derailleur Sram X-7

Shifters SRAM X-7 Trigger

Chain KMC Z9000 w/Missing Link

Crankset Truvativ Hussefelt w/guard, 36/24t, 175mm

Bottom Bracket Truvativ Howitzer outboard bearing splined

Cassette SRAM PG950, 11-34 9-Speeds

Pedals Alloy platform w/crmo axles & replaceable pins

Seatpost Truvativ XR

Saddle WTB Pure V Comp

Handlebar Truvativ Hussefelt, 31.8

Stem Truvativ Hussefelt, 50mm

Grips WTB WeirWolf dual density

Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Trail

Brakes Hayes Stroker Trail, 8″ rotors

Color Gloss White

Frame Size S, M, L

 

For more information, visit www.khsbicycles.com

3262157212_9f0ed05248_o by you.

The Single Speed Bandwagon

Posted by Lady P On March - 1 - 2009

I did it. I jumped on the single speed bandwagon. I suppose it was just a matter of time really…with all these boys around me on their single speeds. I swore I’d never do it. But I really just couldn’t resist. I was blown away when I first saw RL riding his single speed. The guy actually rode faster on a single speed then he does with gears!

Most recently Jeremy built up his single speed and before that I saw David decide to give it a go. Now he is racing ss! I just didn’t understand what all this excitement was about? Why the self-torture? I like all my gears, especially my granny gear as needed. RL has been trying to get me on a single speed for a long time now. I really just had no desire but my curiosity peeked and I said to RL “Well maybe I’ll just give your single speed a try one of these days – but no strings attached! If I don’t like it I don’t want you to ask again.” That’s all he needed. He had me out on the fully loop in a matter of days on his single speed.


David “Superman” Sanderson racing single speed

I really didn’t know what to think of it initially. The bike was all wrong of course for my body but I kept this in mind as we put in a few miles on it. I felt very frustrated with not being able to climb a few hills but the flats were fun. I felt like a hamster turning in her wheel at times and other times the pedal stroke was effortless, yet I moved so fast!

So after a couple of runs RL suggested building up my beloved Motobecane as a ss for me. The chance to saddle up on the Motobecane again??? Yes! And the best part was I got to pick the color of my chain! How COOL is that?!?!?! My KHS is decked out in pink so I thought purple would be a nice change. I’m all about comfort so we threw on my Ergon grips and a nicer saddle. We thought it best to stick to a 32-18 for now.


My sweet Motobecane…..before the transformation

I have been secretly riding the single speed for about 4 weeks now. Why secret you ask??? Well first off, I didn’t want the boys to know in case I completely hated it and gave up after 1 ride. lol. It’s also really embarrassing not to be able to clear some of the hills out there – yes I have got a little pride. Oh c’mon you know we all feel a little bad sometimes when we have to dismount. I know I am not the only one. But I am over it, because I still can’t clear some of those hills! lol.

This past weekend was my first “group” ride on the single speed out at Sycamore Canyon (ride report to follow). I don’t know WHO said this trail was single speed friendly (RANDALL), but in any case I survived. LOL. We got in a little over 15 miles and I am happy to say I still like it. I love that there is so little to think about on a single speed. I don’t have to give any forethought to which gear I want to be in, I just have to adjust my pedal stroke. The boys thought I was showing off when I was zippin up the hills but, really, I just need A LOT of momentum to get up. I still find the short steep climbs very difficult, which is a blow to my ego..lol….but I hope in time I’ll build up my muscles to clear these. There is also something familiar about the set up. It feels very similar to my spin bike, which I am on about twice a week. It’s really hard to describe the enjoyment I feel on that bike. Maybe it’s becuase it’s a new experience? Maybe I like the extra power I feel in my pedal stroke? Or maybe I just am happy to be reunited with my moto. I don’t know what it is, but I like it.


Me and my SS Moto

The single speed set up is also an incredible work out. I’m not just talking about my legs either. My arms and shoulders are still talking about it a day later! Maybe riding single speed will make me more fit?? Maybe that’s the animals secret?!?!? Well I’ll let you know in time! Ha! I am also curious to know if it will improve my riding on my geared bike?


Single speed = Animal

So in case you have been mulling over a single speed set up – give it a go. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Ask any of the boys. They’ll be the first to let you know I really had no desire to ever ride single speed. I viewed it as a form of masochism! There are some aspects that are difficult but I have come to appreciate the hard work. And the rides have been fun. As painful as some of the ride was this past weekend, I really had a great time and I was proud that I did it on the single speed out there. :)

Priscilla’s Race Ride Report: MT SAC

Posted by Lady P On November - 4 - 2008

To say that I was anxious about this race is an understatement. This past month since the Bonelli race has been spent trying to get over soar throats and runny noses. I have been sick for four weeks now which has left me with very little riding time and training. Lucky for me I paid for this race a month ago so as much as I wanted to back out of the race I just couldn’t stand the thought of throwing away 35 bucks!

When I woke up that Sunday morning to rain clouds and sore legs I wasn’t feeling too good about the race. Sore legs you ask? Yeah, sore legs. In an attempt to avoid burning out my legs the day before on the pre-ride, I opted to hike a bike up a few hills. Well, in an attempt to “save” my legs I made it worse because I used different muscles to hike up those hills. My legs were hurting that morning.

Anyways, we headed out early that Sunday morning because we wanted to make sure we were there to encourage Joe and Eric since they had an earlier start then the rest of us. It sure does make a difference to hear the encouragement out there during the race so we wanted to make sure the boys got some much deserved team love out there. And I was glad we were able to get there and set up. It gave me a chance to relax with the children and help with pictures.

I was also relieved when Kim shared some of her anti-lactic acid build up pills with me. Not sure what they were called but I am buying a case of them! They really helped with my legs. I also popped a couple of FRS chews. These were great. No nausea and I felt like I was able to keep up my energy during the whole race.

At some point that morning I surrendered to just having a good time out there. I didn’t feel too confident about making podium becuase of my cold but I really just wanted to have fun. I decided I would just pace myself and ride my ride.

And enjoy the ride I did! The race had a good number of participants. About 6 women in my category (34 and Under) and 7 in Kim’s category (35 and Up), amongst 100 other men. I felt like I had a strong start, the only drawback is probably our positioning in the crowd. I think starting with the head of the pack would have given us more of an advantage. There was a single track portion of the ride early in the race where everyone just bottlenecks and comes to a dead stop. So for those of us who got a later start it really cost us some time. There was a great climb though soon after that was able to give a few of us the opportunity to make up time up the hill. It was shortly after this climb that I was able to catch up the the 2nd place rider in my category and haul butt to get past her.

I really enjoyed this race. I had a good energy and a good vibe for most of the race. It was super encouraging to see the mtnbikerider crew spread out throughout the course. Sometimes I spotted Joe or Jon out there snappin away with their cameras and offering words of encouragement. RL really went out of his way to make sure we were takin care of too. He even tumbled up a hill for me to make sure I got my sugar blocks. :)


Kim gettin some team support from RL

I really felt like this was one of my strongest races. It felt great to catch up to one guy right after the other and pass him! Hehehe. I of course offered my words of encouragement as I rode on by. :) I made sure to take advantage of every portion of the trail that I could hammer it and every opportunity to rest on the fun downhills. I was hootin and hollering all the way down the hillsides! I had such a great time out there and it really seemed to go by faster then I had expected. I also want to mention a couple of us were able to throw on our new Ergon grips! Love these. If you haven’t tried these out yet – DO IT! I don’t know how I ever got by without them! I also rode with my new
pack. Great stuff.

At the last hill I actually caught up with Nehr who was nursing some bad cramps. I offered some more words of encouragement after I pulled some souvenirs out of my derailleur hanger and rode on down the hillside as fast as I could to land me a 2nd place win.


Comin in for the finish!

I was really proud of the team. Kim put some hurt on those girls with holding strong during the race. And the boys did an awesome job. Eric and Joe – those guys are animals! I don’t know how they rode 3 laps!! Crazy!!! And so proud of Moe, Nehr and Val for finishing the race! Way to go guys. I think Nehr has a promising future as a racer!


The girlz rocked it!

It was just a lot of fun hanging with the crew and the kiddos too. Good eats, good ride, good “refreshments” (thanks Eric!), and good friends! Now on to Fontucky!!! Woo hoo!

And a special thanks again to KHS (for my frame), ERGON, EVOMO, HOSS, and BikeCommuters of course!

Interbike Superstars

Posted by Lady P On October - 2 - 2008

One of the highlights of Interbike for me is meeting and greeting friends new and old in the industry. We also can get a little star struck every now and then. RL is a HUGE Melissa Buhl fan. Melissa Buhl IS super cool but I get a little star struck when I see Dale Holmes. After I stalked him for two days, Joe finally asked Dale if he’d take a picture with me. Thanks Joe! ;) He was kind enough to pose with me for a quick shot. I was too weak in the knees to say anything other then “Thank you.” *I am such a dork*


Note to self: When posing with World Champions, remove your backpack and put down the magazine!!

Dale Holmes is a UCI WORLD Champion with over 200 career professional wins!!! He is also a mountain cross rider for KHS. This guy has been racing since 82, and he is uber cool. My admiration is based strictly on his mad biking skills and his tattoos. lol.

His interests: Any Sports,working on the Free Agent World Team, hanging out with friends, Starbucks, working on his website DaleHolmes.com.

Ok. Ok. I’ll stop. :)

Also a little early “Happy Birthday” shot out to Mr. Holmes…… :)

Hayes Stroker Ace

Posted by Jeremy Yang On April - 24 - 2008

More Sea Otter stuff: Our buddy Q from KHS showed us a little something new that is starting to make the rounds on the net. It’s the new Hayes Stroker Ace, a 4-pot version of the very nice Stroker brake.


Incognito


No markings… production model will have a star and “Stroker Ace”

Some info:

* Lightweight Downhill & Freeride brakes
* Stoker master cylinder
* Longer lever with aggressive hook and increased mechanical advantage
* Indexed reach adjustment dial
* Four-piston, forged mono-block caliper
* Sintered and semi met pads available
* Fits 6, 7, 8, and 9? rotors
* System weight: <440grams (6? post mount with steel mount hardware)


Brake system


Red with white lettering


Nice details on the reservoir and caliper

Click here for Hayes site.

Sponsors



About Me

MtnBikeRiders.com is a site that specializes in news, articles, tech tips, product reviews and more. We update the site on a daily basis. So make sure you check us out everyday for up to date information regarding mountain biking.

Twitter

    Photos

    IMG_3629IMG_3626IMG_3624IMG_3622IMG_3620IMG_3619