Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
so i made some last minute changes before the race on the 13th, normally i hate changing something right before a race but it had to be down.
a few months ago i put a gnarly scratch in my spring side stanchion, out at kline butte in Bend.
while searching for a replacement stanchion for my 2006 Rockshox Boxxer Team i noticed that you could purchase the exact replacement or you could also get the "world cup" stanchion.
the world cup stanchion is honed smoother on the inside to allow for a tight fit with the air seals.
there was only about a 15 dollar difference between the two, so i decided to look into the rest of the pieces need to fully convert my second hand fork into a worldcup.
i looked up and found what i thought i would need to finish the job my total plus shipping came to about 150$ wholesale (only animals pay retail).
but im poor so i decided to call up Sram and double check, the last thing i wanted to do was drop that much money only to hit a dead end.
but after a brief conversation with one of the tech guys at Sram and he informed me that i only needed three parts to change my fork over.
- one "world cup" honed stanchion
- one air top cap
- one air piston assembly
all three of these item are intermittently available from the BTI catalog.
so i placed my order drank some beer and riped my fork apart the night before the race, dialed
my new old pedals courtesy of Victor Sandrin (victory racing blog).
vic is a veteran racer and super bike nerd, he also made these kickass DH pedals a few years ago.
he took pity on me and my three year old calfskin death inducing welgo mg1 pedals that were missing over half the pins and had been polished to a high gloss from use.
i should change the name on my pedals to mid-pack racing instead of victory.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Being healed is rad. I know you probably ride whenever you want to, but I've spent the last 6 months looking at what we've built, and the last 5 weeks watching other people ride it. To finally ride what took months to build was ***THE BEST THING EVER***
So rad. So satisfying. But wait, what's that pattern on that far away, difficult to read shirt he's wearing?
No big deal, just your standard pink-backlit Orca whale shirt with sparkles.
Riding trails. Booyah.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
first up eddy has some answers on defgrip.
Colt Fake, one of the most entertaining riders period just joined the Metal team, should be a good fit.
Threat! we are posting DH race bike checks soon, (for real this time) so look out for that.
Bosstron4000, executing the whip program. beep beep beep booooop.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
First off, we're talking real Transformers, here. Please ignore the recent Shia LeBouf film of the same name.
Optimus Prime could kick ass, on our planet, his, friggin outer space, he's basically a badass, laser-toting Shaft from space. And he transformed into a semi-truck, cause he's so sweet it doesn't even matter.
Semi's are scary anyway.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
but i did take pictures.
Ryan high in the air
ryan high on the ground note the Tonic made frame and belt buckle
the peanut gallery
Bosstron, Aaron was king of the day, transfer line that nobody else even tried.
phil riding under a north american hamburger eating tree sloth.
landon tucked fuck at 900 miles an hour, holy shit.
J Inman a god among men and robots
cory tepper can take a piss and shoot photos at the same time
other photographers beware.
Aaron was the only one sending and i do mean sending it over the "big hip" dear god!
The Baaron hitting the Hulk at our trails. These got sessioned at our first ever jam, and it was awesome. About 40 people showed up, and maybe 20 riders. Good-er photos on the way.
It's big, angry and green. I think it's pretty incredible, anyways.
Paddy Canuck's 4th of July pumptrack mania was sweet. And Loud. Paul-gina here said he was going to take it easy on the pumptrack, reminding me that he "recently ruptured his spleen." Paul's full of lame excuses.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
It's a serious relief, after building really big jumps all winter, to see them work. And work they do...
We have a monster at our trails. He's 28 feet long, and really scary.
We recently built up the landing on our monster death hip, so it's fully six feet tall and properly square, and it really does look like death.
No, I'm serious, look at this crap, it's friggin scary.
By the way, BMW 2002's are sweet: