Monday, August 29, 2016

The platform drop

I don't know why we let us self get mind fucked by this feature in the first place (well I do, and I blame it all on Jan), anyway, we finally rode it and shot a bit of vid as well, check it out.

The platform-drop works better than intended, so we had a blast sessoning it : )

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

TIREd data

Tires. Oh do I have a very special relationship with tires (and pedals). For some reason my tires always fail, and this summer has been particular fail-infested. So I decided to gather some data about the tires I have been using this summer, and summarize what went wrong, how it went wrong, and when.
Check it out;

Model: Schwalbe Magic Mary Evo 26" Tyre - Super Gravity 2.25"
Lifetime: 4 Hours
Type of Failure: Carcass rupture in a bikepark
Front/Rear: Front
Pressure: 1.8 bar
Notes: I had big expectations for this tire, to see it fail so quickly is frustrating. This is after all the Supergravity-version, and is supposed to be tough. Ughh, what a waste of money.

Model: Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxTerra 26x2,3
Lifetime: 5 Hours
Type of Failure: Carcass rupture in a bikepark
Front/Rear: Rear
Pressure: 2.0 bar
Notes: Not that surprised - allthough it has the EXO-Protection. Lightweight, and easy to kill. Funny it lasted longer than the DH Schwalbe tire.

Model: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evolution 4Cross MTB Folding Tire 26x2.25"
Lifetime: 2 Hours
Type of Failure: Carcass rupture in a bikepark
Front/Rear: Rear
Pressure: 2.0 bar
Notes: Man did this tire die quickly, but I was asking for it; bringing a 632g tire to a bikepark is like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

Model: Michelin Wild Rock'R 2 Advanced Reinforced Tyre 26", 2.35" Magi-X Compound
Lifetime: 10+ Hours
Type of Failure: None yet!
Front/Rear: Front
Pressure: 1.7 bar
Notes: Still going strong, and I have not been gentle.

I actually have one more tire I could have added, but lets keep it sober ; )

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Adidas Terrex Trail Cross 2016

Is this the FiveTen killer?  *shock!*

This shoe probably slipped under your radar didn't it? Well its the Adidas Terrex Trail Cross shoe, the Adidas attempt at a shoe for platform pedals. Im nearing my forth month on these shoes, and here is my review:

Surprisingly stylish. Stiff bottom, a hard toe, and ankle section.
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Note the bottom pattern, finally a shoe that's easy to climb with as well for those session days, even on rainy days. Trail-builders take note!
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813grams does not place it among the lightest shoes, nor the most heavy.
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Adidas owns FiveTen, so they have the right to the Stealth rubber. And this shoe uses the bit more durable stealth rubber, not the self-destructive MI6-rubber found in the new line of FiveTen shoes.
This is after almost 4 months of intense use of the Adidas Terrex Trail Cross shoe, I'm afraid it wont last much longer. Perhaps a month more. So all I got out of theses shoes is 5 months of use, well intense use. I that alot, or is that a tad too little? Well that's up to you to decide.
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The ortholite-sole is not for everyone. When the laces are really tight, the ortholite-sole feels somewhat uncomfortable. I guess it takes some time to get used to, to be honest, I would have preferred if Adidas just used a normal sole.
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Finally a bungee for laces! Mah gawd, we can send freaking astronauts to the moon but can't control laces (FiveTen wakeup!)
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So IS this the FiveTen killer? Well I would certainly choose these shoes over a pair of FiveTen shoes, so I guess they are in some way. FiveTen still got some attractive options, but the Addidas Terrex shoes are a very hard alternative to ignore. Go get these shoes.

The good:
-Great grip with stealth rubber
-Bungee for laces...small feature, but fuck do I appreciate it!
-High quality
-Stiff bottom

The bad:
- The ortholite-sole is not for everyone
- Stealth rubber durability could have been a tad better
- Not easy to find online (?)

 Score: 5/6

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Random Stuff

Random stuff, enjoy:

A bit of air on my Capra.
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Tom enters the tree-gap-club : )
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This is the new 2016 Renthal 35mm bar. I won't advocate the 35mm diameter, so no sales-speech here..
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218 grams for 800mm 40mm rise. Claimed: 225 grams.
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110grams for the 2016 RaceFacce Chester DM Stem. Claimed: 130 grams.
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This is after almost 4 months of intense use of the Adidas Terrex Trail Cross shoe, I'm afraid it wont last much longer. Perhaps a month more.
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Still testing my BOS VIP'R, but I can already conclude this; its inferior to the Rockshox Vivid Air. *gasp!*
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vallåsen Bikepark Old Line Part 2/3

Vallåsen Bikepark. This line in called "Old" and is one of the first lines build here. Its a short and fun flow/dh line.

I'm chasing Curling again:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Vallåsen Bikepark Tårtan Line Part 1/3

Just returned from Sweden, more specific, Vallåsen Bikepark, a small park with 10 short lines. Its a place that's easy to ride, and the trails are fast and short. The vibe at the park is really special, a real chill out place.

In this clip I'm chasing Curling on the Tårtan Line. 
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Strap On

Small rant against POC arm-armor.

Some engineering monkey at POC decided that a non-elastic strap was a good idea for body armor. And let me be the first to tell you; that blows!
The strap irritates on puts pressure on muscles, and that ends up hurting. It surprises me that POC choose to design the arm-armor this way, they otherwise nailed it with the knee protectors as you can read in my review HERE.

This is from one of my most recent bikepark trips; I was so annoyed by my arm-armor that I felt forced to ride without it. It was that uncomfortable.
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So the body armor at trial is:

(Left on pic) Bone VPD Arm
(Right on pic) Joint VPD 2.0 Elbow
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Non-elastic strap.
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Non-elastic strap.
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Don't buy these products unless you have masochistic tendencies. (and I most certainly don't, ish)

That is all.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hard working BOS

I enjoy hitting roots, no wait, I enjoy hitting roots with my BOS Idylle RaRe fork, and here is why; even when shit gets chunky, the fork simply eats it all up. So I had a bit of fun in Braunlage Bikepark, I found the most root-infested sections, and began to have a bit fun on them, note how steady my bar is, while the fork is working its hat off:

120 fps, with sound 1m 24sec

Going back to my Pike feels rubbish : /

Monday, July 4, 2016

Lets PARK here

Another trip to bikepark-country. This time we went to the Harz mountains in Germany. Thing is that I've had some issues with some of the parks, as the quality is considerably lower than other parks out there...

..however, some of these places has gotten some really good workovers, and we ended up having alot of fun, yay. Here you go, some fun in Hahnenklee Bikepark, on some of the new (and old) stuff.

Simple edit, with sound, 1m 38sec

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gear gear GEAR Part 2/2

More gear:

So Jan decided to join the YT Capra gang, and got himself a carbon version as well. Its pretty much stock in this pic, but he told me that a new airshok is on its way.
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This is the new helmet from 100%, the Aircraft. Claimed to be the most ventilated helmet on the market. This helmet is litteret with vents (25 vents actually), uses aerospace carbon and the air-intake ports at the mouth are huge, this, coupled with its low weight (1006 grams) made me go for this model. And looks like 100% vent all in, even the d-buckle is made out of titanium to keep the weight low. Only drawback; its also one of the most expensive helmets out there.
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This helmet is just beautiful, pics does not make the architecture justice. Here you see the rear exhaust ports.

My first impressions are very positive, Ive been using it on extremely hot days in the bikepark, and its surprisingly cool and comfortable considering its a fullface helmet. I might do a full review.
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Wanted to try something new, so got myself the BOS VIP'R 2.1 for my YT Capra. The shocks has a rebound adjust, and a somewhat simple 2-step compression setting. This 2.1 version of the VIP'R  has some of the BOS KIRK technology inside, just in a low-weight package. The rings you see beside the shock are for the tuning of the shock. 

My first impressions are a bit split, the beginning and mid-stroke is amazing, but the end stroke is a bit to harsh, so I might remove some of the rings to get a more linear feel in the end-stroke, stay tuned for a review.
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Gear gear GEAR Part 1/2

New shiny toys: wheels, a helmet, a handlebar, an airshock, and a bike (not mine tho', 4 is enough)

So here are some gear-shots, with a weight pic and a comment or two, enjoy;

Got new 26" hoops for my DH bike, and for the sake of strength and easy tubeless installation, I went for the Mavic Deemax. I've already had this set on 3 different bikepark trips, and they perform excellent. Strong and stiff, just like the ladies want it.
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New check out that amazing rim-job ; ) *gets horny for all the wrong reasons*
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2016 Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon. I am a fan of Renthal bar, as I think they feel better than other bars out there, so I tend to stick em on all my bikes. This one goes to my YT Capra.
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At 179grams for at 760mm,  40mm  rise, this bar is quite lightweight.
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More to come shortly.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Gapping a biker in Winterberg

So let me paint you this scenario, with a supplementary picture attached below; I am on my bike, on my way to a "trail-gap" on the Continental line in Winterberg. Thomas is in front of me, literally, but on a crossing trail. This scenario happened by accident.

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I knew that a collision was unavoidable, but It would probably be smaller if I pinned it all I could instead of reducing my speed. So this is how it went down: 

So I somehow landed this. Thomas collided with my rear wheel and crashed, with a broken visor and a few scratches to show off.

So there we had it; an unintentional biker-gapping : D

Friday, June 10, 2016

Park Grinder Part 3/3

Last batch of pics:

Mr.Madsen dropping in.
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Henning caught mid-action.
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Me and I.
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Sooo, this screencap is from a situation about to go bad. I am on my way to a trail-gap, while Thomas is on his way to cross it.....Stay tuned for the vid.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Park Grinder Part 2/3

More from the park:

Going high on the wall-ride in Winterberg.
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Kim pulling up.
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Mr.Madsen on his beloved wallride.
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Park Grinder Part 1/3

Once again we took off to a few parks in Germany, the vaterland of schnitzels and questionable fashion. This time I went with the bit older gentlemen...I am going to get killed for that comment. 

Anyway, check it out:

This feature in Winterberg has to be one of the most fun gaps I have ridden, and by pulling and adding speed, it was possible to get quite alot of airtime out of it. Just dont fall into the will die an instant death and get super-aids.
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Kim on a table
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Small gap in Villingen, note my new hoops (I guess they need no introduction as to what brand and model they are ; )  )
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Thomas on his way to a crash, this is how his foot impacted the ground, before crashing further down. He walked it off, as he does with all his crashes.
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Little roadgap at the end of the DH tracks in Willingen. Btw, I'm in the process of testing the new 100% Aircraft Carbon helmet.
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Mr.Madsen, takeoff and landing.
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Stay tuned for Part 2