Soon it’s time again

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Riding a bike and eating icecream, can it be better? Or riding a hole day with mountains, fjords and great weather:

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Or the first ride on mtb for the season:

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Or doing a small race with friends and end with a super ride on new tracks afterwards:

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Sometimes it can be good suffering up a long climb too with company that got a lot of more power than you:

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Looking forward to the spring and summer 😀

The bike that changed my life, Liteville 301 history

Thought of writing a list about 2014 but this is so much more interesting and a bit history.

4th november 2012:

Only used hardtails and Cannondale Scalpel and just XC except a test of a boring Lapierre Zesty. But the 4th november 2014 I borrowed my good friend John’s Liteville 301:

130mm travel rear, 100-140mm in front. 27,5″ and 5 years old. It was super fun and a great bike.

19th april 2013:

Bought John’s frameset for a nice price.

30th july 2013:

Like a true weightweenie I built it light, 10,04kg trailbike:

Didn’t work all perfect so changed some parts after a while and tuned the bike more right.

29th september 2013:

Joined CK Henie for their club championship race and ended 4th, best fs and best 27,5″. Making same times as with a Cannondale Flash Ultimate 29″. My Liteville was fast:

5th november 2013:

Ended at 10,9kg with 150mm fork, Rock Shox Reverb seatpost and a bit other parts:

19th january 2014:

Was some guys from CK Henie that built the best singletrack I’ve ever ridden downhill. Joined them for a training and KOM hunting. Great time:

Then I moved to Tønsberg, sold my Liteville and Scalpel and got a Trek Remedy 9 27,5″:

31st august 2014:

The Remedy had a bit modern frame and geometry but was never as fast as the Liteville, not as snappy.

The Remedy is sold, I’m working at a Specialized Concept Store but can never stop thinking of Liteville 301. Like their Marathon model they presented at Eurobike and is available to buy for 4850€ now.

It’s not in carbon, it’s not the lightest, not cheap, not same wheelsize (29″ front, 27,5″ rear), not a cool brand worth extra, not oversize pressfit bottom bracket. It’s just good. That’s the most important thing that many people misses and just get’s the coolest, best brand, best parts without knowing how it rides. Like saying 29er wheels are too big until you tried a Specialized Enduro 29er.

I wrote a long post about this bike, it always have a place in my heart and it will always be in my mind getting a new bike. Thinking outside the box and really getting the bike that feels right.

Bike of the year

There are some bikes that are better than others. Liteville 301 for example, really understated bike. Or when I first saw the spec on Cannondale Trigger Team 27,5″, superbike but when I tried it a little inside a store it just felt wront (tried a cheaper version).

A bike that has been fun is my Trek Remedy 27,5″. Until I was in Kristiansand and tried 2015 model of Trek Remedy 9 29″, felt so much better 😦 Rolled fast over everything, climbed better than a goat and descended like you want an endurobike should do, so great in every way and a spec that is all trhough good.

Never ridden a better Full suspension bike, but used better tires 😉

So a 2015 bike is bike of the year 2014? Yes, it came this year 😉

Reason why I came up with this post is the bike that made me hate and laugh today. Specialized Diverge Expert Carbon. Gravel racers, space for big tires (comes with 30mm), space for fenders (took some time to mount the first set) disc brakes, carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra. Had 2-3 people coming in to the store I’m working in today and looking for a bike, thought of the CX Crux but when saying what they should use it for it always ended with a Diverge 😉 Some would say it’s a commuter, some would say a rainbike, some would say a high end road winderbike. No matter what you say it’s the bike:

new fork: DT XMM OPM 140 27,5″

Knowing you’re riding around with a fork at 2000g is a hard just that. A lot of weight that should go up climbs.

So I got a new fork, a DT XMM OPM 140mm and saved 464g 😀

But a heavier QR as my Tune DC15 (35g) only works for Fox forks (for sale if you want to buy it)

the fork got a lock-out that almost locks the fork completely out and a rebound adjustment on top. Pretty simple but felt nice. So no my bike is down under 11,3kg. Wheelset next.

Will be lighter than my old Liteville was after I changed wheelset too. Even when the frame is almost 400g heavier. Link to the Liteville here: Liteville 301 by cerrol

first mtb ride in Tønsberg

or outside Tønsberg on a hill. Rode the 33min there and ended with great view, great weather and good people:

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Rode around this hill, down 3 times and so on. Joachim and Peder also tried a drop (Joachim 2) some times. Great afternoon in the sun and my Liteville 301 really works awesome. The Magura TS8 fork swallows everything and makes me go bigger and steeper 😀

If someone want to see where I rode: Movescount

Bergens finest singletrack

Good things: Have ridden the best singletrack in Bergen of them I’ve tried. Dry forest descend made all of us smile 🙂 CK Henie showed us citypeople it today. A video of it here showed in a tempo 3min slower than I rode: Fløyen MTB video

Got 6th best time so not so much to brag about but enjoyed it a lot. The group today except Eirik who took the photo:

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More good things was that I managed the Kubakke climb (cowclimb in english), 10min 40sec with 186 in average heart rate and good use of my 42t sprocket 🙂

On top:

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Last good thing was that Karl Johan (they guy in red jacket trying to get some BCK colors on the picture) helped me to get back to Bergen city.

Bad things: My shape at the moment and preparation for this ride. Was expecting a pretty soft ride with some friends. Was riding for 3h17min with an average heart rate at 161/82% with no extra energy and just a sip of water in the middle.

Results was that I hit a wall after like 2h30min, a thick one. Never ridden so slow up Birkelundsbakken before and had to concentrate myself to ride straight and have my eyes open down the last part to Bergen city. Aimed fo Kaffemisjonen which is a café for an espresso and muffin or something but to much people. Got to the only food store in Sandviken open on sundays and got some food. sat on a bench outside before riding the last meters home.

Conclusion: My Liteville rules. There is a small satisfaction get home completely empty and look back on a super training with great people. My helmet feels hard banging in the stem/handlebar. It’s fun to see how hard my body can work hard and develop.

Winter sunshine ride

Last week riding with Fløyen MTB it was muddy and wet, today it was winter big time. Came a little snow last night, minus degrees, and the sun shined on us. I was early as usual so rode up to Fjellveien and that way to the meeting place instead of just through the city with cars. Pretty beautiful morning:

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4 people that met up today. Ole Anders, me, Eirik and Justin. Decided to get up Fløyen but through Isdalen and up Rundemann. Already then I knew it would be hard with a 36t even with XX1 back up that climb. And it was, managed more than I thought but had to walk the last part before waiting for the others:

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Then the last part was riding some. Managed the steep part you can see on this picture above. And then walking some. But great view with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other:

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Up on the top we talked a little about where to go and I thought it would be hard going down too. But the road was pretty good, or my Racing Ralph worked for a bit 😉 Stopped at a turn so Eirik could fill up with water and both me and him did a 2 wheel slide 😉 A bit slippery. Down to Fløyen and rode a nice little singletrack I never ridden before. Missed it first so had to turn back. There I knew why I rode my Liteville. Ate the trail like I eat ice cream 😉 Super fun. Ended the singletrack with a rear puncture for Eirik with a big scar made him put in a tube and just roll back home as it was a hole in the sidewall. Ole Anders got a smaller puncture at the same place and tried to pump it up, rode Stand and Deliver and then it was little again so rode home.

Stand and Deliver was pretty nice with a thin layer of snow on top of the hard ground. Me and Justin decided to take Sticks’n’Stones to from about before heading. Super grippy and would have been nice if I haven’t missed a turn and had to stop to get back on the right line. Rode the 2 small singletrack parts down from Fløyen after we watched the beautiful view over Bergen.

Great winter riding 😀 But impossible to wash my bike when I came home, the dirt had frozen so had to wait with that 🙂

The ride today: Movescount

Fløyen training

Changed my 36t XX1 chainring from my cyclocross to my Liteville for todays training with Fløyen MTB. Don’t think my heart rate belt was 100% as the heart rate was a bit high today but had me thinking about that it is you can ride mentally looking at numbers. Rode up to Krohnegården and when my clock showed 182 in heart rate I didn’t push more. Looked like this when me and John waited for the others (swedish, 27,5″, 36t and all that):

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Did 1,5 lap there on the changed course (put a lot of dirt in the start of a section so unrideable). Leaving Krohnegården Eirik broke his chain and without chaintool he rolled back home. Back in the city John left us complaining on a knee. Went up Fløyen and felt pretty good using 36-32 on the climb. Decided after Skansemyren that I should keep that gear all the way up and here came the heart rate numbers again. After I fought myself around the last turn on the steepest part my clock showed 192 in heart rate. Never been over 194. So rised and pushed on some more, a couple of gears extra and had to sit down a little before I could rise again. Topped 199 in heart rate. 🙂 If my clock had showed like 182 instead of 192 I wouldn’t have stood up and pressed more, than just tried to get up but a record gives motivation to press harder 🙂

On the top Ole left us and me and Mikael thought of going up to Brushytten but changed half way. Rode Fløyen Rock Garden as Mikael never managed the hole before, but did today so all smiles 😉 Wasn’t my day and did a lot of small mistakes, got down 5th best time but not as happy as Mikael. Before going down we took Stand and Deliver and I tried a new line, was pretty good but needs a bit more practice to go faster than on the normal line.

Great training before the CX world Cup in Rome that is today. More about that when the men has raced (starting 15.00). But can say that Marianne Vos can race classy.