Borrowed a rear wheel from John, a Tune Race 2.0 front wheel from another friend so I could try 27,5″ on my Scalpel. Pacenti Quasimoto 2″ rear and Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2,25″ in front. Heavy rear wheel and light front. Looks awesome with this bigger wheels I think, tight racing look.
So how was it then?
Except that I forgot to check the air pressure before did it feel really good. Maybe to heavy gearing or too bad trained legs but except that it felt fast. Was around 1bar in the front tire so really soft but as I only rode on gravel and a short ride it worked but felt like the fork was on when it was locked and braking on the downhill felt a bit sketchy when the rim floats on the tire. Felt like the fork was diving when it was the tire 😉 Rode up Fløyen to Brushytten and down Munkebotn. Picture from a bit over Stoltzekleiven. Tomorrow I will try it more proper. Maybe see if it works great with a slimmer rear tire with lower knobs and more aggressive front tire too.
Map and some graphs from today: Movescount
Have you heard the song of three Tune Konghubs shredding around in the forrest? Beautiful. Today after work rode me, John B and Leif at Krohnegården in different speeds. First a slower lap and some small tips about where to ride and so one. Then 2 laps at high speed where John and Leif disappeared in front of me. But I fought well, the bike worked well and managed a couple of parts I haven’t managed before. Personal Record with around a minute faster laptimes than on tuesday. 178 and 179 in average heart rate on those two fast laps says some 😉 But wasn’t over my limit so even when John and Leif rode a lot faster I’m happy.
Happy learning, happy managing and happy with my bike. Then one more fast lap where I sat on Leif’s wheel in the beginning feeling good but after first technical part I had to drop and felt pretty toasted and did some stupid mistakes. Stopped halfway and tried a new singletrack. Lead into a very rocky section and wasn’t rideable so had to turn around.
Finished the lap and rolled towards home. One scar on my hip richer from the first lap, was all red 😉 Hard training but great to not ride average pace but slow and fast. With great mtbikers. MTB is easier than roadbiking. Just have to think about getting forward, tackle obstacles and pedal on. No need to think about watt, heart rate while riding, following a wheel and so on. Just push hard and feel the smile grow on your face.
Stats and map if someone is interested: Movescount
Blue sky today and great trails on Fløyen and the city mountains 🙂 Feels a bit slow with the 29er but it goes like a bulldozer over roots and stones even if I’m not so fast. No need for speed, just need to push the pedals and steer forward. Rode 2 special singletrack parts today. First was Sticks’n’Stones which is the part I hate the most in Bergen, or did. Now I have found out that every step forward gives me a smile worth fighting for it. Rode it the right way, if asking the bikeowner and while not having any speed the bike ate it pretty good.
Then up on Rundemann which is the highest top on that mountain, up on 557m so not all the way to the top but with a mission. A mission to ride the extremly rocky section that I only ridden once last year with a borrowed Lapierre with 150mm damping. Tried it today to really try this bike and how it is with sharp stones, it’s just a lot of sharp stones and no dirt ground to ride on for a bit. Don’t know if I developed or the bike just rolled over. Worked good and was fun, so much more fun to manage things on a mtb than on a road bike I think. And after the tricky rocky downhill, crossing a some water it was time to go up on the other side. Smaller rocks but as sharp as before and hard. Lost the grip once but manage to ride up the hole climb, so fun and hard but got another smile 😀
Down and maybe the nicest singletrack up on Fløyen before going back up to Brushytten and then down passing Munkebotn. And as you see the weather couldn’t be better. 1h26min and 798 meters climbed 😉 stats and map here: Movescount
(yes it’s the ocean you see on the picture and I’m almost 500m over it)
Have a nice friend with a nice bike you borrowed to me. A tuned Rocky Mountain Vertex 950RSL. And after rain comes sunshine so after the rain ended and my working day ended I went out to test it. Rode up at Krohnegården for 3 laps and really felt the difference. It rolls much better, as the danish also know today, and it felt pretty fast to. Just to push and hold on to the handlebar. Thought it should feel slower and bigger but maybe Rocky Mountain fixed the geometry in a good way because the rear felt like normal. The front was maybe a bit high for me but came around corners I had problems with my 26″ Scalpel, felt strange. But the middle corners I felt the difference, it was more to move, both in weight, size and head angle.
The funniest was that it was fun to play around with in the deep tracks up Krohnegården. A lot of rain made it slippery and muddy grass. Slippery as other bikes with Schwalbe Racing Ralph but felt I still had the control with the low head tube and wide (700mm Truvativ Noir T30) handlebar. Some tracks looked like this:
And tried my new helmet today so all black and yellow with Assos and Mavic 🙂
Great training even if it was a bit to wet for my taste. Think I only ridden at Krohnegården in dry conditions one or two times.
Back home a couple of photos on the bike for you, single chainring as usual (Rotor Q-Ring 33t)
Great Tune wheels with John’s classy violett hubs, nipples and QR. A colour that is really deep and lovely in real.
Stats and map from today: Movescount
Starting the day with a look at last weekends racing in Norway, Ringerike GP Fun to see and know where they are racing and knowing at least one cyclist in the front 🙂
But it’s Giro time until the most important racing starts next weekend (XCO World Cup in Albstadt) so showing a Italian 650b bike:
S-Light MSV 27,5 Carbon Team
Many brands coming with 650b all mountain bikes with around 150mm travel. Like Rocky Mountain Altitude and this Norco Sight carbon with 140mm:
Cool thing with this is that it talks about a XX1frame without front derailleur moutns, serious. Then the category I think is missing and dreaming of Cannondale to find. 120-130mm like the Norco Fluid alu with 120mm:
Think a Cannondale Trigger with 650b, 120/70mm travel rear and 130 in front. Just good speced because at the moment even the Trigger Carbon 2 makes me want to have a Trigger. But it says that it’s too tight for 650b so went with a Liteville 301.
But back to Norco. The go all the way and wants to beat Scott Scale 710 with a Norco Revolver, just shot them all down from the podium?
Sub 1000g hardtail frame. Seems pretty nice. More about them here: Bikerumor