I just went on one of the most slippery rides I've ever been on. No, it was not muddy. Not even a little wet. Not dusty, well, not quite. It was the pollen man. That stuff is unreal. It was about as bad as I've ever seen it. Check out this picture of Whiteroom. Not a great pic, but you can see the "dry line" through the pollen.
Here's Mike on one of the rare sections of fresh, non-slippery dirt.
and here's Bushwacker cleaning the infamous "Chainring Rock". Not easy to do when there is NO traction.
I got to ride Mike's Intense Tracer29 demo bike a bit today. Been demoing a bunch of bikes, Santa Cruz, Intense and Specialized. I think I have finally found a 29er that I like, I still prefer Fox suspension bits, and definitely solidified my feelings toward Shimano. But that's another post when I have a little more time.
P.S. - I even got Josh to concede that on our trails here, a 26" bike may be the better way to go.