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TR: Blue Mountain (Pa) Mountain Biking 6/21

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My feelings of Blue Mountain are well documented, it really isn't so much a disdain for the mountain itself but the poor snow that is granulated sugar over ice that is only slightly harder than some of the rocks I rode over today.  I went to Blue today with a sceptical but open mind, the reason for being sceptical wasn't so much for Blue, but that it was the first year for the trails and to an extent trails need to mature. 

 

I arrived at Blue to a pretty full parking lot, there was not only mountain biking going on but a car show and other things as well that I am not going to get into here. Seeing the bikes that were riding around, Blue is drawing a pretty serious crowd. After signing my waiver and paying my reasonable lift ticket price of $15.00, I head over to the chairlift. There are a few guys ahead of me and it appears that only every 3rd chair has a bike attachment on it, not an issue now, but later when it gets more crowed the line is closer to 30 minute. As I get off the lift, a "red shirt" greets me and asks if I need any direction. I ask for a suggestion and I am told to take 7 to 4 back to 7. As soon as I turned on to 7, I was impressed with how the trail was set up, ti felt like a trail that was there for seasons. I then take the climb up to 4 which was a little more technical than I wasn't ready for. The lower part of 7 is pretty much a green ski trail which was like a fire road. I took that over to the duel slalom course which was a lot of fun and very well designed. 

 

When I got down to the lift again, I realized that my suspension was set up too stiff with too much rebound. I released some air and headed back up. The second run was a ton better with the suspension muuuch smoother. Instead of taking 4 in the middle, I tool 7 top to bottom (still with the dual slalom). Where I barely hit 25 MPH on the first run, being bounced around a lot, this run I hit into the 30's a couple of times. 

 

On the next 3 rides I took 7 into lower 4. Lower 4 was a ton of fun, it really reminded me of 6 or 11 at Killington. 

 

 

I am one to make my dissatisfaction as well as my satisfaction known. I made sure to find the guy in charge, I am guessing it was the guy, he looked important, he had TWO radios. I told him how impressed I was with the job they were doing and the quality of the trail network. I talked to some of the guys who did the trail work and told them that they should be proud with the work they have done. 

 

If they are basing their decision on the feasibility of running the lifts on this weekend (and it sounds like they are), with this crowd, I cannot see how they cannot open every weekend. Now can they get the guys that did the work on the trails to do the snowmaking. ;-)

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I was happy to hear that they opened for mountain bikes this season. I met the management last season when they were up here at Stowe for a conference on the feasibility of mountain biking. Glad to see that they went for it.

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 Sounds like a good day, eh?

 

I've been pondering lift served mt biking at Boyne, but everyone I talk to says that its some seriously intimidating down hill riding that requires body armor.

 

Anything like that at Blue?

 

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 Sounds like a good day, eh?

 

I've been pondering lift served mt biking at Boyne, but everyone I talk to says that its some seriously intimidating down hill riding that requires body armor.

 

Anything like that at Blue?

 

yukonrider on here ride up there I believe.

 

but yeah IMO lift serviced with out body armor/DH bike sounds like a bad idea.

 

but still a cool TR phil, if you want to go to springs Ill be game. but ill glady rent before killing my trance.

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but still a cool TR phil, if you want to go to springs Ill be game. but ill glady rent before killing my trance.


I thought your trance was the bestest bike in the whole world, surely you want to show what it can do in all conditions!

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Armor helps and I should have had it but I left my pads up in Vermont last summer.  The two changes I made to my bike for this was swapping out the traditional SPD pedals for the platform SPD's (since I am not a real MTBer and real MTBer's DON'T use these)  and changing the shock pressures. The platforms were more like the DH pedals that the other guys were using but gave the control of still having the SPD. Changing the shocks was the biggest difference. I had the shocks set up with the the most rebound for "path riding" with Lola to keep the bike efficient. Listing to some guys behind me in the lift line, they were comparing how their suspension were set up, they were able to move their rear suspension by just pressing down on the seat with their hand, I needed my whole body weight. I opened up the valves on the Black fork and Fox rear and released the air with my key. It was the biggest difference I could have made, the first ride down was very bumpy and I was getting bounced all over even questioning why I even bothered why I came up to a ride where I was much more in control and able to attack the trail vs. just survive it. "Attack" is a relative word, actually ride it with much more confidence then the first ride. 

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I thought your trance was the bestest bike in the whole world, surely you want to show what it can do in all conditions!


weight weenied out XC bikes make great lift served bikes right ? The trance isnt the best but the rear suspension is close to being the best. The new 2nd gen DW link on the turners is better though. If I bought a DH bike it would for sure be a DW link rear.Only I drive and Haros Sonix are worth a damn, nothing else. In my world nothing else is worth riding except hardtail
 

Phil by platform pedals I thought you meant these.

 

 

which are the worst idea know to experinced bikers. what you have is 2 sided SPDed and has a merrit to its use. your luckly you dont have those trust me.

 

You going to the Rattling Creek festival? because the bike you have can go and up and down and all around.

 

http://home.epix.net/~rebjsw/RCSTWeb/page5.html

 

 

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No plans on going there, shop opens that weekend.  

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I'm thinking seriously about heading to some lift served in a few weeks and renting some armor.  Could be a great new experience for me.

 

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 The new 2nd gen DW link on the turners is better though. If I bought a DH bike it would for sure be a DW link rear.


Ponder this: - If 2nd Gen DW link is the best, why doesn't the (DW designed) Evil DH bike use it? Instead, it uses a linkage driven single pivot. Weird, huh? Two top tens in Slovenia for Evil, btw.

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