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entry Jul 4 2010, 08:01 PM
Took Maggie (previously known as Cooper, but, for various reasons is far more suited to being named after a certain Iron Lady!) out today for the first proper day of DH at the Forest of Dean. Well, not quite a day as we only managed 4 hours before goog’s hip was knackard and I was loosing concentration…..think we’ve both forgotten just how much hard work DH with the big bikes actually is. I’d certainly forgotton just how bloomin fast you can go on a DH bike on bone dry trails!

Maggie is great, although really rather like a thoroughbred racehorse compared to the 222. I had to calm the suspension down as, although I was loving the ‘pop’, especially on the Corkscrew table (see pic below - which I rarely, if ever, cleared on the 222), once I got onto the rougher, rooty trails, the bounce was uncontrollable and I was pogo-ing all over the place. Until today, although I knew suspension set up was important, I’d not experienced just how out of control it can make a bike if set up wrong! One click of rebound on, and one click of low speed compression off, and it felt amazing again – well, at least when I got my lines right! With the 222 all I had to do was point and hold on and it just ploughed over everything….and smoothed out the trails. With Maggie, every root is like a launch point, which is great if I get my timing right, but if I get it wrong, I don’t half know about it. It’s so tempting to try and soften up the suspension a little more, but, if I’m honest, I much prefer it feeling firm and would rather learn how to ride her like that.



Monty also got his first ride – goog was flying like usual, although he also spent most of the morning twiddling dials. Grown up boys like his bike. Obviously the kids much prefer Maggie and her in-your-face colours laugh.gif



Wish they hadn’t of made the end of Sheepskull into a double though. That’s another trail finish made into something for the good riders to blast over, and everyone else to mince through. I’ve noticed it so much lately; everyone keeps moaning about trail sanitisation, but, tbh, the ‘easy’ DH trails seem to be getting more doubles and gaps added. Even the red run at Stile Cop. It’s a shame as there are so many high level trails for the good downhillers already, I don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to make fun trails, or should I say keep the fun trails, for beginners and the not-so-confident riders without big stuff that requires big commitment.

I don’t want to finish this first blog entry with a moan though, so, back to the beautiful babe that is Maggie for the final sentence. She’s ace…that is all that matters biggrin.gif


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post Jul 4 2010, 08:49 PM
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Like i said before shes a beaut, how are you finding the new style boxxer's ive read a few scare stories about rock shox not putting enough oil in them during manufacture?

Goog riding an intense M6 now?
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post Jul 4 2010, 08:55 PM
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QUOTE(bodger_the_biker @ Jul 4 2010, 09:49 PM)
Like i said before shes a beaut, how are you finding the new style boxxer's ive read a few scare stories about rock shox not putting enough oil in them during manufacture?

Goog riding an intense M6 now?


Heh heh that's a 951 not an M6 - I'll post a better pic of monty when I'm back on a proper 'puter.

The boXXers were bought from TF tuned so they put the right springs in and checked the oil levels. I'm loving them, but I think they may still need some more twiddling to get them right smile.gif
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post Jul 5 2010, 09:00 AM
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Here ya go Bodger smile.gif

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post Jul 5 2010, 11:27 AM
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My god thats just pure bike porn wub.gif

Thats good to hear about boxxer's been thinking about them for awhile now as they are something like 600g lighter than my current 888's, but since it seems the missus is coming over from america that plan's going to have to be shelved in favour of respraying and new decals the 888 lowers and seeing if i can get a ti spring from anywhere laugh.gif
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post Jul 5 2010, 11:41 AM
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QUOTE(bodger_the_biker @ Jul 5 2010, 12:27 PM)
My god thats just pure bike porn wub.gif

Thats good to hear about boxxer's been thinking about them for awhile now as they are something like 600g lighter than my current 888's, but since it seems the missus is coming over from america that plan's going to have to be shelved in favour of respraying and new decals the 888 lowers and seeing if i can get a ti spring from anywhere laugh.gif


See what I mean about grown-up boys liking his bike wink.gif

Zangolin has also got some of the teams - he may also be worth askin about them.
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true thats not to say your bikes not a cracker to use a car analogy your bike and mine are nissan skylines stunningly fast and will whoop most other bikes asses where as goog's is a ferrari its the bike all little big boys have on there bed room wall laugh.gif
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QUOTE(bodger_the_biker @ Jul 5 2010, 01:00 PM)
true thats not to say your bikes not a cracker to use a car analogy your bike and mine are nissan skylines stunningly fast and will whoop most other bikes asses where as goog's is a ferrari its the bike all little big boys have on there bed room wall laugh.gif


FFS don't tell him that or I'll never hear the end of it laugh.gif
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I have to say Jo that is one heavenly looking bit of kit ,is it all downhill now or do the hills get alookin too . biggrin.gif


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QUOTE(stephen @ Jul 5 2010, 08:56 PM)
I have to say Jo that is one heavenly looking bit of kit ,is it all downhill now or do the hills get alookin too . biggrin.gif


Heh heh, I still ride uphill - there isn't much choice in Malvern!!! biggrin.gif
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