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North West Cup #1

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It was a long Winter, the snow was deep and good, but all I could think about was going racing and riding my bike. I have been looking forward to racing since December and was eager to see where I would stack up for my first pro DH race.

Our track was extremely fun to ride, and had a good mix of everything. You can see the track preview here. The top 1/3 was a trail that we had ridden a ton before, but never raced. It is a tight loamy PNW classic trail. It had natural doubles, steeps, roots, and amazing corners. the bottom 2/3 we had raced many times before and is usually in the track for the first race. I really enjoy racing the bottom 2/3, it is mostly high speed and rewards you for the more effort and energy you put into pumping and jumping the track.

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Friday

The week leading up to the race was 80 degrees and sunny in Seattle. We were getting pretty spoiled with weather and awesome riding conditions, but that wasn’t going to be the case for the race weekend. We got lucky and were able to have a dry pro practice to get comfortable with the track. I was struggling to come to terms with the top 1/3 of the track. It was extremely hard to push on. The bottom 2/3 were amazing, though. They were better than ever and with some new trail additions, even more fun to push on.

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Saturday

After a decent amount of rain and the Cat 1’s practicing on the track, it had gotten pretty rutted and torn up. It was extremely loose and easy to slide on. However, it made for extremely fun riding conditions. We had a short hour and a half to practice before seeding. After walking the track and picking some new lines I was eager to see if they helped on the top 1/3. The first two runs were spent attempting the new lines and a slower speed and dialing in the compression on the rear shock to grip more in the wet conditions. My third run was amazing, the V-10 was tracking so well with the new DH X2 and felt amazing. My new lines enabled me to push a little harder up top and be more comfortable. After four runs I went back up for seeding. My seeding run went well, I didn’t push hard and didn’t pedal anywhere. I ended up seeding mid pack in 23/40. I was quite happy with that and looking forward to opening it up more on Sunday.

Sunday

It had continued to rain lightly throughout the night, but had actually made the track better. The slippery and loose soil on top was now gone and had turned into more traditional PNW mud. I was very eager and nervous for my race run, wanting to see what I could put together for hopefully a top 20. As I sat in the gate breathing deeply, clearing my mind and waiting to hear the beeps of the timing system, I couldn’t help but smile and think to myself “its great to be back racing”. After the third beep I cranked out of the gate, and hit the first corner and road gap faster than I had all weekend, thinking to myself “fuck yeah!”. Then, at the second corner, that came to a halt. as I turned into the second corner, the bike started to slide and off the trail I was going. I grabbed a fist full of brake to not go through the tape. I came to a complete stop with the front end of my bike under the tape. I pedaled hard to get back up to speed and then continued to push extremely hard through the run. Aside from that mistake, it was a good run. I had improved my seeding time by .2 seconds, but didn’t improve my placing, I ended up 28th/40. I was pretty bummed to not have had a clean run, but was happy with that time due to my mistake.

 

I’m looking forward to the Pro GRT at Port Angeles in 2 weekend, hopefully I can get some redemption then.

Kris Christensen

 

 

Sram 1×12 Eagle Drivetrain

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SRAM introduced the first-ever, purpose-built 1x drivetrain, and is the absolute leader in 1x technology and innovation. We have manufactured, tested and ridden hundreds of thousands of SRAM 1x™ drivetrains, and have capitalized on the lessons learned from our experience to create all-new drivetrains with Eagle™ Technology. Eagle™ drivetrains provide unparalleled performance, enhanced toughness and durability, and the freedom of a 500-percent gear range.

ALL-NEW 1x COMPONENTS, ENGINEERED FOR EVEN GREATER DURABILITY AND PERFORMANCE WHILE MAINTAINING A SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT ADVANTAGE OVER OTHER DRIVETRAINS

BORN IN THE USA, ENGINEERED IN GERMANY, MADE FOR THE WORLD. THIS IS THE NEWEST GENERATION OF 1x TECHNOLOGY FROM THE PEOPLE WHO INVENTED IT. A DRIVETRAIN THAT GIVES YOU UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE AND A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF FREEDOM. POWERFUL. TOUGH. DECISIVE. STEALTHY.

THE WIDEST RANGE OF GEARS EVER SEEN IN A 1x SYSTEM. SIMPLY UNSTOPPABLE. THIS IS EAGLE™. THIS IS SRAM.

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We built the incredible new XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain to work quietly, intuitively, precisely and perfectly. Whether you’re an hour and twelve minutes into a World Cup XC or, just about to hit the top of Pearl Pass—XX1 Eagle™ is ready for that and every place in between. This cross-country-optimized drivetrain combines our newest generation of SRAM 1x™ drivetrain technological advancements with lightweight materials. With a greater gear range of 500-percent, XX1 Eagle™ gives you smoother, more precise shifts with greater durability for long lasting performance so you can spend more time in the gear you want. XX1 Eagle™ just rewrote the rules of freedom.

 

 

Wheel Options

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It was only a matter of time until Santa Cruz got into the fat tire game. I am super excited to see how an aggressive style fatty will handle all the hucks and corners, but mostly how the bros will react.

 

Hightower has the versatility to deal with whatever appears on the horizon.  Running either proven 29″ wheels or the new monster-truck 27.5”+ standard, Hightower seamlessly adapts to the trails and style you ride, no matter where you are in the world.

So the big question, 27.5+ or 29?

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If straight line speed, rallying through rock gardens and sprinting out of turns is your bag, then 29” wheels are the big ticket. Upgrade to carbon rims and you have a precision instrument on your hands.

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When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.

No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*.  Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration.  Meanwhile, 150mm of seat dropper, a water bottle mount, and internal routing reflect an armada of killer details.

135mm of VPP® travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of Nomad-syle linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up.  The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there.

This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frame, but weighs about 230 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off half a pound from the frame.

Winter Fat Biking

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We have all finally accepted the ye’ol fat bike as part of the fleet. Reluctant as we were, the Specialized Fat Boy Pro has made it’s way into our hearts. Get yours today to smash some trail pow!

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