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  • sambob
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    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    Hifives the only other bigwheel alpine biker. 🙂

    Was hoping to take the cotic rocket I ordered in January, but alas nay. Still not here, so a hired NP Mega it is.

    Premier Icon philhadfield
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    Taking my Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad to Les Arcs, c/w Cane Creek DBA, Alps virgin but can’t wait – will be awesome if the videos are anything to go by!

    tpbiker
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    what a depressing thread. No alps trip for me this year, definitely will try to get out there next year however.

    Now off to gaze longingly at my Enduro…

    ps..some lovely bikes on here. Hope everyone has fun 🙂

    dantsw13
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    Broke my cherry last year.

    Also broke my wrist and collarbone!! Be careful out there!!

    220si
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    Maxtorque – loving the Zesty!!

    cmadd
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    I will be on the “Slayer” again
    Les Gets 2012 MTB 133 by cmaddski, on Flickr

    Bagstard
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    Maxtorque,Godzilla,

    how are you finding the CCDB airs?

    godzilla
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    how are you finding the CCDB airs?

    Sweet as ****! Had a coil and was worried that the air wouldn’t be as good, I have no doubts at all now, it feels very well balanced with the air/coil marzo’s, it’s also nice not to have to prat around with springs anymore.
    Seriously thinking about getting one for the Mojo.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Same bike I take everywhere 🙂 Bigger tyres on the Hemlock and it’s alp-ready (well, it’d be fine as it is right now but it’ll be better with a wee swap).

    Taking this to Les Arcs, I only plan to ride trails that suit it.

    It’s morphed a bit snce this photo, now has Flows, KS Lev, 150mm Revs, and bigger brakes.

    Milkie
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    Same bike I ride all year round.. Scott Genius LT20

    Bike prep for the Alps consists of… **** All !!! 😉
    10 Weeks to go!! :mrgreen:

    Premier Icon ransos
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    To do this:

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Any of you pussies taking a hardtail?

    No Alps trip for me this yr (Cairngorms instead).

    But last year we took a Soul and a 456 to Morzine, and survived.

    Premier Icon Mad Pierre
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    Like Mikey74 I too can not be bothered with the Alps this year…. Whistler instead! (in August – like Mikey too)! When you going?

    I’ll be taking a bike designed for a bike park to a bike park. It’s been before and my only upgrade for ages is some new Saint brakes.

    Might get a rental for a couple of days XC too?

    Premier Icon whippersnapper
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    I’ll take this and join the big wheelers again

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    Taking my Enduro for two weeks with Bike Verbier

    maxtorque
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    Bagstard

    how are you finding the CCDB airs?

    Expensive and a little heavy, compared to say a Fox RP series, but very good indeed once setup. Having the full range of independent adjustments is ace, assuming you know enough to twiddle the knobs correctly (which tbh, isn’t hard after a bit of experimentation).

    And on my Spesty (160mm Zesty) i am finding i am not needing to constantly re-adjust to avoid any issues like that pesky Bob or whatever. I certainly don’t miss not having any form of lock-out, because once set correctly, the damping performance is maintained across the full range of shaft velocities. Of course, i wouldn’t recommend one for XC racing, but if you’re considering a DBair i’m guessing you’re not really an XC whippet 😉

    maxtorque
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    P.S. I’ll let you know after a week of riding down proper tall mountains in July how it retains its composure after an extended battering!

    kudos100
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    Kudos100. The bike looks awesome,when I was wanting to upgrade to 180mm Vans Giant told me the most I could put on my bike is 170mm 180mm here I come.

    They will only warranty 170mm, but plenty of people put bigger forks on them. The important measurement is the axel to crown. Boxxers have the same A-C as totems, which are 180mm. Certain marzocchis have longer A-C’s at 170mm.

    It rides amazingly with boxxers, I’ve ridden quite a few DH bikes and I prefer the reign x 🙂

    I_Ache
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    Do people just rock up at say Morzine and just ride around figuring it all out themselves or do you all tend to hire guides or go with companies like Bike Virbier or Flow MTB?

    I’m quite interested as for my first trip I would probably consider doing it as cheaply as possible to see how everybody finds it and what they would want to do next time.

    dantsw13
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    Morzine /les Gets is possible to just “Rock up and Ride” as we did last year. This year we are getting a guide for a day to explore the area.

    I_Ache
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    Oh and another one. I am assuming the bike trails tend to be in the same areas (but not routes) as the ski pistes, I know Morzine/Les Gets from skiing so that would be handy.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Any of you pussies taking a hardtail?

    See my post on page 1, my Chameleon, gf will be on her Talon

    Premier Icon stevied
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    Hopefully going towards the end of summer on this:

    nickc – Member

    Any of you pussies taking a hardtail?

    See my post on page 1, my Chameleon, gf will be on her Talon

    Good stuff! 8)

    lucien
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    I’m taking one of these

    And one of these

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos?pid=5890432239019115986&oid=111358819812974628321

    to do lots of this………



    In places like this



    3 and half weeks, catching the Mega, Crankworx Les2Alpes, and the Tour, with 20 sleeps to go….

    dantsw13
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    In Les Gets, the runs are from the Chavannes ant Nauchettes lifts on one side, and Mont Chery on the other. Morzine is served by the Pleney and Super Morzine.

    Try This link

    For a mtb run map

    dantsw13
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    In Les Gets, the runs are from the Chavannes ant Nauchettes lifts on one side, and Mont Chery on the other. Morzine is served by the Pleney and Super Morzine.

    Try This link

    For a mtb run map

    lucien
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    2nd try,

    One of these

    IMG00228-20110916-1713 by lucien.carter, on Flickr

    One of these

    Commencal DH by lucien.carter, on Flickr

    Doing this

    6199 43 by lucien.carter, on Flickr

    Here

    Trails1 by lucien.carter, on Flickr

    3 1/2 weeks, catching the Mega, Cranworx at Les2 Alpes, plus the Tour….20 sleeps to go

    torihada
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    Like Mikey74 I too can not be bothered with the Alps this year…. Whistler instead! (in August – like Mikey too)! When you going?

    I’ll be taking a bike designed for a bike park to a bike park. It’s been before and my only upgrade for ages is some new Saint brakes.

    Might get a rental for a couple of days XC too?

    Jealous;MP you’re back at BBB? If you get the chance bag Mark H to guide you. We had him last year and he’s a fantastic guide/rider/laugh. Tell him high from the ‘weapons’ he had to put up with in 2012 (a bunch of loud mouthed cockneys). We’ll be back in 14.

    dashed
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    You’ll figure out Morzine & Les Gets really easily. Guide will take you to out of the way stuff but all the main trails are very easy to navigate.

    Premier Icon Mad Pierre
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    torihada – Member

    Jealous;MP you’re back at BBB? If you get the chance bag Mark H to guide you. We had him last year and he’s a fantastic guide/rider/laugh. Tell him high from the ‘weapons’ he had to put up with in 2012 (a bunch of loud mouthed cockneys). We’ll be back in 14.

    Yep we’re back with Bear Back. This will be my 4th trip! We’re managing every 2 years since that initial “once in a lifetime” trip! 🙂

    mikey74
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    Like Mikey74 I too can not be bothered with the Alps this year…. Whistler instead! (in August – like Mikey too)! When you going?

    24th August – 7th September

    karnali
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    les gets this friday. soul, maxle rebas, standard kit, couple of on one tyres and downhill tubes, certain death

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    it’s a mince tank fest!

    slackalice
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    Oooh! I can join in this thread this year!!

    I’m taking this for the Passportes in just over a weeks’ time…. with some Hans Dampfs on…

    dantsw13
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    SlackAlice – welcome!!!

    Karnali – see you there!! We are arriving Friday morning via Eurotunnel! I’ll keep an eye out for a Soul!

    Premier Icon frogstomp
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    Also off to the PdS in just under a fortnight for our first trip to the Alps! 8)

    Hopefully my wheels won’t explode (or at least not until later in the week)!

    dantsw13
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    Chavannes webcam

    And the weather has finally sorted itself out too!!

    Premier Icon frogstomp
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    Chavannes:

    Mostly gone at Avoriaz too..

    eyerideit
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    Here’s my effort, for PPS and general mincing. No hardcore DH.

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    No issues with the weather. We have just got back and had a great time.

    Top of the Zore (Morzine) lift a couple of days ago.

    Premier Icon monkeysfeet
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    Yes, off to do the PPDS on Wed- Sunday, taking a SC Nickel… 3rd time we have visited, staying in Morziene … Can’t wait!!

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