Well.. I've officially been bitten again. I cannot get enough of the trails out here. After last weekend's brutal descent of Mt. Seymour, I decided my little Tange straight blade fork just wasn't going to cut it. I threw a brand new OEM takeoff MZ1 fork on the Extreme. The fork has 100mm of travel, so my 72° HTA went to 67.5°. I have to learn how to ride the bike all over again. For a test session yesterday a few of our East Van crew took our hardtails to Mt. Fromme, and rode with Andrew Summers from Brodie bikes. He of course was on an all mountain fully, but was stoked to be riding with such foolish hooligans.
(Yes that is a rigid dirt jumper with ONLY A REAR BRAKE! My friend James is an absolute certified nutjob, and made it down the mountain in one piece slaying everything in his path)
Here's the entrance to the first big log on 7Th Secret.. its only 4ft off the ground, but falling off to the left is further than that. It gets skinnier as you go:
Me letting James pass through a switchback (since he was essentially brakeless):
Ironic old growth MTB parking:
..and an animation I made of the second log of 7th secret. This one is wide enough, but its positioned straight down the hill, so its super intimidating, and you really have to keep your speed in check:
Overall, the fork worked great. I got the damping tuned within the first few sections of trail, and started to remember just how much faster suspension lets you go. I think with a shorter stem I'd be more confident putting more weight on the front wheel going down the gnarly stuff.