maxxis Ikon tire review
Maxxis Ikon Tire Review Video in the header and below   weight: I have the Maxxis Ikon’s on a 2017 Cannondale Scalpel, I previously had Racing Ralphs both 2.2. With the Maxxis tires running a 2.35 up front and a 2.2 in the rear my bike went from 25lb 12oz to 25lb 14oz (2oz heavier). Tire pressure: What I found to be ideal for my riding conditions and style. 2.35 up front 20-21psi 2.2 in the rear 23psi I ride a lot of rocky terrain with hard pack dirt with loose sand on top. Even with 20psi up front I still have never burped a tire nor does it feel like it wants to fold underneath me. I tested this the other day a Calaveras stuffing my XC bike in to berms and hitting some drop offs. When I first put the tires on I ran them at 24psi front…Continue Reading
Mt whitney Inyo National Forrest
Weekend Trip to the Eastern Sierras Mt Whitney, Inyo National Forrest. Video in the header and below A few friends and I were going to shoot up to Mt. Whiney to give our winter gear a shake down for a up coming trip to Mexico to climb a volcano. One of my friends being a pilot offered to fly us up to Lone Pine which reduces a 5hr drive to 1hr in the sky. At the start of this trip I had never been in a plane smaller than a commercial airliner. I quickly found out that flying is a different experience when your flying in a four seat single prop plane. click to enlarge Being able to pull up to a plane, throw your gear in it and take off was awesome. No red lights and no one driving 65 in the fast lane was great. We were cruising at…Continue Reading
Robert wessels temecula 4hr
Race Recap From the So-Cal Endurance Temecula 4 & 8 hour Race Location: Vail Lake Temecula California Its always a good time racing or just riding at Vail Lake. There is stuff to jump, stuff to climb and fun flowy single track. Race Format: This year was the first year Jason changed the format from a 6 and 12 hour race to a 4 and 8 hour race. As I understand it there was only going to be an 8 hour race but Jason was persuaded  into adding a 4 hour too (thanks Bruce). So you can race 4hr solo or 8hr solo or get a team together for 8hrs. heres a link to past 6 & 12hr races The Course: This course was set up for speed, not riding up “bridges” or “dam climb” definitely helps keep your average speed up.  It had rained a few days before the…Continue Reading
quick and dirty Filthy 50
Quick and Dirty Filthy 50 Lake Hodges San Diego, Ca. 2016 filthy 50 stats: 51.5 miles 3,012 ft of climbing 3:19:07 (my time)   Last years filthy 50 was my triumphant return to mountain bike racing and basically showed up under prepared and got hammered. Don’t get me wrong I had a lot of fun but “race pace” kicked my ass. It didn’t help that 20 miles into the race I smashed my peddle on a rock and had to ride the remaining 30 miles on a nub I couldn’t clip into. This isn’t a rocky course and I like to credit my superior bike handling skills in finding a rock big enough to accomplish such a task.. In the photo above overall race winner Philip Tinstman. In 3rd Ryan Dahl WEND WAX. Photo by Len Geiger The Course The course is relatively flat and not technical at all,  that…Continue Reading
Mt Baldy hike
Mt. Baldy Hike Technically Mt San Antonio commonly referred to as Mt Baldy Hike Stats: 8.4miles 3:57:37 moving time 3,719 feet of elevation gain for more click my Stava link. Parking   The photo above is looking down at the Devils Back Bone. Our Route: Devils Back Bone We took the most direct route to the Devils back bone and Mt Baldy summit. Parking at the Mt Baldy Ski lifts (see map above) you will hike up the most easterly ski run, starting off directly under the lift chairs. This is a fairly steep trail, walking up a black diamond run. Besides it being steep and loose the hiking isn’t technical, you’ll cross a fire road that people hike and run and end up just west of where the chair lift drops you off. Walking past the chair lifts you will see signs with trail names and distances on them…Continue Reading
2017 scalpel si
2017 Cannondale Scalpel si “The ultimate race bike for the rough and tumble realities of modern XC” <– quote from Cannondale’s website.. Someone writing for Cannondales digital team got an “A” in creative writing.”rough and tumble realities of modern XC” (wtf!?)  I personally try to keep it smooth without tumbling. Good news this bike works for that too. Lets begin with the name “Scalpel”(sharp, surgical, precise) thats what this bike is, not some wild stallion charging into the O.K. corral for a high noon show down. I got this bike (Cannondale Scalpel SI Race) to test for the day from the good people at The Bike Shop Temecula. Unfortunately only for the day, I would have like to put more miles on it. Initial thoughts The styling of the bike is clean and “racey”. I’m not a fan of the chrome lettering but this isn’t a beauty contest. It looks…Continue Reading