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Love that vid. This one was so close to being a legendary victory too:

And then he fell off - so it wasn't
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Love that vid. This one was so close to being a legendary victory too:


Brutal----shit happens huh.

BTW, Chessmatt, is this one of your vids from your BMX days?

http://www.pinkbike.com/video/177232/
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And then he fell off - so it wasn't
You have to finish ...
He did... and still came in 3rd, World Championship race too.
I wanted the eventual winner, or 2nd place rider to win (both British), but still a amazing run.


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BTW, Chessmatt, is this one of your vids from your BMX days?

http://www.pinkbike.com/video/177232/
Haha! Never done it, but seen it happen a couple times, always entertaining.
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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

Hi All,

I want to get myself a freeride bike and want some opinions please. Im new to MTB I dont really have a clue about bikes, but I know from my other sports that once people are truly hooked they cant shut up about gear so I thought some of you might have something to add.

So I live in Zurich and have a "All Mountain" bike, bought last year as a do it all as I didnt know what I wanted to do. Now that I have experienced a little I realise its adrenaline that I need.

So I am dreaming of popping out of the top of the cablecar and flying downhill with as much speed and style as I can possibly muster. Of course the "style" element includes catching as many wall rides, north shore elements, drops and jumps as possible on the way down.

Now which bike will set me up for this? Im looking at three:

1. Scott Voltage FR 20. (http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/pr...4/55660/217970) The most expensive option, but versatile and small (I used to ride BMX so I feel more natural on a small bike)
2. Canyon Torque FRX. (http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbi...ke.html?b=2095) The biggest of the three and billed as an extreme freerider.
3. Canyon Rockzone. (http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbi...ke.html?b=2090) This is 180mm front and back compared to the 200mm of the FRX, and has an extra chainring at the front for going upwards. Could replace my AM for rides on the Uetliberg trail but can it cut it off the top of the cablecar and in the bike park?

I still like going on tours so depending on the final choice I can keep the AM for this or sell it to get myself something with less spring.

Now I know a lot of this is down to personal taste and what feels right fo the rider...my big problem with this is finding these bikes to test ride. Does anyone have one of the above or similar I could have a sit and roll on?

Thanks for your thoughts.

S
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Old 20.01.2011, 14:26
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Love that vid. This one was so close to being a legendary victory too:


If only he knew how much time he was up he could have taken that turn just a bit slower. Sounds like one announcer is having an orgasm.
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Hi All,

I want to get myself a freeride bike and want some opinions please. Im new to MTB I dont really have a clue about bikes, but I know from my other sports that once people are truly hooked they cant shut up about gear so I thought some of you might have something to add.

So I live in Zurich and have a "All Mountain" bike, bought last year as a do it all as I didnt know what I wanted to do. Now that I have experienced a little I realise its adrenaline that I need.

So I am dreaming of popping out of the top of the cablecar and flying downhill with as much speed and style as I can possibly muster. Of course the "style" element includes catching as many wall rides, north shore elements, drops and jumps as possible on the way down.

Now which bike will set me up for this? Im looking at three:

1. Scott Voltage FR 20. (http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/pr...4/55660/217970) The most expensive option, but versatile and small (I used to ride BMX so I feel more natural on a small bike)
2. Canyon Torque FRX. (http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbi...ke.html?b=2095) The biggest of the three and billed as an extreme freerider.
3. Canyon Rockzone. (http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbi...ke.html?b=2090) This is 180mm front and back compared to the 200mm of the FRX, and has an extra chainring at the front for going upwards. Could replace my AM for rides on the Uetliberg trail but can it cut it off the top of the cablecar and in the bike park?

I still like going on tours so depending on the final choice I can keep the AM for this or sell it to get myself something with less spring.

Now I know a lot of this is down to personal taste and what feels right fo the rider...my big problem with this is finding these bikes to test ride. Does anyone have one of the above or similar I could have a sit and roll on?

Thanks for your thoughts.

S

I have a friend that owns both canyon bikes, he bought both since they were such a bargain a came with top quality components. He lives in Wallis and goes almost everyday so he needs two in case one needs repaired. Really the only difference is about 20mm in suspension travel as they share the same frame. My brother in law just bought the rockzone yesterday. Funny you should ask about it. As a begginer I would go with the rockzone since double crown forks can be a pain on trails with sharp turns. Once you get used to the D.C forks then these turns are no longer a problem. The frame design on the canyon and voltage is similar but with the canyon you get more bang for your buck. (better components) In the end, you will be happy with any of these bikes. I would say get the canyon, even though I own and love my Scott Gambler. The Rockzone is a better "all rounder" as the voltage is built purely for the park.

Edit. The FRX is better for pure DH but you said you want to do more "park" with jumps and whatnot. The rockzone or voltage would be better for this.

DH- FRX
DH/FR - Rockzone
FR- Voltage

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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

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Asking to ride someones bike is like asking to ride someones girlfriend. You`ll only get a yes if the bike has been used and abused and the owner has a new one. Or if you have a bike of equal or greater quality to swap for a run (but this only applies if you are good friends)
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Really the only difference is about 20mm in suspension travel as they share the same frame.

I made a mistake, They share the same design, the frame is actually different as the FRX has a little more "beef".
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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

Thanks for the tip. Im off to Germany soon so perhaps I will get my hands on a Rockzone.

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Old 01.02.2011, 13:37
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Thanks for the tip. Im off to Germany soon so perhaps I will get my hands on a Rockzone.

Shane

Good luck, my brother in law has to wait until May before his comes in the mail. But he ordered it direct from the factory. You might be able to find one in a bike shop if your lucky. This bike seems to be very popular this year.
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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

My Wallis friends told me they have been doing more biking than snowboarding the last few weeks. (Reideralp, Jeizenen) If it doesn`t snow in the next two weeks I will go as well. If I can clear my agenda, too busy at the moment.

I love this video from Bellwald, which should open with two more runs this summer. Turn the volume up on this one

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I'm selling on of my bikes in anyone is interested.

http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-want...bike-sale.html

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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

I am!

I spent a lot of time deciding over the colours! The official names are Porno pink for the frame and Apple green for the wheels and I was the first to have that combination.

When I ordered the bike it took a few weeks longer to be ready for collection that they first advised. When I went to collect it the salesman confessed that the reason was that they liked the colour combination so much that they put it on display in the showroom.

They also said that an Austrian snowboard champion ordered the same after he saw it.

(the photo doesn't really do the pink justice)
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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

No snow in Wallis since Dec. 25th. Forcast is sun and 13 degrees. This will be a DH weekend in Reideralp and Jeizenen.
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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

please excuse my ignorance but i just moved to Geneva from Australian in January

Where are these places? Are you talking lifts will be open to DH or you run your own shuttle?

Any push tracks?
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please excuse my ignorance but i just moved to Geneva from Australian in January

Where are these places? Are you talking lifts will be open to DH or you run your own shuttle?

Any push tracks?

Lifts are open. These lifts are open all year as they acess the upper villages and both are biker friendly. Just expect wierd looks upon the faces of skiers.
Both places are in Wallis, Jeizenen is in Gampel which is closer to Geneva. Reideralp is 45min. up valley from Gampel. Both trails are snow free.
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Thanks heaps...will try check them out
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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

Jeizenen is not really the best run to start the season. Sometimes I forget that it is a true black. Steep, steep, steep. Rocky as hell. But I still came away with a perma grin.
I was disapointed with Vast when it came to filming this place. They only show the three easy sections and nothing else. I think it gave a lot of people a false impression as we saw over 20+ bikers there this sunday but not one person actually riding on the trail . The DH trail was completly snow free and the AM trail had a bit of snow at the start in the trees. The AM trail is hard to find unless someone shows you the whole trail. Or as I think what most people do is take the road all the way down, which is basically a rock garden the whole way down. This place has a lot of potential and they have made consessions with the farmers so we`ll have to wait and see what becomes of Jeizenen in the next few years. Oh and the weather was BEAUTIFUL!!! It was 16 in the sun Not bad for early febuary. But I would still prefer an awesome powder day this time of the year.
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Re: Downhill/Freeride Mountain Bike Days

Out of curiosity how would you compare Jeizenen with somewhere like the DH in Fiesch?

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Jeizenen is not really the best run to start the season. Sometimes I forget that it is a true black. Steep, steep, steep. Rocky as hell. But I still came away with a perma grin.
I was disapointed with Vast when it came to filming this place. They only show the three easy sections and nothing else. I think it gave a lot of people a false impression as we saw over 20+ bikers there this sunday but not one person actually riding on the trail . The DH trail was completly snow free and the AM trail had a bit of snow at the start in the trees. The AM trail is hard to find unless someone shows you the whole trail. Or as I think what most people do is take the road all the way down, which is basically a rock garden the whole way down. This place has a lot of potential and they have made consessions with the farmers so we`ll have to wait and see what becomes of Jeizenen in the next few years. Oh and the weather was BEAUTIFUL!!! It was 16 in the sun Not bad for early febuary. But I would still prefer an awesome powder day this time of the year.
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