Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SWEEP RL2 FOLLOW UP

     I figured I should update the world on my thoughts of my new fork after I have put it to the test for a season.  When I originally had talked to John at X Fushion I had told him some of the general complaints I had with the company that came stock with my Trance Advance.  He assured me the X Fushion would not let me down.  The fork came set up with 150mm travel, I followed the recommended air pressure for a clydesdale and was dialed in!
      I have put 1,000 miles on this fork with the set it and forget it attitude.  I have been impressed on how stiff the fork is yet the suspension works great.  I have raced this cross country, on enduros, ridden thru rock gardens, North Cascade Epic rides and punished it on the normal rock riddled trails of central Washington.
      Those that know me would say some bike parts tend to break under my svelt frame.  Maybe I stretch my maintenance out a little too far.... So with that I rode and rode thinking eventually the fork would "act" like the oil was getting bad.  No such luck, but I did figure it was way over due so I had the oil changed and bam I'm back in business.
     I guess the moral of the story is I wouldn't recommend ignoring the manufactures service intervals but if you want a great performing, low maintenance simple to set up fork X Fusion has it going on!  I'm sold on these and can't wait to see what they come up with down the road!!

Happy trails,

Charlie the Clydesdale!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW SPONSOR!



We are proud to announce that we will be working with a new sponsor for 2015!

DEUTER!  

What a great company.  We will be rocking new Deuter backpacks this next race season.  In the winter there will be a review of a backpack, whichever I decide to buy. 

Check them out in our sponsor tab or here! 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Stack Em' High, Stack Em' Low

Ok, not a lot is going on right now.  Il Lombardia is over and won in the most incredible fashion by Dan Martin: LINK HERE.

That said, ASTANA self suspends... then they all said,"Vinokourov who?"

Now the good stuff.

Ridin' High

Ridin' with the EMT

Monday, September 22, 2014

Leavenworth Weekend









Spent the weekend in Leavenworth with my buddies Scott and Evan Sensenbrenner.  We spent Saturday at Stevens Pass.  What a great area.  If you haven't gone go treat yourself to some downhill without the uphill.  The trails range from completely beginner friendly to fairly technical but they all can be ridden on a trail bike.  The Trance Advance was great up there!  We enjoyed some tasty nectar along the way from our friends at Iron Horse Brewery (Ellensburg).  Sunday was time to check out the local cross country trails.  We rode up through the ski hill area on a new connector that Evergreen has put in, over to Fruend Canyon and back on Rosie Boa!  Great views, fun trails and some climbing for cardio.  All in all we had a blast!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SKIN Suit

Well, thank you Columbia Women's Cycling Team...

The BIG news in the world today isn't a post- Vuelta positive by a biggie, nor the middle eastern crisis, it's that the women in Columbia wore a skin suit that makes them look over exposed.  Mind you, when your wearing a skin suit, or any lycra for that matter, your just wearing over priced  underwear.  How is it that the cycling clothing industry talked us into believing that the thinest clothing possible is somehow better?  Anyway, I sure the hell won't stop wearing it because I at least feel faster wearing it...

News Flash!
Believe it or not, Brian Cookson and the UCI are  getting on the band wagon.  They will be investigating the kit's and inviting the ladies over for a BBQ after the Giro della Toscana.




 This does however give me some sweet kit ideas for SET COACHING/HILTI-NW.... look out 2015! Well, that is until we get some sponsor dollars, otherwise I will keep researching body paint for the team.

joe