Sunday, July 31, 2016

Barton Creek Greenbelt - Upper Luv Gluv Drop :: Devinci Spartan Carbon

View from the top of Upper Luv Gluv, just above "The Quarry". 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New, Fun Drops Added to the Trails at Brushy Creek

We have been busy working on making Picnic, part of the Deception Trail at Brushy Creek more fun. We've added a couple of drops with nice transitions - no drops to flat! We plan to make this a progressive series with at least four drops that progress from about 2 feet to 6 feet. Currently a 3-4 footer and a 4-5 footer is ready to ride.

Theses drops are located about 100 yards west of the Basket Drop on the upper line on Picnic. The are approachable when ridding the upper line from the west, riding to the east. Picnic is generally designed as a counter clockwise loop ridden from the BCRT where the big open pasture begins.

We are also going to be working on creating a small loop within Picnic for the purpose of quickly sessioning these drops.

This video includes some other areas a Picnic, notably the Basket Drop and Big Ravine as well as the new drops.

This is a very short video highlight just the drops.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

VIDEO:: 2015 Devinci Spartan Carbon - Decimates Austin, TX

This is just my second ride on the Spartan. After the Spartan's (I call her Smash N Grab) inaugural ride on Deception, Dropping Basket Drop, Cru Jones, Swag, cleaning EBD and having ZERO dabs (a true rarity for me) I felt confident to go much bigger.

A dreary Sunday morning, Brett, Billy and I saddled up trying to beat the rain. We headed south from Cedar Park to hit some greenbelt trails. I hadn't ridden these trails in many years so I was pretty excited, but a bit anxious. The slight misting wasn't helping as the Austin limestone becomes slick as snot when wet, but ultimately the trails were perfect.

The Spartan was confidence inspiring from the first bit of loose baby heads, roots and steps through to the huge g-outs and even the biggest drop the greenbelt has to offer. The suspension floated over the chunky stuff, ate up the hard hits due to my mistakes and sucked up ledges on the climbs. Climbing prowess is not sacrificed at the cost of the more descent specific travel and design of the Spartan.

Due to budgetary constraints I was not able to replace my broken Chumba XCL with a like bike, so I settled for a HT 29er. Knowing I would get back to a more all-mountain/trail bike again I decided to go with a bike that would be versatile for family rides, off-ride Tri and long rides, those are my reasons for getting the Salsa El Mar. So, having been off a longer travel FS bike for more than a year and a half, I'm back and back big with the 165mm rear travel Spartan fitted with the 160mm Pike up front. The point being - I'm rusty hitting the big drops...without further in HD.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rainmaker :: 2015 Devinci Spartan Carbon Is Coming to Austin

Tuesday this week I put in my order with Wes at Velorangutan for the 2015 Spartan Carbon XP complete bike with white graphics ($4299 retail). I am doing a very similar build up as the demo, it makes more sense to buy the complete XP and the upgrade item individually vs buying the $6999 Spartan Carbon RR. Other than the brakes my build will be pretty much on par with the RR. I'm not sure about the quality of the DT Swiss E 1700 Spline wheels vs the Stan's, but the weight is almost identical. I may upgrade the brakes after I part out the take off items or I might buy some Chinese Carbon wide rims for the future or some CB Mallet DH pedals...decisions.

I ordered the following additional items:
Stans Flows with 330HD hubs and blue nipples:

SRAM X1 Drivetrain, but with the Turbine Cinch crankset and blue 30T NW:

RaceFace SIXC 3/4 Rise Carbon Bars blue graphics, blue Atlas Stem, ODI Rogue lock ons:

In the end, my build will look very much like the demo bike.

It's all about the wait now...