A break from the rain and a big day on the Mountain Bike. With just eight days left to the Cascadia Dirt Cup, it was time to make sure the legs still worked. We knocked out 5200 ft of climbing, got a sunburn, and yeah a little poison oak. Worth it!
Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and for the next couple of months will be chasing the weather. Syncline is situated across the Columbia River from Oregon and has a very unusual weather pattern. Often if it's raining in Portland there is a good chance it will be dry and sunny in at Syncline.
I recently sold my 2016 Santa Cruz 5010 CC XO1 build with the idea of picking up a 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy. I've ridden a few Evil 29ers recently and I really like how the bigger bikes pedal. So when the time came to pull the trigger on the new bike I freaked out. I spent a few late nights pouring over outdated threads on the 5010 and Tallboy. Everyone has their opinion on what is better but ultimately what it comes down to is what bike do you want to ride 90% of the time. So I bought another 5010.
What I changed out before my first ride
Replaced the stem with a shorter Easton Haven.
Swapped the rear Ardent for a Minion DHR because...more grip, duh!
I threw on an older and beat up WTB Silverado Pro because saddles get thrashed and now I have a new one for down the road.
I always throw on a Spurcycle bell on my mountain bikes because I like to give hikers a heads up. Ding!
The 2017 model is spec'd way better
Upgrades from last years X01 build include carbon Sram cranks, Sram Eagle 1x and the Fox 34. Everything else is pretty much the same but I am stoked on the carbon cranks and Fox fork. Now only if they'd throw some wider rims on this damn bike!
So..... How did the bike compare to last years?
It felt really fucking smooth. I love the Fox 34 and the bike is dead silent. Other than that it felt just like my old 5010, which it should. The geometry is the same unless I am mistaken. After the first ride back on the 5010 I realized I made the right decision. This bike is super playful. You've been hearing that phrase a lot right? I come from a BMX background so when I say playful it means this bike is awesome for throwing around. I like to send it, connect lines, whip the rear end and just get rowdy. The Santa Cruz 5010 is kinda like a big BMX and I fucking dig that.
and thats it folks
I am stoked. I've squeezed in three solid rides on this rig and I am looking forward to all of the spring riding thats headed our way in the Pacific Northwest. Check back soon for some better photos and all of that jazz.
What do you do when the weekends forecast calls for rain and snow in the Pacific Northwest? You pack up the bikes and drive 75 minutes out of Portland to ride mountain bikes in Washington. Despite heavy winds the conditions in Syncline were perfect!
It’s officially Fall in the Pacific Northwest. The rain is falling and soon the majority of our beloved trails will be covered in snow. Syncline is a trail system just 67 miles away from Downtown Portland and runs all year round. "If you aren’t familiar with the Burdoin Mountain - Coyote Wall - Catherine Creek areas, you’ve thus far missed out on experiencing one of the Gorge’s truly unique treasures. Situated just upstream from White Salmon on the Columbia River, these adjacent areas feature rugged cliffs, Oregon white oak woodlands, wide open meadows and sweeping views of the Gorge that rival any other around. The unique soils and climate have created some very special plant communities that include many endemic and rare wildflowers that deliver a spectacular succession of colorful displays. And with unique plant communities come unique species of animals that are equally as rare as the plants they rely upon for habitat.” - Washington Trails Association
Our latest adventure started with the long climb up Little Maui and Rim View Rd. The views are gorgeous and I could do hill repeats all day on that trail alone. We connected with Shoestring dropping us into a twisty canyon of tight single track covered in Fall leaves. As the group pulled away I found myself all over the trail. I back off realizing I need to ride at my much slower pace to not only enjoy the ride but to eventually become a better rider. Michael has a catastrophic flat which destroys his rear rim. It’s been an odd day of mechanicals. As Michael walks back to the car we get in one last loop climbing up the Jeep Trail and connecting it with Little Moab. Hugging the cliffside Little Moab is littered with challenging rock gardens and formations. Again as the group pulls off I find myself off the back and over the bars. I am relatively new to Mountain Biking so everyday on the trail is a learning experience and I am ready for more!