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!
Our Friday escape from Portland could not have been any better. Killer dirt, misty mountains, blazing sunshine, and hella smiles!
Adam's new Ritchey Timberwolf is fire.
I love this tree.
The cattle was a trip. So beautiful.
Taking in the view and sun before dropping in.
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 I spent a few late nights pouring over outdated threads on the 5010 and Tallboy.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.
It wasn't long ago that I was being shuttled off to Washington to ride some of my first trails in the Pacific Northwest. I love that feeling of not knowing what your getting into. Staring out the window you dream about what the trail will be like, will you be able to hang with the group, are you getting in over your head, and did I bring the right gear with me. I love that feeling. I wonder what was going through Craig's head as we drove down the 84 towards Hood River. Craig secured a demo for the day and this would his second time riding some real trails. It's early. He's probably still thinking of a warm bed or a hot cup of coffee.