Monday, December 15, 2014

New Pop-top Camper Van

Now that I am living in Durango CO the big rig is for sale, please pass on to anyone who may be interested. Pictures and details HERE (or see tab above). Selling it for what is still owed on the mortgage.



New (little) rig!!!








Custom Camper Van: I was excited this year to design/buy a new (used) van.

Looking for the new van I called Tim at DenverFleet (recommended by my friend http://elfreakofromrico.blogspot.com/) to describe the van I was looking for, 4x4 or AWD, used, cargo, and something I can put a pop-top on. Within a week or two Tim found the perfect van, 2010 Chevy Express AWD cargo, I purchased it based on photos/emails only.




Tim drove the van to Derek at ColoradoCamperVan for the pop-top.  



Pop-top Van Conversion


Derek installed the most amazing 3.5 foot pop-top complete with bed cushions and stackable bed/ceiling platform, LED lighting, silent electric motor-driven pop-up control (with remote), three layer windows all around (1. opaque gray, 2. clear to see out but stay warm, and 3. a screen), a Fantastick fan and Yakima rails. He also insulted the floor and walls.


Upstairs/ Bed

Vehicle Wrap



Derek then trailered the van to pgiWRAPS.com. I was extremely impressed with the turnaround time and pricing on the wrap.  Time from first phone call to final design was about 2 days. 

Then a quick road trip from Durango to Denver Fleet to pick up the new (used) van!!

After installing two D31M Optima blue top auxiliary batteries in parallel, a 160amp isolator, two small invertors, more LED lighting, an amazing ARB 50 quart fridge, and curtains with custom KingCage Ti curtain rods, we were ready to hit the road.








Retriving vehcles after pre-riding Big Mountain Enduro Crested Butte Ultra Enduro



Big rig is for sale, please pass on to anyone who may be interested. Pictures and details here: 
http://kristapark.blogspot.com/p/itasca-horizon-40-40ad-diesel-pusher.html






Thursday, December 4, 2014

Product Review 2014 - Part 1 of 5


We had access to amazing products again this year. Thought I'd post some of my favorites as a 5 (or so) part post. Enjoy post #1 and feel free to ask questions.



Wheels

Stan's NoTubes Wheels and Sealant: Having a selection of the best wheels on the market makes life easy. If you have tried to set up tubeless tires on other rims you may know what I mean. 
























This year I ran:
Flows: Turner DHR 26" downhill bike
Crest front/Arch rear: Turner Burner 27.5" all-mountain bike

For rougher terrain on the all-mountain bike I would switch it up between Arches front and rear or even a Flow as a rear wheel. 



Diaz ran:
Flows: Turner DHR 26" downhill bike
Arch front/Arch rear: Turner Burner 27.5" all-mountain bike

For rougher terrain on the all-mountain bike he would switch it up between Arch front and Flow rear or Flow front/rear. 















Why buy NoTubes rims?  Tires seat up tubeless on a NoTubes rim easier than any other rims I have tried. While racing cross-country (XC) I carried a handpump on every flight and set up new tires in hotel rooms in South Africa, Cyprus, Europe and Canada. Having or finding an air compressor, or even traveling with a floorpump, wasn't an option so I sure didn't want rims that required one.




Now that we are racing enduro and riding bike parks, my main concern (in addition to easy setup) is running rims that won't let the tires burp, or worse yet, peel off the rim.  See the details on Bead Socket Technology (BST) and why the NoTubes design is best for speed, cornering and more.




If something goes really wrong and I slam into a rock hard enough that something must fail, I like that to be a small dent in the rim while the wheel and tire are still holding air (no burp, no snakebite in the tire) and such that I will not have an issue setting up the next tire. 

In enduro racing you can change tires between runs but not rims. Rims need to be light enough to race and reliable enough to get you through an entire race weekend.



2014 Sponsors


The 27.5" Turner Burner is the best all-around bike! It can climb more efficiently and descend more playfully and with more control than other bikes of similar spec. The climbing efficiency is due to good geometry and the DW link design. The best part of this bike stems from the fact that owner/designer David Turner gets riders. We don't all like the same headtube angle or the same amount of travel, so he designed a bike that everyone will find to be perfect...  




Before ever riding a Turner I saw an Interbike video of David describing his bikes. I loved how he designed the frames to be versatile and he seemed to be truly knowledgeable and inventive, David was not just repeating the latest marketing jargen. He spec'd the Burner headtube angle based on a 140 to 160mm travel fork and allowed for the use of an angleset. Usually the marketing of a new frame is that it is perfect out of the box, but then you either like it or you don't. Or, the rider doesn't know any better and their ride is limited by the bike.



Ride style, body positioning and other factors decide what is perfect for each rider.  For me (5'5")  the perfect setup is: small Burner, 160 DSD modified Pike (see future post), 50mm stem, 720mm bars and an angleset to slacken it a bit more.  


Photo Credit: Dan Holz


For downhill we rode Turner DHR frames with NoTubes Flow Wheels and RockShox Boxxer forks.


Dowhill bikes are fun, we may even add downhill races to the schedule in 2015...









Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NoTubes Turner Enduro Race Team Update and Links to Big Mountain Enduro Events


Broken collar bone or not, riding bikes is a blast!  It took approximately four months for my clavicle to start healing the final break. In that time I held clinics, rode all but one of the 2014 Big Mountain Enduro events, and pre-rode both the Winter Park and Whistler Enduro World Series events (but did not line up for the actual races) in addition to joining local rides/events as we traveled the race circuit.  



My teammate Anthony Diaz had a great year finishing the Big Mountain Enduro Series in 3rd overall in the pro men!  He also finished 7th American in the Whistler, Canada stop of the Enduro World Series.


In addition to traveling to races we held clinics and did a few photoshoot events which is always fun.

Below are some of the media links and photos I have started to gather from the summer.


Great Video of Diaz 
by Brandon Ross Mathis on 4 Corners TV 




Front Page of the Durango Herald

Click Here to Read Durango Hearald front page article.


Osprey Red Rocks Clinics and poster signing



Osprey Packs 2015 Catalog








Stan's NoTubes 2015 Catalog
included with every wheel shipment









Kid's Events



Ride for Reading






video







TX and AZ NICA kids in Durango for camp!


Devo Flyers Angel Fire trip


Clinics 



Demoing during one of the more advanced MTB Arizona clinics



Beginner-ish MTB clinic for roadie team camp in Arizona




Red Rocks Rendezvous, one of 6 rides/clinics





Bike and Beer Clinics in Santa Fe, NM - Kid's Pump Track Clinic




 Bike and Beer Clinics in Santa Fe, NM - Women's Only Clinic



Whistler Women's Clinic

Screen Shots and Photos of Race Media Exposure


Durango 


PinkBike 

by Devon Balet: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/big-mountain-enduro-2-durango-colorado-2014.html







Enduro-MTB Magazine
by Daniel Dunn: http://enduro-mtb.com/en/race-recap-big-mountain-enduro-2-durango-co/






Mountain Flyer Magazine

 by Devon Balet: http://www.mountainflyermagazine.com/view.php/photo-gallery-big-mountain-enduro-durango-2014.html



Keystone


PinkBike



Enduro MTB Magazine
by Daniel Dunn: 
http://enduro-mtb.com/en/photo-report-big-mountain-enduro-round-3-day-2/


Singletracks

by Greg Heil, photos by Nick Ontiveros:
http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-events/race-report-rocks-roots-and-full-face-helmets-during-big-mountain-enduro-keystone-2014/




Mountain Flyer Magazine

by Eddie Clark: http://www.mountainflyermagazine.com/view.php/2014-big-mountain-enduro-keystone-hills-and-irmiger-win-big.html



vimeo video

Video, quick clips of Diaz at 0:39 and 1:36;
http://vimeo.com/100736646









BME Facebook posts







Various Race Photos 
(Thanks @Nick Ontiveros!!) 


Krista

















Diaz

























Yep, it was a great summer! Awesome friends and great trails.



Next up Outerbike:



Friday Oct 3rd
9:30 am & 1 pmJoin Turner Bikes' Krista Park and Anthony Diaz for an Intermediate+ skills session/ride on Captain Ahab. Meet at the shuttle.

Saturday Oct 4th
11 amHow to set up suspension clinic by Anthony Diaz. Meet at the Turner booth.