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I went to Pisgah and came back washed out and eroded

(updated: Sep 19, 2013)

This plus an 11-speed update...

I rode up Clawhammer, up Black Mtn, down Avery, up Buckhorn Gap back to Clawhammer, over to middle Black and down Black back down to car. Avery was very eroded and technical. At certain spots the bike was in control at that point.

Black Mountain even more eroded from all the rain this summer:
Black Mtn eroded

The only things I encountered were a woman and her dog, a few equestrians with a nervous rider in front, and a bear. A bear? Yes, it turns out that the 11-speed drivetrain has a weakness, and I found it … It’s silent. You don’t have the chain slapping around in the front derailleur, or the rear derailleur flopping up and down causing chain slap on the chainstay.

Part of Twin Falls on Avery. I think. I don't know, there are a lot of waterfalls here:
Twin Falls

So how is that a weakness? It is when it comes to sneaking up on and scaring the bejesus out of wildlife and potentially putting yourself in danger. The silence of my ride put me in much closer proximity to the bear than would otherwise have occurred with any previous model drivetrain. So there. 11-speed … scaring wildlife to 11. Looks like I should start riding with a bell like that guy in DuPont, thereby offsetting the weight advantage of the 11-speed setup.

Speaking of weight and things going to 11 … do you know what my bike is missing?

Niner Jet 9 RDO

More crabon, that’s what.

So, here’s a set of Industry Nine crabon wheels I recently put on:
Industry Nine carbon wheels

These things go great with my RDO, especially now that I’ve all but destroyed my American Classics riding in Pisgah. This looks much better:
Niner Jet 9 RDO with Industry Nine carbon wheels

Look at how good the front wheel looks with the fat rim and matching green ano spokes:
Niner Jet 9 RDO with Industry Nine carbon trail wheels

They say these Industry Nine wheels are Pisgah tested … we’ll see. All I know is from my first ride with them is that they are the stiffest wheels I have ever ridden, no contest. I mean, they are ridiculously stiff. They will track superbly in the chunk but the suspension now has to take up the slack.

By the way this is my answer to everything:
Niner Jet 9 RDO

And this is Avery Creek. Parts of this trail are missing the dirt. I mean all of it.

I forget where this view is from. Probably Avery.

If you like steep climbs then Black Mountain is for you:

If you like more mellow riding then DuPont is for you. Here is Leslie with Luna the trail dog. Rigid and flats is hardcore.

Even more hardcore is Michael towing his daughter up a switchback on Jim Branch in DuPont:

I don't think she's pedaling.


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Brevard

Google Earth (.kml) files and GPS eXchange (.gpx) files.
Park at Fish Hatchery on FS475. Shuttle up FS475B to FS225 to start of Cove Creek. Down Cove Creek to Caney Bottom to Cove Creek group camp area. Up FS475 to Long Branch. Down Long Branch to Butter Gap. Down Butter Gap to parking. Tracks incomplete - missing Butter Gap.


1. David Shaffer said...

i dont think Jessie is pedaling!!!

Oct 8, 2013 @ 7:28 PM


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