Wednesday, September 27, 2006

2007 Cannondale Carbon Rush: Great articles!

I'm at Interbike this week but here are a couple of great articles about Cannondale's 2007 Carbon Rush 2007 Cannondale Carbon Rush & This Just In. I couldn't have done a blog about it any better.



Big Sky Brewery launched the Rush All Mountain Ale at the camp too! There will be more about this later....



Thought I'd share two of my favorite things!

Peace,

Tinker



Edited 10/1/06

Couple of more articles: Velonews & Cannondale.

When I was trying to find some pics from Interbike this morning, I found this great write-up by "dawgcatching" about a bunch of bikes including the carbon Rush on forums.mtbr.com. He rode with us on the 2nd day at the Dirt Demo and put together a list of bikes he tested and reviewed each one. He's got a Turner, so this excerpt from his review is a comparison to the Turner. If I could write this well, I'd do the same kind of review, but it's just not possible! Thanks dawgcatching!!!

"Cannondale Rush Carbon Team Replica: the new 110mm travel bike from Cannondale, featuring a Lefty SL 110mm fork, 110mm of rear travel, light yet beefy carbon frame, and just about every high-zoot component you can spec on a mountain bike. Retail almost $7000, weight under 24lbs. I rode this bike on the "ride with Tinker" loop in the morning. It was a pretty technical ride: about 30 riders started, only 8 finished. A 1.5 hour loop around the volcano, with techy as well as fast climbing, descending, sidehills, lots of rocks (a couple of spots that Tinker didn't even clear).

Wow, this was an interesting bike, to say the least. Super light for one thing, but the weight (or lack of it) wasn't really noticeable. The handling was what blew me away. I really loved it. It felt like ot only had about 4 inches of travel, but was able to be ridden more aggressively than the specs would indicate. Balance was spot-on: this bike simply didn't want to wander. It really was as point and shoot as can be, and lateral deflection really didn't enter into the picture. The rear swingarm was very stiff as well. The Lefty was very stiff laterally and probably the best fork I tested. It just sucked up everything, with nary a hint of brake dive. Also, balance was really perfect for my weight. Even with 4.3 inches of travel, I seemed to always be in balance, floating over the terrain instead of fighting it. I dropped down some fairly aggressive stuff and didn't feel "on edge" as I did on the 5.5. Not to far forward, not too far back, but just right. Sure, I would feel more comfortable on an RFX in that situation, but the Rush was more than workable. Climbing was impressive-the bike hooked up, with no front-end wander, and I could clean anything. Given the tires were the marginal Crossmark's, this is even more impressive. The suspension was fully active, and quite plush, with a linear-feeling stroke. I even loved the saddle (a Fizik Gobi). I would change out the short XC bars for something more trail-oriented, and get a 160mm rear rotor (it came spec'd with a 140) but besides that, this bike really rocked. It seemed like everyone agreed that this was a superb bike. Worth $7000? That is your call, but it is a great race and trail ride. The handling was perfect for an all-day, short-travel bike, and I would highly recommend it."

Friday, September 22, 2006

Life is like wine. It gets better by age!

I've been here in Downey for about 2 weeks now training hard and doing some super fun mountain rides. I missed the mountains a lot. But being back in Downey is different then before for number one reason. My wife is still in Florida and we'll be having our first baby together soon. It's not the same being here now knowing she's there. I love this women so much and it feels like I got a chance to live longer now that I'm married. And that's a good thing because Joshua will need his dad and Mom for a long time!

The good side is my training has been very good. I've been here with my wonderful Mom and hitting the sack around 9 PM. YES SLEEPING by 9 PM. That's the price of getting older, you sleep more but ride the same. It makes a big difference when you get older. But I'm ok with that since I'll just dream about her and will be back home in Florida soon.

Life is like wine. It gets better by age! I love being a mountain biker. Since I started racing bikes at age 13, I've lived the best life. A cyclist that could wake and ride my bike, and get paid for doing it. Wow, thank you Cannondale for being with me on this journey to Paradise.

I'm leaving to Las Vegas for the launch of the carbon RUSH in a few hours. This should be a blast! We're riding the new carbon Cannondale Rush bikes 45 miles the first day then they'll have a campside dinner for us and then we'll get up on Sunday and ride back. After the Rush kick off camp, I'm going to Interbike. I'll let you know how the landing feels.

God Bless to all you happy bikers,

Tinker

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Subaru 24 Hour Champion Challenge

I'm back in Downey now and just got a chance to update the blog. It will continue to be a busy month for me but I'll try and get something posted again next week. For now, I owe a story about the Subaru 24 Hour Champion Challenge on Labor Day weekend.

The good news is that I feel like I'm finally recovered from RAAM. It took almost 2 months and it was wierd riding and feeling like I had no power and lost all my ability. I was also riding in Florida, and with the heat and humidity, was hard enough, but for a few weeks now, I've gotten my legs back and feel good and strong again. That's a good thing since I needed all I had to win the Subaru race.

Tropical Storm Ernesto followed us from Florida up to Pennsylvania and turned a perfectly beautiful 24 hour race course into a slimy wet chopped up moss soup. It was also in the low 50's and windy which made the race condititions the worst I've seen in I can't remember how long. The fog settled in and held tight all night which made riding conditions a white out. The best Niterider lights couldn't even cut through it. I worried the whole night that I might end up in the lake! Every pedal stroke was effort in all that mud and to climb the hills you had to go slow and not spin out.

The whole race a local guy named Mike Schultz chased me down. He and a couple other solos were riding strong and we pushed it along the whole 24 hours.

I crashed a few times and can't remember which one got me good, but I still have a painful lump on my chest bone. It hurt to cough and twist so I'm sure it was a good one, but it's getting better now.

We were all cold, wet, and having fun riding in the mud. Only thing bad I can say is after you eat so much mud, it's hard to get the good food in! But mom and Terri were there to make sure I ate and drank enough. Even the Cytomax was hard to get down.

I don't know if I could have finished that race without two bikes and excellent mechanical support. Cannondale mechanic Chris Moor and Bryan Caporuscio from Spokes N Skis in Altoona PA were there washing and lubing my bikes between laps. I used the Rush and my new carbon 6-13. I was so happy with both bikes even in all that mud.

While the conditions were not the best, the race was a blast! The promoters did a great job and had a nice venue for us. I'll for sure go back next year.

I'm having trouble posting pics today but will try and add them later.

Just wanted to thank Chris, Brian, Mom, Terri, the race promoters, and all the racers up there. It was a great race!

Peace and out,

Tinker

Friday, September 08, 2006

7Springs Subaru Champion - Ernest - mud - race -CHALLENGE!

I've been traveling and haven't had a chance to post the race story yet but I'll work on it this weekend and try to get it up by Sunday. One thing is for sure and that is I won't be able to make the Mohican event. I crashed and need to recover before another 24....more about that later....

JB was out on the course taking pics of the whole event. All his pics are posted on his photo page.

Here are a few pics of the race and my crew.



Before the race began















The last climb at 10:00AM on 12th lap - now we could see how bad the fog was












Chris Moore (C'dale) and Brian Caporuscio (Spokes N Skis) - MANY THANKS to you for all your support. I could not have finished this race without you!











Terri, me, and great Aunt Pauline - we had the best lasagna dinner ever!