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    The Applegate Gulch Affair

    Twice defeated attempting to ride this trail from the bottom I decided to switch strategies and ride it from the top. It was a little tricky locating the trail with all the other logging roads intertwined in the area. The trail was much much steeper than I had imagined so I had to be careful with all the loose soil. I knew I was gonna hit the bonus rim cleaning creek towards the end which had been what defeated me prior. Good times and I made it.

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    Congrats on making it through. Looks like a nice ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sthrnromr View Post
    Congrats on making it through. Looks like a nice ride!
    It was a fun somewhat challenging ride for sure. Later in the year I wouldn’t have to worry about getting my feet wet as most creeks out here dry up. The ruts were pretty abrupt and deep so you had to be careful and pick a good line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    It was a fun somewhat challenging ride for sure. Later in the year I wouldn’t have to worry about getting my feet wet as most creeks out here dry up. The ruts were pretty abrupt and deep so you had to be careful and pick a good line.
    Looked like fun except the stream section. That XT looks like it could use a way bigger rear sprocket (lower gearing) for such terrain. Just a thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elBuro View Post
    Looked like fun except the stream section. That XT looks like it could use a way bigger rear sprocket (lower gearing) for such terrain. Just a thought...

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    I bet the stream would still be rough even without the water. The stock 83 XT200's gearing is 15x47. I've made two gearing changes separately already because I had the sprockets on hand. First with a 50T rear and then went down to a 14T in front. I think the rider has more issues riding through the terrain than the XT does though I've been considering changing the front to a 13T. It's definitely not geared as low as my TW but if I was to get in really gnarly places I'd change the gearing for sure.
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    In Real Time...how long time and miles was it?
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    Man, pretty! Pretty much a wet footed workout at the end.....solid designed wheel cleanser system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoot Gibson View Post
    In Real Time...how long time and miles was it?
    This trail section about 3.5 miles and took me about 30 minutes which included a short break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donzo View Post
    Man, pretty! Pretty much a wet footed workout at the end.....solid designed wheel cleanser system.
    That creek was a show stopper on my first two attempts. One time because of high water and the second because I sucked at riding upstream (which was also uphill). Going down I knew I'd make it through the stream though I tried not to once.
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