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Rocky Mountain trail riding

4051 Views 20 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Loppy
I recently got a T-dub about a month ago
Woo Hoo!

I've been tootling around on it and having a blast.

We went camping Labor day weekend up near Georgia pass which is between Fraiser and Breckenridge Co. Anyways climbing some of those hills was a bit of a struggle
climbing over boulders and sharp rocks was a bit nerve wracking but I did make it to the top and my poor T-dub earned a spot on the lift for her victory dance. My delema is that I don't know if it is my inexperience with this bike or the bike tires, I bounce like I'm on a big red bouncing ball (like the ones with handles some folks had when they were a kid) when I start to get thrown there is no getting her back, I must of fell 1/2 dozen times climbing up the mountain and a couple of times coming down. I feel like the bike is riding on top of the terrain and not digging in.

We went again this weekend and did a bit better, I hit the ultimate biker mogels and was having a blast, I hit one came up, then down, then I really don't know what happen next but everyone behind me said the tire just bounced like a balloon and you were down and slid over 10 ft
, I'm still limping and the poor poor T-dub took a terrible beating although I broke her fall when I let her land on my body...
that is the pain I am feeling all over at this moment.

Anyways is the T-dub not made for this terrain, I can see that she would be a blast in the sand and some great fire roads etc. but the rocky terrain here in Colorado..I don't know, did I mess up and get me the wrong bike? which now needs some TLC just on the front accessory stuff she landed on that first before landing on me.

Ok sorry to ramble, I'm just confused. I suppose I can get alot of info here on the site, so your input is well needed for this new T-dub owner.
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Congrats on the TW and welcome to the forum.

Some questions to help get you better answers:

What tires are you running?

What tire pressure were you running?

What's the condition of your front forks (what year is the bike and what maintenance has been done to the forks)?

How is the rear shock set up?

How much weight is the bike carrying?
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I should add, there are some things you can do to make it better handle a trail like that. It is possible:
OK, well figure that suspension is pretty much set up to accomodate 300 pounds so no surprise it is throwing you around. The suspension can be tuned somewhat. I go about 180 pounds in my riding gear and I've aired down to 12/10 psi (front/rear) although I'm not sure I would go that low on a trail with all those menacing rocks looking to pinch a tube and bend a rim.

The stock front tire is not popular for loose off-road stuff. A lot of guys will switch out the fronts in favor of improved traction. There's some threads on this forum regarding tire pressure, suspension, and front tires. If I get on the computer tonight (I'm on a tablet), I'll see what I can dig up.
There are some threads on the rear shock and on the front forks, but I couldn't find what I thought I had seen before. The clip on the shock can be moved and that should make a subtle difference.

Ouch, regarding the scratched cowling pic. Good job picking her up getting back on the trail again. Looks like a neat area to ride.

You're probably already doing it, but standing up and using your legs to absorb the bumps will help some too.
You're right about the boots. They do that.
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