Well tried the Saracen Myst out at Antur and it’s amazing even with the wrong spring on the back, the bike is so smooth compared to my Mega and the weight difference isn’t that noticeable which is good as well.
James and Richard came along as well to make for a perfect day, well almost the wind on the top and open areas was horrible, but still didn’t spoil my day, one strange thing I’ve done Black Powder quite a few times and thought the Double black route called “The Black” would be really hard but I found it easier than the Black Powder, mind it was a lot less windy.
Dad got some of these Uber finned brake pads for the Saracen, they are a lot cheaper than Shimano genuine pads and the brake pad can be replaces as it’s not fixed to the finned back plate so should hopefully save some money ( keep dad happy )
When it came to fitting them it seemed a little fiddly to start trying to hold 5 separate bits and fit them all at the same time, but it didn’t take to long to get it sorted, hopefully the bike is now all sorted for Antur on Sunday.
What Uber Bike Components say about there pads.
Well I have to admit that I’ve been waiting for this moment to come for sometime, I’ve been riding Antor, Rev’s, One Giant Leap and raced at the FOD on my Mega and enjoyed it a lot, but I’ve always wanted a full on DH bike and now the beast is here.
Fox 40’s, Fox DHX 4RC rear shock, Team Issue Frame, Saint cranks, Saint brakes and my favorite Conti Kaisers, the fella we got it off said that all new bearings have been fitted, new freehub and luckily he had a soft spring for the front forks, so we just need to get a softer spring for the rear.
One spot of luck is I’m off to Antor with James and Richard this Sunday for some practise for my race there the end of May so hopefully the bike will fit me like a glove and everything will fall into place, fingers crossed.
My rear Alivio mech has been playing up for a while, then a stick went through it at Llandegla around a month a go the gears were all over the place, dad fixed it and got it working some shape, but on Tuesday we went to Hopton Woods for a look at the dh tracks, it didn’t last to long as James had a puncture and didn’t have anything to fix it so we made our way back to the car, in the car park as I was cycling towards the car there was a big crunch and the wheel locked, dad got it going again but by now it was time to go, we made our way home as I rode my bike from James car to put it away another big crunch and this time the mech was wrapped up around the cassette.
Fair play to James he said he had a Shimano 9 speed XT mech at home that I could use, so he dropped it off and with in 20 minutes dad had fitted it and set it up and I’m back to ripping it up again.
Went to Revs again with James on good Friday, it was quite windy, cool but dry, we did a run on freeride and then a couple of goes on Ghetto, then James said shall we have a go at The Far Side, this track is graded purple and for pro’s only but what the hell lets give it a go it’s steep full of roots and drops but I have to admit one of the best tracks I have ever ridden so we rode it over and over again, suspension was getting hot with all the work and the brakes even hotter, back brake need the fluid changing after a full day of riding the far side will have to give 50 : 01 a go next time.
I also managed to do a few things that I didn’t manage to do the last time, I also had another go at the big gap jump got over it but not as good as I would have liked, that’s one for next time.
Dry and dusty at Caersws today but great fun tracks all running fast, I rode Welsh, English and NPS, NPS is my favourite of all the tracks, first time trying the Conti Kaisers in the dry and dusty conditions and as always they worked perfect.
Great day if a little of an early start 4am out of bed to go to the Onza Mini Downhill series in the Forest Of Dean, we did get there a little early but it made parking easy and could chill before the races.
Dad went and signed on for me at 8am and then we pushed up to the start of the course but still had to hang about for a short while as the first aid people hadn’t turned up yet so I had a bit of a walk of the track, eventually we could start to ride the track, it was a bit of a shame as we only had one and three quarters of an hour to practise which by the time you had pushed back up amounted to two full runs so not a huge amount of time to session the track.
Racing was supposed to start at 11am and my first race run at 11.42am but some more delays and some sitting around at the top but eventually I was away the top section was quite pedaly with some jumps, then down a bank onto a fire road and into a lot rougher/techie/rooty section, then into a slippy turn down to the finish, this turn had caught quite a few people out and gone straight through the tapes, the run went well if a little slow I had a 1min 16sec run I was slightly disappointed but thought I would try harder next run.
Time for a chill and something to eat back down at the car, they said my next run should be at around 1.30pm so we pushed back up to the top a little early so I could have a blow before my run but yet again some more delays and I think it was around 2.30pm before it was game on, this run seemed a little smoother and I managed to knock off another 2 seconds which put me in 23rd out of 26 riders in my class, not as good as I would have liked but it could have been worse and I did beat 25 other riders in all the other catorgries, it was quite an eye opener how fast some of the riders are in juvenile mind give me something to aim for.