I've done TWE twice now on a hardtail and once on a full suspension. Either the trail is getting rougher or I'm getting older... I think I'm with Steve on this one-- not going to do it again on a hardtail.
My fourteen year old was pretty beat by the end. He did it on his 95mm travel XC hardtail with 2.2 tires. I was pleasantly surprised he only flatted twice considering the drops he was hitting. He did some pretty big ones (possibly not intentionally) when he was following Ben. I was pretty stoked for him. He broke his arm jumping his bike a couple years ago and it really messed with his confidence, so I was excited to see him getting rowdy.
I was also excited my homebuilt frame held up so well. I figure it's probably good for the long haul if it can handle the Whole Enchilada. I was not kind to the bike. I shattered a pedal on Ahab (right at the top, so I got to walk most of the downhill) and then I trashed a my rear wheel trying to make the climb out the creek at the bottom of Porcupine. I made it up the ledge, but it wasn't as clean as I wanted, so I went back for another try at it and flat spotted my rim. Then since the wheel was already crap, I had to try till I ran out of gas.
It was super fun riding with Steve, Harrison and Jackson. They had me trying (and successfully executing) stuff I would not have even considered riding before. Obstacles that I used to think were a big deal are now just bumps in the road. Riding with them really stepped up my game. I'll never be the same.
And riding Harrison's bike... Oh my gosh-- that thing was incredible with that Trust fork. I jumped on his bike, which I had never ridden before and was not set up for my weight, and rode like I had a donkey in my Camelbak. I was hauling a$$. I could not believe how fast I was going on that bike. I went from the back of the pack to the front. I could hear them yelling behind me, "How did you take that corner that fast?!" I had to stop after a few minutes and give his bike back because I was scaring myself. So now I've got to spend six or seven grand on a new bike. Thanks for that.
It was a ton of fun riding with the kids and all the others in our group. Camping out with everybody was a blast. Everyone was very kind caring and watched out for each other. It made for a super good experience. Thanks to all. I can't wait for next time.
I don’t know how tall you are but I know that bike of Harrison’s will be going up for sale but without the fork and a much lower price
Good, lets go ride the motorized bikes. I bet Harrison would be all over that idea tooWell... I've got this old Knolly Chilcotin that I've been trying to sell, but no one is showing much interest because it's one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad twenty-six inch wheeled death machines which are totally unrideable. So now I'm toying with the idea of stealing the linkage and shock from it and building a myself new frame and swingarm to transform it into a 160mm 29er.
I feel like Harrison's bike was a little too small for me, but I appreciate the offer. And I bought a Husaberg FE450 last Thursday so I'm out of $$$ for a little while. That's why I have to resort to cutting up frames I already have