First impression Trek Scratch

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The Trek Scratch was one of the bikes that rode perfectly. The BB height , head angle options (yes options 66 or 66.5 degrees) and chain stay length lead to flawless handling. The model I rode was set with coil springs and in spite of the associated weight it just rolled up the loose gravel road at Bootleg Canyon like a 28 lb XC bike. In fact while riding in the middle ring Andrew Shandro (from Trek Design team) and I were able to have a decent conversation about the purpose of the bike. We both believe that for a bike to be truly considered a trail bike it must climb well

Source: nsmb.com/3320-trek-scratch-ridden

Winterberg, just a short visit

Last sunday I had my first visit to Winterberg of the year! The first! The season is about done, but the weather was great and the track was in perfect shape. That and with 3 Remedy’s on the hill; it was the best time!

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STEVE PEAT!!!!!!!! World champ!

Congratulations to Steve Peat, who won the world championship 2009 in Canberra this weekend. Finally, it’s been long overdue and very deserving. Even Rob Warner choked up, as we all did. You nailed it, fan-f*cking-tastic!

See a replay of the mens finals:

Bike Attack (ch) this weekend

After being run over from behind during the Megavalanche in 2007, I was kinda ‘cured’ from this mega event. I still think it’s some of the best riding ever, but with over 2000 participants it’s to much for me. I’ve heard a lot about the Bike Attack in Switserland, it’s low profile and they have a max of 700 participants. 674 men en 46 women, including me and my friend Ilja.

We are heading out there tomorrow with a campervan and expect to land somewhere friday afternoon. Might do a run on the track if we have time. Or else it’s early rise for us on saturday. 2pm the quali’s start. The Bike Attack quali’s are voluntary. It might give you a good position on sunday. For me: an extra run in the Swiss Alps included, as it’s about 1.000 km’s by car to get there. Sunday is the race with a mass start, like the Megavalanche, but as far as I can tell, not on a glacier. Which is fine, because the forecasts for this weekend are AWEFULL!

OMG: Trek 2010: Scratch the specs!

A little birdie send me some specs and pictures of the 2010 Trek Scratch, the all new freeride weapon. The Scratch will be set between the Session and the Remedy, as speculated, and comes with 170mm travel. Prices will be made public after this years Eurobike, but we now know you have a choice of two: Scratch Air 6 and Scratch Air 8 (Dutch/European input).

Scratch Air 6

Sizes 15.5 17.5 19.5 21.5
Color 1 Gloss White
Frame Alpha Red Aluminum w/ABP, Full Floater, alloy EVO Link, E2 tapered head tube, oversized pivot bearings, ISCG03 mounts, 142x12mm or 135x12mm rear axle, replaceable derailleur hanger, adjustable geometry, 170mm travel
Front Suspension RockShox Lyrik Solo Air w/air spring, rebound, E-2 steerer, 20QR, 170mm travel
Rear Suspension Fox Float RP-2 w/ XV air can, ProPedal, rebound; 8.5″x2.5″
Wheels Bontrager Cousin Earl Disc wheel system, 6 bolt, tubeless ready
Tires Bontrager FR-4, 2.35
Shifters Shimano SLX
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX, Direct Mount
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX Shadow
Crankset Shimano SLX, 44/32/22
Bottom Bracket
Cassette SRAM PG950 11-34, 9 speed
Pedals
Saddle Bontrager Rhythm
Seat post Bontrager Rhythm Elite, 31.6, 5mm offset
Stem Bontrager Rhythm
Handlebars Bontrager Big Earl, 25mm rise
Grips Bontrager Rhythm Dual Lock On
Headset FSA NO.57E, E-2 , ACB sealed bearings
Brake set Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic disc
Extras Frame adapters for 135mm rear wheel

Scratch Air 8

Sizes 15.5 17.5 19.5 21.5
Color 1 Gloss Black
Frame Alpha Red Aluminum w/ABP, Full Floater, alloy EVO Link, E2 tapered head tube, oversized pivot bearings, ISCG03 mounts, 142x12mm or 135x12mm rear axle, replaceable derailleur hanger, adjustable geometry, 170mm travel
Front Suspension Fox 36 Talas R w/air spring, lockout, rebound, alloy E2 tapered steerer, 20QR, 170mm travel
Rear Suspension Fox DHX Air 4.0 w/ ProPedal, bottom out resistance, rebound; 8.5″x2.5″
Wheels Bontrager Cousin Earl Pro Disc wheel system, 6 bolt, tubeless ready
Tires Bontrager FR-4, 2.35
Shifters Shimano XT
Front Derailleur Shimano XT, Direct Mount
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow
Crankset Shimano XT, 44/32/22
Bottom Bracket
Cassette SRAM PG970 11-34, 9 speed
Pedals
Saddle Bontrager Rhythm
Seat post Crank Brothers Joplin w/ height adjustment, 31.6
Stem Bontrager Rhythm
Handlebars Bontrager Big Earl, 25mm rise
Grips Bontrager Rhythm Dual Lock On
Headset FSA NO.57E, E-2 , ACB sealed bearings
Brake set Avid Elixir R Carbon hydraulic disc
Extras Trek fork sag meter, frame adapters for 135mm rear wheel

2010 sighting: Trek Scratch

The specs on the 2010 Trek Scratch have been posted here!

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Nice anodised details, in gear, grips and headset. The presumed ‘Slopestyle’ model SCRATCH, but it supports a double ring and mechanical seat-post (picture on top) so my guess is a Remedy on Steroids, like a Specialized SX competitor. Just when I told myself NOT to buy a new bike every year… they go and build nice new ones like this one and the Carbon Remedy 9.9.

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2010 Remedy: let there be carbon!

The good folk from Singletrackworld posted the 2010 Trek Remedy and guess what:

“a new high-end model! The Remedy 9.9 features an OCLV frame: the new Fox DCRV shock (which comes on all new 2010 Remedy models) giving a very coil-like performance, Fox TALAS forks, a Crank Bros Joplin seatpost, magnesium rocker and an all up weight of 27lbs (±12.2kg)!”

2010 Trek Remedy 9.9 OCLV carbon ©Singletrackworld.com
2010 Trek Remedy 9.9 OCLV carbon ©Singletrackworld.com

What I can see on photo’s is that the lower-tube now has a protection plate for inbound pebbles: a very nifty finish! The Dirtrag photo’s here show the protection plate and the carbon’s almost ‘Rootbeer’ brownish colour: me like!

Protection plate 2010 Trek Remedy ©Dirtrag.com
Protection plate 2010 Trek Remedy ©Dirtrag.com

They’ve also posted a few jaw dropping pictures of the  Remedy 8 and 9.8, I’ll post one and invite you to look at the rest on the post of Singletrackwork.com here.

2010 Trek Remedy 8 ©Singletrackworld.com
2010 Trek Remedy 8 ©Singletrackworld.com

#5 get new riding gear

My top 9 is going really well… soon I have to make up a new top 9. Just before the PPdS I ordered some gear from Maloja. But I send it back to the shop. The shorts where… too short and the material was very tick and layered.

I’ve been riding with the Raceface 3/4 DH shorts for almost 3 years. These are supple, excellent length and tough as hell. Now… why do women always want to get something NEW and DIFFERENT?

The same day I shipped back the from Maloja gear, I ordered a new Raceface 3/4 DH short from Chainreactioncycles.com (here). Fashioably brown (and the only colour in my size in stock) and they look nice, fit well (even better then the old ones) and cost about half.

First new thing on my second top 9 of 2009: stick to what works. That said: I’m glad I also bought this Mace jersey (here at crc.com). I should want for dry sunny weather on saturday when I go to the Ardennes… but I want to wear these…. 😉

PPdS: Remedy’s graduation

The first time I rode the PPdS, I titled the blogpost “the stuff that broke“. Something similar comes to mind this time. Only, we got to finish, in a wicked time, saving up all broken elements for the final 10 kilometres or so.

Known fenomenal

We started in Morzine and by the time we drove past Les Lindarets, we both where so stoked that we ‘forgot’ to rest and carried on for five hours! Took mini-breaks and kept pedaling like idiots. Obviously we didn’t take the optional xc route, we’re not (that) crazy. But we got on top of the nasty tarmac climb near Morgins thinking we where xc-racers. So that’s how much fun an enduro bike can be… never knew that.

We agreed to take a real break in Champoussin, but seeming that that’s only a small refill station, we pushed on to Champéry. At least, tried to.

Past the four-cross trail is a downhill that finishes near the Mosettes uplift and we didn’t have a clue how to get to Champéry. The nice guys at the lift suggested we took the uplift to Champéry and the big bus later downward, but arriving near the Planachaux, we changed our minds. Turned around and agreed to take our break in Les Lindarets. (only 10 km’s from the finish in Morzine, not counting the small loop near Les Gets).

The stuff that broke

When you’ve been near Champéry, you know that it’s lovely up there. Awesome trails, and high altitude. But… when your break is a few hours overdue, it’s hard to enjoy it. Boy, where we  suffering.

Kept pushing and pushing (not wanting to slow down) and Ilja crashed over one silly rock. Without breaking anything thankfully, only pain. So we took our time in Les Lindarettes to recover.

There we finally could enjoy the wonderful catering the PPdS is famous for. And we decided to queue for the uplift around 15.30. While waiting, I casually checked my rear wheel. Only to discover that my hub had plenty play sideways. Awesome… just awesome with some of the nicest downhills to come.

So I tried to take it easy. Untill Ilja’s shockmount started squealing. Like a girl!

Tried to fix that, without success and that was more awesomeness (sigh) for us in the last few kilometres. And finally my gear-cable gave in, 4-star awesomeness: turning my Remedy into a 3-speed and still we didn’t give up! Kept smiling and pushing till the end. Finished the lap in a stunning 7,5 hours, with 2/3 of the time feeling like a rockstar on wheels!

Graduation time

The Remedy felt like home in the Alpes, and I can honestly say that I now will not to buy a Session. If a Remedy rips like that… a Session would rip me to pieces! That said, keep in mind dear Remedy-owner: if and when you ride the Alpes and have a momentary feeling that is similar to “OMG if a Remedy is this fast… a Session must carry on with the speed of light…” you are wrecking your rearhub!

Continental graduates too

Lastly: a very important experiment. The Mountain Kings, yes my favorites, did not flat once! Even with the superduper  Continental Supersonic innertubes weighing a stunning 100 grams a piece! I was going near light speed on 100 grams innertubes! That kept me going and smiling the whole time!

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And rip some shores while at it. Want I was wondering… what bike is Simmons riding here? That looks like a long Slayer DH version and not a Flatline… see Rocky Mountain love hasn’t melted!

“What’s next”

And if that doesn’t get you in the riding mood… this video will! A teaser for the upcoming full length video from Aaron Larocque “What’s next”. Can’t wait!