Fjørå singletrack by Aslak

Torsdag kveld holdt Aslak Mørstad et lite foredrag om stisykling i og rundt Oslo. Han fortalte litt om seg selv, sitt arbeide som er å drive butikk og kursing innenfor sti- og enduro sykling, avslutningsvis bittelitt om Norrøna sin Fjørå kolleksjon. Det ble også vist mange bilder underveis fra diverse turer sommer som vinter, høyt og lavt i Nord og Sør.

https://www.norrona.com/nb-NO/Products/fjora/

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Aslak snakket om hvor heldige vi er i Norge hvor mange bor slik til at stiene ligger i umiddelbar nærhet til der vi bor, som jo er sant. Personlig har jeg og mange av mine sykkelkompiser mindre enn 5min til fantastiske stier.

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Et av mine favoritt Norrøna plagg er selvfølgelig Fjørå flex buksa. Må snart ha ny da den jeg har er utslitt. Kan brukes til alt.

Aslak hadde også med noen fete sti- og enduro sykler blant annet en Santa Cruz Nomad som jeg selvsikler litt på må jeg innrømme. Kanskje det blir en, en vakker dag?

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http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en/us/nomad

Har selv vært på kurs med Aslak og det anbefales på det sterkeste om du er kin på å lære mer om stisykling og hvordan håndtere terrenget foran deg med riktig teknikk, både bortover, oppover og nedover. Svingteknikk, hopp, dropp, crux, sittestilling, bruk av sykkel m.m.

http://www.letth.no

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Alt i alt en grei forestilling, synes tross alt at Norrøna kunne skiltet med noen rabatter på en slik kveld, de tar seg jo vel godt betalt generelt sett og når man har mange entusiastiske syklister innom en kveld hadde det vært en fin gest.

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Upgrades: Ny cockpit

Årets første oppgradering blir en ny cockpit. Styre og stem. Når jeg ansett skal kjøpe nytt vil jeg sate på den «nye» styre/stem diameteren som er 35mm. 35mm ble først og fremst introdusert for landeveissykler. Tro det. 35mm gjør det mulig for produsentene å lage bredere styrer og samtidig opprettholde makismal styrke og stivhet, samt minimal vekt, iom at en økt diameter i innfestning medfører økt stivhet. Styret skal ha minimm 760mm bredde og makismalt 20mm rise. Stemet skal være makismalt 60mm, en reduksjon på 15mm fra originalt. Jeg har lest noen tester og kikket litt rundt på forskjellige produsenter Easton, Renthal, Race Face, Syntace, AMS, Joystick mm. Value for money er også viktig da jeg ikke ønsker å tømme lommeboka.

kEgentlig ville jeg valgt Allmountainstyle eller Joystick stem, men å betale over 1000 kr for stemet, vet jeg ikke om jeg har lyst til. Ja, AMS stemet er 10-20gr lettere og ser sykt fett ut. Joystick er fristende det også, men også litt vanskelig å få tak i samt dyrt. Så langt er det en Race Face combo som frister mest, har fått god uttelling i tester og har utseende med seg.

Fortrinnsvis ønsker jeg med blå dekaler da dette vil matche sykkelen bra, men det kommer an på tilgjengelighet og er ikke det viktigste.

Enduro Magazine test

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VitalMTB test

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New bike: Lapierre Zesty AM 527 2014

Finally my new bike is in place after a successful handover of my previous Zesty 714. The choice fell on the brand new Lapierre Zesty AM 527 with 650b wheels setup. So far is the impressions just excellent. What surprises me the most, is how good it climbs, it does so just fantastic.

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To me climbing is as important as well ass descending With a bike, because my day to day rides always includes as musc ascending as descending, always. And usually not only easy climbs, but some really steep ones too. When I move my back to the front of the seat and pushing my arms Down to get as much contact and the weighting as efficient as possble for steep climbs, the bike just sticks to the ground, the front Wheel does not leave the track at all. The 650b Wheels adds the small additional efficiency (vs 26″) in the rolling neccessary to complete smaller and bigger obstacles on the trail when climbing. Descending is something I do with a lot more confidence with this bike  than any other bike previously.

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The wide back triangle have received a lot of negative feedback and all tests of the early prototype said it hoped this would change. At the first I actually that my shoe touched the wide back end slightly, however after some rides with my new Enduro Crossmax shoes I don’t touch the back end at all anymore, I adjusted my cleats  a few mm closer to the crank, and after that, no problems at all. But I can imagine if you use wider shoes, and maybe if you have really big feet, you might face a problem with it, but if you consider the bike, just make sure you try it with your shoes. To me the wide backend add confidence and stability to the back end, and makes you really good during turns at high speed, its easy to break the bike down in the turns which allows to to keep the speed up and accelerate out of it. The bike is really stiff, the back triangle is stiffer than my previous full carbon Zesty 714, the Zesty AM 527 have got a aluminium back triangle now. It Works.

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On straight singletracks, its easy to get up to speed, it accelerates very well, easy to pump forward, I feel the Fox CTD fork is good, but I almost all the time using the descend function, i feel the trail function becomes to stiff, would probably prefer to have that option a bit firmer. This is maybe better on the higher end shocks and forks, I think the Evolution forks and shocks from Fox have mechanical «Locks» inside, this might be the reason. I am considering upgrading them both.

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The tires, Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 Evolution is a bit too hard for wet norwegian spring trails. I have already bought Hans Dampf Trailstar which I am going to set up tubeless. Actually I had my first small accident descending one of my local favourite trails in wet rainy conditions, blaming the tires I went down sideways because of some slippery roots and rocks, my left shoulder still hurts. I had a puncture too after that one, and without a 27.5 tube in my backpack, it was a long walk back home…..

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The brakes, Formula RX has been performing well, even in wet conditions, but I have since the beginning used the Shimano ICEtech discs with them. That worked out well. Since I love the levers on the XTR Trail brakes, I have now changed the brakes.

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The cockpit, a mix of Nico’s own handlebar made by FUNN in combination with a Easton 70mm stem, is ok. The handlebar is just wide enough with 740mm, I am considering changing to a even wider one, and a Shorter stem, I think a Shorter stem (which I used at my previous Zesty) will improve Control in the cockpit. 20140326-220104.jpg The frame looks awesome, thats my opinion, despite the look of Lapierre’s official Pictures on their web site. The frame colours look even better in real life, the best frame design on the  Zesty and Spicy range I think.

It is well equipped with XT Shadow + and SRAM cassette and SLX shifters. The brand New RaceFace wheelset is ok, approx 1800 grams and 25mm outer width and 21mm inner Width. RaceFace says a tubeless Conversion kit is available, I Wonder where, anyone knows? Will try NoTubes universal valves to see if it works. However, the price tag it comes With I expect a bit  better equipment generally, and less mixture of Shimano and SRAM. I dont understand either that they put on a KS dropper post instead of the absolutely better Reverb. I have experienced the KS dropper post to fasten from time to time and requiring a hand to loosen it, this cant happen when I am in the middle of a Enduro competition. I Guess the frame do compensate though, because it is just awesome.

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