Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

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Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby mereline123 » October 10th, 2019, 2:35 pm

Looking for advice. Racing the Peak to Peak this weekend. Have not done this race. Looks smooth and fast? Full Rigid? front suspension? Thanks
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby bmiller » October 10th, 2019, 2:42 pm

mereline123 wrote:Looking for advice. Racing the Peak to Peak this weekend. Have not done this race. Looks smooth and fast? Full Rigid? front suspension? Thanks



Just so ya know the race is 10/19, not this weekend.
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby mereline123 » October 10th, 2019, 2:45 pm

Thanks for the correction - Any advice for peak to peak race on the 19th?
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby Loren » October 10th, 2019, 8:32 pm

It's been a few years since I've done this race, but I think it would be fine on a rigid.

Only real place I would miss suspension is on the fast fun downhill payoff after the long ski hill climb.
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby bikeguy4life » October 11th, 2019, 8:04 am

Yeah, full rigid is just fine for this course & quite frankly, probably better than riding w/ suspension. Like poster said above, only spot you really would appreciate it is the big downhill on the ski hill to the finish and i would add the downhill on the backside of the course dropping down into the Betsie River Valley. Both those downhills do get kind of choppy in spots. Everywhere else on the course you could darn near ride a road bike.
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby mereline123 » October 11th, 2019, 9:09 am

Rigid it is!!! Thank you for the advice - RIDE HARD!!!
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby Steve_Balogh » October 12th, 2019, 2:56 pm

I don’t live too far north, did a couple laps today, the course was being marked while I was riding. I was on a rigid Fatbike. The only thing I would have liked off my FS bike was the dropper post, just to get a little more speed out of a steep point coming down the mountain. The temps took a sudden drop, but got back up to about 57F.
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby scat silvurz » October 14th, 2019, 1:40 am

You could skip the race and just hammer yourself with a jackhammer for 2 hours instead.....rigid? people still do this?
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby Steve_Balogh » October 14th, 2019, 5:16 am

scat silvurz wrote:You could skip the race and just hammer yourself with a jackhammer for 2 hours instead.....rigid? people still do this?


Yes, still see many 29rs with carbon forks. Typically a 2.4 tire upfront. I’m thinking many have a couple bikes. Michigan has a lot of sandy trails where rigid bikes will work fine.
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Re: Peak to Peak Race - All Rigid?

Postby bikeguy4life » October 14th, 2019, 8:23 am

Can't remember what year, but i raced P2P on my 2 tons of fun, full rigid, steel Jabberwocky a few years ago w/ 2.4/2.25 maxxis ardents and it was just fine, all teeth still intact! :) Very few roots to speak of & packed sand most of the way around the course. Really, the only spots that get bad are the fast down hills as those develop some chatter & large braking bumps going into the fast corners, and if you ride the trail shoulders, you can avoid most of it. Great course for ditching the suspension!
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