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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby faster » Fri 26 Feb 2016, 2:51 pm

Thanks snuffy that's great news. Trying to keep this as cheap as possible while spending where is necessary.

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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby faster » Fri 26 Feb 2016, 2:53 pm

Yes I'm still a weirdo using 7 speed dual controls :oops:

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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby Snuffy » Sun 28 Feb 2016, 8:04 pm

faster wrote:Yes I'm still a weirdo using 7 speed dual controls :oops:


Please accept my sympathy
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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby Danton » Mon 29 Feb 2016, 1:53 pm

Hi All

What is this ride like on a technical level?

Logs

Big Drops

Rock Gardens???

I hate all of the above :D

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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby mtb101 » Tue 01 Mar 2016, 9:20 am

you have long fire-road descents on lose rocky roads so will require some gutsy mtb skills to stay upright at speed.

some rutted climbs that take tech skills and strength to get up.

red carpet has mini rock garden chutes. and again mtb tech skills will get you through with flow.

most of the remaining 50 and 100 is buffed single track.

overall you simply need the fitness to maintain pace, with medium level tech skills to get through single track.
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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby faster » Tue 01 Mar 2016, 9:09 pm

and a bike made in the last 5 years :oops:

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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby Snuffy » Tue 01 Mar 2016, 9:12 pm

faster wrote:and a bike made in the last 5 years :oops:


Oh c'mon... I reckon last 10 years.

(Excluding my fat bike, all of my MTBs are >5 years old)
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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby Snuffy » Tue 08 Mar 2016, 8:23 am

Bleh.... Boost frame spacing.

Otherwise looks quite nice.

Is anyone still bringing Spot into Australia? I think Dirtworks was doing it for a while, but that was quite a few years ago.
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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby Snuffy » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 10:04 am

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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby faster » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 5:54 pm

Is the boost spacing more of a hindrance ?

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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby Snuffy » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 6:41 pm

Ehhhhh... it's something like bottom bracket standards.... there are maybe possibly a few benefits, which might help the 1% of riders, but for most of us, it doesn't really do much.

Boost involves 110/148mm fork/frame spacing combined with thru axles. Big fat tyres on big fat rims is getting popular these days, so wider frame spacing means wider flanges and better spoke angles on wide rims. In theory, stronger wheels and combined with thru axles, less lateral flex.

But for most hacks like me, we don't really push sideways hard enough to feel the additional stiffness and it just means less choice in hubs.

If your DIYing extends to buying a set of factory wheels, then Boost isn't really a big deal, but if you're like me and swap hubs between bikes and change rims like I change my knicks, then it's just a pain.
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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby faster » Sat 12 Mar 2016, 5:55 pm

Thanks.
To divert the topic once again id there a fire road loop at lysterfield?
Typing this on my phone and it's virtually typing itself, I must've asked this before, sorry guys

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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby Snuffy » Tue 15 Mar 2016, 11:38 am

uhhh... there are LOTS of fire roads to ride around Lysterfield and you can piece them together into any kind of loop. Of course the most common and most boring would be the Lake Circuit. This and lots of others are boring as flying rodent poopies, but there are some pretty good ones.....

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets ... tracks.pdf

A couple that come to mind.....

- West Boundary Track - From the bottom of Blair Witch back up to the HNR carpark is a really decent climb. Moderate grade, long-ish and slightly technical so it's not boring.
- Quarry Track - Rode this in a race a few years ago, so memory of this trail is blurred by a red mist.... not overly technical, but there were some rolling hills, with a couple of little pinches. Was riding the rigid singlespeed, so my interpretation of rolling hills might be a bit skewed
- Lysterfield Hills Track - basically the climb up to Trig Point that runs next to Comm Game track. Not technical, but very steep. Also very exposed so can get hot. Also an entry point into Churchill Park, which has some more interesting fire trails, not all of which are open to bikes.
- Glen Track - There's a summit here near the top of... err... Redgum? or Middle? trail. Each of the approaches to the summit offers some interesting climbing of various degrees of difficulty. If I recall, the climb on the East West approach is the hardest.

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets ... ill-NP.pdf

North side of Wellington Road - this is a great place to ride if it's wet, as most of the Lysterfield MTB trails don't handle water very well (it's pretty bad for the trails themselves). some very decent climbs, opening up into views of the whole area (obviously where you see lookouts marked). There have in the past also been some illegal trails out this way, but Parks shuts them down pretty quick smart.
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Re: Giant Odyssey 2016

Postby faster » Fri 23 Sep 2016, 8:39 pm

Very excited to read the Odyssey 100 has added another route called the gret Odyssey gravel grind. I think I'll be doing this as the house reno is going to take up the funds that I was planning on buying a suitable bike.
It's on the Sunday, 97kms of linked gravel roads they reckon even roadies might consider.
I'll be riding 1.75 semi type slicks on my old vintage full rigid mtb.
Woo hooo


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