16
Oct
2014

Outerbike 2014 – Part 1. Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

10/16/2014 : sicklines

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Every year Outerbike grows and this year was no different. More manufactures were present this year and the consumers were out in force trying out the latest products in one of our favorite spots, Moab – UT. Inside we’ll take you through our adventures in Outerbike this year and their plans to hold additional events in Moab in the Spring as well as Whistler!


Photos: Jason Nixon / Toni Walbridge

Outerbike has always been a great event to attend. It’s mostly a consumer event however as this lets the average joe ride some of the latest and greatest bikes in some really fun terrain. The stoke level of the attendees was very high to say the least. Outerbike has grown quite a bit over the years and they continue to add more rides earlier in the week as well as post-riding events for attendees to enjoy. The main package however is less that $200 and gives riders access to events, free kegged beer on Fri & Sat, shuttle access daily to some of Moab’s best trails Fri-Sun, lunch each day, and much more. Riders only need to bring a helmet, arrange for transportation/lodging, and the rest just happens for 3 fun filled days.

If you missed out this year, Outerbike will be in Moab and Whistler in 2015

  • MOAB: March 13 – 15 & October 2 – 4
  • WHISTLER: June 4 – 7

The main event began on Friday, but there were plenty of clinics and alternative rides that began earlier in the week including Porcupine and the Whole Enchilada to name a few. On Friday morning, swaths of people lined up outside the gate as they prepared for a fun filled biking weekend.

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Outerbike was stationed at the Bar M trails and from there shuttles were going throughout the weekend to a variety of iconic Moab trails including Magnificent 7, Hymasa, Rockstacker and Jackson, and North Klondike to name a few.  The nice staff at Western Spirit provided a bunch of shuttles to take riders to and from the trail heads.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Schedule:
Friday

  • 9 am Bike demos open
  • 9:30 am Shuttles start departing to Amasa Back trailhead:
  • access to Hymasa, Captain Ahab, Pothole Arch, Rockstacker and Jackson trails.
  • 9:30 am & 1 pm Join Turner Bikes’ Krista Park and Anthony Diaz for an Intermediate+ skills session/ride on Captain Ahab. Meet at the shuttle.
  • 10 – 10:30 am Mini Tech Clinic with Rebecca Rusch — Women Only
  • At the SRAM booth.
  • 10:30 – noon Women’s Ride with Rebecca Rusch
  • Women-only ride on the Brand Trails. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the SRAM booth.
  • noon – 2 pm Free lunch
  • 3 – 4 pm Kelty Camp and Ride Clinic, presented by Kelty, Thule, Salsa and Western Spirit
  • 30 minute gear discussion, 30 minutes cocktails, swag and one-on one discussion. At the Kelty booth
  • 4 pm Beer!
  • 5 pm Demo event closes
  • 8 pm 5Point Film Festival On the Road at Outerbike Sponsored by Continental Tires

Saturday

  • 9 am Bike demos open
  • 9:30 am Shuttles start departing to Magnificent 7 trailhead:
  • access to Bull Run, Getaway, Great Escape, Arth’s Corner, Gemini Bridges and more!
  • 9:30 – noon Women’s Ride with Rebecca Rusch
  • Women-only ride on the Mag 7. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the SRAM booth.
  • 11 am How to set up suspension clinic by Anthony Diaz. Meet at the Turner booth.
  • noon – 2 pm Free lunch
  • 2:30 pm Downhill shuttle departs
  • 3 – 4 pm Kelty Camp and Ride Clinic, presented by Kelty, Thule, Salsa and Western Spirit
  • 30 minute gear discussion, 30 minutes cocktails, swag and one-on one discussion. At the Kelty booth
  • 4 pm Beer happy hour and raffle!
  • 5 pm Demo event closes
  • 7 – 8 pm Women’s Happy Hour
  • Join Rebecca Rusch and her team to celebrate the event with happy hour and snacks before the big party. At the Elk’s Lodge.
  • 8 pm Official Outerbike party, featuring Metalachi, heavy metal mariachi band. Yup. This will be the party of the year in Moab! Sponsored by SRAM MTB

Sunday

  • 8 am Demo registration opens
  • 9 am Bike demos open
  • 9:30 am Shuttles start departing for the North Klondike trailhead:
  • access to too many trails to name!
  • 10 – 10:30 am Mini Tech Clinic with Rebecca Rusch — Women Only
  • At the SRAM booth.
  • 10:30 – noon Women’s Ride with Rebecca Rusch
  • Women-only ride on the Brand Trails. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the SRAM booth.
  • noon – 2 pm Free lunch
  • 4 pm Demo event closes

This event is unique in that it allows consumers to try out a wide variety of bikes throughout the weekend.  Many lined up early to try out bikes that they are looking to purchase this season.  It’s a great way to try a lot of bikes you’re considering.  Most all of the major companies were present including SRAM, Diamondback, Ellsworth, Enve, EVOC, G-Form, Giant, GT, ibis, Intense, Juliana, Santa Cruz, Kona, Marin, Niner, Pivot, Salsa, Scott Sports, Specailzied, SR Suntour, Trek, Transition, Turner, Yeti, and more.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Outerbike gives riders the opportunity to ride bikes they might not often try, including… Fat Bikes.  The Turner King Kahn was a popular Fat Bike that we saw a lot of people trying over the weekend.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Ride Impressions: Part 1
Words Toni Walbridge

Outerbike was bigger than ever this year with more carbon wonder bikes from the largest manufacturers in the game than you could likely ride in one weekend.  While you can’t get a complete sense of how a bike will ride we jotted down a few first impressions based on our time on a few bikes so far.  That said, it was the little guys out of Ferndale, WA that stole the show for me. Transition bikes has been around quite a while now and while some of their gravity offerings such as the TR250 have been right up my alley, I hadn’t previously found their trail bikes to be my cup of tea. Until now. All of the bikes I rode below are mediums.

Transition

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

The 2015 Transition Scout absolutely rips. Billed as the second coming of the Bottle Rocket, with 125 mm of Giddy Up Link (aka Horst Link) goodness out back, a 140 mm Pike up front and 27.5 hoops, this bike stole my heart.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Pedaling performance is right up there with best of the dual link super-bikes and it’s descending performance outclasses everything else that I’ve tried in the category. Pivot placement and shock tuning felt absolutely dialed and made me reconsider what’s possible with this type of suspension arrangement. Clean lines, low stand over, super short 16.7″ chain stays, internal routing, and top shelf components round out this excellent package. All I want to know now is when can I have it in carbon?

Video: 2015 Transition Bikes Overview

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More
Transition also had their 155 mm Patrol on hand and I obliged with a proper shake-down run. The spec on this bike, like the Scout is rock solid with nothing but top-shelf components. This was actually the first of the new Transition bikes with Giddy Up Link that I rode and was immediately impressed with it’s pedaling performance.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

On the way down Moab’s tight, twisty, turny Captain Ahab trail the Patrol felt a bit out of it’s element. It’s hard to fault a medium bike with a 46.5″ wheelbase and a 65º head angle for not being the most nimble in slow twisties and any time the trail opened up where I could let it loose the Patrol ate the square edged slick rock chunk like a mini-DH bike.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

I think with time and tuning, I could get this bike working anywhere and overall it certainly impressed me. If you’re the type who pedals to the top of the gnarliest lines or are riding an Enduro Race circuit with true DH level trails, this steed is worth a close look.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Yeti

I did not get up at 6:00 AM on a Sat nor stand in line at the Yeti tent for 30 minutes to take out an XC bike. But the last of the SB5’s and SB6’s went out well before my turn in line. Faced with the prospect of standing in another 30 min line, I grabbed a medium ASR-C for a run down Mag 7.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

This bike has been haunting me ever since. I swapped out the installed narrow bars and 90 mm stem for a set of 780’s and a 35 mm stem and went to slamming down Mag 7 like I was on a full enduro bike. 4′ to flat on unforgiving rock? Hope those 2.2 Icons hold! This bike hid my crummy XC fitness and took my DH style thrashing all in stride. Yeti describes the ASR-C as a “Cross-country race machine with an enduro ego”. I’d say it’s a rare case of marketing living up to the truth. I wish it had a dropper post, and that 120 mm Fox 3 2 felt notably ineffective compared to the rear-end on this bike but none of that is keeping it off of my 2015 wish list.

Specialized

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More
I spent a few weeks aboard a Specialized Enduro 29 last fall and really got on with it. Naturally, I assumed that the 27.5 version would be all that the 29 version offered but just a bit more playful. I did like how quickly I could get through corners on the 16.5 chain stays and it was certainly quicker side to side. Unfortunately, no matter how much I spun the suspension dials, I never did quite hit that sweet spot like I did on the 29″ version.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Perhaps it was a positioning issue due to the strangely long stem and narrow bars that Specialized has spec’d on this bike. The new thumb shifter style remote on the Command Post is a real contender for best dropper post remote but I’d really like to see this post offered without the setback and infinitely adjustable.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Niner

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Niner had a few smartly spec’d ROS 9’s on the truck. Highlights include slack angles and short 16.8″ chain stays (in the shortest position) with a Pike up front, short stem, wide bars, X01 drive train, a dropper and the new generation Nobby Nic’s. This bike is probably as heavy as your full suspension rig but damn if it isn’t a hell of a lot of fun to mob around on. Its been a few years since I’ve had an aggressive hard tail built up and I was quickly reminded of how much fun they can be.

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Yeti

, Outerbike 2014 – Part 1.  Riding Bikes From Yeti, Transition, Specialized and More

Yeti’s SB5 was the last bike I rode at the show. My legs were smoked but this bike was still fast. Having spent quite a bit of time aboard an SB-66, I can confidently state after even just a few minutes of riding that the Switch Infinity link is a great step forward for Yeti in terms of performance.

This bike accelerated with the best of them while remaining active and tracking like a bike with much more travel. My initial impression of the SB5 is that it’s a thoroughbred race bike. It’s very planted and very fast but at the expense of some playfulness. The ideal buyer will be a fast trail rider or Enduro racer on milder terrain.

Stay tuned for more Outerbike content and check out the gallery for more photos from the event. Be sure to put this event on your calendar for 2015!
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