Crossing the San Juan mountains loaded up

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  1. Ineffable_Earth

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    I’m currently on a cross country trip hitting as many trails as we can along the way. Yesterday we rode Cinnamon Pass but hit a patch of weather on our way up. The bike performed exceptionally well, even heavily loaded. There were just a few sections where the added weight made it a challenge.
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    Also, I know cinnamon pass isn’t considered challenging to many, but I’m just a Midwest boy who rides Midwest trails. This was my first chance to test my aptitude in the mountains and I’m ecstatic with how I fared.
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    I drove Cinnamon in my Jeep Cherokee and I'm not sure there were ten consecutive seconds when I wasn't frightened, and that was in dry conditions.
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    Looking good there !!:clap
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    I don't know. A couple of those switchbacks sure got my attention.:nod
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    I found Cinnamon to be fairly easy, but it was dry when I rode it.
    When it 's wet out there most 'easy' stuff can quickly turn into a sloppy mess making things less relaxing...
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    I felt like I had excellent traction the entire day (running tkc80). The additional weight made the steep switchbacks feel technical and that final decent coming off cinnamon into Animas Forks would also have been easier without the weight. Rode my brothers Africa Twin down that section for him.., that’s a fun bike!
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    I agree with the weight being an issue at times... I rode an 1150GSA back when I rode the TAT and at times the bike was too much in certain circumstances, but at other times I really liked the bike for what I did. I ended up putting a steering dampener on that bike after I did the TAT and wish I had splurged on that beforehand..:doh..:lol3
    Live and learn I guess...:-)

    PS: Those passes change from year to year as in being either rougher or smoother depending on the weather that's been pounding those trails...
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