Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to Push and Unweight Mountain Bike

(Bukit Timah MTB Trail - Singapore)


(Woodhill Forest Bike Park - Auckland)

Push and unweight is one of the most useful mountain bike skill for trails riding. The techinique is commonly used for jumps or rollover obstacles such as rock section. While approaching, apply your full body weight on the pedals. Make sure the pedals are in parallel position (3 and 9 o'clock) with the ground. The push action will compress the shock and suspension, and push the tyres firmly on the ground. Just before the jump or obstacles, unweight your whole body weight. The unweight action will "release' the shock and suspension, thereby allowing the bike to float over obstacles and enjoy some air time. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How to Ride From East Coast Park to Bukit Timah MTB Trail

(Photo: STRAVA Map)

In 2012, I did a short write-up on Singapore Green Corridor when it was opened to public (Build Mountain Bike Trail along Singapore Green Corridor). Two years later, I revisited the trails and explore the safest path to BT Mountain Bike Trails from East Coast Park Connector. The safest way to ride from East Coast area to Bukit Timah MTB park is via East Coast Park (ECP) PCN, Marina Bay and Singapore Green Corridor (Ex-KTM railway line). Along the way, you can make a few stops for refreshment, such as Satay By the Bay; Festival Market at Shenton Way; Alexandra Village Food Centre; and Binjai Park Coffeeshop at Bukit Timah. 

(Photo: Marina Bay Sand)

The distance starting from East Coast Park Food Centre to Marina Bay Sand (MBS) is about 13.4km.  If you are on recreation ride, you may want to stop by at Satay By the Bay (12.5km) for refreshment. During this ride, we decided to stopover at Festival Market and drop by Satay by the Bay on the way back home.

(Photo: Festival Market)

We stopover at Festival Market along Shenton Way for watermelon juice. Most of the stalls were closed on Sunday, as CBD businesses mainly catered for office workers. We craved for Chendo, but the stalls were closed and we settled for watermelon juice. 

(Photo: Green Corridor Nearest Entrance from City)

The Tanjong Pagar Railway Station where the Green Corridor end (or start) was fenced up. You WILL NOT be able to access the Green Corridor if you entered from there. Trust me, we stuck inside the fenced section for almost 45mins. The nearest entrance (see above photo) into Green Corridor is along Kampong Bahru Road (near Bukit Purmei) just before the overhead bridge (crossing AYE). Check out the Green Corridor access point at Link to SGC

(Photo: Green Corridor Street Art under the Bridge)

The total Green Corridor distance starting from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is about 15km to 16km. You will ride pass under few bridges, of which two were painted with striking street arts. The above photo illustrated one of the best.  

(Photo: Green Corridor at Alexandra Industrial Park)

We decided to stopover at Alexandra Village Food Centre for Lunch. Once you pass Treknology Building (Trek dealer), look out for exit point at Alexandra Industrial Park (Block 1010). Refer to above photo, exit the Green Corridor Trails and navigate your way to Alexandra Village Food Centre. Estimate about 200m ride.

(Photo: Alexandra Village Food Centre)

The infamous Lau Phua Chay roasted pork and duck rice at Alexandra Village Food Centre,  awesomely yummy. 

(Photo: Roasted Duck Rice)

(Photo: Roasted Pork Rice)

The essence of these dishes was the roasted pork sauce. Ask for more sauce!

(Photo: Singapore Green Corridor)

After a good meal, we were recharged and continued our ride towards Bukit Timah MTB trails.

(Photo: Bukit Timah Train Railway Section)

When you see Bukit Timah Railway Station, you are very near to the entrance of Bukit Timah MTB Trails.

(Photo: Entry to Bukit Timah MTB Trails)

After about 33km of ride from East Coast Park Food Centre, we finally arrived at the entrance of Bukit Timah MTB Trails. I was ready to shred the trails. After BT ride, we rode another 36km along Green Corridor, MBS and ECP home. The total riding distance is about 69km in total.

(Photo: SIngapore Green Corridor)

After BT ride, we stopped over at Binjai Coffeeshop for ice lemon tea. While riding along the green corridor, we met photographers shooting nature; hikers; trail runners; family with dogs; and mountain bikers like us. If you are in to beat STRAVA timing, you will forget about the existence of those people you met. If you are in for leisure ride, try to enjoy the surroundings (under brazing hot sun). Otherwise, you may be bored to dead along the flat and unsheltered trails...

(Photo: Satay at Satay By the Bay)

On the way back, we stopped at Satay By the Bay at Garden By the Bay to have a quick fixed of satay craving. They made the best satay in Singapore.












Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fuel for Riding - Oatmeal Chocolate Coffee Cookies

The consumption of high energy gels for endurance ride is quite common among serious athletes. In my opinion, those gels are addictive and provide diminishing return. The after effect is unpleasant, similar to taking drugs. The energy boost usually last for short period (1/2 hr), without continuous consumption will deplete your energy faster than norm. Wonder what chemicals were added into those gels.

Tried taking bananas and apples in between rides. The effect was good, and it is all natural. The challenges are storage constraints; weight; and perishable (banana) due to heat generated by our body. Personally, my best natural fuel for endurance ride is Oatmeal Chocolate Coffee Cookies. I will share the recipe here...

(Photo: Oatmeal Chocolate Coffee Cookies)

What You Need
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate 
1 cup hot water
170 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup wholewheat flour
1/4 cup instant coffee powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups oats

Get Ready

1. Heat oven to about 180 degrees C

2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper

3. Add raisins to a small bowl then cover with hot water. The hot water helps the raisins to become plump and juicy. Set the bowl aside for about 10 minutes.

Prepare Wet Mixture

4. In a large bowl, beat the room temperature butter and sugar with a hand or machine blender until creamy (2 minutes)

5. Add one egg and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract then beat until combined (1 minute)

(Photo: Prepare Wet Mixture)

Prepare Dry Mixture

6. In another bowl, use a whisk to combine the flour, coffee powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

7. Add the oats then stir until well combined.

(Photo: Prepare Dry Mixture)

Prepare Cookie Batter - Mix the 2 Mixtures

8. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture in thirds, beating after each addition until incorporated.

9. Drain the raisins then gently press down or squeeze them to remove any extra water. Stir them into the cookie batter together with the chocolate chips. (Use a spatula or spoon for this, not the mixer).

(Photo: Cookie Batter)


Baking

10. Drop dough by one tablespoonfuls about 1 inches apart onto baking sheets. The recipe can make about 50 coin size cookies, which make it easy to keep in zip-lock plastic bag and securely store inside hydration bag compartment.

11. Bake cookies 10 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown, the centre is still soft.

12. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 10 minutes then move to a cooling rack and cool completely.

(Photo: Ready to Bake)

(Photo: Oatmeal Chocolate Coffee Cookies) 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Point 1 - Podium 2 Pedals

If you are looking for light, tough, grippy and reliable pedal, look no further than Point One Podium 2. The pedals are entirely built in USA. The pedals have been tested in many world championship races with positive results. Similar to many good companies, Point One listened to customer feedback. The new Podium 2 pedal is designed to rotate more freely than it predecessor Podium 1. Each pedal comprises of 4 sealed cartridge bearings; heat treated 4140 chromoly steel axle; grippy hollow 7075 Aluminium M5 studs; concave (10mm–8mm) thick platform (100mm x 100mm); and weigh only 285grams (pair).  Besides the ability to turn more freely, Podium 2 platform is thinner and lighter than Podium 1. I was fortunate to be among the first batch to receive Podium 2 from Point One. Podium 2 is one of the best flat pedals money can buy. Point One is aware of the need to service pedals regularly especially for hardcore riders. As such, Podium 2 is designed for ease of maintenance.

(Photo 01: Point 1 - Podium 2 Pedals)

Photo 01 illustrates Point One Podium 2 pedals. I have tried many other branded flat pedals, most of the studs cannot survive more than 3 BT rides. Podium 2 studs not only survive 6 months of regular rides, it also survive winter rides in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Refer to Photo 02, all you need is 4mm and 6mm allen keys to dismantle the axle. Rotate the two allen keys in opposite direction; the smaller 4mm allen key will be blocked in place by the platform, allowing you to unscrew the axle with the larger 6mm allen key.


(Photo 02: Remove Axle)

Refer to photo 03, one of the Podium 2 axles was in tip top condition after 6 months of regular abused under extreme conditions. 

(Photo 03: Podium 2 Axle)

Refer to photo 04, the other Podium 2 axle was not so fortunate. It was heavily rusted after 6 months of regular abuse under extreme riding condition.  The lube was totally gone. Possible explanation are: (1) faulty rubber seal which allow water to enter; (2) axle was not lubed properly in the factory; and (3) excessive used of Mucoff after ride. Further investigation shows that the rubber seal looks ok. Excessive use of Muc-off would have caused the same problem on the other pedal. My only conclusion is the factory may have forgotten to lub the axle during assembly.

(Photo 04: Rusted Podium 2 Axle)

Refer to Photo 05, removed the rust from the axle by using sand paper. Spray lubricant at the inner core of the platform to remove rust debris left over by the axle. Clean with cloth thoroughly. 

(Photo 05: Remove the Rust by Sanding)

Photo 06 illustrates the Podium 2 axle after the rust was removed by sand paper. Lube the axle thoroughly and remember to put the rubber seal over the axle. Ensure the rubber seal is positioned properly on the axle before inserting it into the platform. 

(Photo 6: Podium 2 Axle after Rust is Removed)

Refer to Photo 7, the bearing can be removed with proper tool kit. In this case, I rotated the bearing with my fingers to sense for abnormal vibration. Fortunately the bearing rotated smoothly. I simply clean away the dirt and lub the surface before inserting the axle. Screw the axle into the platform by using 4mm and 6mm allen keys. 

(Photo 7: Podium 2 Pedal)

Lub and install the podium 2 pedals onto the crank. As good as new, no more squeaking sound. Good to go :)

(Photo 08: Point1 Podium2 Pedal)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

How to Adjust SRAM XX1 Rear Derailleur

The most common adjustment need to be done regularly for mountain bike is rear derailleur. Periodic maintenance and adjustment will enable our rides to be smooth and fault free. SRAM XX1 Rear Derailleur is designed for ease of maintenance and adjustment. All you need to remember are 4 adjustments:
(1) b-adjust screw - to adjust the space between pulley and socket (Photo 01)
(2) H-limit screw - to adjust the outer limit of the smallest socket (Photo 01)
(3) L-limit screw - to adjust the outer limit of the largest socket (Photo 01)
(4) Barrel adjuster - for fine tuning (Photo 02)

 (Photo 01: SRAM XX1 Rear Derailleur b-adjust screws)

(Photo 02: SRAM XX1 Barrel Adjuster)

(1) Adjust space between pulley and socket
Shift the chain to the largest socket. Refer to Photo 03 & 04, use a 3mm allen key to adjust the space between the pulley and socket to about 13mm. Too wide space will cause delay in shifting, whereas too near will cause harsh shifting. Play with the distance (12mm to 15mm) to identify the ideal space for your bike. If you are unsure, adjust to recommended 13mm spacing.

(Photo 03: SRAM XX1 b-Adjust Screw)

(Photo 04: Ideal Space Between Pulley and Socket = 13mm)

(2) Adjust outer limit of the largest socket
Ensure the chain is on the largest socket. Adjust the L-limit screw (see photo 05) with 3mm allen key to align the pulley with the largest socket. I usually spin the crank with one hand and adjust the L-limit screw with another hand concurrently. Adjust the L-limit screw until you hear and see the chain run smoothly over the largest socket. Once that happen, the largest socket will be aligned with the pulley. The chain will fall out of the largest socket if the L-limit screw is over adjusted, or gear down to the lower socket if under adjusted. 

(Photo 05: SRAM XX1 Rear Derailleur High-limit Screw)

(3) Adjust outer limit of the smallest socket
Shift the chain to the smallest socket. Adjust the H-limit screw (see photo 06) with 3mm allen key to align the pulley with the smallest socket. I usually spin the crank with one hand and adjust the H-limit screw with another hand concurrently. Adjust the H-limit screw until you hear and see the chain run smoothly over the smallest socket. Once that happen, the smallest socket will be aligned with the pulley. The chain will fall out of the smallest socket (between smallest socket and bike frame) if the H-limit screw is over adjusted, or gear up higher socket if under adjusted. 

(Photo 06: SRAM XX1 Rear Derailleur Low-limit Screw)

(4) Fine tuning
Spin the crank and play with the rear shifter to see if the chain shift smoothly and precisely across all sockets. If there is any delay in up or down shift, fine tune it by rotating the barrel adjuster (see photo 07). The barrel adjuster basically adjust the tension of the shifter cable.

(Photo 07: SRAM XX1 Barrel Adjuster)

If you perform the above 4 adjustments correctly, the gear shift should be smooth and precise. If you still unable to get it done despite performing the above 4 steps, you may need to tighten or replace the shifter cable. Otherwise, the hanger or the derailleur cage may be twisted. Other possibility may include loose chain, test it with a chain gauge (seldom the case if you have set up properly in the first place).  

(Table: SRAM XX1 Rear Derailleur Troubleshooting)

The above table illustrates the problems, possible causes and remedy actions (Source: SRAM Service Manual).

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hikers Intrusion Into Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trails



Conflicts between hikers and mountain bikers are universal. Singapore faces the same challenges as any other countries, trying to satisfy the needs of both hikers and mountain bikers. Despite a little red dot, Singapore Nparks had done well in preserving nature. Urbanisation and ambitious plan to increase the population to 6.9 millions by 2030 has taken a toll in nature. Hikers and mountain bikers fighting for the shrinking pie has become more intense. One fine example is Bukit Timah Nature Reserved.

Over the years, Singapore Nparks has built and upgraded a vast network of hiking and mountain bike trails. Some of the hikers' trails include Kampong Trail, Green Corridoor (unofficial shared trails), Hindehe Quarry, Dairy Farm areas and many others. The only designated mountain bike trails in Bukit Timah area are BT Mountain Bike Trails (MTB only trail) and Butterfly (shared trail). Other legal mountain bike trails include Kent Ridge and Ketam Bike Park. Unofficial mountain bike trails include T15, Gangsahill, Scorpion (illegal) and Woodcutter (illegal).

(Photo: One of the rock section at the upgraded BT Mountain Bike Trails)

In 2013, BT Mountain Bike Trails had undergone intensive upgrading. The new trails had become more technical and less forgiving, with many rock sections, drops, tight switch-back and narrow single tracks. The reasons for excessive use of rocks are to provide better drainage system and minimise soil erosion and water ponding during raining season. The trial design caters to wide spectrum of disciplines: the downhillers looking for challenging DH tracks; the freeriders looking for pump tracks; and the XC riders looking for technical climb. The please-all design comes with a price...the trails has become less forgiving and require certain level of technical skill and fitness to enjoy. As the trails have many rock sections, drops and blind spots, it has become risky to ride even without hikers intrusion.

(Photo: Near miss in BT Mountain Bike Trails)

In September 2014, Bukit Timah hikers' trail was closed for upgrading and more hikers started to intrude into BT Mountain Bike Trails. Many hikers are senior retirees, other hikers include families with kids, trail runners, average hikers, tour group and school children & teachers. Incidents reported include (1) hikers resting on the downhill rock section at double black cobra; (2) hikers gathered at the blind spot just before the downhill berm; (3) riders' crashed and injured himself while trying to avoid hikers; (4) near collision; and (5) primary school students and teachers hiking along mountain bike trails.

(Photo: Hiker Hit Rider in BT Mountain Bike Trails)

Confrontation between hikers and mountain bikers had been reported. In one occasion, two senior hikers beat a rider with sticks when being told to avoid mountain bike trails. In another incident, one rider was hit on the helmet by a hiker. The hiker continued to verbally abused the rider.


Hikers intrusion into Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trails has become an area of concern not because of "illegality" per se, but the real danger of serious or fatal accident due to unforgiving and dangerous nature of the newly constructed BT mountain bike trails. There are lots of rocks, drops, single tracks and blind spots, which make the ride itself quite risky even without hikers. Despite warning signage erected by Nparks and education via various interest groups and forums, defying hikers not only ignore the warnings, but destroyed and illegally removed them. The only way to minimise mishap is strict enforcement by Nparks and continuous feedback from fellow mountain bikers. 

Ride and stay safe kakis.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trails (August 2014)

Just did a short video on Bukit Timah Mountain Bike trail. The trail has undergone a fair bit of upgrades. A bit more technical and flowy now, awesome!

(Photo: Lesson learned, never mount Gopro at the rear of seatpost during wet ride!)

In this video, I censored most of the climb as it was quite boring to watch. Full loop is about 6.1km to 6.9km depending on which route you take. On average, riders took 40mins to 45mins to complete one full loop. Top riders clocked between  22mins to 29mins. My average is about 38mins, and fastest clocked on strava is 32.43mins. 

Hope you enjoy the video, feel free to leave comments :)


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pivot Mach 6 - XX1 System & Enve Chris King Wheelsets


Just upgraded my Pivot Mach 6, more complete now...

1. Frame: Pivot Mach 6 Carbon, Medium
2. Shock: Fox Float X CTD Kashima
3. Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air Fork 160mm (1861g)
4. Headset: Pivot Precision Sealed Bearing
5. RD: XX-1 11Spd Type 2
6. Shifter: XX-1 rear
7. Brakes: XTR Race
8. Crank: XX-1 GXP 30T (with Raceface crank protector)
9. Bar: Enve Carbon Riser 740mm
10. Grips: Lock On
11. Stem: Straitline Pinch Clamp Stem 50mm Red
12. Post: KS dropper internal cable
13. Saddle: Pivot WTB Vigo Team
14. Cassette: XX-1 10-42 11Spd
15. Pedal: Podium (285g)
16. Wheelset: ENVE AM Rims and Chris King Hubs
17. Tyre: Hans Dampf 2.35 front and Maxxis Ardent 2.25 rear (Run Tubeless)

TOTAL weight without pedals: 12.1kg

Friday, January 10, 2014

Pivot Mach 6 Carbon XX1

(Photo: Pivot Mach 6)
Ordered Pivot Mach 6 full bike with XX1 components but replaced fox fork with RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air Fork 160mm, one of the best decision I made. I also replaced the stock stem with shorter Straitline Pinch Clamp Stem 50mm Red. The complete build up are:
1. Frame: Pivot Mach 6 Carbon, Medium
2. Shock: Fox Float X CTD Kashima
3. Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air Fork 160mm (1861g)
4. Headset: Pivot Precision Sealed Bearing 
5. RD: XX-1 11Spd Type 2
6. Shifter: XX-1 rear
7. Brakes: Magura MT-8
8. Crank: XX-1 GXP 30T (with Raceface crank protector)
9. Bar: Enve Carbon Riser 740mm
10. Grips: Lock On
11. Stem: Straitline Pinch Clamp Stem 50mm Red
12. Post: KS dropper internal cable
13. Saddle: Pivot WTB Vigo Team
14. Cassette: XX-1 10-42 11Spd
15. Wheelset: DT 27.5 SPLINE ONE XM 1501 XD Tubeless (1580g)
16. Tyre: KENDA Nevegal 2.35 front and rear

TOTAL weight without pedals: 11.9kg


(Photo: Pivot Mach 6 Frame) Birthday present from my wife. Bought this medium carbon black Pivot Mach 6 from Jia Long (Tiong Hin). Waited 3 months for this beast, worth every single second! It arrived before Christmas, and I was glad Jia Long managed to build it up just in time for Christmas! This frame is designed for aggressive trail riding conditions. It comes with 155mm travel next generation dw-link suspension design with position-sensitive anti-squat. The frame has internal cabling for shift cable and down tube dropper seat post.

(Photo:  RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air Fork, 160mm) To be honest, I did not know what I had missed until Pike comes along. This fork is a beauty, and the performance too. Besides more superior performance, it weigh only 1,861 grams,  about 100 grams lighter then Fox CTD. The Pike is unbelievably responsive. It suck up all bumps at such high rate that you just sail it through! The complete M6 comes with Fox CTD fork, glad to replace it with 160mm Pike!

(Photo: Shock: Fox Float X CTD Kashima) Fox has got it right this time. The Fox Float X CTD is quite responsive. The rebound has about 23 clicks (if I remember correctly) and the factory setting is about 6 clicks from minimum rebound. Varied the rebound rate between 10 to 20 clicks while riding at BF, BT Ketam and T15. Never like it and changed it back to factory setting. Personally, I prefer factory setting as it absorb most of the bumps and drops in our local trails. I sag it 30% for more plush feel. Switch the CTD to mid position for all riding condition. BTW, my kakis Ming and Christina who rode the same Pivot Mach 6 prefer higher rebound rate.


(Photo: Straitline Pinch Clamp Stem 50mm Red) Replaced the stock 70-80mm stem with 50mm stem since I prefer shorter cockpit length and more upright riding posture. Intentionally select red color to match the carbon black theme.

(Photo: Pivot Mach 6 and Nomad Carbon) Despite replacing with shorter stem, the reach of my medium Pivot Mach 6 still longer than my medium Nomad carbon. However, due to Pivot Mach 6 unique geometry, my riding posture is as upright as Nomad. Love it!

(Photo: Enve AM carbon Bar 740mm) Replaced the stock carbon bar with Enve AM carbon Bar, raise and uncut at 740mm. I am use to wide bar, it provides better control. Shorter stem with wider raise bar provides freeride riding posture, my style! Looks cool too!

(Photo: Magura MT-8 Brake) Despite hearing stories from my kaki about Magura brake compared to Shimano, I still proceed with MT8 for 3 reasons: (1) Super light, they are made of carbon; (2) Match my M6 color; and (3) Never try Magura brake before. Glad to make the decision, the modulation is so much better. Hopefully it does not fail me overtime. Still evaluating its durability. So far no complain.

(Photo: Magura MT-8 Brake) Single chamber, good enough for endurance ride!

(Photo: XX1 Drive chain) I can climb almost any slope with this ingenious designed drive chain. I went for 30T ring and 10/42 11-speed XX1 cassette. So far not a single chain drop in gnarly and mud fest terrains. Awesome!

(Photo: Crank protector) Bought this red raceface crank protector from Tay Junction for $18 a pair. My XX1 crank was saved a couple of times by this rubber protector when it hit the rocks at Ketam! Worth investing.




(Photo:  RD: XX-1 11Spd Type 2) Never failed to click at the right position despite madly shifted the gears at the last micro seconds. Trusted and reliable! Simplicity is what make this rear derailleur best in its class!
(Photo: Cover for Front Derailleur holder) Since I am running single ring, the front derailleur becomes obsolete. What a simple and ingenious way to cover up the screw holds. Pivot design is so thoughtful, my kaki Sammy had to buy this pivot cover for his ibis :)

(Photo: KS dropper internal cable) The KS internal cable dropper eliminate the earlier model design flaw. No more flying of mud into the actuator. So far it works perfectly. Personally, I think dropper is not necessary in local trails. I hardly remember adjusting the post since day one I ride this beast! (Need to take back my words. need the dropper during night ride in unfamiliar rough downhill sections, and BT double black boulders downhill section)

(Photo: Wheelset DT 27.5 SPLINE ONE XM 1501 XD Tubeless) The DT Swiss Spline One wheelset weigh only 1580g per pair. Surprisingly stiff. The rims and the ratchet system hubs are good combination for aggressive trail riding. Future upgrade may consider Enve rims, to complete the carbon infection!
(Photo: KENDA Nevegal 2.35 front and rear Tyre) Installed stock tyre Kenda Nevegal 2.35 on both front/rear running tubeless on my M6. Per tyre weigh about 749/753g. Reasonably light, fast and offer good traction. Did BT, Ubin and other trails, pretty good. Given a choice, would like to use my usual setup - Hans 2.35 for front and Nobby 2.25 for rear.

(Photo: Cable tie) Need to stick race shield pads to prevent cable rub on frame. Use cable tie to hold the cable in place while riding.

(Photo: Chain guide holes) I was lucky to have my buddy Ming gave me these nuts to cover the chain guide holes. Ming bought them from local hardware store. Good to prevent mud from going into the holes.

(Photo: Ketam Bike Park) One of the downhill sections at Ketam Bike Park. Pivot Mach 6 blasted over this section with ease. The level of confident is beyond words. Thanks my kaki Ian Ong for this shot!

(Photo: Pivot Mach 6 and Nomad Carbon) Give away my Nomad carbon to my son Zan. As what my kaki Ming said, we need to give up the good for the great. Going back home after our ride at BF.

(Photo: Pivot Mach 6) Night ride set up. Did my first night trail ride on Pivot Mach 6 with my MTB Kakis. Easy to mount light and battery pack on Pivot Mach 6. We do night trail ride every Wednesday, and day trails ride on Saturday and Sunday.

(Photo: Pivot Mach 6) Need to take care of my mistress, especially when she was given to me by my wife :)

This is the best all rounded mountain bike I ever ride. Thanks Ming for poisoning me, and thanks Jia Long for building it up to my riding style and liking. If there is only one bike I can own, this is it - Pivot Mach 6!
Where on earth can you find a local bike shop that willing to burn mid night oil to build your bike just because you desperately want to ride it? Only Jia Long! Besides the attraction of Pivot Mach 6, the professionalism displayed by him is one of the main reasons why I bought this bike despite having to wait for 3 months! Thank you my wife, Ming and Jia Long :)
Video: My first Pivot Mach 6 test ride. Did it at Butterfly trails, crossing the first big log. Clear this obstacle quite easily with my M6! More confident than any bikes I ever rode here. My first steep climb with tight switchback was done in Ketam Bike Park at Pulau Ubin. Who said long travel fork hard for climbing? This beast makes the climb so easy. To be fair, need to thanks XX1 drive chain and Pike fork too. Cheers and thanks for reading my blog!

Video: First M6 ride on the new Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trails with my kakis