Video: Jordi Cortes Explores the Influence of the Downieville Classic on Modern Bike Setups

Aug 30, 2020
by FOX Factory  

The Downieville Classic is a unique race that requires creative thinking, innovation and progression. In Episode 30 of of Season Two, Dialed follows Jordi and Ariel Lindsley as they breakdown the ideal setup for the iconic race in Sierra County and how those setups have evolved over time.

bigquotesIt's definitely a unique race. Now we have proper enduro racing in the states and all over the world with the Enduro World Series. 15 years ago, this really didn't exist here yet. There was XC and there was downhill...Downieville was one of the first races that helped usher that in (enduro racing). It was a time where people were a little lost of what that middle ground of mountain biking was going to be. This race was one of the things that kind of spring boarded that (enduro racing) and helped change mountain biking into what it is today. Ariel

Learn something new as you followed along with Jordi and Ariel in Downieville? What do you think the Dialed crew should cover next? Comment below!


42 Comments

  • 17 5
 Actually, in a weird way,Carl Decker and Adam Craig led to the birth of enduro racing: Mark Weir couldn't beat them on elapsed time on combined time of the downhill and XC event @ Downieville.. so that unfortunate and icky skew of having the climbs be really, really important was eliminated with the " development" of the Enduro format...and fat guys everywhere w/o the aerobic capacity of sled dogs rejoiced ; D
  • 4 0
 Downieville is a bucket list item for me! Ever since I saw pics in the first American bike magazine, I thought that these trails look absolutely amazing and fun! One day... I hope they will keep that race going...
  • 7 2
 I did it for my first time last month, live close by. It is a lot of fun and you're close to Tahoe (maybe 2 hours max driving) which has loads of good trails. If you ever come, make a trip of it. Hope you can make it once Americans start behaving and the pandemic dies down.
  • 1 0
 @justinroehlk: thank you! Yes, I will take some time once I come out there!
  • 7 4
 Good vid.

Question is tho... can you run a fox 38 at 140mm.... so I can totally and utterly over-fork my Norco optic?!?! ????
  • 11 0
 The 36 is too much of a noodle eh?
  • 2 0
 @greener1: absolutely! Haha!
  • 14 3
 The only thing more unnecessary than a Fox 38 is a Fox 38 with reduced travel.
  • 3 0
 Go stupid short and make a fox 38 go to 80mm for a laugh
  • 6 0
 @slimjimbikes: fox 40 lowered to 80mm on my dirt jumper.
  • 2 1
 @alexdeich: go even more dumb and create your own fork with 69mm stanchions and have it at 80mm
  • 1 0
 @alexdeich: bar spin machine.
  • 1 0
 If you really really want it you can cut the shaft of the air unit to your desired length and tap a new thread in it. Keep in mind that the axle to crown length is quite high on the 38.... you might want to opt for 135 or even 130 mm to compensate for that.
  • 3 0
 @Ben-P: Good idea, take Fox's brand new enduro fork, cut down the air shaft and rethread it so you can run it at a completely unnecessary travel length.

My gravel bike felt a bit rough this weekend over some pot holes, I don't want to sacrifice the stiffness of my carbon fork so I'll reduce a Fox 40 down to 30mm to take the edge off.
  • 2 0
 @warmerdamj: you might want to doublecheck if dualcrown forks void your gravel frame warranty.
Talking about pot holes woudn't it make more sense to put the lid on instead of taking the edge off?
  • 1 0
 @Ben-P: I think theres much better ways to take the edge off during a gravel ride lol
  • 1 1
 @Ben-P: Never said anything about quintuple crowns
  • 1 0
 @Ben-P: You do not need to cut air shaft just add a spacer & just remove spacer when want to go back to longer travel?
  • 1 1
 @aljoburr: by cutting the shaft you will keep the pressure equalisation port/dot in correct place. There more spacer you use the more you will mess up the positive/negative air chamber pressures.
  • 1 1
 @aljoburr: That is not how you adjust the fork travel on fox forks. You need a different air shaft for any travel.
  • 1 0
 How are you guys still discussing this idea....
  • 1 0
 @LeoTProductions: have fun trying to buy a 140/130 mm air cartridge for a 38 or suited air shafts.
I dont know what you armchair pilots are up to. I was just offering a solution for @v7fmp
  • 1 0
 @Ben-P: I appreciate your advice, but I would only do it if it was an off the shelf option. And having said that, I probably wont as a 38 is massively overkill, as I said in my initial quote, before everyone lost their minds!
  • 2 0
 @Ben-P: I was responding to the guy who thought that air volume spacers changed fork travel. I get it!
  • 1 0
 As a long time Downieville rider and local I would yes this place has helped what modern “enduro” bikes are now and any 120mm + bike. Let’s take it back 12-15 years ago...all bikes that were good for here still had a 3x9 drivetrain and no dropper post and lame air shocks. While all us locals were modding bikes to run 1x9 drivetrains and putting the og dropper post the gravity dropper and swapping coil shocks on bikes that didn’t have them. I like to say that we pushed what modern bikes are now. We have been on the 1x, dropper post, coil shock game longer than the industry has been. This race bred a new type of bike that wasn’t around but now it’s the norm.
  • 4 0
 Downieville is so dang fun
  • 2 3
 I went last year for the first time. I found the town, views and experience fun, but the trails were mediocre. So much better stuff a short drive away.
  • 4 0
 @kwdog: mediocre trails? What are you talking about. Guessing it’s just to rough and raw up here for you. Stay in bend and ride your lame smooth bike park trails.
  • 2 0
 love this format of race! will be intresting to see dh and xc riders race togheter in a event like that!!
  • 1 1
 Jordi, you mentioned the ideal setup is slightly softer front and rear for suspension pressure. What about rebound and compression?
  • 1 1
 The US is in a clusterf*ck of a situation right now, you know that right?
  • 1 1
 Replied to the wrong person. Why can’t I delete my comments? @pinkbike any help here deleting this crap?
  • 1 1
 @GBeard: I think your comment was appropriately intended for everyone.
  • 1 0
 @GBeard: Just mention sealed drive in you posts, that will get deleted?
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