Cleaned Gatorback yesterday! Have been trying for many, many months to no avail but yesterday just must have been my day cause I went up and over the boardwalk without any issue and the rest was cake.
I've alway been the guy who doesn't care much about what tires I'm running or that the bike is the perfect fit for me but I think those days are gone. I very recently installed a new 20mm shorter stem (100mm), wider DH style oversized riser bars, and two new Hutchinson "Bulldog" tires. Yesterday was my first day riding with the new bars and tires and look what happened. I also made the climb around the left of the tree up to "no dab ridge" on my first try attempt. Felt a lot more confident doing the high side Doom drop as well since I wasn't way over the front tire via 120mm stem. Getting a good deal on components that aren't exactly what you need is no such a good deal after all. Thanks to the few guys that commented on how crazy long my stem was.
Looks like it may have also just been in the air cause my good friend from St. Pete almost cleaned Rollercoaster (one dab) which is the goal he is currently working on and he also faced his demons on the triple dipper drop on "no dab ridge".
Just an overall GREAT day of riding, and this at a place I go to 1-2 times a week. Says a lot about Alafia's trails.
By the way, nice to meet you jbennardo. Hope you found your missing riding partner. Mine finished Rollercoaster and mistakenly just kept going into Moonscape. He informed me that I am supposed to wait for him at the fork in the trail not at the much more comfortable picnic table at the entrance/exit.