Just a heads up for all of you Donger Party fans out there. We will be updating our website with races we plan on attending for the 2018 season. If you want your boobies signed by Christian Mckenna this is the place to find out where he'll be in 2018!
Video edit by Allen Schroeder
Rider-Braden "Donkey" Kopping
A few new 2017 Chromag Frames landed at the shop a few weeks ago. This Rootdown BA has been sitting quietly in it's box as I build up a Surface and Monk frame. I decided to shed some light on this frame, here are a few details from Chromag:
BIG WHEELS, ALL MOUNTAIN.
In 2016 we updated the Rootdown frame with a combination of longer top tube, shorter chain stay, slacker head angle, steeper seat tube and lower BB. For us it was a significant progression of all mountain hardtail. The new 2017 version continues that legacy further with the additional clearance needed for 27.5 Plus tire compatibility.
Built with our custom-drawn tubes and featuring a 12 X 148 Boost rear end and stealth post routing, this is the evolution of Chromag frame design in 29er form compatible to 27.5+. An agile ascender and a dominant descender that is ready for anything.
Chromag’s own trail honed geometry
Custom Chromoly tube set
Chainstay length optimized at 413mm
CNC machined headtube tapered 44-56mm ZS
Designed around a 160mm fork (ideal range 150-170mm)
Head Angle 65 degrees – 160mm fork
Seat Angle 75 degrees
BB height 12.6” / 320mm (with std 29” tire)
BB Shell: BB92
1X drivetrains only
Max chainring size of 32T (Boost chainline)
Custom CNC machined dropouts, yokel and zip guides.
31.6 seat tube, stealth routed
Up to 29 x 2.5 or 27.5 x 3.0 tire clearance
Handmade in our Taiwan partner factory
6.5lb median frame weight
For sizing and geometry follow the link below...
Frame Price: $688.00
Just a short public service announcement for all of the trail users headed up to Bogus Basin this summer (or anywhere else in the foothills). I love my trail bell, it's awesome, I use it frequently to very politely announce myself as "biker back" to trail users that I come upon. This becomes less polite when you have two earbuds stuffed in your ears listening to whatever fresh beats you have loaded onto your music player. The sound of "ding, ding" is not a naturally occurring sound in the wild, so when you hear a trail bell, that normally means another trail user has caught you and would like to sneak by. You should -- let them know you heard the bell, and calmly find a safe spot on the trail to let them pass. You shouldn't -- have two earbuds jammed in your ears, then blow snot out your nose on the individual who has been politely ringing their trail bell and following you for a 1/2 mile. You're not on the treadmill at the athletic club, you're outside enjoying the mountains, birds and wondrous environment we share with other trail users. If you don't feel like you can enjoy the outdoors without music, please just insert 1 of the earbuds so you have some situational awareness to other users. Now, head on over to the Donger Mfg. Store, purchase a trail bell, attach it to your bike, hiking stick, or trusty fanny pack and flick it, all the time, every day... You can even save some money by entering discount code DFL10 at checkout for 10% off. We also have t-shirts and socks if you need those also...
-King Donger..."Getting Tater’d in Idaho"
Bogus Basin Mountain Resort
Trail Bell (really, you need one of these!)
DongerParty.com Trail Bell
The first rendition of the Gem Grit Grinder is in the books and overall it was a great event. The weather was perfect, the course held up great, and the venue dispelled any doubts I had. The timing system provided by Authentic Sports Timing was efficient and accurate. I have posted a link to the results below. Take a look at the finishers times, it was an amazing performance put on by the lead group. One drawback I have always noticed with USAC licensed events are their membership fees, and athletes race categories based on their points throughout the race season. If you participate in one gravel race (classified as a road race) a year you will be a 4/5 even if you are a 1/2 mountain or cyclocross racer. Additionally it requires a race license (1 day option available) that newcomers may not want to invest in for 1 event. Hopefully we will see this event return next season with a larger turnout and equally competitive field...
-King Donger..."Getting Tater’d in Idaho"
USAC Membership Info-
Jordan "Scoots" Krema, Jake "King Donger" Hampton, Braden "Bra-Donkey" Kopping