Upland Raider

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Re: Upland Raider

Postby Rider7767 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:21 am

How goes the Upland Raider? I have ordered one in hopes of getting back in to biking with my wife. It looks like a very solid bike which can be upgraded as needed. :D :D
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby Rider7767 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:47 am

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Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Well, I received my Upland Raider a few days ago, and set it up. My wife and I were very ambitious on our first ride. We road around Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a little over 11 miles and I would describe it as a moderate ride due to the hills. The bike handled very well and I did not have to adjust anything after the initial setup. I am very happy overall with my purchase and loved the light weight construction. My only concern was the front and rear disc brakes. They are 140 mm which felt weak coming down some of the steep parts of the road. I am a good size boy weighing in at 235lbs. I think I will upgrade to a larger brake. Any thoughts? Ah, Yes! I know loosing weight would be an options :lol:
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby cole.robinson.543 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:54 am

Bigger brakes would help for sure. Its not too difficult to upgrade rotor size. All you need is a new adapter and new rotors.
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby cole.robinson.543 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:10 am

The rear adapter is likely "IS" and the front is a "post mount". Does that bike really have 140mm in the front? I think the norm is 160. It definitely could I'm not familiar with this bike.
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby Rider7767 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:14 am

cole.robinson.543 wrote:Bigger brakes would help for sure. Its not too difficult to upgrade rotor size. All you need is a new adapter and new rotors.

What about hydraulic brakes? Are they that much better?
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby Bigshot » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:21 am

I have got to say I really enjoy riding Cades Cove. My daughters and I rode there late last year and are planning another ride soon. Other then the traffic which is very slow moving. It is a very fun ride. Might see you there some time Rider7767.

For the brakes, I rode my Deception when we went. It has 180 front 160 rear with BB7 calipers. It felt very good. Yes, I know those hills you speak of, lol. :shock:
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby Rider7767 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:38 am

cole.robinson.543 wrote:The rear adapter is likely "IS" and the front is a "post mount". Does that bike really have 140mm in the front? I think the norm is 160. It definitely could I'm not familiar with this bike.

You are right. I went out to check the size on the front and it is a 160mm. I seen 140 on the back and "assumed" they were the same on the front. That make a lot of sense as I noticed the front stopping much better.
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby Rider7767 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:43 am

Bigshot wrote:I have got to say I really enjoy riding Cades Cove. My daughters and I rode there late last year and are planning another ride soon. Other then the traffic which is very slow moving. It is a very fun ride. Might see you there some time Rider7767.

For the brakes, I rode my Deception when we went. It has 180 front 160 rear with BB7 calipers. It felt very good. Yes, I know those hills you speak of, lol. :shock:

Starting in May, Wed and Sat mornings, the road is closed down until 10 am for bike riders around Cades Cove.
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby Bigshot » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:50 am

Starting in May, Wed and Sat mornings, the road is closed down until 10 am for bike riders around Cades Cove.


Thanks for the info. I never could remember when they did that for bikers.
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Re: Upland Raider

Postby Tomcat65 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:09 am

Suddenly,

I have a really strong urge to go back to the mountains with my fly rod, and this time,

my bike :D
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