Rest day. In the last 2 days I have ridden Walker 4 times on my Lenz Leviathan which will be my Leadville bike. I'm amazed at how much a full suspension corrects mistakes in technical riding! Many times I should have been eating dirt from poor line choices... but the bike just absorbed it. I rode every lap well under an hour with the fastest on Wednesday at 54:00. Yesterday I was pretty fatigued from a harder jog before the bike and still managed sub 1:00s. This bodes well for Silver Rush but I think I'll avoid too much technical stuff for the 100 and focus more on increasing volume and long tempo efforts.
And tubeless tires rock. I played around with tire pressure and ran one lap with just 25psi to see how it handled. It definitely corners better as it allows the tire to roll off the rim and maintain full contact with the ground and larger rocks. Similar to a tubular on a road bike. And the hydraulic brakes? No way I can ever go back to cantilevers now! You just very lightly feather the levers and you have all the stopping power you could ever want.
Both shocks also have lockouts which is crucial I am finding. Steep non-technical climbs with both shocks unlocked makes the bike feel very loose and you can feel the loss in energy transfer. Of course pedaling economy comes in to play and mashing doesn't work. The lockouts completely stiffen up the bike and allow for better climbing.
Awesome awesome bike!