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[Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 24 2012 4:23pm
by cal3thousand
Just found this hill after watching a youtube on Hi Power Cycles. They took a 8kW 2WD up this 33.3% hill. Supposedly this is the steepest hill in the western US: http://www.walkinginla.com/2004/Feb15/EldredSt.html

I've determined that I need to conquer this hill with my DH rig once it's done (hopefully in a week or two). Has anyone else here done this hill? Anyone want to meet up one day at have a small climbing event?

Here's the video that I watched. Pretty uneventful video, but you get to see how steep it is. I want to hit the hill from a stand still and then take on the stairs at the top of the hill:


Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 24 2012 4:32pm
by gestalt
cal3thousand wrote:I want to hit the hill from a stand still and then take on the stairs at the top of the hill.
exactrly! that is a pretty sweet downhill to get some speed built up on before the climb. the stairs would be the true test of the motor system and the bike itself.

Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 24 2012 5:35pm
by MD.
If you do it on a Saturday or Sunday I might be willing to drive up from San Diego. I think I could do it with going down the hill and then peddling. I'd give it a try anyway. :D

Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 24 2012 5:39pm
by cal3thousand
MD. wrote:If you do it on a Saturday or Sunday I might be willing to drive up from San Diego. I think I could do it with going down the hill and then peddling. I'd give it a try anyway. :D

Weekend is doable. Maybe we can get enough people for a little mini ES meet :D

Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 25 2012 6:54am
by dogman dan
I'd be impressesd only if I saw them get started again after stopping on the slope. Or at least take it from a standing stop at the bottom.

I'm not knocking the hill one bit, just the coast into the climb.

My dirtbike, 9c 2812, on 72v 40 amps should be able to climb it, but not with no pedaling. I start pedaling at about 20%, or twelve degrees. Crazy that that hill is paved. A freind of mine lived in a little known area somewhat near downtown. Visiting her, we parked fearing the car would not stay there, then took the three stories of stairs up the hill to her front door. I couldn't believe houses were built in those hills!

Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 25 2012 7:11am
by Trackman417
Well first replicate what you saw. Tear it up the hill :P
Then after you finished "ripping it up" start at the bottom, make a YouTube video and send it to HPC :wink:
Make sure you tell them you uses ONE motor :mrgreen:

Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 25 2012 8:28am
by The fingers
Airplane Hill in Signal Hill, Cali. used to be the one when we were kids. They lessened the grade and put a stop sign at the bottom in the late 60's, it used to be much steeper. 8)

Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 27 2012 3:01am
by johndjmix
The way this forum is, im waiting for someone to chime in and say somthing like "Climb it? How about I climb it without dropping below 40mph".

-)

--John

Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 27 2012 4:01am
by mdd0127
That hill isn't even mildly impressive. It definitely isn't the third steepest hill in the US.........and it's paved! :roll:

On the trails I play on.....at 40mph.....that hill would be considered a time to rest to get ready for the next challenge. :twisted:

Throw some loose gravel, baby head sized rocks, and foot tall ledges in there and start at the bottom with no momentum and I'll be very slightly impressed.....or optimistic about having a riding buddy at least. :wink:

Re: [Challenge] For those near LA, I have a hill for you

Posted: Oct 27 2012 10:52pm
by zombiess
Looks long enough for my bike to go from a standing start to 45+ mph while climbing it :D