October 29, 2018
Rode Bentonville, including Coler and Slaughter Pen, during the 2018 OuterBike and IMBA's Dirty 30. I'm giving Coler a 5, if for nothing else, the surprise of the kind of down hill fun they've built in such a small area with the limited elevation they have to work with. While there are several trails throughout Coler, it's the down hill runs most go there to ride. It's right a a mile (.9 actually) climb up Oscar's Loop from the parking lot to the "Hub", a three story metal structure that serves as the launch for the down hill trails. Fire Line is the intermediate run, and is great for just about any rider, as well as a warm up for the other trails. It's a nicely built flow trail with smooth berms and no shortage of 3-5' table tops, but no drops. Ride it a couple of times to get the layout, and you can have a real fun and fast blast on it. The only gotcha is the next to the last table top. For whatever reason, it's easy to over shoot, and the landing side seems to be taller then the ramp up side. There were three crashes on it the day we were there (witnessed two of them). All three over shot it (one by a LONG shot), with one rider braking a wrist. If you're more advanced, head back up and ride Cease and Desist, which is probably best described as Fire Line's big brother. Table tops are bigger, and there are some drops... 3-4 footers. For a finale, ride down Drop The Hammer. It's definitely and advanced run, with MANDATORY 8 foot gaps (no go arounds), and drops that look to be 10 feet. For more technical down hill fun, ride Rock Solid and Rock Soft. You can have a great afternoon riding at Coler. By the way, you don't need a full blown down hill bike. It's true what I've heard about Coler, it's built for trail bikes.