Matthew BonnerDoubletrack

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Milwaukee // Wisconsin

 
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I love riding bikes around the country and am always looking for my next adventure. Whether it's five minutes from home or 1,000's of miles away, the simple joy of riding bikes is enough to make every ride great.

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I'm so glad this article attracted interest for Midwestern mountain biking! As a native Wisconsinite, my main goal has always been to expose the region's best biking, and I love when what I write achieves that. Stay tuned this year for more!
Matthew Bonner   2 weeks ago
 
I personally ride a Sentier (2017, VRS), and that bike is nearly unstoppable. With a dropper post on it, it is unstoppable.  In 2018 it appears that they've only made things even...
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I used the WTB Vigilante for a long time, but once I started using the E*thirteen TRS Race, my whole world was rocked. Despite only being a 2.35'' tire,  it has unparalleled...
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 24, 2019
replied to Aggressive Hardtails! Lets see 'em
 
My Vitus Sentier in its natural habitat: far above the treeline on some mountaintop in the clouds. Since then I've added a Factory Fox 34, so it's even shinier (or dirtier, depending...
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 20, 2019
added a review of Combs Road
 

This is one rowdy climb/descent! Going up, it can be a little taxing at times; however, over all it is...
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Matthew Bonner   on Jan 20, 2019
added a review of Bobcat Loop
 

If you like exposure, you've come to the right place. There are select places on this trail where off-camber trail...
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 20, 2019
added a review of Schooner's Trace
 

I had a pretty difficult time rating this trail. On one hand, it has almost no flow, is largely unrideable,...
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 20, 2019
added a review of Trail 4d
 

This is probably my favorite trail in the Brown County area. Not only is it one of the region's longest...
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 20, 2019
added a map of Combs Road
 
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 18, 2019
added Schooner's Trace
 
This is arguable the hardest trail in the Midwest. Be fully prepared to surmount difficult step-ups, navigate hairy rock gardens,...
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Matthew Bonner   on Jan 18, 2019
added Combs Road
 
A rowdy, wet climb/descent deep in Hoosier National forest, this trail will be sure to please. Just buckle up and...
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 18, 2019
added Trail 4d
 
A smooth, fast singletrack romp down one of the biggest sustained descents in the area!
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 5, 2019
added a review of Aynes Loop
 

Aynes is definitely one of my favorite trails in the park. Although the climb can get tough, it's just easy...
Matthew Bonner   on Jan 5, 2019
added Aynes Loop
 
Going clockwise from the Green Valley Trail intersection, the trail slowly winds up the ridge on a gradual climb. The...
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Matthew Bonner   on Jan 5, 2019
added Bobcat Loop
 
This trail isn't Brown County's hardest, but it's right up there. Expect lots of roots, rocks, logs, and awkward ravine-crossings...
Matthew Bonner   on Dec 8, 2018
rode 0.4 miles at LGCT Arbor Trails
 

Stage 2 via Strava
Matthew Bonner   on Dec 8, 2018
rode 0.2 miles at LGCT Arbor Trails
 

Stage 1 via Strava
That area is probably one of my favorite places to ride out west (I even wrote a letter to the USFS about preserving the region, and I don't even live anywhere near it). So far this series has been following in the footsteps of a trip I took out there a couple years ago, and…
Matthew Bonner   on Nov 6, 2018
 
Matthew Bonner   on Nov 2, 2018
 
Matthew Bonner   on Nov 1, 2018
 
44stevenson, this tire will handle wet rocks just as well as it handles wet roots: with loads of confidence-boosting grip. In wet conditions overall, I found that the tire was firmly and predictably planted (no unexpected washouts!) because its thick knobs were able to bite down into stable soil. I rarely had to reel in…
I rode it on a WTB STP i23 rim with a 23 mm internal width. This is technically a littler thinner than is recommended, but it rode great. I prefer a rounder profile anyways!
I usually run a 2.3 WTB Vigilante up front, and all I can say is that the TRS Race provides much more grip without tacking on a lot of rolling resistance. In essence, they are really just two sides of a coin. The Vigilante is extremely versatile tire that can be used in anything from…
Matthew Bonner   on Oct 5, 2018
 
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Matthew Bonner   on Sep 19, 2018
 
Matthew Bonner   on Sep 18, 2018
updated Blue Mound State Park conditions to
 
Matthew Bonner   on Sep 11, 2018
 
Matthew Bonner   on Sep 10, 2018
replied to Tubeless air pressure
 
I'm around 170, and I run 20-23 psi front and 29 in the rear. Works like a charm!
Matthew Bonner   on Sep 3, 2018
replied to Mountain Biking in the Midwest
 
Here in Southeastern Wisconsin a lot of Milwaukee's trails can be closed due to the slightest amount of rain. This is probably because most of them are in low lying areas surrounding...
Matthew Bonner   on Aug 29, 2018
added 11 photos.
 
Overall the Mount Mcpherson trails are definitely worth a ride!
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Matthew Bonner   on Aug 29, 2018
added a review of Mt. Mcpherson
 

Mount Mcpherson is ridiculously awesome. The sheer amount of diversity in trails cannot be paralleled. Flowdown is a (you guessed...
Matthew Bonner   on Aug 29, 2018
updated #2 and bottom of Razorback conditions to Poor
 
Matthew Bonner   on Aug 29, 2018
commented on a photo of Stoney Squaw Upper & Lower
 
Sorry, ignore this photo.
Matthew Bonner   on Aug 29, 2018
added 11 photos.
 
A ride on the Squaws!
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