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Good job not making it political.....NOT. Anybody that rides in CA, OR or WA (I'm sure other places are just as bad) on a regular basis knows how ridiculous the current system is. The forest is vastly mis-managed and plenty of that has to do with groups on the left who go out of their…
mtnryder   on Aug 6, 2019
commented on Durango, Colorado: A Mountain Biker's Guide
 
silverstang.....we go every October for (2) weeks and I have NEVER once needed a jacket of any sort. I'm wearing a short sleeve shirt 7/8 out of 10 days. It's a drive from downtown Durango but the best riding out there for a beginner is at Bobby Draw above Dolores https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6473654/boggy-draw-loop-trail-199 You can loop together…
....or you can get a lifetime warranty from We Are One for a lighter rim with the same hubs for $999 ....or get We Are One's newest, lighter, stronger Union rim with top of the line Industry 9 Hydra hubs for $1625 Why do people buy ENVE's again?
For $3000, I'd be looking at the classifieds on PinkBike for a quality used bike. If you're patient, there are some great deals on there. I'm with you on 27.5 bikes, I just...
 
I have the 2.4 Ardent on the front of my Yeti SB5 and Intense Primer. It's a great tire that works in many types of trail conditions. Most people absolutely do NOT...
Obviously, 90%+ of the MTB'ing world disagrees with you and John. I couldn't disagree more. I think 1x drivetrains are the best thing since sliced bread. We have one guy left in our group running a 2x10 drivetrain on his V1 Santa Cruz Bronson. Of course, he's also got an externally routed dropper and Marzocchi…
Great idea for an article. Too bad there's not much great MTB'ing in Texas because there's no better BBQ in my experience. Like John Fisch mentioned, Serious Texas BBQ in Durango (2 locations) is very good and a "must do on my yearly trip there. Their tacos with cheesy potatoes and pulled pork are fantastic.
 
I have DMR Vaults and composite Stamps on two of my bikes....I also have composite OneUp's and Race Face Chesters on my two other bikes. I loved the Vaults but for the price, the OneUp's are the best and will be my "go to" pedal for the foreseeable future.
mtnryder   on May 6, 2019
replied to Oval Wide Chainring on Boost Eagle Setup
 
Just make sure your frame chainstay design can fit whatever size chainring you want to use. I'm running a 32 oval on (2) bikes and on one of them, there's no way...
mtnryder   on May 6, 2019
replied to Intense Bikes
 
Everybody had their own opinions on what is "best"....over the past 9-10 years, I've had a Banshee, (4) Santa Cruz', (2) Yetis and (2) Intense bikes. I've never had a single problem...
mtnryder   on May 6, 2019
replied to New Bike Day Dilemma
 
??? I've never seen them before and don't know anybody that has those badges (stickers?) on their bike like that....and I ride all over the Western US.
Now I'm not going to be one of those guys that bags on your list because you guys can only list what people who actually took the time to vote actually voted for but I do have to wonder "who" and "how many" people are actually voting. I was surprised to see Downieville as #1…
mtnryder   on Apr 3, 2019
replied to And now...we wait in MN
 
....or instead of waiting, get in your car, drive 10-12 hours to wherever and RIDE!!!
mtnryder   on Apr 2, 2019
replied to Love the new homepage design!
 
Much cleaner design. I like it as well. Kudos!!
mtnryder   on Mar 17, 2019
replied to how hard is Downieville Downhill?
 
OK, since we're throwing out all the other nearby options.... The #1 easiest shuttle trail out that way is Mt Hough over in Quincy. It's *mostly* low intermediate flow and a complete blast...
mtnryder   on Mar 7, 2019
replied to Moab vs Bryce / Zion / Sedona
 
Both Sedona (going in two weeks) and St George/Hurricane (going in April) are 6-7 hours from us in San Diego so that's where we head for long weekends. Moab is 13+ hours...
mtnryder   on Mar 3, 2019
 
mtnryder   on Feb 19, 2019
replied to I'm going crazy, please give advise
 
As was mentioned by somebody else, very bike on your list is top notch. Maybe you should demo a 27.5 bike, preferably a Bronson, before spending $6K? I have (2) 27.5 bikes...
 
Well you sort of asked two different questions. You asked where the Epicenter is and then where one would go if they had a chance to do one big trip. Epicenter? That's actually...
Whoops....hit the “post” button too early. Anyway, glad to see Olallie was mentioned. I personally think that it and the North Umpqua are the best trails in Oregon. Luckily, they are off the beaten track and not easy so the bigger crowds stay away.
The MRT will always come out on top because it’s scenic and almost anyone can ride it.
You didn't really say if you have an actual budget but whatever it is, I wouldn't be afraid to expand your options and buy a used bike off Pinkbike. I've bought a...
I have been mountain biking for 30 years this coming July. I've been hurt two times that required me to seek medical treatment. Both times I got hurt, I was riding at my small "local" area I have ridden 150+ times. The worst I ever got hurt was while riding ONE mile per hour down…
 
I've run everything from Ardents, Nobby Nics, Continental Mountain Kings to such lightweight options as the Vittoria Saguaro and never had an issue. I haven't been to Moab since the Aggressor came...
mtnryder   on Jan 20, 2019
replied to What are your mtb goals for 2019?
 
The amount of miles isn't as important as just getting out there and specifically riding SINGLETRACK trails. All dirt is not created equal. For me, my immediate goals are to get in as...
mtnryder   on Jan 20, 2019
replied to First ride photos of the new year
 
Sedona after all the recent rains have cleared out...
I resisted running a DHF for years because it was only available in a 2.3 and we all know that all 2.3 tires are not created equally. The 2.3 DHF looked so...
mtnryder   on Jan 15, 2019
replied to First ride photos of the new year
 
Thumb Butte area in Prescott, AZ
mtnryder   on Jan 15, 2019
replied to First ride photos of the new year
 
Coming down from Hangover in Sedona, AZ
A) The President has nothing to do with this decision B) The President doesn't care about climate change as much as you because he's not a sheep. I guess he realizes none of us can control when the Earth decides it's going to heat up or cool down, processes which have been occurring for hundreds…
mtnryder   on Nov 1, 2018
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Heading out of the lower trailhead parking lot
mtnryder   on Nov 1, 2018
added a review of Ridgway Area Trails
 

I hate to give this 3 stars because the trails were in excellent condition and obviously well maintained but it...
mtnryder   on Nov 1, 2018
added a review of Twin Buttes
 

This is a great XC type loop right next to downtown Durango. Very well designed singletrack though not a lot...
mtnryder   on Nov 1, 2018
added a review of Phils world
 

Phil's World is the single best designed "trail system" I've ever ridden. I ride it at least once a year...
mtnryder   on Oct 17, 2018
replied to Sedona AZ - Beginner to Intermediate
 
Here ya go....directly from Over the Edge & Osprey packs. https://www.osprey.com/stories/5-best-mountain-bike-rides-for-beginners-in-sedona-with-over-the-edge/ There's not really a legitimate "shuttle" ride per se in Sedona. However, depending on where you're staying, you can ride on the road...
mtnryder   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to Chest Protector
 
No to the chest protector. The last thing I want to do is where more stuff while riding. It's one of the pleasures vs riding an actual dirt bike. I also don't...
mtnryder   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to Familiar Trails vs. Exploring
 
Well, as usual, it depends. If I'm staying local during the week, I'm usually riding solo so I stick to familiar trails so that if something happens, my friends know where to...
mtnryder   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to Got a "home" trail?
 
Mine would be the Big Laguna Trail which sometimes includes a run down Noble Canyon as well. It's not really my "home" trail though as it's an hour plus drive. It does...
mtnryder   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to How hard do you push when you ride?
 
I'm more or less like Head Over Handlebars. Some days I'm just "feeling it" and push it on the climbs a little harder but generally speaking, I ride "smarter...not harder" on the...
mtnryder   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to Tubeless air pressure
 
I'm about 220 fully loaded (unfortunately) and ready to ride and I'm not super anal about my air pressure. Anywhere between 22-25 is OK up front and 25-28 in the back is...
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