Update from Moab October 2016: I tested the 4.5 against the 5.5 and 5+ at this Outerbike and for combined agility and roll-over at intermediate speeds this is my preferred ride. However, the 5+ is VERY tempting 🙂
I rode the gnarly rocks and switchbacks on the Stiles Ranch Trail in Santa Clara County’s Santa Teresa Park in south San Jose at Trailhead Cyclery’s Dirt Demo on November 8, 2015. This trail is upper intermediate technical difficulty and one of the best test tracks I’ve found outside of Moab. I hit every large rock I could target and avoided the best lines. Some rocks were 6″ or so in height and presented a vertical face to me. The rocks are spaced close to each other in many places so you hit them one after another will little time to prepare for the next. I never popped up my front wheel to climb them.
The Porcupine Rim Trail and assorted trails above it are part of the famous Whole Enchilada trail system near Moab, Utah. This video analyses the lower sections of the Whole Enchilada from Kokopelli Trail down UPS, LPS, and Porky to the Colorado River, and epic ride for intermediate and advanced riders.
Why do intermediates ride? Why are we interested in mountain biking? What are our concerns? Do we care about racing which is about 90% of the marketing in the MTB industry?
I’ve been in many hundreds of conversations out on the trails with intermediate riders. The following list seems to be what most intermediates want from mountain biking:
I made this video of an 11 year old girl who was learning MTB in the Santa Cruz Mountains but in a couple of months was able to get down the famous 15 miles of the Downieville Downhill trails. Hopefully it will show what is possible for kids to accomplish and interest parents in the ride.
This video is a couple of years old and still very current. I’m moving it from my old channel to Intermediate MTB as I reorganize my media. The Thunder Mountain Trail in Utah is one of the best in the Western U.S. but is far from the popular regions and gets neglected by most riders. The 15 mile loop is worth the effort to get there and ride it!
This was posted on my personal YouTube channel but is now available on Intermediate MTB. Other than this I don’t expect to make more How To videos.
I am setting up this site to augment my popular Trail Analysis For Intermediates series on YouTube and to blog about other issues important to intermediate mountain bikers. This site will include my MTB YouTube videos in posts. Please subscribe to this blog if you would like to stay current with issues for intermediate mountain bikers.
Subscribe To Intermediate MTB YouTube Channel as another way to be notified of new videos. My focus will be trails in California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado and bike evaluations at times. I’m planning to re-visit Sedona, AZ where we used to bike long ago. The older videos on my personal channel will be replaced with new ones on this new channel. Finally getting a bit organized.