A lowly intermediate mountain biker who loves to ride the big kids' trails with roots, rocks, and ruts. My favorite trails are around Moab, UT, Lake Tahoe, Downieville, CA, and near the west entrance to Zion National Park and Bryce National Park. Mostly I ride the Santa Cruz Mountains.
We spent 2 1/2 years researching and riding demo bikes after we attended the 2013 Fruita Fat Tire Festival in Colorado. We had no idea what a bike festival was about but soon discovered that we were riding waaaay better bikes than our decade old Cannondale cross-country (XC) bikes. We were able to ride farther and at a higher skill level than we ever imagined. But why?
This video shares my research and experience with trail mountain bikes, a category of bike between cross-country and all mountain. I hope it saves you a lot of time and expense. I get into some details but try to focus only on what really matters for intermediates.
See my blog at http://intermediatemtb.com for information on specific bikes and my trail analysis for intermediates videos. You can also subscribe to this channel to be notified of uploaded videos – and there are a bunch more to come for Lake Tahoe, Moab, Zion-St. George, UT and Fruita – Grand Junction, CO.
I demoed this bike on the technical rock tread of 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 large rocks and bounced through dense rock gardens that are at intermediate level or above. I never popped up my front wheel to climb them, imitating a rider who misses his or her line or doesn’t have that skill.
Video: Riding the Trance over modest rocks. The wide angle lens of the iPhone flattens the rocks; they are bigger than they appear.
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.
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!
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.