posted Nov 12, 2009, 1:59 PM by Kevin Le
updated Nov 20, 2009, 9:53 PM by Unknown user
"Who is spontaneous enough for a MTB ride this Saturday at Demonstration forest in Santa Cruz?"
"It is not a beginner place for sure. There is little fire road there. Plenty of fast single tracks with camber turns, fast slalom between trees and plenty of big ruts
The way I see it is technically you can do with a low level mt bike but for sure not a $300 Costco model. That would be cutting yourself short
However I do not think that you need the latest and greatest...cause in the end it's all about how fast you descent that place. If you go REALLY slow..any bike can "cheaper" bike can handle that place. Not to mention that if you feel uncomfortable you can always get off the bike and portage it.
I have tried in the past to ride it with a cyclo cross bike. It worked for 3-4 sessions I think until I got cocky and went down quite fast. On one corner my skinny knobby caught a rut and it projected me head first to a set of rocks. I cracked the helmet! Well ever since I only use the MTB.."use the right tool for the right job"
That place is magical for sure..we are way out in the boonies...and you feel you are alone sometime in the woods. Saturdays..there are quite a lots of mtbers out there. The main route (charcoal and saw pitt) is usually safe and occupied..There are tons of alternative routes which has been created bootleg by riders...on those trails they even built man made ramps and catwalks high above the ground. It's fun to watch but I still don't have the skills to do those."