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    how far do you ride your AM bike?

    What's the longest ride you've taken your AM machine on? The more I ride my Enduro, the more I'm impressed with how well it pedals and climbs. The weight is definitely noticeable, but I'm not in as good a shape as I would like, so in one way, the extra weight is good. It really helps me focus on how I pedal.

    I was out on a local trail the other day and a group came up behind me and there was a guy on a Nomad having no problems keeping up with his buddy on a Yeti AS-R. I'm sure on the downhills he's smokin him! Just curious how you ride your ride.

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    Usually do about 15 to 20 miles at a time when I am out on the local single tracks in my area. Trail rides on tar I usually do about 25-35 miles depending on which way I head.

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    What do you ride?

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    I have a Heckler and an S-works enduro - I ride them 15-20 miles each time.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Titus Quasimoto marz 66 fork, 8" avid discs, just over 2000 miles on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
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    From my home deep in the bowels of Kitsilano over town to and over the 2nd Narrows bridge up Mtn. Hwy to and up the service road to the top of Mt. Fromme.
    Beer. Burger. On the deck.
    Down the front side ski run thence onto "Lost Airman" trail down down down to Baden-Powell then east in the waning light to junction w/top of aforementioned Mtn. Hwy then down and over 2nd Narrows bridge again across town to home.

    40miles +/- riding a stock 18.5" Ritchey Equipe.

    I was so much older then, when I was young.

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    On shorter solo rides I'll normally do 10-15 miles; on longer stints or group rides around 30 miles. Will depend on weather and family schedule. I ride a Kona Dawg.

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    xc no more

    Generally, the xc folks who climb faster are the race crowd. So keeping up or passing most of the folks on xc bikes on the climbs is standard.
    In technical climbing the AM bikes climb better and faster (at least i'm faster). I only have one bike and ride it 1 to 6 hours at a shot.
    I really see no use for any other kind of bike unless it were a dh rig

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    Ride slow and climb for hours. Reward at the end of the day, then make it home in time for dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    What do you ride?

    '08 Iron Horse MkIII

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    I ride a 6x6 for day rides. Up to over 1000m altitude all day rides. The bike is built up @ 38lbs with downhill tires and a generally robust build.. great fun. Took a little while to get used to, but not having to worry about railing it makes it all the worth while. Just put on a new fork and front wheel.. should have pics up soon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    The more I ride my Enduro, the more I'm impressed with how well it pedals and climbs.
    Im pretty sure that you're actually impressed with how your strength and technique has improved!
    Thats good stuff.. just keep that rythym and dont let your fitness level go down.

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    short ride is usually around 10miles normal 20-25miles longest ride 60miles,

    Heckler 34lb, or SL 25lb ride both the same places and distances, thinking of selling the SL, as I ride nearly as quick on my Heckler .

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    I'd say a typical ride is somewhere around 15-25 miles with 2-3000' of climbing depending on where it is and what the terrain is like. Longest ones I tend to do are 40-50 miles with 4-6000 ft of climbing; think the absolute longest was a bit over 60 miles and around 6000 ft of climbing. On a Heckler or Nomad.
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    Not really a question of how far but how fast. 4x4 xc bike was 25 lbs, 6x6 trail bike is 28 lbs had to drop down one gear in my pedal stroke, 7x7 AM bike is 34 lbs and have to drop down another 2 gears. There is no hill the 7x7 can't do that the 4x4 did, only does it slower.

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    My Pitch Pro climbs aswum........i keep a little in reserve for the descent.....common sense!

    average 15 - 20miles
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    Foes FXR - 46 miles - 7800ft climbing. Crazy epic loop we made up 12 years ago. Typically 15-20 miles and 2-4000 ft of climbing.

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    All over mountain.

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    between 40-50km.
    longest continuous climb: 16km (imagine the descent!)
    as for the total mile count, I don't really care, I just know I've ridde nthe hell out of it!

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    longest was 73 miles in an 8 hour race. the norm is 20, but once every 2 months or so i will crank out a 45 or so mile day with close to 10k climbing. all on a 33 lb nomad with a 36T single ring. all about going slow and pinning the DH
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    Longest was ~89 miles - on my old Diamond back XTS. 9 Hours, and maybe 3,000 feet of climbing. Did that one twice. Would do it again too, but that was almost 3 years ago.

    Nowadays, most rides are 15-25 miles, with maybe 1200 - 2000 ft of climbing. Ride a Giant Reign, not set up very light either. But I don't limit my riding/trail selection based upon the bike really, I'll ride it anywhere...

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    Hitek79, what's your longest ride? No fair just asking for others'...
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    I dunno, 20 miles maybe? Recently my "AM" Coiler has become a little too freeridey to want to ride long distances. I prefer pointing it downhill these days, and riding my XC bike anywhere that doesn't have aggressive terrain to ride.

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    On my AM bike, my longest ride up and down is maybe 10 miles. That's why I was curious. I was out on a 20 mile loop on my XC bike and saw plenty of guys riding big bikes. I wasn't asking to brag, and I asking looking for inspiration!

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    10 miles? wow dude, you need to do longer rides!

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    I dont know if my bike is a real AM-bike, I have a GT avalanche expert, I ride it like 2x3 km every day, going 70-100%, I once rode it for like 20km in +1C temps, and it was snowing too, I think we got like 50-60 cm that day, I was so pissed off that day, the ride from hell !!.
    I dont know how steep hills u guys encounter but every day I have to climb a hill thats about 100m high and its 3-400m long and I feel thats about as steep as I can climb in a good tempo, and thats with the fork on 100mm, Next bike will be fully rigid since I feel I need to get closer to the ground with the front end to get really efficient.
    Havent really been out to ride it just to ride it, its too cold for that $hit here. But get to work I have to no matter what so that will do for now.
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    Over the summer at Downieville we did around 45-50 mile days.

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    Most rides are in the 15-20 mile range. Occasionally do a 45-50 mile ride. On a 32 pound Transition Covert.

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    After work during the week about 16 miles ,weekends around 90 miles "both days" . My Ibis Mojo is quite light for an all mountain rig though .
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    well it's winter in Colorado. my 10 mile loop is about 4 minutes from my house. Come summer though, I'm going to stop riding my XC bike though.

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    A little slower up

    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    On my AM bike, my longest ride up and down is maybe 10 miles. That's why I was curious. I was out on a 20 mile loop on my XC bike and saw plenty of guys riding big bikes. I wasn't asking to brag, and I asking looking for inspiration!
    Ratt's comment about different gears and climbing speed is a good way to look at it. The bigger bikes are generally more fun to ride in just about everything (personal preference, I know). Lot's of folks have a quiver of bikes and pick a bike to match the ride. Lot's of folks have one bike that might be a xc racer, a long travel xc bike, an all mountain, a free ride or dh. and that is what they always ride. 6000 feet of climbing is fine on a 35lb bike and you get 6000ft of descending on a 35lb bike, which is awesome.

    Definitely try longer rides on the all mountain rig. You might find that you have no need for the xc bike ever.

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    I don't tend to measure distances... I've found that you can do some tough hill climbing and ride for hours, but cover little ground; whereas on other days cover huge distances on less technical trails. Both take a different kind of 'energy' to ride.

    I ride an 06' Enduro and tend to ride for about 1 - 4 hours, if that can be equated into distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigiugueto
    10 miles? wow dude, you need to do longer rides!
    10 miles is often plenty in many places around here. Maybe you need to do more climbing?

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    anything

    within reason. In the past I've ridden a tripple ringed 8" Foes fly weighing 40 lbs as my only bike for a year and a half, Including 25-30 mile 6000 ft elevation gains. I'm older, slower and fatter so these days I limit my 25 milers to once or twice a month. I still use my all mountain Foes (33 lb FXR now) for these rides if I'm with a crowd that includes some slower people, or I'm alone. I opt for my 27lb 5 Spot if it's a fast crowd though.

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    4-6 hours at the most i say.
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    It don't matter how long your rides are, as long as you are having fun!
    That being said, one of my favorite shorter rides is about 10 miles with about 1000' of climbing, maybe more. Takes us about an hour and a half with a couple quick breaks. Some of the climbs are short and very steep.
    By the end of the ride, I want to do it again.......LOL
    I've done a couple short rides that just killed me because the hills can get a little steep around here in nor cal. I live at the base of Mt. Diablo which is almost 3,900' and has some fun trails. There are a couple parts that even seem hard to walk up...LOL
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    My longest to date is Coal Canyon-Blackstar. I rode this last week and its a little bit over 35 miles. It was kinda boring being that it is all fireroads, but still a good ride.

    http://www.geoladders.com/show_route.php?route=343

    The best long ride that I have done is Strawberry Peak-JPL

    http://www.geoladders.com/show_route.php?route=78

    Or San Juan-Los Pinos

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    This one time back in 93 i strapped on my coolest spandex, filled my tires with extreme amounts of helium, and i rode all the way to the moon! 238857 miles one way! if any one can beat that ill give you a dollar.

    and p.s. dont forget to bring extra cliff bars!!!

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    Never bring weed to your rides, kids!
    lol, just kidding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigiugueto
    Never bring weed to your rides, kids!
    lol, just kidding!

    personal experience talking?????


    my longest ride to date is 25 miles, but my daily ride is 10 -15 w/ lots of climbing and singletrack, takes me about 45min - 1.5 hours
    I cant spell deal with it!

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    I've got my light AM rig set up to ride all day.. On dirt, the furthest I've done in a day was 80 km / 50 miles in the local river valley. I've thrown a set of slicks on it and done 200 km / 125 miles in a ride just to prove I could do it on a 5x5 FS mtb (much to the shagrin of some of my roadie friends who haven't even done a C yet )

    My average rides are anywhere from 15-25 miles on a mix of singletrack, gravel multi-use and paved connectors.
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    7-20 miles every weekend. with at lest 1000 feet climbing. I like going down better.

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    I am not sure about how long in miles, but my last epic ride took me about 13 hours total, climbing from 10.000 to 15.000 feets, in a mix of ride, hang in the back and walk, with a 37 pounds ride (Turner Six pack, zochie 66, Avid Code, 2.5" tires and so on) but at the end you get used to.
    I am also own a 5 Spot and a Flux but despite the weight the Six pack is by far the funniest bike of all.
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    Nice pics man!!!

    I went for a 15 mile ride today and on the terrain I was on I was actually pretty close in time as doing that loop on my XC bike. I had to stop a couple of times at the top of long climbs, but even on my fourth and fifth section of climbing I could still make it up. Those were the climbs that I was worried about. I just geared down and spun though, and it really wasn't as bad as I had it in my head.

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    I have a 15 mile loop I do most weeks, on my 25lb xc bike I'm only 6 minutes faster than my 34lb AM bike, and to be honest I have more fun on the AM bike, the time difference is probably less because I tend to ride off more obstacles on my AM bike, XC bike more smooth lines, less fun.

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    My longest MTB ride to date has been ~34 miles (I believe around ~4,000 feet of climbing), and I guess it was on an AM bike (Azonic Saber with a Pike fork, ~32 lbs)

    I would not take any of these answers too seriously in evaluating your own riding for several reasons: First, people's definition of "AM bike" ranges from a 23 lb Ibis Mojo SL with a weight weinie xc build to 37 lb bikes with FR builds and 7" travel. Second, actual miles mean little in mountain biking. The terrain makes such a big difference. Not only in the climbing, but in the flow and technical nature of the trail. Not all 1,000 foot climbs are the same. Not all rolling terrain is the same. I have done a 12 mile ride that had me as beaten down as other 30 mile rides. For instance, the 34 miler with 4K of climbing was easy terrain on the climbs (dry, hard, relatively smooth, and not too steep).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta
    . Not all 1,000 foot climbs are the same.
    That is so true. If you are climbing rocks it is 100x harder that a fire ride or smooth dirt. I like the rocks myself.

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    My longest was 107 miles from Breckenridge to Denver on the Colorado Trail with a 40lb Santa Cruz Bullit. 2 days, 2 nights. Almost exactly 48 hours in total.

    Here is the GPS Profile:
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    And the bikes...
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    Shuttled runs don't count!




    Just kidding. Wow, that is one sweet, epic ride! Did you camp? If so, did you carry the gear in a backpack or have it on your bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta
    Shuttled runs don't count!




    Just kidding. Wow, that is one sweet, epic ride! Did you camp? If so, did you carry the gear in a backpack or have it on your bikes?
    Yeah we camped and carried everything on our backs.
    Here is home on the first night with the packs. They were pretty damn heavy. It hurt, a lot.
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