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    Porcupine Rim Input Needed

    I've ridden Moab before but not the Porcupine Rim trail. Trying to decide whether to take my 27.5 165mm bike or my 29er 140mm bike. Both bikes are running coils and great on the downhills. For those of you that have ridden Porcupine Rim in Moab, what would you choose?

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    Both of those should work pretty well, but I'd lean towards the 29er for the added roll over smoothness on the mega-choppy sections.


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    Both bikes will be way more than enough.

    PR is part of an XC stage race, if that tells you anything.
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    Either will be fine.
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    I would say it depends if you are hitting a lot of the side lines/drops. If you are, you know the answer!
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    Thanks guys...I was thinking PR had a lot of drops and big chunk. I've ridden Capt Ahab and the Mag 7 trails but not PR. Appreciate everyones input! Probably cant go wrong with either choice.

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    Are you going to do TWE, or just PR? You would appreciate the 29'er on a lot of the upper stuff, especially the initial climb.
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    If you do TWE, use the bike with the lowest gearing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post

    PR is part of an XC stage race, if that tells you anything.
    True as that may be, I feel it is misleading to label it an "XC" trail or frame it as such. Most XC racecourses are nowhere near as technical as the average conditions on Porc Rim.

    Otherwise, both bikes would suffice. I would choose the more playful one, whatever that may be.

    TS -- there are lots of sections that feature multiple rock staircases of up to 18" drop per step. I would not use a bike outfitted with "XC" light componentry, mainly just to preserve the bike. I have always done PR on light-DH/Enduro style bikes, and had a hoot. You will not be disappointed.
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    My friends and I just did the WE last weekend and all were aboard 160mm travel 29ers (Evil Wreckonings). The ride top to bottom is a blast and our bikes were perfect for it. When it comes down to it, you can ride anything there, but pick whatever bike makes you feel most confident as there are some very rough sections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hootbmx View Post
    Thanks guys...I was thinking PR had a lot of drops and big chunk. I've ridden Capt Ahab and the Mag 7 trails but not PR. Appreciate everyones input! Probably cant go wrong with either choice.
    Ahab and goldbar/portal are much more difficult than anything on PR. This year i rode PR on my hardtail and it was a blast (most fun bike i've ridden there, i thought), whereas i would have strongly preferred my FS bike on goldbar and portal. Porc has some high speed chop, but it's been ridden so much that none of it really upsets the bike, unlike say, butcher ranch at downieville.
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    As others have said, either bike will be fine and depends on how fast you want to ride and whether you want to seek out some burlier lines. I ride it at least twice yearly. I'm faster and have more fun on my 650 Nomad than I do my 29er Tallboy LTc

    And while it "can" be ridden XC style, that's not the fun way to ride Porc and I don't describe it to people as an XC trail
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