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    Just out of pure curiosity for those braver than I. I top speed is prob around 26mph or so, downhill of course, I don't really like to go over 20 for I get the recurring remembrance of the old death wobble i experienced as a kid lol.

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    My cycle computer usually reads 24mph for the twisty single track trails here at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia. That's about all I could squeeze out with our tight single track on a GT Avalanche 3.0. I'm sure there are some trails that I could tip the 28 or 30mph mark but I'm not sure if I want to with a HT! I did reach 33mph downhill on pavement.

    Death wobble is usually caused by a death grip on the handlebars. I learned that pretty quick racing motorcycles when I was 9! An aggressive rake angle will make it tough to avoid head shake high speeds though. Keep your arms relaxed and your grip loose; keep the seat between your thighs for stability while standing.

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    I hit 38.7 according to Strava following my friend on a hardtail single speed maybe 2 weeks ago. Trail was wide single track with long winding turns.
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    lol, I was on pavement. I couldn't swing anything close in the woods, I'm a newbie

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    Please do not keep posting speeds. Anti-bike trail users will use this as a justification for closing trails to bikes.

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    maybe around 30-35 in the woods.

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    53 mph on pavement; downhill in full aero tuck. Probably 40 on the trail. I now I've seen 37mph recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    Please do not keep posting speeds. Anti-bike trail users will use this as a justification for closing trails to bikes.
    Its of absolutely no concern. Complete non-issue, dont worry about it.

    Ive hit 35... 35 on dirt is *really* fast.

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    I hit 60.3 on pavement once according to gps. Another time in the same place I was going maybe 55 and a rabbit darted out in front of me, missed it by about 6 inches. I am pretty sure I would have gotten a nice helicopter ride if I had hit it, if I wasn't dead.

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    I've hit 57 on pavement going downhill and on a couple more open sections of dirt trail, my cyclometer has read as high as 44mph. Tighter downhill singletrack has limited me to around 28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdeno0001 View Post
    Just out of pure curiosity for those braver than I. I top speed is prob around 26mph or so, downhill of course, I don't really like to go over 20 for I get the recurring remembrance of the old death wobble i experienced as a kid lol.
    is that like the wobble you get on a skateboard when your trucks are loose and youre going down a hill?

    you shouldnt get a death wobble doing 20mph or 30 for that matter. get your bike checked out!

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    Since this is an internet board, I've gone 47 mph on tight rocky singletrack on a rigid singlespeed. 84 mph on the road.

    Strava said so, it must be true
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    Really really fast speeds on the road arent uncommon or too outlandish. Someone on RBR posted a radar'd speeding ticket from a cop for 60+ mph on a bike

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    Yeah, I hit 41 pretty much every morning on my commute, and high 50's on an extended homebound route I take every so often. Of course, on a road bike on paved streets. Isn't that big of a deal, really.

    Since I don't use a computer on my mtb anymore, I don't know what I've hit on the trails. I just started Strava'ing my rides (pretty much for record keeping, not so much for the competition part of it), so I'm curious to see what it is. I'm guessing low 30's is about the fastest I've gone on a trail
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdeno0001 View Post
    Just out of pure curiosity for those braver than I. I top speed is prob around 26mph or so, downhill of course, I don't really like to go over 20 for I get the recurring remembrance of the old death wobble i experienced as a kid lol.
    49mph on dirt on my singlespeed.

    60-some on pavement.

    Been over 40mph on the flat drafting a truck.

    Have had my computer record 131mph on technical singletrack and 87 on a trail climb. Probably in error
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    54 mph on a gravel access road.

    Mid 20's on the trail. Not much room between rocks to get speed up.
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    Re: top speed

    Mid-20s on a lonely mup. Too old and don't heal fast enough for anything faster.

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    I'd pee my pants anything over 40 for sure. And to clarify, I have not experienced the "death wobble" on my current bike, the thought just creeps into my head while catching speed. I grew up in the sticks of KY, near a very large hill or two, one nasty spill was all I wanted ha ha.

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    Absolute max speed I've seen for me was 45mph. That was on a walgoose PoS with me pedaling in 21st down a hill as fast as I could go. The knobby tires didn't help. Fastest on singletrack was 30 mph or so. Endo'd at 20mph once so I try not to go too fast on singletrack anymore. These are on a hard tail XC bike though. With a proper FS AM/FR/DH bike I'm sure I would be more comfortable at speed.

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    48 mph on a twisty road but it was on an old ass mountain bike.
    It was kind of fun catching up with cars for a change. haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    Please do not keep posting speeds. Anti-bike trail users will use this as a justification for closing trails to bikes.
    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    Its of absolutely no concern. Complete non-issue, dont worry about it.

    Ive hit 35... 35 on dirt is *really* fast.
    I definitely disagree that its a non-issue. Saidrick is absolutely correct that the anti's can and will use this info against us. As someone who is pretty involved in increasing trail access, trust me on this one . . . I've seen it first-hand.
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    Most Ive done is 38 mph but thats because I run out of gears long before it gets sketchy. Down side to 28T 1x10
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    Quote Originally Posted by kubikeman View Post
    54 mph on a gravel access road.

    Mid 20's on the trail. Not much room between rocks to get speed up.
    Good lord, the last place I would want to be doing 50+ is on gravel! Can you imagine the scrubbing you'd get in the ER?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    I definitely disagree that its a non-issue. Saidrick is absolutely correct that the anti's can and will use this info against us. As someone who is pretty involved in increasing trail access, trust me on this one . . . I've seen it first-hand.
    Little late... 20 posts in, damage is done. Only thing to do now is close the thread.

    I max out at about 15mph on my high speed trail rides. 20mph downhill on the road.
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    At a DH track many years ago (CLOSED TO PUBLIC for safety) most of us were getting to 99.9km (around 60mph) on a steep, smooth and long bit of fire road. This was back before strava - so it was trusty / dodgy cycle computer that topped out at 99.9 km. Not really sure how accurate it was at that speed as a small error at a slow speed may have been a large error at a faster pace.

    Certainly felt uncomfortably fast and the wind was similar to the motorbike on the highway.

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    I hit 36.2 according to my Scosche RHYTHM Heart Rate Monitor | RHYTHM | by Scosche.
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    We're the flat side of NC (the coast) but even with the small "hills" (like 15 ft of elevation change) usually hit 20 mph on any given ride. I've hit 33 mph on the hilly side of the state, but I haven't ridden there much.

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    36mph on the long straight section of livewire trail up at northstar.

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    Got 48 mph on the road once, but on a HT mtb I won't go any faster than my grip will tolerate and usually only in an XC race. Not too much above 10-15 on trails otherwise.
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    I've done 26 on flat paved roadway on my MTB for 3/4 of a mile. That was in top great as fast as I could push. There was not much left after that.

    On trails, I try to keep under 15. I just feel dodgy.

    I did, however, record 125 mph on a helicopter ride to the ER. I'm KOM for that segment. (I was at about 6 mph and fell off the mountain.)

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    Speed on a mountain bike is completely relative to the trails you ride. My hometown trails are full of underbrush that often prevent any real site lines, and a lot of tight and twisty turns, so it's hard to push it past 20 mph for more than a few seconds. On the other hand, I've pushed into the low 40s on wide open fire roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    Please do not keep posting speeds. Anti-bike trail users will use this as a justification for closing trails to bikes.
    A lady thanked me for habving my bell. Looking at the large group, I wanted to tell her don't get the wrong idea, it's really so I don't run over rabbits.

    My point: ease up on the liberal trail use. It doesn't really get much respect when all it does is create unreal expectations that are pressed on other riders.

    Top speed: 41, basic fire roads
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    Typically mid 20's on singletrack...
    Mid 30's on a local DH run...
    58mph on a wide open fire road according to my Garmin 800 w/GPS and speed sensor.
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    Down where I live there is a long cycle track (6 miles or so) that I got 24mph on today. Ofcourse this was with the wind behind me with pushing hard in the lowest gear. My max is 27mph downhill with the wind behind me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    49mph on dirt on my singlespeed.

    Have had my computer record 131mph on technical singletrack and 87 on a trail climb. Probably in error
    No, you're just slow. My GPS said I hit 125 mph on a single track climb with a grade of 6%. I obviously would have blown by you since you were only doing 87. Too bad I did it before the age of Strava. The GPS said it so it must be true. I've also driven 449 mph in my Subaru and 268 mph on my 250 cc single motorcycle. GPSs DON'T LIE! haha

    For real, I have hit about 60 mph on a 4 lane road on my road bike downhill with a tailwind. I got over in the left lane and started passing cars. I got a thumbs up from one guy and a woman in a convertible pulled over about a mile after the hill to ask me for my phone number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    Since this is an internet board, I've gone 47 mph on tight rocky singletrack on a rigid singlespeed. 84 mph on the road.

    Strava said so, it must be true

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    Around 56km/h on dirt, but once I got 798km/h GPS error on my phone. I travelled 153km in 35 minutes

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    Road Bike GPS tracked 48 miles per hour, bike computer read 52 mph.
    On mountain bike 32 mph.

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    58 on a overpass downhill on my road bike
    36 on the plunge at Boyette
    26 on flat pedaling as hard as I can with a 34 front

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    I once reached 80 kph going down a steep hill on the road before i pulled the brake lever.
    Pedaling on the road on the same mtb i can reach 60 kph.
    On the trail my average top speed is around 40 kph. this is also how fast the wippet goes when she slows down for me.
    No idea what my downhill speed is on the trail I'm too busy holding on to look.

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    Myself, hit 20-25 often. Nothing faster as learning my local downhill and keep hitting brakes to prevent tree damage disaster!

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