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    So I visited Florida and.....

    .....was in the Tampa area. Found that there is a big MTB community here and was able to rent a Stumpjumper FS 29r this past weekend. SWEET trail systems with a real MTB club that spends hour after hour maintaining and developing trails. Went to Alafia River State Park and a place called Balm Boyette. AJs Boards and Bikes set me up with a bike and the trails provided the rest of the fun. The humidity was pretty brutal but it didn't stop the 60-80 riders at each park I saw both days. Found dozens of videos on youtube so enjoy. Just sharing in case you ever get a chance to get out this way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H9_S...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu7VX5vsI7Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjaghblb
    .....was in the Tampa area. Found that there is a big MTB community here and was able to rent a Stumpjumper FS 29r this past weekend. SWEET trail systems with a real MTB club that spends hour after hour maintaining and developing trails. Went to Alafia River State Park and a place called Balm Boyette. AJs Boards and Bikes set me up with a bike and the trails provided the rest of the fun. The humidity was pretty brutal but it didn't stop the 60-80 riders at each park I saw both days. Found dozens of videos on youtube so enjoy. Just sharing in case you ever get a chance to get out this way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H9_S...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu7VX5vsI7Q

    thanks for the post. the 'rents live in Sarasota. wrt the vids, the scenery looks interesting and always fun to see something new, but how is the terrain itself - looked somewhat tame? worth the 1.5 hr drive?

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    You're right, not the most challenging, I would say the worst compares to our blue/black....maybe some of the black. I myself am more for the XC type stuff and not the more technical DH that can be found everywhere in AZ so its right up my alley. No sustained climbing but the constant up/down and twisting is a definite departure. Trees too, I bounced off a few. I didn't get to try Gatorback at Alafia and ridgeline at Balm Boyette (closes in the summertime) and I am sure I would have to familiarize myself with them to clear them but wouldn't expect them to be too outrageous. Just rolling up and down with decent technical regularly. The roots are different and can be wet and slippery so I hit the ground first thing before figuring them out. Tons of MTBrs and everyone was friendly and willing to let me tag along. Your call if its worth a visit.

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