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    Rigid SS @ Wilder, Soquel, Alum Rock, Santa Teresa?

    I'm currently without a bike and I'm very close to buying a rigid SS.

    This will probably be my only MTB until next season.

    I'd like to start riding at places such as Santa Cruz, Alum Rock, Santa Teresa and other similar trails. I've never ridden on trails like these before.

    In your opinion, would a rigid SS be okay on trails like I've mentioned?

    Do any of you ride a rigid SS on these trails? This will be my first rigid SS.

    Thanks.

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    Rigid, no, but with a reasonable gear most everything you mentioned (not sure what in SC) is ridable even by a weaker guy like myself. I would expect a rigid SS, especially 29er with nice big tires would be a blast.

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    I have seen guys ride rigid SS down some of the most insane stuff that full squish long travel guys don't even try. That being said, the answer is that it can be done but do you want to do it.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Rigid SS @ Wilder, Soquel, Alum Rock, Santa Teresa?

    You'll be fine if it is geared right. You might walk a few things here and there.

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    Nearly everything in Santa Cruz is singlespeedable. Gear ratio, as others pointed out, is key.

    For me rigid means some beat up arms after some rides, but I'm a wuss in that regard

    Aside from some of the technical downhill trails around scruz, I've ridden my rigid cross bike on most stuff around here.

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    Rigid SS @ Wilder, Soquel, Alum Rock, Santa Teresa?

    Big old tubeless tires are your friend!

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    Not at rocky ridge and stile at santa teresa. From the sound of it, you are a typical joe like most of us instead of a pro. You can do it but suspension will help alot. At least front suspension.

    Same goes for demo. There will always be a guy that tell you he can cut steak with a fork and spoon. But having the right tool is much more enjoyable. Riding down braille on a rigid is def not the best tool.

    As for single speed. Most places you mentioned can be done on ss. Is it enjoyable? Not really. There are better tools for the job.

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    ^^ Yep.

    I have a medium SS (hardtail) that you could try out for gearing. It has XT pedals or you could throw yours on. Also, I would add Saratoga Gap/Skyline trails and Fremont Older to your list. I've ridden most of the well known trails in SC on my SS, and it was fine--but it's just been gathering dust since I got my Ibis HD 6 months ago.

    Good luck--and sweet pics!
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    Rode SC on my rigid Niner for two years and many thousands of miles. No problem if you are willing to take it easy on descents. My neighbor rides all these trails on a SS Reeb. I can't keep up with him up or down. That's not say that a HT or FS aren't more appropriate but it can be done rigid SS and will probably make you a better rider.

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    mountain larry has been ridin sc rails on a ss road bike since the 80's......then again, that's larry. I've done it many times but I like gears. If it's all you got, run what you brought. Just ride.

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    I rode a hardtail SS all over Wilder and UCSC last year. I have since converted the bike back to rigid and mainly ride it in Wilder when I don't feel like messing with suspension and multiple gears.

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    Thank you for all the replies

    Though I might not be able to afford it anytime soon, sounds like I should consider a suspension fork and swap the rigid fork for the more demanding trails.


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Good luck--and sweet pics!
    Thank you for taking the time to check them out

    Quote Originally Posted by borabora View Post
    No problem if you are willing to take it easy on descents.
    I don't want to kill myself, but I'd love to ride the Sierra Vista (Alum Rock) downhill at a moderate speed The videos I've seen make it look like it would be fun to zip down.

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    Rigid SS @ Wilder, Soquel, Alum Rock, Santa Teresa?

    Rigid is fine

    Longer fall line trails beat with breaking bumps will give you some forearm pump...but you get used to it (RR and stiles included)

    I wouldn't invest in a fork until you go out and beat yourself up a bit

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