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    Keystone VS Winterpark with a 6" bike

    Hello. Im planning to do a 5 day vacation and bring my Specialized Enduro that is a 6.3" travel bike. What suppose to be more fun with this kind of bike Winterpark+Solvista or Keystone. Thanks.

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    Personally I would chose Winterpark. I use my Remedy with a dropper post and have no problem with any of the trails.

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    I rode my 2010 enduro all over winterpark and had a blast!!! Look up rainmaker trail and that says it all!!

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    Rode my 575 up at WP all july 4 weekend and had no Prob on anything
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    solvista will probably really push that bike though. wp is amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99 View Post
    Personally I would chose Winterpark. I use my Remedy with a dropper post and have no problem with any of the trails.

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    Bump, I run WP with my Nomad 6.3" and a dropper post. All the guys (5 of the 7) in my group run 160mm bikes except two, a Yeti ASR-7 and a Mountain Cycle 9" DH rig. Sol Vista and Keystone have some more challenging features but you should be able to ride a lot of it depending on your skill level with a 6.3" bike.There are some lines at SV and Keystone that would be much better with a dedicated park bike. You can do everything at WP with a 6.3" bike. Its well designed and last year I rode most of WP on a 140mm/5.5" bike.
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    Keystone is a bit burly for "only" 6 inches of travel. WP is the best choice for all mountain bikes.

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    Warrior Princess for sure. Nothing like buffed out singletrack and berms galore for your 6" steed. Heck you could do it all on a 4" bike or hardtail...save for maybe Trestle DH or mtn goat. There is also more pedaling at WP than the other resorts you mention IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    I rode Mountain Goat on a hardtail with a 60mm fork 14 years ago. Damn, I'm old.
    I know the feeling. I rode Keystone on my Explosif a dozen yrs back now if I take it to a resort everyone is like "you're gonna die riding that here!"
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    My son and I actually enjoyed Keystone over Winterpark for shorter travel bikes. It should be said were not real huge DH guys. We like techy, twisty single track with a few jumps and misc. mixed in. It just felt like Keystone had a bigger selection for us. Winterpark was a blast thou. Don't get me wrong. I had to hold myself back from renting a DH bike.

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    You will be absolutely fine with a 6" or even less travel bikes at any of the parks. Anyone that says otherwise is either a DH racer and forgets that 6" used to be a huge amount of travel, or they just think their bike is the only thing that matters.

    I rode all last year at KS and SV on a 5.5" travel...now I'm on 7". 7" is a bit more fun and fast, but 5.5 did not keep me from doing anything I am capable of. I'm just doing it a bit faster now.

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    Some dude took 2nd pro DH at Bootleg Canyon this year on an Enduro and BC is more advanced than anything at Keystone or WP. You'll have a blast at either resort! WP offers more easy to intermediate terrain if that's a concern.

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    Keystone-- real awesome single track perfect for a 6" bike. Honestly has some of the best trails at any of the parks for a 6" bike.

    WP-- great smooth stuff. You can ride the whole park on 6" and have fun.

    Sol Vista-- has more rocks that will jar you a bit on a few trails. Half their trails however would be super super fun on 6" and these guys who run the place are the best. . . people who ride bikes are treated like first class citizens here!

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    For a 6 and under bike, also, it's easier to go pedaling singletrack off the resort as well. Bernardo, if you're into also spending a little time riding not via chairlift, I like the variety at WP better. Good xc and AM stuff a short pedal away from the resort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SylentK View Post
    Heck you could do it all on a 4" bike or hardtail...save for maybe Trestle DH or mtn goat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine View Post
    You will be absolutely fine with a 6" or even less travel bikes at any of the parks. Anyone that says otherwise is either a DH racer and forgets that 6" used to be a huge amount of travel, or they just think their bike is the only thing that matters
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    I have rode wp/ks/sv on my 150mm Trek Remedy w/ Fox 36, it is fun and does ok but I feel bad for the beating it gets and would rather rent a dh bike than abuse my trail bike at a resort. My dh bike is just more fun to ride when going dh and the more progressive sus suits that style of riding a lot better. This is kind of a big deal because most trailbikes have a more linear sus and if you bottom it enough riding resorts you will break your frame. Also, if you don't have a chainguide on your trailbike you will be dropping your chain every run. You can get a stinger chainguide for cheap that will help, and if you run a fox air shock it's pretty easy and cheap to reduce the aircan volume, fox even sells a kit for this so you can make your shock more progressive. Or get a coil shock that has adjustable air pressure/volume so you can tune the shock to be more progressive as needed.

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    I've rode my 6" travel Meta6 at Keystone and had a lot of fun. I have more fun on my Demo 8 but that doesn't mean you shouldn't skip it entirely because you don't have a DH bike.

    If you're here for that long ride them both and checkout Vail. Just look before you leap, WP features are all roll-able but some of Keystone's are not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine View Post
    You will be absolutely fine with a 6" or even less travel bikes at any of the parks. Anyone that says otherwise is either a DH racer and forgets that 6" used to be a huge amount of travel, or they just think their bike is the only thing that matters.

    I rode all last year at KS and SV on a 5.5" travel...now I'm on 7". 7" is a bit more fun and fast, but 5.5 did not keep me from doing anything I am capable of. I'm just doing it a bit faster now.
    It's not suspension travel as much as geometry. IMO, slack and low makes lift riding easier and more fun, regardless of which resort you're talking about. I rode all the local resorts back when my only bike was a 5" travel Titus Switchblade, and it was fun. I can ride pretty much any trail at any of the resorts (and more easily) on my 4" sx. But a real dh bike makes long days more fun.
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    rode Kestone on a 5'' bike last year and did most of it and had a blast.

    i dont do any real big drops or go crazy but it seemed to do alright.

    btw. i will be up there again this year on the same bike but may rent a DH bike for a day.
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    New section of rainmaker... getting close!


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    Quote Originally Posted by joelalamo45 View Post
    New section of rainmaker... getting close!

    Is that an MTB trail or motor cross? I'm sure I'll take heat for this, but I find wide trails with tables and berms void of rocks, roots and other natural terrain boring. Why do these trails need to be double track wide? Trestle DH is excellent IMO because it's single track with plenty of rocks and roots. Proper DH IMO. You can't call half of the trails at WP single track. And where's the rocks? Why dig up everything to create a wide smooth trail? How about another double black Trestle like trail. You know, single track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    Is that an MTB trail or motor cross? I'm sure I'll take heat for this, but I find wide trails with tables and berms void of rocks, roots and other natural terrain boring. Why do these trails need to be double track wide? Trestle DH is excellent IMO because it's single track with plenty of rocks and roots. Proper DH IMO. You can't call half of the trails at WP single track. And where's the rocks? Why dig up everything to create a wide smooth trail? How about another double black Trestle like trail. You know, single track.
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