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    XC riding near Munich?

    I thought I would add on here instead of starting a new thread. I am going to be in Munich for a few days for Oktoberfest, and was hoping to do some riding as well. Any good XC singletrack within an hour or so? I have ridden in Garmisch once, but that was mostly doubletrack/fireroads. I'm sure there is better stuff around, I just need help finding it!

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    27-28 SEP USAG Garmisch, Germany
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    Damn, will miss that because I'll be biking in Italy. I would actually go to it.

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    Hi all, very interesting thread. I am moving out to Germany at Christmas, possibly for 3 years. I'm moving to Herford which is just North of Bielefeld on the E34. I see that WIllingen, Winterberg and the Harz are all within an hour or three's drive from my location. My question is does anyone know of anything more local to me? I don't mind driving occasionally to get a fix, but it would be good to know that i have some decent riding on my doorstep.

    Cheers in advance all.

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    Mark,

    I have some friends in Bielefeld who ride, and I spend time there from time to time. I'll see if I can hook you guys up.

    The next thing is if you're driving in Bielefeld, buy a good Navigation system with a fast processor. Trust me, you'll need it

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    I'd very much appreciate that JC, cheers.

    I'm really looking forward to riding somewhere completely different for a change, see what the German take on swoopy singletrack is, etc .

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    Many thanks, that route starts about 2km from where my house will be.

    Any recommendations on the type of bike the terrain is best suited to? Most of my riding is currently done on a Gary Fisher Rig 29er singlespeed. I've got a full susser too, but i'm thinking that i should be ok on my hardtail for 99% of the riding around there.

    Also, how does the ground hold up in WInter? Where i am now is mainly chalk and clay, which drains quite quickly, but after a lot of prolonged rain it is quite possibly the stickiest and slippiest stuff in the Northern hemisphere.

    Apologies for all the questions, but you've all been very helpful so far, so i thought i'd milk it a bit .

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    Sorry to disappoint you but I live in eastern Germany and do not know anything about the Bielefeld area. You can ask me questions about the Harz or the Zittauer.

    BTW, Bielefeld does not exist, this is widely known as the Bielefeld conspiracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkFu
    Hi all, very interesting thread. I am moving out to Germany at Christmas, possibly for 3 years. I'm moving to Herford which is just North of Bielefeld on the E34. I see that WIllingen, Winterberg and the Harz are all within an hour or three's drive from my location. My question is does anyone know of anything more local to me? I don't mind driving occasionally to get a fix, but it would be good to know that i have some decent riding on my doorstep.

    Cheers in advance all.
    Mark,

    Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Even though I'm on the other side of the country, I use an LBS in Bielefeld by the name of Radstand:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/member.php?u=401688

    That's the profile of the owner.

    They are bilingual and know their ****. You can check in with those guys about local riding, as well as parts and service. I'm pretty friendly with those guys, but if I wasn't comfortable with their competency I wouldn't recommend or use them.

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    Hello all, I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm living in Magdeburg and I like biking. I ride a Cannondale Prophet and I use a GIOS steel frame road bike if I want to go fast. I like XC and after a day chairlift riding with a monster downhill bike, I can say I like downhill as well. I've been meaning to get out to the Harz area but I haven't found the time yet. Aside from a small local bike group I don't really know anyone around that rides. Would some one care to elaborate on Harz? I was thinking about taking the train to Wernigerode or Ilsenburg (?) and riding a loop or two in that area (off the Wernigerode tourist site). I'd also like to find a good bike shop. At the moment, I'm looking for a rear shock (200mm, 50mm) for my Prophet and there nothing in town... Also, while I'm at it, is there a Fox service location in the area? I sent them an e-mail when things went south and I haven't heard back yet. Thanks!

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    I don't know about the Harz area, but for Fox, you have to go to Toxiholics. I can't specify if they are English speaking as well or German only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henrynh
    ...Harz? I was thinking about taking the train to Wernigerode or Ilsenburg (?) and riding a loop or two in that area (off the Wernigerode tourist site). ..
    Beste Grüßen,
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    I posted a tour here in the forum ( Europe>Germany>Beerenstieg) that you will probably like (see the pictures earlier in this thread by poohbear).
    Get a map ("Harzer Hexenstieg" or similar, 1:25000) and ride from Wernigerode Station to Hasserode and then up to the Hohnekamm mountain ridge. From there are many trails leading down.
    Ilsenburg is also a good start. The Ilse-trail is not allowed for bikers (but great...) !

    Too much to explain here (Pfarrstieg, Beerenstieg, Moorstieg; Eckerlochstieg) and in the Harz always think of riding in a National Park where hiking and biking is only allowed on signed trails!

    One of my riding buddies rides a Prophet (now with a Fox36van) and has a Swinger 4-way installed. He bought it in the US and had it tuned by Motopitkan (Austria) - he is very happy with it!

    PS: the Thale Downhill track with chairlift is open all year (except for a short period when they repair the lift), fun to ride. Also Hahnenklee near Goslar is a cool little Bikepark. They close in winter.
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    For the area around Quedlinburg the best maps can be had at
    bergwerk

    They are orienteering guys and make the maps themselves.

    For Wernigerode I'd second the "Hexenstieg" map. Hasserode and the Hohnekamm is definetely worth a trip! Look for the Plessenburg as a point to navigate around.
    I just have one digital pic of the Hohnekamm area - it was darn cold that day.
    hohnekamm.jpg

    And an older one: Some part of the Moorstieg.
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    Fantastic. Kind of a trip, but that looks like the place to go for FOX. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooh Bear
    For the area around Quedlinburg the best maps can be had at
    bergwerk

    They are orienteering guys and make the maps themselves.

    For Wernigerode I'd second the "Hexenstieg" map. Hasserode and the Hohnekamm is definetely worth a trip! Look for the Plessenburg as a point to navigate around.
    I just have one digital pic of the Hohnekamm area - it was darn cold that day.
    hohnekamm.jpg

    And an older one: Some part of the Moorstieg.
    moorstieg2.jpg

    Moorstieg looks a bit different now, new and slippery and with little drops - but still fun to ride.
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    For those interested, there is a call in the site feedback section for a dedicated "Germany-Austria-Switzerland (including surrounding countries) forum:

    New regional sub-section

    Several Americans in German-speaking countries and nearby are on board. I threw an addition to the proposal that it can be used, along with the calendar, to help put together events, or keep an eye on races. Additionally, since we can travel freely, we can keep an eye on rides in nearby countries and possibly even help arrange combined rides.


    Now another idea was brought forth to make something of a "combined" European section, which could help.

    An additional focus could be for those stationed overseas, as well as now-residents of European countries and offering advice and other stuff on processes involved with living here with natives available to help. Deals, good shops, good trails, passion pictures, and anything else can be included.


    Voice your support if you're interested!

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    I live in Gelnhausen, Hessen, Germany. If there are any Americans around me we could get together and go to a few races around here, one for example is the Spessart-Bike marathon, a big popular race in the bike marathon scene.
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    Thread resurrection!!

    So I'm looking to study abroad in Germany in the fall of 2010. Basically the 3 programs I can choose from are located in Pforzheim, Friedrichshafen, and Tubingen.

    Curious if any one can tell me about riding in or around those areas?? Any additional non biking information would be helpful as well. Looking forward to any responses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastbaynewb
    Thread resurrection!!

    So I'm looking to study abroad in Germany in the fall of 2010. Basically the 3 programs I can choose from are located in Pforzheim, Friedrichshafen, and Tubingen.

    Curious if any one can tell me about riding in or around those areas?? Any additional non biking information would be helpful as well. Looking forward to any responses!

    Don't really know these towns vary well but I do know the southwestern part of Germany is an excellent place to ride.

    IMO, I would say Friedrichshafen would be the best choice because it's closest to the Alps, if not in the Alps.

    Pforzheim on the other hand is right outside of the Pfalzerwald national forest:

    http://www.mountainbikepark-pfaelzer...e/en_index.php

    Hope this helps!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastbaynewb
    Thread resurrection!!

    So I'm looking to study abroad in Germany in the fall of 2010. Basically the 3 programs I can choose from are located in Pforzheim, Friedrichshafen, and Tubingen.

    Curious if any one can tell me about riding in or around those areas?? Any additional non biking information would be helpful as well. Looking forward to any responses!
    You may have taken a look into GE I suppose and sorted out the basic landscape surroundings.

    Pforzheim as a town I dont know, but it is not far away from Bad Wildbad Bike Park and the Black Forest. So you should find any kind of mtb riding there.

    Tübingen is where I come from (but dont live there anymore), it is a medieval-waterfront-famous poets- many thousands of students- town. I love it still. Biking there in (Spitzberg) and around (Schönbuch) town is good, there are some fine trails, but for longer riding you have to drive to the Schwäbische Alb (20km). Bad Wildbad or the Alps are 1-3 hrs away (with car). There is a very active mtb community.

    Friedrichshafen is home of the Eurobike in September but in the rest of the year quite sleepy. You can see the Alps, but they are on the other side of the Bodensee. To get into the Alps it is about 1-2 hr by car, also to Munich. The backcountry there is boring.

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    Zenkem and cxfahrer, thank you so much for your replies.

    Pforzheim seems to be at the top of my list as of now because they offer cheaper dorm rooms and seems to be near so much nature. Friedrichshafen is on a beautiful lake, and a stones throw away from austria and switzerland, but rent is so much more expensive compared to Pforzheim according to the information provided by my school. Tubingen still needs some research on my part.

    If any one has some pictures, or links to anything about the trails in any of those cities, or on the cities in general I'd appreciate that.

    Regardless of where I choose I guess I have to start learning german! Already signed up for a german class and eager to get started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastbaynewb
    --- Tubingen still needs some research on my part.

    If any one has some pictures, or links to anything about the trails in any of those cities, or on the cities in general I'd appreciate that.
    Put this into translate.google.com :

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tübingen
    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pforzheim
    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrichshafen

    tracks:

    http://www.gps-tour.info/en/tracks/112.html (around Tübingen)
    and so on...
    giyf

    forum (yes those folks understand english):

    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=94
    Stuttgart + Tübingen

    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=143
    Bodensee Friedrichshafen

    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=38
    Black Forest

    For Tübingen the trails on the
    Spitzberg
    you can reach directly from the center riding through/around the castle to
    Wurmlinger Kapelle . Fire roads, small trails with roots, some steep fr-like trails down (stairs, switchbacks) - riding time about 2-3hrs. In the Schönbuch you will find trails leading from near Heuberger Tor to Hohenentringen castle along the Schönbuch ridge to Herrenberg cemetery (and further on as far as you like on fireroads to Böblingen/ Stuttgart). Rammert is in the south of Tübingen, but I only know the fireroads.



    Schwäbische Alb has more steeper hills:

    Look into GE for Panoramio fotos and look for places into wikipedia.de (thats what I always do).

    Edit: very detailed topographic online map of Tübingen area with gps (mostly hiking) tracks:
    http://karte.wanderwalter.de/tuebingen/#m=t&pp=0&tp=0
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    Cxfahrer, i've been meaning to ask you about the Volksbank arena trails in the Harz, are they any good for technical singletrack? I assume that only the black graded trails would contain anything exciting?

    I have been to the Harz twice now, first to Hahnenklee bike park and once on a group ride from Clausthall-Zillertal (sp?), Hahnenklee was a blast and i will be back there again once the winter is over for DH type riding (As well as Schulenberg and Braunlage). If i'm honest though, i was a little disappointed with the XC that we did from Claust-Zill. We seemed to spend most of our time on forest roads, with very little singletrack. I know that the trails are there, as we kept on riding by lots of very interesting looking trails, but we were not the ride leaders, so the choice was not ours to make.

    I have looked on Harz-mtb.de and have seen a lot of the routes on there. Would they be more suitable for technical riding?

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkFu
    Cxfahrer, i've been meaning to ask you about the Volksbank arena trails in the Harz, are they any good for technical singletrack? I assume that only the black graded trails would contain anything exciting?

    I have been to the Harz twice now, first to Hahnenklee bike park and once on a group ride from Clausthall-Zillertal (sp?), Hahnenklee was a blast and i will be back there again once the winter is over for DH type riding (As well as Schulenberg and Braunlage). If i'm honest though, i was a little disappointed with the XC that we did from Claust-Zill. We seemed to spend most of our time on forest roads, with very little singletrack. I know that the trails are there, as we kept on riding by lots of very interesting looking trails, but we were not the ride leaders, so the choice was not ours to make.

    I have looked on Harz-mtb.de and have seen a lot of the routes on there. Would they be more suitable for technical riding?

    Many thanks

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    I havent been riding in the Harz since last year christmas. I hope to get there before the snow comes.
    I dont know the Volksbank arena or Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

    Technical singletrails are:
    (remember: most of these trails are in National Park and/or are strictly forbidden for bicycles! The fine for leaving the trails is high (but you probably get away with it if you stay on the trails, and if riding a forbidden trail, stay friendly to hikers and do not offend anybody with your style of riding).

    All trails leading down from the Hohnekamm (Leistenklippe), especially Beerenstieg-Ottofels-Steinerne Renne (> trail reviews) or Moorstieg and farther down to Schierke the wonderful Pfarrstieg.
    Around Schierke down from Wurmberg (Braunlage Bikepark) you find Mäuseklippen and some more small trails that are fun.
    The Eckerlochstieg from the Brockenstrasse to Bahnparallelweg is legendary (for eating derailleurs) and is really fast down to Schierke. Alte Bobbahn is also from Brockenstrasse down to Schierke, and as the name implies is an old bobsled-racetrack. Get your DH bike.
    A fine uphill from Schierke is the Sandbrinkstrasse leading to the Dreieckige Pfahl, from there you can go to Torfhaus on the Kaiserweg (big rocks) and from Torfhaus the also legendary Magdeburgerweg:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjWWJKa3UqY

    Near Torfhaus is the Oderteich and the Märchenweg leading down to it and around, quite easy rolliung CC, and the Clausthaler Flutgraben Weg, also easy. The Wolfswarte has two trails leading down, the Butterstieg and the "Wolftrail" which is going from the top down to the beginning of the Magdeburger Weg.
    Then you have the Achtermann 31j , the Stieglitzeck 14c, the "TanteJu" leading down from hanskühnenburg to Riefensbeek, the Römkerhall trail (more into Goslar direction at that lake) and that other trail near Goslar i forgot the name of. Also strictly forbidden and great fun is Heinrich-Heine-Weg (Ilsetrail) along the Ilse River down to Ilsenburg.
    Did I forget something?
    Ah, the Eckergrund trail which is leading from Dreieckiger Pfahl/Goetheweg to the Eckerstausee.
    Get youself a good map (Harzer Hexenstieg or so) and grippy fat tires and a raincoat.
    Have fun !

    BTW, where is Pooh Bear?
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    That is a wealth of information, thanks very much Cxfahrer. I have 1:50,000 walking mapping of the whole area, i will get some 1:25,000 if i can. The riding on the video looks pretty outstanding, i'm glad i've just bought some flat pedals though!

    I am going to try and get over there in the next couple of weeks before the Winter sets in.

    I'm not sure i understand your Pooh Bear question? D'oh, i've just realised he's another forum member.

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    Some more trails:
    Höllenstieg (from Brockenbett), steep and a lot of fallen trees. If you keep always right at the end of the Höllenstieg, you can ride back up to the Landmannklippe on the Treppenstieg (fireroad). On the Landmannklippe there is an almost invisible footpath leading to the Grenzklippe on the Hohnekamm, from where you can either ride down Beerenstieg or Moorstieg.

    From the Wurnberg you can ride the switchback trail on the right side along the ski-jump, then you cross the former border line and go down the Wurmbergstieg. At the intermitting fireroads the Wurmbergstieg is always a little offset leading further down. At the end you can pedal the fireroad on the right to Mäuseklippe or Schnarcherklippe.

    Always look for the signs of the trails, all trails have numbers.

    With all those trails you still have a lot of boring fireroad climbs to connect them!
    Good starting points are Ilsenburg, Wernigerode-Steinerne Renne, Oderbrück (parking near Torfhaus), Stieglitzeck (parking on the road from Braunlage to Altenau).

    Edit: added a *ovl file for my next tour. Starting point is Wernigerode, but it is better to start in Schierke, as you can ride the Eckerlochstieg only in late afternoon (too many hikers). The *ovl is a very rough impression as my MagicMap does not show the trails ...
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    Wow. The youtube thing by Schneidi is great.
    Rain and fog is the best weather for the Harz Mountains. I think it is best around October.


    I am no expert for the Brocken Region - but the Eckerloch is great. Also if you plan a whole day of riding and accept having some uphill sections starting with the Steinerne Renne (Wernigerode). A short visit to the Ottofels then go into the direction of Ilsenburg with a trip to the Scharfenstein (maybe Zeterklippen as well) and back and then use the Ilsetal to go to Ilsenburg. I know that you should not use the hiking path there, but oh well... it's November and there won't be too many hikers - Just stay friendly.

    I would like to give clearer recommendations, but I have no map around.

    I am more confident in the Quedlinburg area. Let's say from Blankenburg to Falkenstein, Hasselfelde to Alterode the whole thing is in my head... So feel free to ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastbaynewb
    Thread resurrection!!

    So I'm looking to study abroad in Germany in the fall of 2010. Basically the 3 programs I can choose from are located in Pforzheim, Friedrichshafen, and Tubingen.

    Curious if any one can tell me about riding in or around those areas?? Any additional non biking information would be helpful as well. Looking forward to any responses!

    If you come to tubingen..look for me out an about I'll probally the on 29er SS you'll see..I work in Stuttgart and live in Ansbach..So I ride in pretty much the whole of s.Germany
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    I've lived in Heidelberg, and now Kaiserslautern. Heidelberg has some really good riding. Kaiserslautern has tons of really good riding, but not much GREAT riding, and certainly nothing I would call epic. Rodalben (south of K-Town) is probably the best trail I've ridden here, and it is 50-60 km of excellent single track, but personally I would stop just short of calling it Epic. Certainly worth a day trip, but I wouldn't make a MTB pilgrimage of it.

    Don't get me wrong, of all the places I've been I'd say Kaiserslautenr has the greatest amount of darn good MTB riding I've seen, but it still lacks that angels-singing-in-your-ear, worth-a-road-trip Epic trail.

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    Smile Fulda

    Hi,
    I was just wondering if there were any tracks around Fulda, Hesse.

    I'm staying there for a while

    Thanks

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    I just found this map of the F Trail in Rodalben and I do have to say it would be handy to have this in your pocket/pack during a ride on the F Trail. I wish my computer skills were a little better to edit it but I thought it would be helpful to post it anyway.

    The weather here has been clearing up and today would have been a good day to ride but I had other commitments...can't wait to get the bike off the trainer and hit the F Trail again since it's only a ten minute drive from the house...


    ...you can find this map under the following link on this page [Home-Felsenwanderweg-Die Idee]

    http://www.felsenwanderweg.de/
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    For me Mittenwald is a nice place for MTB its about 1000m sealevel in the Alpes. its 6 km from Austria (Scharnitz). With Mtb there is a lot to do: Karwendelround, Wettersteinround(with Zugspitze germans highest mountain), Schachenhaus,Vereineralm,Kastenalm,Pfeisshütte and more.
    Its a touristical area and in Summer there are many other bikers.

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    Hey everyone, I've been reading through this thread for a few mins now. Im heading over to Ramstein at the end of March. Plan on bringing my DH sled, what are some "local" tracks. Anyone want to show me around? I can take my 9" Turner on XC rides to. Dont you worry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
    Hey everyone, I've been reading through this thread for a few mins now. Im heading over to Ramstein at the end of March. Plan on bringing my DH sled, what are some "local" tracks. Anyone want to show me around? I can take my 9" Turner on XC rides to. Dont you worry.
    Are you going to be stationed there or just visiting? There is not really anything you would need 9" of travel for, most of the terrain is rolling and there is not any extended downhills. That being said, you are not far from the Alps and there are bike parks in a few towns not overly far from here, but I have never been to them. You can check out
    http://www.theracc.com/
    and ask a few questions there plus there is
    http://www.passportesdusoleil.com/index.jsp
    I think a couple guys from the RACC are heading to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slim83
    Are you going to be stationed there or just visiting? There is not really anything you would need 9" of travel for, most of the terrain is rolling and there is not any extended downhills. That being said, you are not far from the Alps and there are bike parks in a few towns not overly far from here, but I have never been to them. You can check out
    http://www.theracc.com/
    and ask a few questions there plus there is
    http://www.passportesdusoleil.com/index.jsp
    I think a couple guys from the RACC are heading to it.
    I will be stationed in Ramstein. I guess thats just visiting for an extended period of time. Haha. I am down to travel all over to ride.

    Passportes looks fun! Just watched a few quick videos. I have been stuck in Texas for the last 5 months and cannot wait to get out of here.....
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    Any riders here from Berlin that prefer downhill/enduro type of riding and rough trails? Is there anything like that closeby? I know Grunewald, Teufelsberg and Muggelberge and all of them are quite boring, including the DH trails (but of course better than nothing). Is the closest option to drive a car to Harz mountains (about three hours away) or is there something else closer? I'm not necessarily looking for lots of vertical, just trails that would be really rocky and rooty. Or is the whole Berlin/Brandenburg area just flat and dull?

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    weiter suedlich

    Having made multiple trips back and forth from the Erzgebirge area recently, I'd vouch for it being 2-3 hours drive from the southern tip of Berlin - and incredible IMHO. Good elevation variations, etc. I'd compare it to CO or BC, aside from the actual elevation. The above stated kind of drive-time is a bit much, though. The day I relocate to B will be a sad, sad day for my mtb. My point is, if 2-3 hours would be conceivable, go get lost along the CZ border. It's pretty sweet!
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    looks like some of the bike parks listed in the beginning of this thread have disappeared, anybody have current info? located in wiesbaden and wanting more than wide open walking paths.

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    Here's a good source with GPS mapping:

    GPS-Tour.info - Tours and tracks - Search / map

    Also, check out the Wiesbaden Cycling Club on FB:

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/248470895195499/

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    Mountainbikepark Pfälzerwald: Aktuelles

    Try the Hochspeyer (67691) area, near Kaiserslautern.

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    I'll be traveling to Koblenz Germany for work the last week in September - I don't have the exact dates nailed down, but I'd like to squeeze in a ride - I just started looking around. It seems like there are options - any help on where to rent and ride would be appreciated. I'll get my travel nailed down in a few days, I suspect I'd be riding during the week based on my preliminary schedule.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

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    The only place I can recommend close to Koblenz that I have rode is Manderschied (see link).

    Manderschied Castle Trail Germany Trail Reviews

    If your German is any good or you can work "Google Translate" here's the German equivalent of MTBR where you might be able to find Trails closer to where you're going to be.

    MTB-News.de - IBC

    I can't help you with Bike rental and Koblenz is a little far from where I am to join you. Hope this helps...Happy Trails!!!

    Here's another link for Mandershied:
    Mountain bike: Manderscheid, Eifelsteig und Liesertrail (Tour 48739) - Track data sheet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    I'll be traveling to Koblenz Germany for work the last week in September - I don't have the exact dates nailed down, but I'd like to squeeze in a ride - I just started looking around. It seems like there are options - any help on where to rent and ride would be appreciated. I'll get my travel nailed down in a few days, I suspect I'd be riding during the week based on my preliminary schedule.

    Any help greatly appreciated.
    You may have a hard time getting a rental. I know Stadler near Heidelberg had demo bikes but not proper rentals. You might look up bike shops where you are and see if they have any demo bikes you could use/rent. If you fly a european carrier they often let you bring a bike without charging you. If you fly a US carrier its outrageous on cost. I rode Manderschied twice and it was pretty fun.
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    Thanks. I won't be able to bring a bike, I figured finding a rental would be the hard part. It looks like getting an extra day to ride is going to be tough too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    Thanks. I won't be able to bring a bike, I figured finding a rental would be the hard part. It looks like getting an extra day to ride is going to be tough too.

    Well if you're die hard on finding a rental I know a place near where I am. However I am 45 mins north from Koblenz. I live in the northern Part of the Eifel here in Germany. Depending on the time, I may be able to help with the transport. Or you can rent it from the shop and take the train down.

    Koblenz has some nice places to ride. Especially when you get further out of the city and hit some villages, you can find some nice fire/tracker tracks, which end up being single tracks.

    Since Koblenz is in the Mosel Valley, you will find some great places all around you. South between Koblenz and Frankfurt is a mountain range that is pretty sweet.

    I'll look up around the Koblenz area for bike rentals.

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    Thanks. My plans have changed a bit. It looks like the only free time I'll have will be on a Sunday morning and I'll be in Eschorn. Slight chance things will change, but I doubt it.

    And I really appreciate all the help and ideas - I wish I could plan these things better.

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    Göttingen in Late October

    Looks like I will be in Göttingen for the week of Oct 21-25. I've posted to the the FB group "Mountainbiken Göttingen" and hope to get some answers, but thought I'd ask here as well.
    1) Is the weather going to be OK, or is it likely to be very wet? (Cold, I can handle. Cold and wet, not so much )
    2) Are there any shops that rent decent MTB's? I ride a Santa Cruz Tallboy at home so prefer a 29'r.
    3) Are there enough trails close by to keep me busy at least 3 days or will I need to drive to the start of the trails? (Makes a difference with rental car planning! :-)


    I know there's the German version of MTBR (mtb-news.de) but can't figure out even what regional group to post in... Any help is appreciated.


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    I'll be moving to Frankfurt in August and looking to take only 1 bike with me. I don't ride road much but do need an occasional commuter. Any thoughts on how using a 29'er hardtail would work for weekend XC trails and weekday commuter (tire change, of course) in the Frankfurt area? Thanks!

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    Racing Ralph's work pretty well on my MTB commuter/trail bike here in the Pfälzerwald...

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