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    Bike for Bootleg...

    I am going to be in Vegas later this week for a couple of days and was going to bring out one of my bikes. I am going to be riding solo, so I will probably concentrate on some of the XC trails (girlscout, caldera, mother, etc.) and maybe a few of the mellow DH trails if I can figure them out. I like techy ascents and descents and am comfortable with up to 4' drops, but no big hucking.

    I am considering either bringing my Tallboy (120 mm fork, 2.1 Ground Control in rear and 2.35 Hans Dampf in the front) or my 5-Spot (150 mm fork, 2.2 Trail King in rear and 2.35 Hans Dampf in the front).

    Any suggestions?
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    Either would be fine for 4" drops
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    Thanks - fixed that.

    Quote Originally Posted by ImaFred View Post
    Either would be fine for 4" drops

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    +1 for the Tallboy.

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    I have the same tire set-up on two of my bikes(HD front TK2.2 rear).

    I vote for the 5 spot especially if you're going to try Snake Back from the top or go down Boy Scout or Skyline.

    Have fun

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    +2 Tallboy

    That's what I ride and it's plenty for what you want to do.

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    Wagon wheels rule at Bootleg...........at least the XC stuff.

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    I vote for the 5 spot as well. I am biased, rolling Kenda nevegals front 2.5
    and 2.35 rear on my 5 spot.
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    Either bike for those trails you've listed.

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    I ended up taking the 5-Spot out to Vegas. You guys were right - either bike would have been fine for the trails that I did. I liked the 5-Spot for some of the techy stuff at Bootleg, but it would have been nice to have the Tallboy for Cottonwood so that I could have covered more ground.

    Was out in Vegas this past week and was able to sneak in a couple of rides. Really glad that I brough my bike along as the weather was perfect. I went out to Bootleg Canyon on Thursday and the guys from All Mountain Cyclery set me up with a map and a route that they thought I would like. Ended up going up West Leg, to Inner Caldera, to Boy Scout, to Skyline, to Girl Scout to Mother to P.O.W. Overall it was a 12 mile loop with a couple thousand feet of climbing. The ride had a lot of sharp rocks and I am surprised that I did not flat anywhere. The trails were technical in spots, but I was able to clean everything - at least after looking at it. I was riding solo, so I was more cautious than normal. I only saw one other rider out there during my ride. The trails were very well maintained and were pretty easy to follow even though they were not that well marked. Next time I will try some of the "easier" DH runs. Judging from their XC trails, their DH trails must be pretty intense.

    The next day I ventured out to Blue Diamond to ride the Cottonwood trails. I checked in with the guys at McGhies Bike Outpost. They set me up with a 20 mile loop with very specific directions. It ended up being a great ride - much more XC-sh than the Bootleg XC trails. About 2,500 ft. of climbing. The trails had great flow and were very fast, but were a little difficult to follow in some spots. Lots of unmarked trails out there. If the guys at the Bike Outpost had not been so helpful, I would have definitely gone in circles. A few technical climbs and descents, but nothing compared to Bootleg. The scenery was awesome and the area is much larger than Bootleg. You could easily do a 50 mile loop out there. I will spend a whole day out there next time and explore some.

    Overall, I liked Bootleg more due to its quintessential technical rocky trails, but I would certainly go back to Cottonwood as well, especially if I wanted to get in some miles. I heard great things about the Cowboy trails, but I was not able to make it out there. From what I heard, the Cowboy trails fall somewhere in-between Bootleg and Cottonwood in terms of difficulty.

    Cannot wait to go back. I will definitley always drag my bike and gear along to all my future trips to Vegas.
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    Nice report. Glad you liked the Vegas trails. It's a much better way to spend down time while in Vegas than the noisy, smoky Casinos.

    Cowboy trails is more technical than most of what you rode at Bootleg with some options that are as tech as some of the gnarlier DH runs at Bootleg. Next time try them out.

    Those three options (Cottonwood/Bootleg/Cowboy) are a nice mix of desert singletrack and it's such a bonus that they are so close to town.

    Bear's Best Trail and East Anthem trails are some newer trail options on the edge of town that you might like as well if you liked Cottonwood. There's a couple of long threads on this forum with good maps and ride directions.

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    Terrific news that you had a great time.
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