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    ABQ Trip Planning - MTB Rentals?

    Greetings from Virginia, New Mexicans! I'll be in ABQ for a few days next week and have been looking to sneak in some MTB exploration. My main window of opportunity will be Monday afternoon - my flight lands at noon and I don't have to be anywhere else all day.

    So I was looking for a place to rent a bike, and found a few shops. Do you have any recommendations from these (or others?):

    Cycle Cave
    Bikeworks
    High Desert Bicycles
    Kickstand
    Bike Coop - this looks very close to my hotel
    BikeSmith - they specifically say they do rentals

    If I can find a bike, I'd be interested in some route recommendations for a couple hours that will provide a good sampling of the terrain. While I enjoy technical features and challenges (I'm used to east coast roots, rocks, and short punchy hills) I'm more into XC-Trail singletrack than downhill trails - I don't do big air or drops.

    Thanks for any help, and I look forward to seeing your beautiful part of God's creation!
    Ted

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    Fat Tire has some really nice upscale rental sleds - Niner RIP 9, Norcos... etc
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    Ditto, try Fat Tire Cycles.
    I know they have couple Ibis Mojo HD's as well
    sweet sweet trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    Fat Tire has some really nice upscale rental sleds - Niner RIP 9, Norcos... etc
    Thanks! My work is blocking access to their site, so I'll have to check them out later at home.

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    The guys at Two Wheel Drive were just telling me about how they're starting a rental fleet. You might want to talk to Mark or Jeff and see what they are planning to do for the summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TedS123 View Post
    Thanks! My work is blocking access to their site, so I'll have to check them out later at home.
    Go to bike works. Very cool people.

    As far as rides. The closest tech with punchy climbs is the south foot hills. Park at indian school ride east up hill till you reach the wilderness boundry then hang a right (south) and hug the power line trail till you get to the freeway. Then you can either back track or make it a loop it with the low trail

    Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
    35.099080,-106.480315(Indian School Rd NE) - Google Maps

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    Nice suggestion Fuglio. However, it sounds like the OP is more interested in XC, and the route you're sending him is pretty technical.

    Ted, you might be more interested in the North Foothills. Park at the top of Spain, ride east and then north. You can ride all the way to the Tram and make a 14 or 15-mile loop out of it.

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    Good stuff!

    Thanks for the tips so far, guys. Fat Tire does look promising - I'll give them a call tomorrow. I might call the other two (Bike Works & Two Wheel Drive), but their websites say they are closed on Mondays (my free afternoon)

    As for the trail suggestions - I guess it depends on our respective ideas of technical. I like challenging technical climbs, log crossings, rock gardens, etc.; I just shy away from stuff that could get me maimed - super high-speed sections, suspended skinnies, jumps, etc. Maybe I should check out that video thread to get a better feel for the kinds of trail features...

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    OK - I made some calls and have a bike lined up for Monday at High Desert Cycles. I look forward to exploring the land of enchantment next week.

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