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    Bend trails. I'm thinking of a reconnaissance mission.

    I am thinking about the possibility of relocating to Bend from the front range of Colorado. I was hoping some of you could shed some light on the type of riding in the immediate area. The trails that I'm used to and really enjoy are long steep climbs and technical fast downhills. I enjoy riding my 6" all mountain bike and I have a single speed as well. I know you back up to Mt. Bachelor so I the elevation gain is there. Most of the information I have found shows trails mostly in the flatter areas. I would appreciate any insight.
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    I primarily use a SS and geared HT in Bend. I have a XC FS MTB, but I find it is overkill for most of the Bend area dirt. Sure, there is some higher elevation stuff that is great on a FS MTB, but a SS or geared HT is fine on that stuff as well. Personally, I wouldn't ride an all mountain bike on the Bend dirt.

    The dirt directly to the west of Bend is true XC MTBing dirt. Really nothing steep; the climbing is very gradual. For example, most of the DH should be pedaled to get up to speed. The exceptions are the Wanoga Complex and the higher elevation dirt, but none of that dirt is all the steep either.

    DH'ers will be able to get their fix in the coming years at the new Mt. Bachelor Bike Park. It is closed for the year due to snow.

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    did you try googling "Bend mountain biking" and watching the vids?

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    +1 on HT for the most part. I have a SS HT (rigid) and a FS 29er w/130 Front/Back.
    The FS is a little over kill for Bend, but fun on upper woops, etc. I spend half my time in Bend and half in Tahoe, if I was in Bend fulltime (soon) I will sell the 130 FS and get a short travel FS or HT with a front shock.

    But there's also steeper riding in Hood River, Mt. Hood and Oakridge that your 6" bike could be fun.

    Great riding in Bend
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    I've been riding 5" FS and happy to have it but as others have said not a requirement.

    The trails are XC-ish with some decent climbs here and there.

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    I like having both a HT and FS. There are days that thinking about a moderate pace 3+ hour ride on the HT does not sound fun. Feels more like a beat down haha.
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    I rode a 26" HT for 5 years on the trails West of Bend, then moved to a 29" FS for a couple years. Now I find myself primarily on a 29er HT SS and 29er HT 1x10. All XC geometry bikes (i.e. not slacker, 100mm travel). Ride lengths typically 2 - 5 hours.

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    Thank you for the replies. I have done some research all over the web and it matches what you all are saying. Sounds like I would need to add another rig to the quiver. What time of year does the high country start getting snowed in? How far is the drive to Mt. Bachelor? Thanks everyone.

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    Bachelor is about 30 mins from town. The higher elevation trails have had snow on them for a week or so.

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    Bummer!!

    I too may be moving to Bend and ride the same type of riding as you. If we move there I would have to convert to a XC mentality but all the while dreaming of all mtn riding.

    The positives that I've seen in Bend is mt Bachelor is soooo close. It's a great little city...very clean and friendly, fun times on and around the River, and of course all the great microbrews (really liked 10 Barrel). I think it would tough for me to have to give up all-mtn type of riding for XC though.
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    tep, how far do you drive to all mountain trails in your current location?

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    Bend trails. I'm thinking of a reconnaissance mission.

    Distance in miles around 12-15 miles. Timewise anywhere from 20-45mins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    Bachelor is about 30 mins from town. The higher elevation trails have had snow on them for a week or so.
    Snow on the higher elevation trails varies from year to year. For example, last year, around this time, there was no snow in sight and post ride I was sipping a beer on my deck in a tshirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    Bachelor is about 30 mins from town. The higher elevation trails have had snow on them for a week or so.
    We need to clarify to him, however, that this is unusual. We have had a particularly cold and stormy Fall, so far.

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    By the way, there are some steep options around. Smith Rock. Horse Ridge for Fall/Winter/Spring riding has some steeper/more technical parts. As I understand it, there are some steeper rides over in the Ochocos (about 1 hour away). Oakridge about 1-1/2 hours away for more steep rides.

    The nearest / lowest steep option is Farewell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GauchoGreg View Post
    We need to clarify to him, however, that this is unusual. We have had a particularly cold and stormy Fall, so far.
    I wouldn't say we are too far from normal. Maybe a week or so early for the colder temps. Oct can be a crazy month.

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    I don't remember having this much rain, or this much snow. Typically, we have a blast or two come through, but not much in the way of accumulation until we get to November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tep View Post
    Bummer!!

    I too may be moving to Bend and ride the same type of riding as you. If we move there I would have to convert to a XC mentality but all the while dreaming of all mtn riding.

    The positives that I've seen in Bend is mt Bachelor is soooo close. It's a great little city...very clean and friendly, fun times on and around the River, and of course all the great microbrews (really liked 10 Barrel). I think it would tough for me to have to give up all-mtn type of riding for XC though.
    I would call Bend more All-Mountain than just XC, by a long shot. If you know where to go, the speeds and techy sections can be plentiful. If you stay on regular on XC trails, you get XC.
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    I don't think you can compare all mountain riding in CO to what we have here in Bend. As Thuren said, there are plenty of options for all mountain riding, but they aren't like what you find in CO in my opinion.

    Here you need to ride for 10-15 miles to get up 3000 ft in elevation typically.

    The more "downhill" trails here great, but they are all around 1200-1500 ft of elevation drop and they go by pretty fast.

    Funner, Tiddlywinks, Tyler's, upper north fork, farewell, flagline, southfork, edison lava, cline butte are all close to town and have fun downhills. As greg said, Ochocos and Oakridge would be more like your huge elevations rides in CO. I would add Olleary, Ollallie king castle to the big elevation rides as well. Near McKenzie River Trail.

    Bachelor will definitely help with the more downhill centric trails.

    Bend is just different. Everything is so close, and fairly moderate in elevation, so you can just go out and ride as far as you want. And you don't kill yourself in the process so the next day you can ride all you want as well.

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    I would be curious what would be considered an AM trail West of Bend (besides for Mt. Bachelor)? I have yet to find any maintained trail (or designated forest road) that can't be efficiently climbed or descended on a 29er HT with 100mm travel.

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    If you want Colorado-esque riding then go check out the Ochocos. The ponderosa forest there reminds me a lot of Colorado. The climbs up Round/Lookout Mountains qualifies as long and steep in my book.

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    I am faster descending and having more fun, in more control, with at least some rear suspension, on....

    Funner
    Tiddlywinks
    South Fork
    Flagline
    Phils Canyon
    Upper Phils from Heli
    Farewell
    Sand Canyon Horse ridge
    Cline Butte
    Smith Rock

    I'm sure I'm missing some....

    I can get down all those very well on my 29er HT too, but if it's faster and in more control with suspension, I think it's safe to call that "all-mountain".

    I'm faster almost everywhere else on my 29'er HT, as there is not too much pitch.

    Side note: My background is Downhill and Motocross racing, and I like the Bend variety. If it's too steep, the descents don't last long, and the climbs to get to them are slow speed little-gear grinders. I like being able to keep up 10mph CLIMBING then have a fun fast rip down.
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    I'd add Upper and Lower Whoops to that list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lpcunity View Post
    The trails that I'm used to and really enjoy are long steep climbs and technical fast downhills.
    What trail systems do you ride and what are your favorite trails?

    I've spent time riding most of the Jeffco trail systems along with Indian Creek (not sure if that's inside Jeffco) and Buffalo Creek. Due to time and travel constraints I never got a chance to head north to hit Hall and Heil (my only regrets).

    I've also spent several months riding the Bend area trails including Ochocos, McKenzie, and Oakridge.

    I might be able to make some specific comparisons for you.

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    OP, since you're thinking of relocating, will the mountain bike riding be your deciding factor? Central Oregon has an awful lot to offer in addition to the mountain biking.

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