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    Favorite terrain, and why?

    Urban, rocky, forest, downhill, boardwalk, mountain, skatepark, dirt, ect.
    My favorite is dirt/boardwalk, I'm mostly into time trial, so I like softer terrain for those highspeed wipeouts. Plus it's easy and fun to customize.

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    I prefer to ride high altitude, from 5,000 feet to 10,000. I really like the Forest, Alpine, and chunky and smoother forest single track is a blast for me. I always enjoyed backpacking and adventure in the Mountains, so when I got into Mountain Biking, it was a natural for me. I live in So-Cal within 45 minutes of either high mountains, coastal mountains and beach, or desert stuff. Contrary to what people may assume about California being a big city, we have more mountains over 14,000 feet (11) than most any other state save Colorado and Alaska. There is so much mountain stuff to ride in California it's hard to imagine.

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    Re: Favorite terrain, and why?

    I love challenging rock gardens, but not the loose pile of rubble type. Those get boring. I love the larger, stationary rocks, in naturally occuring gardens. The ones that make you pick a line and execute it.

    Beautiful, moss covered mazes of endless challenge. A few from Ellicottville come to mind.

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    Downhill & Technical. Rocks or roots; Trails like Portal and Jackson (Moab) or Holy Cross in Grand Junction. For DH, steeper the better, with drops that have sensible landings (not flat) and keen turns.
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    Anything dirty will do.
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    I like it all as long as it isn't boring.
    Very blessed to live where I live in Western NC

    I would say though that fast flowing down hill suctions with lots of twists and turns put the biggest smile on my face.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    For DH I like steep,rocky and rooty, small jumps and drops. Doing technical sections cleanly then I feel challenged. The more natural the better, I am not a big fan of bridges

    For trails I like fast and flowy dirt. Rollers that I can pump are my favorite features

    Overall I like looking at nature, trees, structures and landscapes, and spotting animals and interesting plants
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I like it all as long as it isn't boring.
    Very blessed to live where I live in Western NC

    I would say though that fast flowing down hill suctions with lots of twists and turns put the biggest smile on my face.
    I've got to say, having riden everything from Colorado alpine to Florida swamps, which are both great and fun in their own way, and everything in between, that the trails of Western NC, e.g: Brevard, Dupont and Piscah are some of the best and most fun miles I've ever ridden.

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    when I read the main post, the first thing I thought of was Ellicottville NY. Others I see love this place as well. Bent rim is one of my favovites because its very challenging. But every trail there has its own merrits. If you have not been there, you need to get there. The WNYMBA does awesome job of taking care of these trails for us to ride. Thank you WNYMBA!!

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    flowy singletrack with berms and rollers on a steel HT or "natural" rocky and rooty trails with plenty of hills on a 140mm FS bike are my favs.

    trees/shade are always a plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I like it all as long as it isn't boring.
    Very blessed to live where I live in Western NC

    I would say though that fast flowing down hill suctions with lots of twists and turns put the biggest smile on my face.
    ^ insert "Very blessed to live where i live in southern California" and ditto the post.

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    I love the super technical rocky sections. Preferably with a little downhill grade, so I can focus on wheel placement and lines rather than pushing the bike forward...but I am lazy :P

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    I am lucky enough to live at 7600ft here in New Mexico. So high mtn st my choice. Throw in some technical chunk and I'm in heaven. And when the Mtns are full of snow, some good desert chunk is in order.
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    forest at copper harbor michigan

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    XC singltrack on well drained soil and/or with a mix including rock outcrop. Riding on the Canadian Shield or the Oak Ridges Morraine. I would also like to try other trail types, like moab or really rocky trails, but for the most part I like the trails I have ridden in Ontario and Quebec and in BC. Not a fan of numerous slippery roots...lol. I don't look for water and mud. I will ride through it if I have to, but I usually avoid it if I can.
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    Since I'm in Maryland (I suppose I should change my handle since I moved like three years ago), I enjoy your typical East Coast style of riding: rocks (the bigger the better), roots, and twisty singletrack through trees. That being said, I do very much enjoy desert riding (e.g. Moab). The CO high country is nice too, but I don't have much experience just riding out there.
    Brought to you by rocks.

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    I've only ridden on the East Coast so my preferences range from flowy, smooth roller coasters to rocky, rooty, twisty singletrack in the forests.

    I'd be willing to try almost any other kind of terrain though. Those desert vistas of which I see photos are quite enticing.
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    Fast and flowy are what I love. Technical and me don't
    get along, I pretty much suck at it.

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    Fast flowy singletrack in the forest.
    Born and raised in the desert so it's kind of boring for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enfyre View Post
    Urban, rocky, forest, downhill, boardwalk, mountain, skatepark, dirt, ect....
    Yes!

    I'm likely ADD so I get bored quickly. Keep changing it up on me.

    Bombing some smooth, twisty singletrack through a pine forest into a 30mph uphill rock garden that loosens my eyeballs then dumps into a sand pit, with a creek crossing into a jump that lands in a snowfield near a flowering meadow is my idea of a good time. If the trail ends by a brewery that serves really good steak sandwiches and onion rings, that's triply good!

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    I love going fast. Crawling over rocky terrain and clearing stuff is okay, but flying down a long flowing descent after the climb is my favorite. Bonus points for big rollers, getting air, and traction!

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    High alpine singletrack on flowing trails is my zen. I love being wrapped in the forest at 8,000ft, having ascended from 5kft and knowing I get to go back down, just to do it all over again in another canyon.
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    Re: Favorite terrain, and why?

    Classic flowing singletrack through beautiful interesting places gets it for me. Throw in some altitude and clear blue skies and that's where I live!
    A Useful Bear is a handy thing.

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    Mountain FTW!!

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    I dig anything out deep in the woods! The further from civilization the better. We have a few trails that are technical with drops and teeter totters and the such, but I'm liking just somewhat natural singletrack. We have a nice 10 mile loop around a lake I ride the most and love it!

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