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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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    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.
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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.
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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!
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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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    I'm a newb. so I'll probably have another feeling next year

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    Really slick roots at 45 degree angles

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    I think a good variety of everything but in a natural environment. Super buffed singletrack is fun, but gets monotonous after a while and isn't challenging enough. Lots of chunk and drops are great going down, but make for a long climb/hike back up the trail. My most favorite trails incorporate all of this type of riding and involve some decent climbing as well. There's something about the simultaneous cocktail of adrenaline and endorphins in the bloodstream while flying down a hill at faster-than-advisable speeds that just does it for me.

    The Downieville area trails top the list, as do Auburn and Chico in Northern California. Chico is a little sparse on "smooth" trails though .

    This loop in Auburn is one of my favorites and has a little bit for everyone: Clementine (up), Connector, FHDL, Connector, Culvert, Confluence. Smooth buffed singletrack, sustained climbs, swoopy elevation changes, man made features on Culvert, chunky fun stuff on Confluence...makes for a really fun loop. The only problem is that I have to drive a couple hours to get there!
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    Hero Dirt + Single Track = my favorite terrain

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    I like deep woods flowey stuff and also hilly farm land pastures, especially when the sun is low in the sky. High mountains are cool, but just don't get there much.

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    Flowing single track....anything conducive to a single speed 29er....I do like the occasional hard climb though have to throw a challenge in there to feel good about the ride.
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    FLOW! Flow flow flow! Woodsy flowy singletrack! I love it because I'm not a good enough rider to enjoy technical stuff yet, but I am starting to get the confidence up to hit flowy stuff with banked turns and stuff with speed. It's just fun, and it feels good :-)

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    I'd have to say slow,technical rock riding. I have ridden quite a bit of bike trials so whenever I get the opportunity to show off a bit and hop on my rear wheel from rock to rock on my 29r...I do it.

    I also like fast & flow too...kinda the opposite there.

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    Fast & flowy, twisty/turny, roller coaster rides. I like hard pack with the occasional moderate technical feature(s) thrown in. My bike is built up to handle the type of terrain I prefer. It won't take a whole lot of "all mountain" abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Fast & flowy, twisty/turny, roller coaster rides. I like hard pack with the occasional moderate technical feature(s) thrown in. My bike is built up to handle the type of terrain I prefer. It won't take a whole lot of "all mountain" abuse.
    I like to ride fairly fast so I'm happiest on smooth stuff. Besides, my old aching bones can't take a lot of bouncing around.

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    Rocky and technical stuff. I like the challenge of clearing difficult sections on my fully-rigid fatbike.
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    Varied terrain...because it's varied. Get to practice all of my (limited) bike handling skills. Maybe a slight bias towards techy pick your line from many kind of terrain.

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    I like fast and flowy, with berms on the corners, with some touches of chunk to keep things interesting. Holy Cross, Kessels, Joe's Ridge, Zippity - heck anything Fruita and Grand Junction.. The Ribbon was sweet!
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    I'm very new to the sport but I'm an avid offroad dirt bike rider and the thick woods with large elevation changes is where I love!
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    Slick Rock!!!!!!

    Especially SW Utah style where you duck in and out of sandy singletrack back and forth onto rough techy slick rock with boundless little deviations from the course to play on.

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    My favorite terrain is whatever I am riding over at that moment. I love all kinds of riding, from endlessly flowy trail in Bend, steep Redwoods descents in Santa Cruz, treeless moonscapes on the mesas in Utah, high-elevation climbing/descending on the Colorado front-range, and tick-infested, humid sweatfests in Alabama (ok, I could live without the ticks).

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    I like a mix of trails, but the most fun trails I ride are slow technical rides. With Rocks, roots, trees across the trail. Living in Ontario we have a lot of different options, from fast flowing trails, to slow technical rocks.
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    Although I like the desert rock, my heart is in the mountains. Technical, back country, natural terrain. Adventure riding. Don't care so much for this trend of making 3 foot wide, predictable, terrain park style trails.

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    smooth flowy dirt--and occasional roots and some rocks are ok. The less ledges and drops the better. Why--coz I suck at the tech and about the time I start gaining confidence there goes another broken bone. lol. And I've been after it at least 13 years.

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    I'm old and slow and have put in mucho pedal time so now I like to get my but hauled up the hill and ride down.
    Unfortunately it is a ~4 hr drive one way to the lift hill - makes for a long day.

    Anyway - natural DH - rocks, roots, drops, and jumps. I like both fast and hairy and slow and hairy.
    As well, I'm kind of fond of berm and jump trails - something I really don't have access to. The local lift hill is mostly natural with very little man-made - Just a few small lips and drops on the couple of bermed trails.

    It is actually the same hill singlesprocket and Cyclelisious ride. - Blue Mountain in Ontario.

    Locally it is ravine riding, so short ups and down.

    If anybody has been to Snowshoe then that is ideal for me - big hill with lots of natural and lots of bermy-jumpy fun.

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    Can't beat rocky, rooty, technical terrain. Picking your way through a rock garden or rooty downhill is one of the best parts of mountain biking. Flowy hardpack can be quite fun also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpressnall View Post
    Although I like the desert rock, my heart is in the mountains. Technical, back country, natural terrain. Adventure riding. Don't care so much for this trend of making 3 foot wide, predictable, terrain park style trails.
    Ditto though I have not done the mountains yet. I live in the desert rock so that is where I ride but my heart (camping/hiking) is in the mountains. I will be working in Flagstaff AZ a couple of days a week for the next month or two and plan to ride after work. Anyone up for guide service/ride partner? I would say I am intermediate but just out of noob status . Not afraid of some rock and steep, won't die quickly on uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAmtbiker View Post
    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.
    I think you should change your handle too! Ha ha! BTW- I still live in Pa.!
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    Rocky and technical, the kind of stuff that scratches up your bike and gives it character. I also like long easy uphills where you can get into a steady rhythm.

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    I'm pretty much content with anything but sand. I really dislike sand.

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