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    Snowshoe MTB Park on a Nomad?

    Looking at heading up to Snowshoe next season to ride. For those that have been, would a beefy Nomad C be alright for the riding or is a proper downhill bike recommended?

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    I rode there with a group of friends with my 29er ss with 100mm reba, a guy with a 26 inch trek hardtail and another with a Carveer 69er. It is certainly less than ideal but a lot of fun can still be had on these types of bikes there.
    I have never ridden a downhill bike and would like to rent one next time. I'm sure it is much better that way but if you are on a tight budget and or just want to try it for the challenge of riding the Nomad it can still be a blast.

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    FWIW, SS has a lot more groomed trails now that a Nomad would fit right in. Other trails there I'd rather have a DH bike. But that's just me and not to say that you couldn't take a Nomad down all those either.

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    My buddy got rid of his DH bike (a Bullit w/ a triple crown) and now just rides his Aluminum Nomad at Snowshoe. He seems to enjoy it, but for me, the fun factor is much higher with a DH bike. Certainly there are some smoother trails at SS that are more conducive to an AM bike, but I think the overall experience (speed, control, etc.) is better with a DH-specific bike. I'll also say that my Nomad buddy seems to be busting up a lot of wheels lately, although he rides pretty damn hard.

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    Did it on a Titus El Guapo for 20 laps and loved it. Could have had some bigger tires but I had a good time. 17th out of 50 in solo without a single issue.
    "I'm the fastest of the slow guys"

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    I went in snowshoe with my Yeti 5, No problem. so you Nomad is Ok. There are many trail so you can find the best for you , there are so wide and clean so you really enjoy it. My advise is Pads (protection), You can rent it but are a liitle expensive so you can buy in ebay for cheap. Also new pads for you bike (brakes pads) and a good fisical condition because even you don't pedal too much you get tired.

    take care

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    Your Nomad should be more than fine. I've taken my 6" GT Sanction there a couple times and have had a blast.

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    It ain't the bike, it's the rider. I rode there 7-8 days last year on a 6" bike. No problem on any of it. Helps a lot with speed and jumping to have a little less travel anyway.

    I did put a 7" fork on the bike and some adult-sized tires on it. Oh, and a 50mm stem. All the trails I rode, I rode really fast, did all the jumps/drops and wore shorts and a t-shirt the entire time. If you are a better than average bike handler, no problems.

    mk

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