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    Best (Intermediate) Trails at Sea Otter Classic/Fort Ord

    I am looking for some great trails at SOC for bike demo's.

    Nothing super technical, but intermediate trails will be fine for me.

    I'd like to test a bunch of bikes. Thanks for any tips!

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    Yeah, not much great trail out of the venue for bike testing. Just rolling grass hills with sandy xc oriented singletrack. I enjoy 50, 49, and 82 the most. 42 is also good, but on a different hillside.

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    47 is probably the closest to the venue. 82 is debatably the steepest downhill.
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    50 is a decent flowy track, but nothing technical. Unfortunately, Ft Ord/Sea Otter is not going to be a great venue for tech. single track but decent for general fit a feel of the bike and climbability. Climbing 49 is a good test...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms View Post
    47 is probably the closest to the venue. 82 is debatably the steepest downhill.
    This, stick with trail 47. Has some fun downhill sections, keeps you close to Laguna, won't take long to complete the loop, and also offers some climbing. 82 is one of my favorites out there but its a bit of a strike to ride out that far only for that 1:30 stretch of dh.

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    Thanks all! This is a great overview/intro to the Ft. Old Trail system!

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    Yea, this! My favs also. Not many good trails to quickly get to and back from the track. 47/48 are your best best for a quick test ride without killing yourself to get back.
    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Yeah, not much great trail out of the venue for bike testing. Just rolling grass hills with sandy xc oriented singletrack. I enjoy 50, 49, and 82 the most. 42 is also good, but on a different hillside.

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    When I demo'd bikes quite awhile ago ,I think that there was a loop that was recommended.

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    Venue>trail 47>Skyline>trail 44>trail 43>Skyline>Pilarcitos>Venue would be a good loop.
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    A related question: how much travel do you think would be ideal for the Fort Ord trail system? Looking at photos and video, it seems like the trails are mostly easy to moderately challenging, with few advanced level trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westernmtb View Post
    A related question: how much travel do you think would be ideal for the Fort Ord trail system? Looking at photos and video, it seems like the trails are mostly easy to moderately challenging, with few advanced level trails.
    Hardtail, 100mm xc bike, and cross bike would be my three preferred bikes for Fort Ord.

    Maybe an Epic Evo if you want to get really wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Hardtail, 100mm xc bike, and cross bike would be my three preferred bikes for Fort Ord. [/IMG]
    Agree. With 2.1 -2.25 XCish tires set up tubeless everything out there is negotiable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by westernmtb View Post
    A related question: how much travel do you think would be ideal for the Fort Ord trail system? Looking at photos and video, it seems like the trails are mostly easy to moderately challenging, with few advanced level trails.
    i ride a CX bike there the most with 40mm tires.

    also ride a SS rigid with 3-inch chupas....very fun as well.

    you're either going up or down so i'd recommend something that's comfortable for your to climb.
    i will not yield to DH traffic.

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