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    Looping sbt?

    Staying in Angel Fire this weekend and looking to get a big ride in. It looks like I can get to the start of the sbt from the resort, but I'm guessing about 10 miles via half of the big kahuna? Then the 20+ of the sbt and into town to refuel.
    What's the best way to get back via trail? Or will it be challenging enough that I should arrange a shuttle? Also, I'll be on a fuel ex (130mm of travel), should i ride 27+ or 29 wheels?
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    That looks like what I'm looking for, though I might go and do https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/701...de-course-2016 and ride the road back. As much as riding the road on the mtb stinks, doing the self served starting in Angel Fire with a stop in Taos will probably result in an 80 mile day.

    Any comment on which wheels would be best for the trails there? 29 vs 27.5+?

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    Don't ride the highway back. It is narrow and winding with zero shoulder and lots of traffic including flatland tourists towing big rvs and weekend drunks. Way more dangerous than bombing down the SBT.

    The route AlienTrees shared is the best option for a ride back.

    There are other options, but they are brutal. If you can somehow park a car in Taos and just drive back you won't regret it.

    Either wheels will work for SBT but I recommend the 29er if it's just front suspension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck80442 View Post
    Don't ride the highway back. It is narrow and winding with zero shoulder and lots of traffic including flatland tourists towing big rvs and weekend drunks. Way more dangerous than bombing down the SBT.
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    Second that. That would be a sketchy ride.
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    Having ridden the "double" Boundary (almost 60 miles and over 12K vert), unless you are really fit, and really enjoy lots of pain, the best plan for 95-98% of people is to do the South Boundary one way, from Angel Fire to Taos and DRIVE back!

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    [QUOTE=wvucyclist;13830847
    Any comment on which wheels would be best for the trails there? 29 vs 27.5+?[/QUOTE]

    Does it even matter? Use the round ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Beam View Post
    Does it even matter? Use the round ones.
    I do think some wheels are better suited towards some riding. It's not all marketing hype.
    I did end up running shuttle from Taos back to Angle fire, but riding straight from the resort, 40 miles, 4k of climbing, 6k of descent. I think the 27.5+ would have been better at the end. They might have been better on the climbs too, since they were so loose with bigger rocks. Thanks for the advice everybody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvucyclist View Post
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    Are you, per chance, the guy with the WVU shirt on that I spoke to riding in Otero where the naughty trail runs into W. Boundary Tr several weeks ago?

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    Probably.

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