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    Park City / Deer Valley -- DH Rig or Enduro Bike?

    I'm looking forward to my first opportunity to ride the Park City area in late August. The forum has been a wealth of information on shops and trails to check out, but I have a slightly different question. Although I am definitely up to explore all manner of local trails, my top choice is chunky technical DH stuff, gaps, berms, etc. I typically ride a coiled Nomad 4 tilted toward DH. Deer Valley sounds like the consensus for bike park terrain, but maybe not as extreme as some areas. My question: should I rent a DH bike from DV (or another place?) or would an enduro rig from Storm, Jans, etc. be fine for the scale of hits at DV? If I rent an non-DH bike, it would have the upside of being able to explore local PC trails a bit more around town (staying downtown PC). Any thoughts appreciated!!
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    You'd probably be fine on an enduro rig for the duration of your trip, but there may be a few times when it's less than ideal. With so many of the newer trails at DV being flow/jump lines an enduro bike might actually be preferred for many trails. With that said, there are a small handful of trails in the park that a DH rig would be totally appropriate for, and it sounds like those trails have high interest for you. If you're going to do a couple of days in the park you could ride a DH bike on day 1 and then gauge whether to swap to an enduro rig for the next. Outside of the DV bike park, an enduro or even a trail bike would be totally appropriate. You'll have to earn your DH, and there are only a few steep/gnar options that are generally not that easy to find without a local. For higher end enduro/trail bike options look into demo bike options at the shops rather than their standard rental fleet bikes.

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    If you ride in Marin like I do, then I assume you are comfortable pedaling a fair amount and the vast majority of the Park City experience requires pedaling and does not require a bike anything like your Nomad DH set up. In fact, the only trails at Deer Valley which require more than a mid-travel bike are Thieves Forest, the old DH course, and the upper half of Fire Swamp. I spend at least a week there every summer and typically bring my 100mm travel XC bike and I have ridden pretty much everything besides those three trails relatively comfortably as long as I have AM tires - although several trails like Red Bull really deserve a slack 130+ travel bike to enjoy them. Jans used to rent Nomads and I would go for that.

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    Sorry, Jans used to rent Bronsonís.

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