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    Bryce Mountain Bike Park advice

    Hey all, I'm looking to possibly go to Bryce MTB Park for the first time this weekend and am used to doing my DH/FR in Washington state. I haven't been to a bike park since I moved to VA, so really hoping I can swing it, because a year is too long to go without some downhilling!


    Anyways, I'm trying to see how cheap I can make this trip. I personally only own hardtails: a 100mm dirtjumper and 140mm Kona Honzo ST 29er. The Kona is basically set up as an Enduro HT. Should I bring one of my bikes or should I just rent one?


    Is Bryce more flowy or technical with chunky rocks that will destroy my wheelset (which is already kinda rough)? As far skill/ability, I pin it down FR/DH trails on my Honzo, no problem, and I know the deal that an actual DH bike is always gonna be more well-suited to parks, but $35 for a day pass sounds way better than $130 for a pass and rental.


    Bottom line, am I going to break my bike/wheelset on chunky trails or will my hardtail survive? If Bryce is more flowy, can my dirtjumper make it?
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    Not much in the way of chunky rock garden. Almost all of the trails are flowy jump style trails so I feel a full blown DH bike is overkill. I use my 150mm 27.5 AM bike when I go to Bryre vs somewhere like Snowshoe where I would rent a DH bike.

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    I'm reading up on Bryce online as much as I can. I'll probably just bring my Honzo, but I reeeeeaaaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyy wanna bring the DJ haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tylercall88 View Post
    Bottom line, am I going to break my bike/wheelset on chunky trails or will my hardtail survive? If Bryce is more flowy, can my dirtjumper make it?
    Saying "not much in the way of chuncky rock garden" is an exaggeration; you won't find a single rock or root on any trail in the park. There is zero technical anything, it's 100% flow. Even the 'technical' trail is just loamy off-camber with not rocks at all.

    You'd be fine on a bmx bike. The only way you'll destroy your wheels is if you case or land hard.

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    Well shit, maybe I'll just bring my road bike lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by tylercall88 View Post
    Well shit, maybe I'll just bring my road bike lol
    Actually, the brake bumps are usually pretty gnarly by now. That's what you'd be using suspension for.

    should have said that before. Still, if you're looking for tech of any kind, you're going to be disappointed at Bryce.

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    A few times I rode my 100mm Tallboy there on everything a few years ago.
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    Thanks everyone for the inputs on Bryce. Brought my Honzo there and had a blast! Was even able to score a top 10 (STRAVAAAAA!!!) on Skrewdriver with the hardtail!

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