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Hey guys, I just received some great news that I was accepted to a graduate school that is eventually going to put me in Loma Linda. What is the best type of bike for the area (if I plan to do most of my riding within 1.5 hours of Loma Linda). I've lived in Baton Rouge, LA most of my life and trails are pretty flat around here. I currently spend most of my bike time on a Vassago Jabberwocky single speed, but also have a 4 inch travel Specialized fsr. I am definitely keeping my singlespeed, but was debating on selling my full suspension and use the money as a down payment on a bike that will handle everything that the singlespeed can't. Will an all mountain 5-6 inch travel bike be the best way to go? or a xc 4 inch travel like my specialized. Any input is appreciated. Thanks
 

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Either bike will work. Most folks around here have something close to an XC 4" ride. Since you don't have a lot of climbing experience I'd stick with the lighter bike. We have trails for all occasions. And being in Loma Linda you'll be right in the middle of it. Personally I have a super light HT and a 6" squishy. If it isn't some ego challenge ride the squishy is the bike of choice.
 

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Bobby Peru said:
^^^ I agree 100% ^^^

So Cal has everything, one bike can't do it all. Bring everything you have and use 'em all!
Maybe not but it is somewhat suprising what you can do with what you have.
I just got a 5" bike and outside of jumps, which I don't do, it handles a lot.
Before that I was running a hardtail and it is amazing what you can ride if you are willing to drag or carry the bike a bit.
 

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I would say go for a all mountain rig,one thats more universal like the 6 inch travel Santa Cruz Nomad.Its pretty light,climbs well and can take you downhill really well,that would be my choice! No,im not saying this because I have one,I dont.I ride a 5 in. travel Marin MV 5.8 that is also a great choice.
 

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ive been pretty happy with my 5" travel trance x for the local trails. im a little more south of you but i can imagine it being similar terrain. ive seen people ride everything from single speeds to downhill bikes on my local trails, so it can all be done with any kind of bike, one just might be easier or a little more of a challenge then another.

id suggest getting something light enough to climb, but enough travel for when you hit the occasional rock garden or unexpected drop off....5-6" travel and under 30 lb's would be perfect
 

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Yeah John I think I've decided to keep my singlespeed and my 4" travel full suspension bike. I'll see how those bikes work and if I need something stronger, I will get an all mountain ride. I've been looking at the SC nomad but don't want to drop 4 grand if I don't have to. Thanks everyone for the info!!!

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I ride a 26" HT; most of my buddies ride 4-5" travel 26ers, with the occasional 29er here and there. Between your two bikes you should be able to ride 98% of the stuff out here. No need to drop a load of money on another bike. Cali is expensive enough. Good luck!
 

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Welcome to California

I moved here from the midwest about five years ago, and the most significant riding difference are the climbs, as mentioned above. I was used to trails with a lot of flow, sporadic (and very short) climbs and descents, not a long 1200 foot climb followed by 1200 feet of descent over 6 miles.

At first I couldn't even attempt the common climbs on my 4 inch FS. I switched to a lightweight hardtail for awhile and built up my climbing endurance. Once I could handle the climbs I added a 5 inch all mountain for the rides with only moderate climbing requirements. It is also the only bike I'll ride on the steep terrain at Big Bear.

If you already in great shape, you might be able to hit the trails with the FSR without any problems. If not, maybe put an easier gear on your singlespeed for a few months.
 

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oh yeah, the tires

One other lesson I learned concerned the rubber. All I had used in the past were mud tires, because I frequently encountered mud, and rode in the snow as much as the windchill would allow.

Out here I've found that aggressive tires introduce a lot of unnecessary resistance, which makes the climbs even harder, but anything with mild tread will probably be enough to hold on the loose pebbles over hardpack that constitutes most of the area. Continential's Flow and Speedking tires work well for me. A lot of people like the Kenda Small Block 8's. Nevegals get good reviews, but in my opinion they are a more aggressive than necessary.

On the other hand, if you go up to Big Bear or the more temperate climate zones, an aggressive tire is a good idea.
 

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codyman010 said:
Hey guys, I just received some great news that I was accepted to a graduate school that is eventually going to put me in Loma Linda. What is the best type of bike for the area (if I plan to do most of my riding within 1.5 hours of Loma Linda). I've lived in Baton Rouge, LA most of my life and trails are pretty flat around here. I currently spend most of my bike time on a Vassago Jabberwocky single speed, but also have a 4 inch travel Specialized fsr. I am definitely keeping my singlespeed, but was debating on selling my full suspension and use the money as a down payment on a bike that will handle everything that the singlespeed can't. Will an all mountain 5-6 inch travel bike be the best way to go? or a xc 4 inch travel like my specialized. Any input is appreciated. Thanks
Hey Codyman, congrats on the school acceptance. I think you're already better off than most, in that you have two bikes at your disposal. As mentioned, depends on where you want to ride...and either one will have its purpose. Give it some time, see how you feel on both. Best case scenario is for you to have a nice all mt rig at 6" for the chunky stuff in addition to your two. But what I recommend if you could only own one bike, it would be a lightweight 5.5" travel trail bike...like I do.:thumbsup:
 

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I'll throw in my .02. I agree with Mudd, it depends on what you like to ride. For MOST of my riding I don't need more than 5 inches of travel, BUT for the trails I ride the deciding factor is not travel, it's geometry.

The frame's geometry is the most important factor when I'm choosing which bike to ride for what trail. I would choose a low BB hard tail if the HA is 66 degrees over a 68 degree 5 inch trail bike for most of the trails I like to ride. Of course you sacrifice quick steering for stability in the steeps which is OK with me.
 
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