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So the new 2012 bike reports are coming out of attendees of Interbike. They talk a bit about Bootleg canyon test rides, I was wondering if anybody has ridden it before, and knows rides in the local area in Phoenix that are comparable. Just wondering what the trail is really like when they talk about how the bikes handle it.

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So the new 2012 bike reports are coming out of attendees of Interbike. They talk a bit about Bootleg canyon test rides, I was wondering if anybody has ridden it before, and knows rides in the local area in Phoenix that are comparable. Just wondering what the trail is really like when they talk about how the bikes handle it.

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Lots of sharp solid-rock impacts, not as rounded as stuff like SoMo, but still generally kind of similar. A lot of the Bootleg trails have been "hacked out" of rock to put it bluntly. Not as eroded as some of the older trails.
 

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I'm guessing a lot of the Interbike riders were doing the XC trails on the backside of Bootleg proper DH trails? The XC trails are similar to the rougher chunky PMP trails in Phoenix. Like Jayem said - it's very angular sharp rock at the Boot and that's due to the volcanic rock. While the trails are indeed blasted out and some are smooth, where you ride over rock there it nothing rounded and smooth like the granite and metamorphic rocks of SoMo or the decomposed granite of the McDowells. Fall at Bootleg without armor, and you are shredded.
 

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Bootleg is like having all the best stuff at SoMo (chunkiest rocks, biggest drops, jumps, etc) together in one run. Then imagine having all that chunky goodness in multiple trail options. Add in a jump park and you've got the DH trails covered. That doesn't even include the XC stuff which is kinda like a mix of Javelina and Desert Classic, depending on which routes you take. BC really is one of the coolest places to ride.
 

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I've got some video of the XC trails from a couple weeks ago. Haven't gotten around to editing it yet but I'll post it here when I do. If you wanna see some of the DH trails hit up Vimeo and search Bootleg. Then search Ginger which is the roughest of the roughest DH trials up there :thumbsup: The DH runs are very chunky. Makes SoMo look soft.

The XC runs are mostly narrow single-track with lots of loose crap right at the edges of the sweet spot on the trail. If you aren't in the center of the trail you will likely wash out one way or another because of all this loose stuff.

Many of the trails wind and twist and climb and descend with such variety and speed that you are never able to get a groove going. It's actually frustrating. If you've ever ridden Fantasy Island in Tucson it's a little like that except with no flow.

There's usually lots of exposure although the penalty for slipping off the side varies depending on location. Could be a 5' drop, could be a 40' drop off the side. My right shin and left ankle bear the wounds of two rocks that helped keep me from sliding 30' down the side of the mountain when I got off on that loose crap on the side.

I've ridden there twice and don't care a lot for the XC trails on the lower half. Boy Scout, however, is further up and reminds me more of Phoenix with a bunch of steps down as you briskly wind your way around the mountain. Girls Scout starts where Boy Scout left off and is a fast, flowy last half of the mountain down without any of the steps but a few little gullies to run through.

Right where Boy Scout ends is also the East Leg trail which descends with a little more chunk. I ran down that one in the dark with my light and enjoyed it the most out of IMBA, West Leg, Mother, POW, and Par None.

I'll post here when I get the video edited...
 

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PMP,TAN,LAUNDRY
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FAST, FAST, FAST, CHUNKY, CHUNKY, CHUNKY. Such a fun place to ride whether its the XC trails or DH. Lots of variety but I would suggest some knee armor even for the xc trails.
 

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I've ridden the Bootleg DH stuff many many times. It's definitely rockier, steeper, and more square edge than Somo, but at the same time WAY faster than anything on Somo. The video that ajcroft just put up shows some of it nicely.

I heart da boot
 

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No doubt!

I wish the races would come back.
:thumbsup::thumbsup:
Been going since 2000.
Love the trails.
Brent will always be 'The Trail Master of Bootleg'. Rest in Peace Brother.
Can't wait to go back. Love the vibe in town and on the hill.
Killer view at night from the top.
 
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