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Hi everyone.

I've recently learned of my acceptance into a Ph.D program at UT. I'm heading to Austin (from South Carolina) tomorrow morning to tour the school, visit, etc. I'm bringing my Scott Genius LT, and GT Ruckus dirt jumper, and hope to check out Walnut creek and Ninth Street DJ's. I will have my girlfriend with me and I'm kind of limited on how much riding I can actually do.

My question is: Will a 180mm travel Scott Genius be way too much overkill for the Austin area? I work at a bike shop now and could get a sweet deal on a 29r, 2x10, 650b, or some other xc bike and sell the Genius. The thing is I would have to get the new bike before moving, as I would no longer be working at the bike shop. At the very least I would probably swap out the 2.35 wide Michelin tires for something that rolls faster.

The 2012 Scott Genius LT 30 26" wheels, has been great for me thus far, especially here in SC where I have plenty of drops, gaps, jumps, freeride, etc. I've even taken this bike to Winter Park, CO and Snowshoe, WV and rode lift assisted downhill. My understanding is that the Austin area doesn't have as many feature type stuff.

Any input appreciated!
 

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Yes. Sell it.

I lived in East TN before moving to SA and spent a lot of time riding in Austin. Definitely lose the 180. I'd get into DJing, BMX and/or get a 150mm bike with slack geometry, you will be happier. The riding and the scene are actually pretty good in Austin. Just get used to not having real mountains around.
 

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Thanks for the input. I doubt anyone wants to buy a 26" big travel bike with all this hype on enduro and 27.5 and what not
 

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Walnut creek is a lot of fun but pretty tame, don't judge the area on those trails. However, a 180mm is pretty serious overkill for here, most of the tougher trails are super rocky, 2' type stair step deals. IMO the perfect bike for here would be a 25-27 lb 5" FS 29er. I'd be happy to show you around Walnut if my brake adapters show up while you're still here, it's been killing me not riding this week.
 

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Agree on selling it, a AM / Enduro ride or XC is pretty typical for the area. There are a fair share of skallywags there who rip bikes so keep an eye on whatever you bring. But it is a bike oriented city. Have fun!
 

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180mm is far more than anyone needs here. 120-150mm seems to be the sweet spot. The drops that you will experience that need suspension are shorter and less sustained than the typical DH course. However, you'll definitely not be without great riding here, just not long DH courses. Take a look at my site for information.

If you want to ride something let me know. I work from home and my riding can be pretty flexible.
 

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Keep it. There's a lot of great trails in Austin where having that bike is nice, specifically: Fr512 Home

Since you work at a shop, it wouldn't be bad to have a slack, shorter travel bike for XC.
 

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Thanks for the Freedride 512 link, I'd never have had any idea it was here! I'll definitely have to come out to the fest and check out some of the intermediate lines.
 

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Oh wow, thanks for the input, especially for the FR 512 link. I'm glad to hear there may be some bigger stuff.
 

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i'd sell it if it's going to be your only mtb. you'll love your LT30 on the FR512 stuff, but when you ride the rest of the stuff around here (central texas area) you'll really be wishing you were on a more xc friendly bike.

mad props to the FR512 guys! i'm loving what they're doing and am looking forward to joining and riding it. nothing like grassroots movements to bring to existence what you want.

back in the early 90's when we started building the 9th st dj's we had a lot of opposition from the city and it was quite a fight. pretty obvious who prevailed though.... :thumbsup:

i'm just up the road in waco now, but we have some epic riding here in cameron park. hit me up if you ever want the $2 tour.
 

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180mm is far more than anyone needs here. 120-150mm seems to be the sweet spot. The drops that you will experience that need suspension are shorter and less sustained than the typical DH course. However, you'll definitely not be without great riding here, just not long DH courses. Take a look at my site for information.

If you want to ride something let me know. I work from home and my riding can be pretty flexible.
austin_bike I sent you a Direct Message.
 

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I ride a stumpjumper fsr and really enjoy walnut, Cameron park and Dana peak. Walnut is the only trail I've been to in Austin.
 

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I am back in South Carolina. I have committed to the PhD program and will move sometime around August but not sure of the exact date yet.
 

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Very cool man. Congrats on the acceptance. Austin is a great town and there is plenty of fun/techy trail, but features are really reserved for dedicated playgrounds due to the "grey" nature of much of the trails. You should get some time at City Park and Barton Creek greenbelt. Good thing is that coming from SC, you'll be used to the heat but like the lack of humidity.
 

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I think Austin needs to contact the boys at Highland Bike Park in NH. They dont have a huge mountain or crazy elevation but their bike park is sick. I was out there for a weekend and the trails are the most dialed i have ever been on. They have anything from beginner to extreme. I wish Texas would really do something like this ASAP.
 
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