You would probably be fine on anything with 135-170 of travel leaning towards the longer travel if you end up riding more in eureka. I’ve been pretty happy with my revel ranger, but I’ve only been riding around bentonville.
That really depends on your ride fantasy. Bentonville has a bit of everything that could suit about any bike (the longest travel Enduro/DH bikes might be overkill, though there are opportunities there as well).I sold my house and bike in Florida and have been living in Europe for a few months but am moving to NW Arkansas, most likely Bella Vista or Eureka Springs, at the end of December. I want to get a bike that can handle everything the region can throw at it but Florida short travel bikes is all I know. What would be the ideal bike to be able to take advantage of the terrain?? I want something longer travel but don't want to regret getting the wrong bike and have never been to the region. Was thinking the Canyon Spectral 29 or Trek Slash.
Bella Vista and Slaughter Pen are pretty smooth and flowy, a HT would be good. I’ve never been it I understand Fayetteville 8s where the chunk is.Awesome info, I am going to have a trail hardtail just because I love the simplicity and for attachments to take the kids out, but I also want something I can get into the rougher stuff with which is likely beyond my Florida skill level. Sounds like 140-150mm is the way to go. Now just to find stock.
Damn…that’s a lot of bike! It’s built to handle BC, it’ll handle NWA easily.I just ordered the new We Are One, The Arrival with 152mm in travel, they had a cancelation and even hooked it up with a discount. Arrives in February. Thanks everyone
I was thinking the same thing! How do you like the Ranger for NWA? I am on a Rascal, but split time between NWA and Dallas, so a Ranger would be a better one-bike quiver for me.That’s a sweet bike you got, hoping it’s a size large so I can throw a leg over it 🤣
I am not quite a local, but I love showing people around AND that bike is my size. Maybe we can meet up in the Spring sometime. Good luck with the move.I am excited to ride some real trails and get in better shape. Florida does a lot with what they have (similar to what my wife says about me... JK I hope) but I have always wanted something with actual elevation, rather than the little hills Florida has naturally or made by digging out a lake in a park or from an old mining pit. I ordered what they call SZ2 with is similar to Treks M/L, I usually fall into the upper end of a medium or the lower end of a large but am right in the middle of this size. Luckily I am going to be able to enjoy the smoother trails on my hardtail still so hope I have the best of both worlds. If it arrives in Feb and anyone wants to ride with me and give the bike a try, I would love to be shown around by a local and make some friends.
I like the ranger a lot as I’ve ridden all sorts of travel bikes and appreciate the snappy acceleration of a shorter travel bike. For some of the faster/chunky trails I think it would be easier on a longer travel bike, but not sure how much more fun it would be. I do have a 130 pike with a slackr headset so it’s a more trail oriented ranger buildI was thinking the same thing! How do you like the Ranger for NWA? I am on a Rascal, but split time between NWA and Dallas, so a Ranger would be a better one-bike quiver for me.
That sounds perfect. I came from a V3 Following, and like the "sportiness" better than my Rascal, but love how active the Rascal is. The HA of the Rascal is also just right for NWA as far as I can tell. I have been thinking about a Ranger setup like yours for my next bike, so good to hear you are enjoying it.I like the ranger a lot as I’ve ridden all sorts of travel bikes and appreciate the snappy acceleration of a shorter travel bike. For some of the faster/chunky trails I think it would be easier on a longer travel bike, but not sure how much more fun it would be. I do have a 130 pike with a slackr headset so it’s a more trail oriented ranger build