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Are various StG trails (Bearpaw, Barrel roll, for ex.) ridable--and fun--on a cyclocross bike? I'm visiting StG next month, and thought I might bring my CX for some on and off-road riding. I'm no stranger to riding a CX on mtn bike trails, but have zero knowledge of StG. Otherwise, I'll reckon to rent a mtn bike for a few days.

Any info or opinions are greatly appreciated.

-Ric
 

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Rideable of course, Fun probably not.

The Riding in St George has alot of variety. One thing I would not classify most of the riding in St George as is smooth. Rocks and small 1-2 foot drops are pretty much par for the course around SG. The best trail for a cx bike would the paved trail system in st george which is one of the best I have seen anywhere. Other then that The Bear Claw poppy trail is pretty smooth and you could probably ride all the way up to stuki springs on a CX bike and have a good time.
Personally I think you be nuts to be a cyclist in St George and miss out on the good stuff because of your bike. Rent a Stumpjumper or an Enduro from Red Rock Bicycle Company and ride The barrell roll, Church rocks, Hit the fun drops on the bear claw poppy, Zen, So much fun to be had on a trail bike in St George.
 

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I rode my cyclocross bike on Bear Claw a few years back. I ended up snapping my carbon seatpost (which was probably cut too short) and ended up rattling my bottle cage off. Needless to say, I have not taken the cross bike back.
 

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The Bear Claw poppy trail is pretty smooth
-I'm confused, are we talking about the right trail here? There is nothing smooth about it. I think a cyclecross bike on that trail would be a bad idea. It's been pretty chewed up from irresponsible riders over the last few years. I have 6 inches of travel and I still get shakin up on the way down. Now riding stucki might be a different story, it's in a lot better shape.
 

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Thanks for the information and opinions, guys. I'll rent a mtn bike. Looking forward to riding the trails in StG.

-R

Now, out the door for a 2-3 hour training ride in the pouring rain @ ~43 degrees. Crap.
 

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Don't miss Gooseberry Mesa, Little Creek Mountain and Grafton Mesa. World class! Liked Slickrock Swamp, too.
I ride a 4" travel Turner Burner, go bigger travel, these areas are tech.
 
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