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I'm heading to Whistler for a few weeks in August and I'm starting to plan things a bit now. Just thinking about what bike I might take, and I was wondering if I would be better of bringing my Santa Cruz Tallboy or Nomad? The Tallboy is built up light with a dropper post but I could add chunkier tyres. The Nomad has coil front and back but isn't too heavy, also has a dropper. I will rent a DH bike for and park riding, so I'll just be using my bike for trail riding. What would be the best to bring along?
 

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Dont take this the wrong way but are you a competent rider? And by competent I mean you can ride tech and not bullshit Colorado Utah or East Coast tech but trails with lots of rocks, roots, ups, downs, blind rolls, off camber corners etc
 

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Hey, thanks for coming back to me. Yip, I'd say I'm competent, but not expert by any stretch. My local trails have a mix of rocks/roots/pinch climbs (Queenstown, New Zealand) as well as flowy single track that takes a bit of climbing to get to. My weakness is probably more the blind roll over/super steep techy type stuff though, which is why I was leaning towards the Nomad.
 

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Kiwis esp from Queenstown area tend to be used to tech. Almost all the local valley trails have some climbs so the Tallboy will be fine with beefy tires. Some of the more difficult trails might be a bit much but on balance go w the climbing bike. The hard valley trails are harder than bikepark
 

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Dont take this the wrong way but are you a competent rider? And by competent I mean you can ride tech and not bullshit Colorado Utah or East Coast tech but trails with lots of rocks, roots, ups, downs, blind rolls, off camber corners etc
Haha.. Your words should be on every Squamish, Whistler valley and Pemberton trail map!

This thread reminds me of the first time I rode outside WBP. I think the right answer is if you're riding hard diamonds or double diamonds bring as much bike as you can! When I first started riding the valley and other spots I used to like hiking the trails during the shoulder seasons or during the week to see what you're getting yourself into. It was a good way to spend time with my wife and show her all of the hard work that goes into the trails.
 

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Yeah cool, thanks guys. Appreciate your input. In terms of trails to ride, what are some must do's? I'll look at trail guides/maps but I know from my home town riding often the best trails aren't on the maps, especially if they are relatively new.
 

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I would start at Lost Lake and then hit the Emerald Forest. If that goes well I would hit Cut yer Bars and The River then climb up to the Flank trail and head left or south and hit Cheap Thrills and Danimal. After that hit Kill me Thrill me then park at the Ancient Cedars lot and do the trails there. I would ride Comfortably Numb then some of the Lost Lake trails at the end. You should check out Kyber Pass and Babylon too. Park at Cheakamus lake road lot right off the 99. Ride the fire road up to the trail head. There's a good loop if you take Farside when you're riding the road back to the car. That should keep you busy for a few days.

Check out Pemberton and Squamish too. You get a Pemberton trail map from the Bike Co in Pemberton or Whistler. A Squamish map can be picked up at Corsa bikes.
 
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