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Inside Look: New MTB Trails Around The US With IMBA

IMBA put together a killer video showcase that features the new trail projects around the US.

Watch the video and get a look into how IMBA builds trails and what riding looks like around the country. I thought it was really good to see rocks, drops and other features being built into the trail with ride arounds for riders that might not want to take those features. It gives riders the ability to work up to different riding levels and increase their skill set without making it dangerous for all riding abilities. This is a great option instead of just making all trails ridable by all riders.

This topic contains 5 replies, has 1 voice, and was last updated by  Abriyani 5 years, 3 months ago.

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    Dusty
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    IMBA does amazing things, but I’m just not on board with the type of trails their building (and promoting the construction of) across the country. They’re all ultra-smooth, wide, bermed and banked. I understand some riders like that sort of trail, but I don’t, and most of the guys I ride with don’t. Yet it seems that every new trail that is built to the IMBA standards in our region has TONS of rollers, banked turns and are all very wide and smooth. They’re nothing like the ‘raw’ trails we all grew up riding. Am I the only one out here who feels this way?

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    Robb Sutton
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    I am actually with you on this one. While I understand the need/want to use machines to cut trail, they remove a lot of the character from the land and create really wide trail. The rocks and roots are what bring excitement and uniqueness to mountain biking.

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    Dusty
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    I personally feel machines have no place in building trails in a forest, except for moving large rocks and the like. Though it takes many more hours and volunteers, I feel trails should absolutely be built by hand. The excuse that ‘it takes too long to build trails by hand’ is absurd. We shouldn’t be in such a rush to build tens of miles of trails in a short period of time that we feel the only way to do it is to get machines in there. We need to take our time and build the trails the right way, by hand. I’m a director in our local trail advocacy organization here in Delaware, and I don’t agree with how our club is constructing trails at the present moment. But the guys who are giving up their time to build the trails are making the call, and not listening to outside input from the folks who aren’t contributing to specific projects. Very frustrating. Not sure what to do about it.

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    Robb Sutton
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    We run into the exact same problem here. and +1 on everything you said.

    The negative side effect to machine cutting trails is also that you disrupt the structure of the land too much. By removing the roots and rocks, you are removing the foundation that holds the dirt in place and allows for water run off. When it is all just dirt…it turns into a sponge and creates the need for more trail maintenance. The hand cut trails in our area rarely, if ever, need maintenance. The machine cut ones are a red clay mud bowl when it rains.

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    Abriyani
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    May21Daniel M I love 29er’s If I was to get a new mtb, it would be a 29er for sure. That or get Kaos to podcure another “Zelda”…..droool…..

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