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  1. #1
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    Richfield, Utah, Never Been. Impressions?

    Just saw this, Do Want.
    I imagine I’ll want to wait until fall?


    https://www.singletracks.com/communi...-bike-shuttle/
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    Does this place have enough for two days of getting rowdy (and hopefully not so rowdy for wifey as well?)

    I imagine e-bike might be perfect for this?
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  2. #2
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    I'd say the Pahvant Trail System has enough for two days. Sevier County is one of my favorite places.

    Lots of places to escape the heat near by.

    Sent from my Turbo 850 Flatbrimed Highhorse

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    Richland is legit. Miles of Falcon Flow type riding. E-bike officially not allowed due to FS designation. Def. 2 days worth.

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    I rode the lower part of Spinal Tap when it first opened. It was pretty fun. Doing a few laps to learn it would be ideal. The upper part seems to bring complaints from the bros who are pissed that they might have to do some pedaling, and that it's boring and tracked out by cows. Moped would probably be ideal to lap lower Spinal. There are some spicy spots but could easily be walked, and there are ride arounds for many features.

    I only rode a few other trails. The climbing trail (Big Red to Faulty iirc) was pretty good and interesting. Some of the other trails looked like they'd be fun as well.

  5. #5
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    Got it. On the fall schedule. I was thinking e-bike because long shuttles on crappy roads kinda suck, but are actually pretty fun if you have a little horsepower to keep moving, whereas on a trad bike, you might be walking or cursing.
    But I digress. How pedaly is the descent, as compared to Palisade Plunge, which turned out to be quite a bit more than advertised? In other words, which bike is best, 160/160 air, or 170/180 coil?
    Thanks!
    Forum Cross Pollinator, gratuitously strident

  6. #6
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    Definitely worth a couple of days. I did the full spinal tap last october and it did not have any issues with cow tracks. The whole thing is fun. Fast and flowy singletrack up high getting rockier and more technical as you get lower. It is not a huge area, but a morning shuttle for the full spinal tap and then some pedal laps on telegraph, juniper drop etc... is a great full bodied day. I would wait for fall, the morning shuttle up high would be fine but you would miss out on enjoyable laps the rest of the day in the heat.

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    Did the full spinal tap as a self shuttle last fall, definitely recommend. I am more of an XC rider and I was on a Stumpjumper, so more advanced riders might have a different perspective than me. The upper section was mostly just XC, middle was my favorite with fantastic flow through cool geological formations, lower is has a lot of sand and steep ledges and drops where I had to get off several times. My understanding is that ebikes are not allowed on the upper part which is managed by the Forest Service, and unlike most USFS trails they actually patrol it occasionally. We combined the trip with Thunder Mountain which has another level of scenery but not as good riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Got it. On the fall schedule. I was thinking e-bike because long shuttles on crappy roads kinda suck, but are actually pretty fun if you have a little horsepower to keep moving, whereas on a trad bike, you might be walking or cursing.
    But I digress. How pedaly is the descent, as compared to Palisade Plunge, which turned out to be quite a bit more than advertised? In other words, which bike is best, 160/160 air, or 170/180 coil?
    Thanks!
    I rode it on a 120mm trail bike and that was plenty. There's plenty of camping halfway up the trail system with nice views. From the campsite I did sunset rides which was pretty awesome.

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    Nice.
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  10. #10
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    Richfield is badass. I camped along the road with the good trails. You can shuttle or pedal the whole thing on singletrack and do a loop (without having to pedal up the road). Love the feel. It's like upper porcupine rim singletrack style and more. I think they have a lot going on.

    It's nice that it is just far enough away from Colorado that you're not going to see a ton of CO plates there, so that just leaves the SLC people. I think the college town there is keeping the trails alive.

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