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What IS Technical Singletrack?
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I just returned from North Carolina, where I did a little mountain biking. I rode at Bent Creek and The IMBA Epic, DuPont State Forest. While in the parking lot at DuPont, I was talking to a local rider. I mentioned that the trails I've ridden here (in NC) were not as "technical" as those I ride at home. The rider responded by asking, "what is your definition of a technical trail?" Hmmmm, a great question I'd never really thought about. I quickly blurted out the first thing that popped into my head, " A technical trail would be any trail that causes your brain to tell you that maybe you should get off your bike and walk this section."
We hear the term technical singletrack used all the time. Since all riders have different abilities, and each area has different types of trails, what is considered technical for one person, would not be for another.

So how do YOU define a Technical singletrack?

(Note: I was in no way implying the trails in NC were easy or boring. Quite the opposite, they were great, fun trails. Just different than my usual trails.)

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posted 10/10/2007
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The more you slow down or brake; the more technical it is.

Picking your way through a dried up stream bed with one good line, much more technical that that 4' wide naturally banked single track through the trees, that you take at full speed.

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posted 10/10/2007
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I use number of switch backs. I hate switch backs, so they are technical to me?

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posted 10/10/2007
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Any place I fall off!! I hate to admit it but that seems to happen a lot

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posted 10/10/2007
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I'd say the number of skills needed out of the tricks bag. Pedal positioning, bunny hops, really tight lines, braking, body weight positioning, speed, the consequences of missing the trail...hard to quantify, really.
It's too technical when you're too bloody to keep going

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posted 10/10/2007
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It's too technical when you're too bloody to keep going
-- posted by yojo1001

I didn't know that was possible....

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posted 10/10/2007
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A technical section is one which takes extra effort and skill and if not ridden properly, will probably result in anything from a "dab" to a "biff" such as an "endo" or "yard sale".

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posted 10/10/2007
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Fantasy Island in Tucson has a some very technical sections where the transitions are pretty rough, the sand traps are pretty soft, and the rocks are pretty hard. But its something that the regulars do so often that we don't really think about it much.

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posted 10/11/2007
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Along with playing anymore hockey, it's what my orthopod doctor says I can't do with my new bionic shoulder!

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posted 10/11/2007
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posted 10/11/2007
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Hans Rey Rules! He can ride just about anything! I love watching him ride.
I wonder what Hans' definition of technical is.
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