My 11yr old son and I went to a local single track trail riding spot. He on his Trek 820 and me on my Crosstrail. There were a few logs we had a to go over, some dips, a few tight switch backs and a ton of narrow areas to negotiate. Man did we have a blast! I am now addicted to single track riding and we have started to look for more areas to try.
The Crosstrail held up well. It was surprisingly nimble. We had ridden about 4.5 miles and returned to to the truck to get some refreshments and look the bikes over. We then ventured onto another trail in the park and about a 1/4 mile in I got a rear flat. End of the day. The 700x45 Borough XC's did better then I thought and I was nervous about bending a rim but all was well. I noticed that the bottom of the crank would make contact with the logs at times. I'm wondering of that is because of the bike geometry? I am also wondering if there are any upgrades I should start considering. I think a new bike is out of the question at this time since I had just bought this one (the wife would kill me). I do wish I could've tried trail riding before buying the Crosstrail as that would have maybe pushed me towards a more appropriate bike but live and learn I guess.
Bottom line is we both had an absolutely great time (even though we both got attacked by chiggers) and can't wait to do it again. Trail riding rocks!