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Old 07-31-18, 03:03 PM
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Familiar with mtb trails in Big Sky, MT?

Hi. I've never posted here in the mountain bike forum, because, well, I've never been on a mountain bike, before. However, I'm traveling with my family soon to Yellowstone and Big Sky for a week's vacation. I'd like to do some biking while I'm there.

​​​​I contacted an outfitter there hoping to find a good route to follow for a nice and challenging road ride, but from what I've gathered so far, it's not the best place for road riding. I'm thinking I'll rent a hardtail mtb and try some of the trails there, instead.

I asked the shop for trail recommendations and they don't seem to want to give me any specific details. I'm sure when I get there they'll be able to give me a map and point me towards a suitable trail, but I'd kind of like to know what I'm getting into before I leave home.

Is anyone here familiar with any of the trails in the Big Sky area who could help me plan out a longish ride on trails that would be suitable for someone who has little to no experience riding off road?

I've looked at mtbproject and trailfork to try to do a little planning, but apart from learning the names of some trails and where they are, I'm not getting much out of it. I don't know if a black diamond means certain death for someone inexperienced like me or if it just means lots of climbing (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). I appreciate any advice. Thanks!
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no experience here. I'd rent a full sus trail bike if it's available. It's going to be a lot more comfortable over the long haul and they're a lot easier to control than an xc bike.
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Asking locals for trail recommendations is like asking a local barmaid what kinds of beer they have, and then ordering a Coors. It's rude.
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no experience here. I'd rent a full sus trail bike if it's available. It's going to be a lot more comfortable over the long haul and they're a lot easier to control than an xc bike.
Thanks. That's valuable advice.
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Asking locals for trail recommendations is like asking a local barmaid what kinds of beer they have, and then ordering a Coors. It's rude.
That's unfortunate. If someone came to me asking where they could go in Pittsburgh for a nice casual bike ride I would happily recommend one of the many beautiful bike paths or rail trails. I wouldn't be offended that they didn't want to ride the Dirty Dozen.

When I go to a brewpub sometimes I want barrel-aged strong ale, sometimes I want a pilsener. The best places have something good to suit anyone's taste.
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