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Old 03-22-12, 12:58 AM
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Moving to SoCal- local mtb routes?

Hi, two-part question here:
I just found out I'll be moving to Laguna Beach soon and wanted to get some info on good mtb riding down there- where to go, what the trails are like, etc.

Also, I have a full suspension 26er Specialized Safire now, but I demo'd a hardtail Specialized Fate 29er yesterday, and that thing was just awesome. Now I'm wondering if I should buy one and take it down there with me. For those of you who ride down there, is a hardtail 29er a good bike to have, or should I just stick with the Safire?
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Laguna Beach you say? Ask this dude!

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Old 03-22-12, 11:36 AM
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Nice! I didn't realize Brian Lopes lived there. Those look like some awesome trails.
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I think some of those trails are "illegal". Anyways, you will be near El Moro, Laguna coast wilderness, and Aliso/Wood cyn.

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https://www.mountainbikebill.com/ is an excellent source of information

I have been riding mountain bikes for 30 years in the Pacific NW and Baja California - always on a hardtail. I started doing a lot of fairly serious riding in the San Diego area about 18 months ago. I finally broke down and bought a Trance X2 FS bike six weeks ago. I love the ride and the full suspension is a big help in most of the technical single track I've seen in San Diego.

My hardtail 26 works in a few places in San Diego but in most places I prefer the FS Trance.
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Old 03-26-12, 09:50 AM
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check out socaltrailriders.org; the local So Cal Mountain Bike forum and 3fbc.com for local trail information. Several great area right next to Laguna Beach - Laguna Coast Wilderness; El Moro; Aliso Woods; San Clemente singletracks. Alittle farther north - Bommer Canyon; Limestone Canyon; Santa Ana Mountains; Santiago Oaks/Irvine Park; Whiting Ranch, O'Neill/Trabuco/Arroyo/Las Tijeras, etc. And father north I love Chino Hills. Worth the drive up the 57...

Also check out irlandmarks.org for organized rides in Orange County Park/Wilderness areas.


I ride both a hardtail and a full suspension. Both are fine on any of the trails. As you know it just takes different skills. A full suspension bike takes alot of the technical out of a trail. I'm alittle old school and don't get why people want 29ers (unless the rider is over 6' 2") but its all personal choice.
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also check out trailangels.com
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Well it just depends on if you want the supension or not. The hardtail you will get up the hills a little faster but it wouldnt be as smooth as a FS. I would look at a 29er though. You will be happy with one of them.
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