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I know this forum is dead as hell... but I vaguely remember there being some bike enthusiasts on here. What kind of bike are you guys riding for trails in the area? Was thinking about picking up a bike with full suspension, mainly because of back problems in the past. Any thoughts between hardtail and fs? Will be riding bike exclusively on trails, no road. Aside from Palos and Kettle moraine what are some other good areas to ride?


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OK here are my thoughts. If you have a bad back and don't want to do anything to fix it like stretching/core work etc. , then get a full suspension. Hardtail bikes are really only for racing IMO, not as enjoyable as a full suspension bike, but usually faster.

As far as trails, not much else besides the two you mentioned that are fun and close. Kettle has 60 miles of riding, and Palos probably double that if you get creative. They should keep you interested for a while.

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Still ride around my 96 Rockhopper. No suspension of any kind other than legs and arms. Suspension bikes I'm just not to into. You may like them if your back hurts though.

For trails theres Rock Cut near Rockford (never been there yet), Cam Rock 3 (south of Cambridge, WI) and Quarry Ridge (Verona, WI).

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OK here are my thoughts. If you have a bad back and don't want to do anything to fix it like stretching/core work etc. , then get a full suspension. Hardtail bikes are really only for racing IMO, not as enjoyable as a full suspension bike, but usually faster.

As far as trails, not much else besides the two you mentioned that are fun and close. Kettle has 60 miles of riding, and Palos probably double that if you get creative. They should keep you interested for a while.


Agree with the above (Well not so sure about the 120 mile Palos part)

Another .02

FS is a little heavier mostly where you don't care as much. You can typically ride longer and the suspension takes up some of the mistakes you make that would pound on your back otherwise. The tires follow the trail a little better so you do get a bit more traction as well. Shocks have platform settings for more efficient pedaling. Cheaper FS bikes will have less efficient suspension /wheels and typically be heavier.

All that said riding a front suspension or no suspension bike can be really fun and they are typically faster but beat you up more. Stop by at Ray's indoor MTB over the winter for some examples. you can rent a Dirtjump bike there.

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For trails, I'd stick with front fork only. I've owned a couple full suspension bikes in the past that I used for downhill but when it came to single track they sucked. A bad back and mountain biking don't blend well on any bike.
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if you get a hardtail go for big wheels like a 29 or 650b,

went to palos 2 weeks ago and there was a lot of ice under the snow, looking at studded tires now
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I put some studded tires on my mtb this winter.
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What kind of bike are you guys riding for trails in the area?
No suspension on my Kona, but I enjoy it on the trails and road.

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For trails theres Rock Cut near Rockford (never been there yet)...
Rock Cut has a variety of trails -- some grassland, some more technical, and some in between. Trails criss-cross and aren't marked so you go in whatever direction you want at intersections. I've been there a few times and it's good, but I like Kettle Moraine better. Rock Cut has the advantage of less people on the trails.

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One of the nicer things about Kettle is that most of it is one-way.

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No suspension on my Kona, but I enjoy it on the trails and road.



Rock Cut has a variety of trails -- some grassland, some more technical, and some in between. Trails criss-cross and aren't marked so you go in whatever direction you want at intersections. I've been there a few times and it's good, but I like Kettle Moraine better. Rock Cut has the advantage of less people on the trails.
Didnt know you rode one also. Ever ride the back section of Rockport Pk?

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Thanks for the feedback... Picked up a fs yeterday, just waiting for the weather to break.




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Nice looking bike!
I think Rei has ice tires in stock if you dont want to wait.

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sweet ride. is that the compulsion ?
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sweet ride. is that the compulsion ?
Edict Nine 60. LBS took 30% off last years stock, and they had one left in my size. It came down between this and a rockhopper evo, but I think fs will serve me well correcting some mistakes a noob like myself will inevitably make.


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rode Saturday, trails are a mess of ice that got tracked up when slushy then refroze , got studded tires but I think fat studded tires would have worked better
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Didnt know you rode one also. Ever ride the back section of Rockport Pk?
You know, I keep forgetting about that. I've heard it's decent. Would be much closer than Kettle. Thanks for the reminder.
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I called REI oakbrook 2 weeks ago and they did not have the studded tires in stock , but the trek store on ogden in downers grove did
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I called REI oakbrook 2 weeks ago and they did not have the studded tires in stock , but the trek store on ogden in downers grove did
How hard is it to ride through snow? Do I need a new set of rims as well or just throw the tires on the existing set.


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Nice pickup Dave,
Are those Nokians?

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How hard is it to ride through snow? Do I need a new set of rims as well or just throw the tires on the existing set.
For regular snow you really don't even need studded tires.
Ice and underlying ice is different.

You can swap them onto your rims without much effort.


These are what I'm running. They work well.






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Are those Nokians?
yes

they save your ass when there is ice under the snow , riding on snow is fun when the dirt under it is smooth, the last few weeks the ice under the snow is rough with footprints and bike tracks from people going out there when its slushy
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i rode a stretch of those ice footprints last week.. I've gone over smoother rock gardens

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