November 16, 2018
The 2016 Outside magazine article linked above, says
"At the bare minimum, we recommend looking at hardtails for no less than $1,500 and full suspension at $2,000 to $2,500."
The Icebike article says that you can get "a really good bike" for $700 to $800.
It just goes to show that everyone has their perspective.
My bike is an $800 bike (new) that I got on sale for $600.
Buying a used bike changes all this, but brings on its own set of issues.
Tucson area rides
One article lists the following as 5 "best" rides in the Tucson area:
There is an old trail rating system, sadly still in use, that uses numbers and letters like
2A, 3B, (9X for all I know). Despite many searches, I have yet to find this explained.
Apparently it is being replaced by a new (better!) ski run like system with green, blue,
and various black diamond ratings.
MTB Project has an excellent phone app that I found extremely helpful when I first visited the Honeybee Canyon trail.
- Sweetwater (almost in my backyard)
- Honeybee Canyon - Rail X (long)
- Arizona Trail via Gabe Zimmerman
- West Desert Preserve - Green Valley
- Fantasy Island, Valencia side is easiest (east side)
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