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Best Mountain Bike Trails in Colorado

If you are a true mountain biker, then Colorado needs no introduction. It has some of the biggest and most majestic mountains you can find anywhere, with lust-worthy and enjoyable single-tracks. Though the huge mountains and great trails of Colorado makes it a place to visit, the absolutely massive amount of single-track riding available in this state, makes it so unique.

You might not grasp the scope of mountain biking opportunities in Colorado until you move there and experience it personally. If you are coming from out of state, figuring out how to best enjoy a week, or a month, vacation riding the best bike trails in Colorado is a fool’s errand. There’s a very high possibility that you would have more fun hanging out and riding around just one fantastic destination for the duration of your one week, or one month, vacation. But still, let’s get you a list of the best mountain bike trails the great state of Colorado has to offer.

Limiting the vast expanse of Colorado bike trails to a certain number of selections is not really a wise thing to do. But, here are some must-ride mountain bike trails in the State of Colorado.

Silverton to Durango: Colorado Trail
The Silverton to Durango trail has been ranked by single-track members as the number 1 mountain bike trail in the whole world. However, riders from outside the state, or even outside the country that come to “ride the Colorado trail” have most times had problems with this trail. Asides the fact that very few people actually have the time, fitness, or commitment to ride the whole 500-mile trail from the start to the finish, it also has some hardy bike-packers. If it’s your first time on a mountain bike trail, then you should probably start with something smaller.
Fantastic views of the mountain, absence of wilderness bypasses, tough climbs and amazing single-tracks is what this trail is made up of. But, if you are a newbie looking for an epic ride and want to start with a bike-pack that you can manage instead of the going the entire trail, then you shouldn’t start with the Silverton to Durango section because it is tough to beat.

Buffalo Creek (Pine)
Back in 2008, Buffalo Creek was ranked the number trail in the world. And though it isn’t the number one trail right now, this trail system has change dramatically over time, and for the better. Alongside the addition of more classic and amazing singe-tracks, another major change was the addition of Blackjack and Raspberry Ridge, which offers true double-black-diamond riding in any trail system, that was previously known for only XC trails. These upgrades culminated in the addition of some top-class flow in the form of the Little Scraggy trail, which was completed in the fall of 2016.
The miles of trail out in Buffalo Creek cannot be truly ascertained, but the best guess is “a whole lot”. If you put into consideration the campground nestled within the trail system, the significant diversity, easy accessibility to the large population on the Colorado Front Range, and a way longer riding season than most of the other trails in Colorado, then Buffalo Creek deserves its reputation as one of the favorite mountain bike trails.

Doctor Park (Crested Butte)
One of the things the epic mountain bike destination known as Crested Butte is well-known for is The 401 trail. Although, as mountain bikers have grown accustomed to what makes a great and exciting mountain bike trail, they have also come to terms with the fact that maybe, just maybe, 401 isn’t really all that. But with the fall of the 401 trail came the rise of the Doctor Park.
Just like 401 that has amazing views of the mountain, Doctor Park also has some gorgeous long-distance views from up top. But when you couple these views with a completely rip-roaring, smooth, flowy descent down a classic single-track, then you would realize that it doesn’t get better than this.

Monarch Crest (Salida)
The Monarch Crest has recurrently been ranked as one of the best trails in the state of Colorado, and even in the world. Basically, this route consists of several different interlinked trails, like the Silver Creek and the Rainbow Trail, with this creating an amazing 35-mile shuttle route, with millions of miles view of along the Continental Divide, which is coupled with high speed, gnarly descending down into the valley below.
Wonder why the Monarch Crest is a perennial favorite? It is because there are four other single-track descents, Fooses Creek, Agate Creek, Starvation Creek, and Green’s Creek, which offer an even gnarly and more entertaining descend. And this is despite the fact that it has one classic route.
Many riders get to choose from a variety of trails, which makes this destination even more appealing. And, you should probably go along with a lot of food and water so you can spend your sweet time and enjoy this amazing trail.

Lunch Loops (Grand Junction)
If you haven’t been to this trail before, then you don’t know what you are missing out on. The Lunch Loops is an expansive trail system offering more than 40 miles of single-track awesomeness, ranging from beginner, which is not so much, to expert, which it has a lot of. This destination has a lot of awesome trails, such as Free Lunch, Holy Cross, and Ribbon, which are all brutally technical. You might opt to ride other trails systems, but Lunch Loops is definitely the crème de la crème of mountain bike trails.

The above mountain bike trails are among the best 5 in Colorado. But other exciting trails include:
• Trestle Bike Park (Winter Park)
• Kenosha Pass to Breckenridge Colorado Trail (Fairplay/Breckenridge)
• Trail 401 (Crested Butte)
• 18 Road/North Fruita Desert (Fruita)
• Kokopelli Area Trails (Loma)
• Phil’s World (Cortez)
• Captain Jack’s (Colorado Springs)
• Dakota Ridge (Denver)
Now you are well-equipped for that next biking vacation, and can easily pick the most suitable and exciting mountain bike trail in Colorado.

The Best Mountain Bikes of 2017

2017 is considered to be the year when the best and promising mountain bikes were introduced to the market. There are variations of them to choose from new models introduced with 27.5+ wheels to 29 ranges. Now, to not confuse you, here are the top 8 best of the best on our list of mountain bikes which considered to the promising bikes for the year 2017:

1. PIVOT MACH 429 TRAIL
Pivot’s Mach 429 Trail is considered to be one of those 29er trail bikes. They are much easier to drive along and to take control and whip around because its rear suspension is very efficient with 116mm of travel.

2. YETI SB5c BETI
Yeti SB5c Beti’s one of a kind geometric and suspension design won the hearts of many mountain bikers. Yeti SB5c Beti only weighs around 25 pounds and a suspension well enough for pedaling and climbs enough for any local race you get yourself into. With its smooth SRAM X01, the 1×1 drivetrain is considered as well as a good bike for adventurous women out there.

3. IBIS RIPLEY 29 LS
The new Ripley has more improvised characters and highly regarded performance from the last Ripley version introduced in 2015. It is considered to be one of the finest and most recommended mountain bikes not just for the year but all season. The new 2016 model offers a better pivot internals, lower seat mast, much better tire clearance and a boost of 148 option. With those small touches and many more discreet upgrades to the new version made the product a much better and sought out bikes for bike-lovers.

4. SPOT ROLLIK
Spot Rollik has a new mouth-watering look with 140mm carbon frame though there’s also YOBO which is a 160mm version, the brand creates its name for hardtails and urban bikes. Both bikes mentioned has a dual-link suspension that looks like the one used by Ibis, Pivot, Turner but with a little more delicate distinction from it; The rear pivot uses a complex leaf string instead of ball-bearing and axle. The brand as well declared that the new product is low-maintenance, swifter and lighter with much-improved suspension performance.

5. MARIN ATTACK TRAIL 9
As known for producing adventure bikes, Marin introduces its most exciting and adventure-ready bike, the Attack Trail 9. Attack Trail 9 which is dual-linked suspension design, enduro-y parts, carbon front triangle and KS LEV dropper seatpost.

6. JULIANA FURTADO
The 2015 Juliana Furtado is considered to be one of the recommended, and capable models with 125mm of VPP controlled rear-wheel suspension while the 2016 Juliana Furtado has its way to beat its old bad sister on the road with its fiercer and adventure-ready attitude. The mountain bikes have 130mm of travel, one-degree slacker angle, shorter rear end, longer top tube and a much more hostile wide 760mm handlebar. This is a more mature, riskless version of Furtado.

While there are a lot more impressive and head turner mountain bikes you could browse and take a look at, the six aforementioned above was the top recommended mountain bikes based on the test drives we had undergone. They are considered to be our Editor’s Choice, and they completely won the hearts and the respect of many if not all bike lovers.