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Whats your favorite trail for SS in this area


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#1 Adam Kuhn

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:05 AM

So far I think Council Bluffs has been my favorite.  I ride Greensfelder most, but its an intense workout, I actually have to walk a few of the hills. Lost Valley isn't bad either.  Just looking for input, thanks in advance!

#2 Falasi4

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 12:50 PM

SIUE is my favorite for SS - never feel like I've spun out the gear but never tourqing so hard that my knees complain later.  Tight and twisty with lots of flow and some occassional air to catch.  If you ride all the trails one way it adds up to about 11 miles.  Riding several sections both directions (feels like a different trail) it is quite the workout of non-stop pedaling if you are going for speed or a mix of pedal/flow if you are just chillin'.  

Downside right now is the overgrowth - if you react to poision ivy or other plants, hold off going there until fall when the vegetation backs off a bit.

#3 spot

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 01:16 PM

Indian Camp Creek is a blast on a SS. Matson Hill is great minus two short climbs.

#4 special1

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 05:16 AM

+1 on Indian Camp Creek.  Lost Valley is a good workout and Creve Coeur is WAY fun.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:49 AM

Cliff Cave is very SS friendly if you are in South County area and looking for a shorter ride. Actually Castlewood and Bluff View are just fine on a SS.  If you liked Council Bluff try Middle Fork.  It is a great SS trail.
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#6 Russian Bear

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:53 AM

Another vote for Matson Hill.

#7 James75

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:51 AM

I'm heading to Lost Valley and Matson Hill this weekend.  I've only ridden LV once and that was during a race on my geared bike.  And quite honestly I don't remember much about the trail.  Would I be okay on my rigid SS or would I be better off with the geared front suspension for LV and Matson?  I can climb pretty much anything at Castlewood on my SS with the exception of cardiac and lone wolf.

#8 supradude

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:07 AM

You'll be fine SS at LV or Matson.  You can get by rigid at Matson but I would not recommend rigid for LV unless you stick to the [snoozer] doubetrack.  LV is quite rocky and can beat you up even with suspension.
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#9 James75

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:30 AM

View Postsupradude, on 03 July 2014 - 10:07 AM, said:

You'll be fine SS at LV or Matson.  You can get by rigid at Matson but I would not recommend rigid for LV unless you stick to the [snoozer] doubetrack.  LV is quite rocky and can beat you up even with suspension.

Just the answer I was looking for.  Thanks!

#10 Adam Kuhn

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 03:27 PM

I did LV several times, rigid style.  Its a little rough but certainly doable

#11 supradude

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:07 PM

View PostAdam Kuhn, on 05 November 2014 - 03:27 PM, said:

I did LV several times, rigid style.  Its a little rough but certainly doable

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#12 itsboz

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:01 AM

LV on a rigid, 29+ machine is wunderbar!
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#13 jrray24

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 07:03 PM

Council Bluff is single speed heaven. St Joe Park is good too.

#14 alackman

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 06:40 PM

I like Zombie and bluff view on a SS hard tail....I ride Chubb a lot too..although I walk a few spots.

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 09:59 AM

For years, my only MTB was a SS, I've ridden all the trails in and around StL on it, and they all are doable.  Some more fun than others.
I probably have ridden Greensfelder the most, and the new Beula trail is awesome.
Castlewood is fun on off days, way too busy otherwise.
Zombie and Bluffview are very good trails as well.
Indian Camp Creek is great for the variety, technical sections and swoopy flowing sections.
Council Bluffs is my favorite out of town trail, although, Forest City is pretty fun too.
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