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Video: Down Pisgah Black Mountain Trail

Mountain Biking down Black Mountain Trail, in Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard, North Carolina, can only be so exciting from inside a full squish Mountain Boat. But get yourself atop a dropbar Mountain Goat Bike, and feel the thrill of power, agility and connection to the trail, as it carries you at speed up, over, and around obstacles of your choosing. Pick and choose your line, its all a fun ride when your on a Dropbar Trailbike.

Anatomy of a Dropbar Trailbike

A Dropbar Trailbike is a Cyclocross or Gravel bicycle with clearance for at least two inch tires. This is not only a practical setup for all terrain riding at speed, but is also extremely fun, versatile, and safe. It rides both technical and flowy singletrack trails like a dream. This is a machine built for enjoying the mountain goat experience. Make no mistake, this is not a “do-it-all” “one-bike-for-everything” cross bike hybrid. Once you’ve dedicated to building out a Dropbar Trailbike, it will end up more and more specific for being a great offroad machine and less and less ideal for enjoying adventures on pavement. Read on to learn the basics of what makes a bombproof and super agile Dropbar Trailbike, which is a bike for ALL trails that rides like no other kind of mountain bike.

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Riding like a Natural Born Mountain Goat

A dropbar trailbike has potential to shred the trails like no other mountain bike can. Its a fast and agile machine, perfectly suited for obstacle navigation at speed. But having a bike suited for mountain goat fun, and being able to operate the bike like a true mountain goat, are two separate sides to the same mountain goat experience. The fun comes when both bike and rider take flight as one goatified trail turning bio-machine. Yea, that sounds like the kind of fun we’re looking for. Here’s how to prepare your mortal coil for the union that awaits. Here’s how to ride your Dropbar Trailbike like a natural born mountain goat.

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Mountain Goat in a sea of Mountain Boats

In March of 2019, after five years of enjoying my souped up cyclocross bike on the singletrack trails, I found myself at the Sedona MTB Festival, completely saturated with full suspension mountain bikes. Seems like I was the only one there that actually preferred the bumpy stuff. This is the origin story of how a roadie came to love and excel at riding the trails in hyper road bike fashion. This is a cross cultural tale of following your passion, not being defined by the group you are in, and loving, without restraint, all those who surround you. It is while riding my drop bar trail bike that I discovered how to have kick ass fun and still be faster than everyone else.

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