On the ground at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
Best way to shop for a new mountain bike? Head to a consumer demo event of course. It’s just common sense. If you want to know which new bike is the right one for you, trying before you buy is always the best answer. And events such as the fifth annual Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, March 1-3, present just such an opportunity.
This year’s exhibitor line-up included the likes of Ibis, Pivot, Yeti, Specialized, Salsa, Transition, Canyon, and many more. There were also numerous component and apparel brands showing off their latest designs and even offering special deals. And of course the Sedona area riding is pretty good, too. Though a freak snowstorm closed down some of the over 200 miles of spectacular singletrack, there was still plenty of delicious red dirt to shred, including the flow trails and pump track inside the city park that played host the event.
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This year’s Sedona Mountain Bike Festival also featured an array of great food trucks to keep you nourished between rides. And when riding was done, there was a beer garden where they were pouring tasty adult beverages from the likes of Ska, Oak Creek, Wanderlust, and Dark Sky. There was also live entertainment all three days, featuring bands such as Decker and the Dead Country Gentlemen.
Mtbr made the trip to Sedona to check out the scene, and while this editor is on the sidelines recovering from injury and couldn’t ride, we still got a good look at what has clearly become a seminal event on the mountain bike calendar.
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