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MTBing in Basel

All, just wondering if I should invest in a full bouncer for my planned move to Basel in the Autumn?

I have a roadie that will use around town and further afield. I used to do MTBing at trail centres in UK, but turned to the roadie dark side.

What is XC biking like near to Basel. Would like to try some proper stuff in the mountains next summer, but thought could hire a decent bike as would only get chance to do this every blue moon.

Any thoughts? Is it worth getting a MTB for Basel or is a roadie sufficient?

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Re: MTBing in Basel

A roadie is sufficeint, or a hybred. That will get you to and from work ( including curb jumping alone the way) I also like having a hybred for exploring further afrield - there are 9 Natioalcycle routes in Switzerland, along with hundreds of mapped, regional ones. A road bike will get you over most of those, but at times the sealed trails do become packed dirt so again, a hybred is useful.

BUT, there are also nationally mapped mtb trails as well and there are certainly trails around Basel ( including just over the French and German borders) that are for dedicated MTBers. So, really, it depends on what you wnat your bike for. I have actually now bought a second bike, so have my road touring bike and a fixed tail MTB, of which I have two sets of tyres to be able to swap them when I need to, to the ore rugged trail tyres. .
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Re: MTBing in Basel

Great thanks mate.

Well actually my roadie is a CX bike with 28mm tires as I use it to commute 12-15miles on road, tow path and gravel track. Also to do the C2C. Sounds like this will be great for Basel. Has mud guards and rack fro shopping in the rain.

I guess I am convincing myself that I need a shiny new bike!
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Re: MTBing in Basel

NOt only great for Basel, but great for popping over the border to do Saturday morning market shopping and cafe sitting in St Louis.
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A roadie is sufficeint, or a hybred. That will get you to and from work ( including curb jumping alone the way) I also like having a hybred for exploring further afrield - there are 9 Natioalcycle routes in Switzerland, along with hundreds of mapped, regional ones. A road bike will get you over most of those, but at times the sealed trails do become packed dirt so again, a hybred is useful.

BUT, there are also nationally mapped mtb trails
as well and there are certainly trails around Basel ( including just over the French and German borders) that are for dedicated MTBers. So, really, it depends on what you wnat your bike for. I have actually now bought a second bike, so have my road touring bike and a fixed tail MTB, of which I have two sets of tyres to be able to swap them when I need to, to the ore rugged trail tyres. .
In a word these are sh!te. They could mostly be ridden on a CX bike and have minimal single track.

On the plus side, there is more proper mountain biking over here than you can shake a very, very large stick at. Get something all mountainy with a nice relaxed head angle but that will still go uphill and you'll be laughing all the way down the closest single track.
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In a word these are sh!te. They could mostly be ridden on a CX bike and have minimal single track.

On the plus side, there is more proper mountain biking over here than you can shake a very, very large stick at. Get something all mountainy with a nice relaxed head angle but that will still go uphill and you'll be laughing all the way down the closest single track.
Well glad can I take the CX locally.

Yes - currently looking at a stumpy. I used to have a nice FSR XC Pro, gutted I sold it now.

How far is the proper stuff from Basel and can you hire bikes at trail centres?
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Well glad can I take the CX locally.

Yes - currently looking at a stumpy. I used to have a nice FSR XC Pro, gutted I sold it now.

How far is the proper stuff from Basel and can you hire bikes at trail centres?
Don't think in terms of trail centres in Switzerland. The whole country is a huge trail network. They are all natural hiking trails and there are maps available for large areas of the country.

I'd personally get an Enduro for Switzerland if you want to buy specialized. But that would be up to you.
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Re: MTBing in Basel

I think I might wait see how I get on the CX then look importing a Pitch pro from US next year after giving it a few laps in a muddy field
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Re: MTBing in Basel

I can get to what I would call "proper stuff" from the main train station in about 13 minutes. From there, you can do 500 metres up on forest roads and some trails, and come back down at least 50% on singletrack (and I once went with a friend who knew the way to raise that percentage a lot, but I've forgotten how we did it). I do this run on lunchtimes once or twice a week.

Then on the weekend or evenings, I go a little further afield, but I'm still exploring that. I've managed to find some terrain that was way beyond my abilities (rocks, rocks, rocks) only 30 mins ride from the centre of Basel.

Admittedly, I'm only a beginner, but there's definitely value in having a proper MTB just for the area around Basel. If you stay off the singletracks, your current bike would be OK, but that'd get boring (IMO).

In short, yes you need a shiny new bike. My recommendation would be buy it in Germany when you are here - tax savings. End of season would be a good time to buy. Importing from US would likely not be optimal for time, service and cost reasons. There are lots of Specialized dealers here, and just over the border in Germany, too.

I bought a full-suspension (150mm) all-mountain bike with the idea of riding around Basel, but also having a bike that could go up and down the alps too. I haven't done the latter yet, but although my bike's a little bit of an overkill for around here, I'm still happy.

Send me a PM when you're here and I can show you my lunchtime run and then you can decide.
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Re: MTBing in Basel

I'd also recommend an enduro or all-mountain frame that goes uphill nicely but with 5 inches of bounce for the downs. My Commencal Meta 5 is usually overkill around here, but comes into its own in the alps. The extra weight is good for strength training on local rides too

Keep the roadie for commuting and exploring the region.

There are plenty trails around Basel, from easy forest tracks and DH singletrack to built-up Northshore style obstacles and even a pumptrack for dirt jumping. Further afield there are what you might call trail centres with managed tracks where you can rent a DH bike if you want, but the quality of trails here is so high that you don't need to visit them for a great day out.

Try and hook up with a bike shop when you get here, they usually have after work rides once a week and you'll meet plenty people to give you advice on the local spots... or PM me and I'll send you some more tips.
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Re: MTBing in Basel

Thanks guys, will take you up on that offer! Although bike will not be out of storage until new year.

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