Bend – The Ultimate MTB Town?

Video Freehub Magazine
Date Dec 8, 2016

What really sets Bend, Oregon apart from other mountain towns is its unique geological history—or rather the fact that, as Adam Craig says, “Pretty much everything around here exploded at some point.” From the trail network surrounding town to Mt. Bachelor’s lift-serviced runs to the rowdy trails on Cline Butte, Bend’s dirt and landscape provide a variety of riding, most of which is only a few minutes out the backdoor.

Beyond the riding, Bend has an outdoor culture that is ingrained into its roots. People live here because of it’s year-round opportunities for all things active. The number of professional athletes (and not just bikers) who call Bend home is a testimony to the town’s draw, and the the amount of effort that has been put into their trails is a reflection of the entire community’s commitment. The combination of access and opportunity make one thing certain; it’s impossible to be bored in Bend.

Next Exit is a series dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well.

Have you been Bent?

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Hoz  - Dec. 10, 2016, 2:18 a.m.

Rode some trails there with my wife on a pre-kids trip from NZ about 10 years ago. Hung out with some cool locals and had a rad time. Great beers and some sweet flowing single-track. Very cool memories and on the bucket list for a return visit. Looks likes things have got even better!


Cr4w  - Dec. 8, 2016, 3:24 p.m.

The riding I experienced in Bend was so incredibly tame by BC standards. I would have loved to try the gnarlier alpine trails shown in the video.


Jitensha Kun  - Dec. 8, 2016, 3:04 p.m.

Lineups for breakfast places are too long in Bend.


Dirk  - Dec. 8, 2016, 4:01 p.m.

I concur. Spent about 18 hours in Bend and at least 2 of them were in lineups for either beer or breakfast.


yahs  - Dec. 8, 2016, 9:31 p.m.

Have been doing a trip there yearly for the last 4 years. Was a great place to go because the trails are at best intermediate so everyone in the group could ride together. A bit boring for most of us. It's a great place to hang people are super friendly but have to admit the word is out and it's jammed in summertime. Not really what we are into. Oakridge is a much better choice in that area and the riding is a bit more challenging. Now with the CAD being so low it's stay in BC and explore this year.


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