Posted by: LoamtoHome
Yup... can't live in the past forever. Trails like Bullet Dodger and CRC are way better than Bean and Nescafe on the new bikes.
Way better because they're different or better because they don't require as much skill and effort to ride a new school bike on an old school trail?
Dave got it right with the idea that flow is less about the trail and more about the rider. Sometimes flow is easy due to the trail and sometimes it's hard due to the trail, but the idea that flow is somehow better or only exists on new trails like CRC and not on trails like Bean is just misguided. Just because a rider has difficulty with a trail or section of trail doesn't mean the trail doesn't have flow. Flow is not always about speed, IMHO flow is really about the transitions between sections of trail and how the rider works with the trail. That doesn't mean a trail has to be consistent in style or speed, it just means that consecutive sections of a trail need to work together and the rider has the skill necessary to put it all together.