For many, the Moab Spring Thaw is the first ride of the season, and offers a chance to dust off the saddle, stretch the legs, ride brand-new bikes you can’t afford, and drink beer in the sun with fellow riders. Festival highlights also included a women’s-only bike clinic, Dakine sponsored biscuits and gravy from the Love Muffin, bike shuttles, as well as plenty of free Colorado beer and tacos. Needless to say, it was a good weekend.
Since it’s beginnings five years ago, the Moab Spring Thaw mountain bike festival has had a steady increase in rider turnout and this year saw almost 200 registrants. However unlike a lot of festivals, the Moab Thaw isn’t about becoming the end-all of bike festivals and instead places an emphasis on the low-key, ride-centered vibe they have created. Next year they will be capping registration at 300, as well as opening up vendors to brands outside the Poison Spider family.
If you’re in the area, definitely make it a priority to attend next year. It’s a $70 registration fee which includes all of the above plus all proceeds go to the Red Devils High School mountain bike team. Additional details can be found at moabthaw.com.
The brand-new Pivot Les Fat chilling with a Mach 6.
The mighty La Sal mountains as seen from the Bar M trailhead.
Thanks to Dakine for the biscuits and gravy!
LaPierre is a French manufacturer relatively new to the states. The brand has been pioneers in the electric shock adjustment technology. Shown is the flagship LaPierre ZestyAM.
And now… some riding photos.
Tara shredding on a Pivot Mach 4. With the lowest stand-over height of any 27.5″ bike, the Mach 4 is an excellent option for petite female riders. Also notice Tara’s POC Trabec MIPS helmet.
The Fox 36 fork now features technology that will match the decal color to the sky 😉
There’s little in life that beats riding bikes with friends. See you next year at the Moab Thaw.
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