In Search of Singletrack in the Alps
In the summer 2000 we
bet on mountain biking in the
Alps and found that there was little information available in English.
The information we could find was in local languages, German, Italian
French. Our notes here are far from a MTB-guide for the Alps but will
least provide some of the answers we would have liked to have had
we set out.
We flew from
Stockholm to Geneva. Then we biked
the southern shore of Lac Leman, crossed Pass des Morgines, headed up
Rhone valley, and made a side trip to Zermatt. Then, we continued to
Davos, St Moritz, Livigno, Canazei, and Cortina. From Cortina we headed
south to Lago di Garda. Reaching the Plains of Po approaching Milan we
spontaneously decided to take a train to San Reno, and continue from
to Monaco, Nice and up through the mountains to Chamonix, ultimately
back to Geneva for our return flight to Sweden. There are plenty of
reports on cycling along these roads, particularly on the Trento
Bike Pages, and we feel we have little to contribute. Instead these
pages are focused on the possibilities of single track riding.
As on our journey
Pradesh and Ladakh we used our Crescent Ultima bikes, though we
quite a few components. The bikes had the following setup: Headset FSA
Orbit Xtreme, stems and bars were Kore items, bar ends Profile, saddles
Avocet Air Titanium, and the drive train a mix of XT and XTR
Front deraileur XT, 22,32,44, back deraileur XTR, cassette XT 11-34,
power chain, bottom bracket UN72. Shocks were Manitou SXRs with lock
option. Back wheels were Mavic 517 ceramic rims, 32 h, DT spokes, and
hubs, front wheels Bontrager Race Lite ceramic rims 24 h, and Chris
Hubs. Tyres were Geax for a start but we also used IRC, and a WTB on
the back wheel of one of the bikes, and can report that the knobs fell
off the IRC breaking down the gnarly trails around Lago di Garda.
Our panniers were
Karrimore‘s largest in the back,
one for the front hanging on the steering bar. The Karrimore panniers
not hold out well due to faulty design. Although they were never used
single track critical carrying elements slowly came apart. They were
by tubus chromoly steel pannier racks, about which we only can say good
things. They are durable, take incredibly heavy loads if need be, and
so light that single track riding is not hampered at all.
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This page was mounted by Per
Löwdin 2001-06-19 and last updated 2003-11-07.