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Sedona Mountain Bike Festival - Day Three

Mar 6, 2018
by redrockrider  
After two full days of bikes, pizza, beer and music, day three of the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival began under clouds skies and a cold wind. Even with the less than ideal weather there were loads of people ready to take out a new mountain bike on the iconic Sedona trails.

For those that braved through the chilly and wind filled afternoon they were treated to clearing skies and warm sun for the closing act of the weekend, Naughty Bits.

Sunrise over Sedona Sunday morning looked a bit like a movie set.
Sunrise over Sedona Sunday morning looked a bit like a movie set.

Even with the cold cloudy morning there was still a mad dash for the opening gate.
Even with the cold cloudy morning there was still a mad dash for the opening gate.

Sunday was the final day to take out a demo of your choice. With lower attendee numbers chances were better for you to get the bike of your choice.
Sunday was the final day to take out a demo of your choice. With lower attendee numbers chances were better for you to get the bike of your choice.

Evil was definitely one of the more popular bike vendors. Did you have a chance to ride one of their new bikes
Evil was definitely one of the more popular bike vendors.

With high demand comes a bit of a wait.
With high demand comes a bit of a wait.

Smaller crowds for Sunday afternoon.
Smaller crowds for Sunday afternoon.

Did you eat pizza from Dough Bros this weekend These are the folks behind the dough and wood burning oven.
Pizza from Dough Bros, these are the folks behind the dough and wood burning oven.

Naughty Bits ended a great weekend of music at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.
Naughty Bits ended a great weekend of music at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

The sun did shine and Naughty Bits jammed for the small crowd the braved through the windy afternoon.
The sun did shine and Naughty Bits jammed for the small crowd the braved through the windy afternoon.

Nothing like a good set of Hand Up gloves to show some patriotism.
Nothing like a good set of Hand Up gloves to show some patriotism.

After a full weekend of riding bikes were happily put aside for a rest.
After a full weekend of riding, bikes were happily put aside for a rest.

With another festival in the books all the bike vendors had a full job ahead of cleaning and tuning the fleet before their next event.
With another festival in the books all the bike vendors had a full job ahead of cleaning and tuning the fleet before their next event.

And with that the 2018 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is over Hope to see you all next year.
And with that the 2018 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is over.

Thank you to everyone that came out for a weekend of fun in the Red Rocks. A big thank you to all the great vendors and musical acts. We hope to see you all next year!

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60 Comments

  • + 53
 I do not dislike gatherings of sorts, but the older I get, the more "not waiting in any type of line, at all, ever" is inching it's way to ultimate preeminence on my major life goals chart.
  • + 6
 But what if there's beer?? Smile
  • + 2
 @Captaindamnit810: even for beer. And I say that well sipping my Arrogant Bastard Ale from a can.
  • + 2
 That line photo got me triggered. Especially lines Of people all wearing the same thing trying to out posture the next person. Like every awkward bro at a race sign in too cool to talk.
  • + 1
 @coachvernon: You don't find drinking arrogant bastard in a can to be sacrilege?
  • + 2
 @Rockydildoa: FIFY "Especially lines Of people all wearing the same thing trying to out PUFFY the next person."
  • + 1
 @drunknride: yes, frankly that is a good point, I was working in my shed doing bike maintenance, I tend to take a can in there, but point well taken, in fact, for 20 years I have had the heaviest pint glass I have ever encountered, and recently I knocked it off my counter top, put a dent in hard wood, I have been scouring ebay for heavy bottomed pint glasses, nothing seems to measure up..... crushed....
  • + 15
 The mad dash for bike reminds me of Wal-Mart "Black Friday" videos. There's got to be a better way. I hope things haven't changed but I never dealt with this at the festivals in Fruita.
  • + 2
 Yeah.... came here to say that. That picture sums up why I didn't go this year... too many people, too few bikes. Unless you prearrange or cheat, it's tough to get on the popular stuff.
  • + 2
 I agree but notice that everyone in the picture above that is participating in the mad dash has a smile on their face!! different strokes for different folks. But that is exactly the reason I'll be going to the lesser known but just as badass Hurricane MTB fest in two weeks Smile
  • + 1
 I noticed on Friday afternoon that Ibis had a sign-up sheet for demos on Saturday but they were the only ones I saw doing that.
  • + 14
 Dino's hoodie guy is 100% committed. One pedal in each hand so it doesn't throw off his sprint form. WHERE'S MY CARBON SMUGGLER.
  • + 3
 So committed! He had words for the guy that snuck in and was trying to get his SB5.5 before him. "I know you weren't first in line!" Haha
  • + 5
 @phile99: Are you kidding me? The dude behind him wearing JEANS and velcro cross country shoes is way more committed. Dino's guy has actual running shoes on, jeans guy could eat it any second when his cleat finds a loose rock.
  • + 1
 Dino's Guy looks to be carrying the Jeans and XC cleats guy's pedals... team commitment?
  • + 3
 These are the idiots that are too 'smart' to pay the $50 most bike shops charge to demo(rent) new models for 24 hours, and the fact that the $50 goes towards the purchase of the bike in question is moot to them, as they're also 'too smart' to pay 'bike shop prices' anyway(but they bring their internet bike to their LBS and try to grind them down to $10 to assemble and set it up)
So they drove 10 hours, then waited all day for a 'free' demo, just so they can show the internet how 'smart' they are for 'saving' $50
  • + 6
 Why is this getting downvoted? It’s entirely true haha
  • + 3
 You obviously don't realise that you had to pay to get a wrist band which allowed you to take the bikes out....
  • + 3
 Yeah The festival charges $50 a day to get a wristband. I didn't make it this year but the pics make me want to just bring my own bike next year.
  • + 4
 Here in Bellingham, Transition will let ya demo one of their many sweet bikes for $40, and the dough goes straight to our local trail-building and -advocacy club. Transition walks the talk.
  • + 2
 Awesome time! There were so many bike vendors, you had plenty of opportunity to try out bikes. You might have to wait for your "bike of choice", but there were a lot of hidden gems in the lessor known brands. I got an opportunity to try out a Carbon Whyte S-150. It was a superb bike and very fun!
  • + 5
 Looks like the sheep at walmart on black Friday.
  • + 3
 Any update on the guy who fell 35' off the edge of Highline trail on Saturday and had to be heli'd out?
  • + 1
 Wondering about him also. Really felt for the guy, out to have a good time riding some amazing trails on the demo and gets a bad off. Wishing him the best and hopefully he's back on the bike soon.
  • + 3
 Heard the "EVIL BIKE" dudes didnt even know who Skillz with Phill was. such a bummer. glad he thru that out there
  • + 20
 I think it's funny he got so salty over someone not knowing who he is. Sometimes it's hard to accept you may not be as "famous" as you think you are. And then to make a post that that is the reason you are not going to buy another bike from them is even more ridiculous.
  • + 11
 @louevilcyclist: I laughed so hard when I saw his little tantrum. Think Phil's head is getting a bit big.
  • + 2
 @tangaroo: where is the video? Did he take it down I gotta see it?
  • + 1
 @cooki3s: he took it down. It was an Instagram story.
  • - 3
 @louevilcyclist: it's honestly silly they don't know who he is, he has 100k more followers than Evil does as a company and when you search "Evil bikes" on YouTube Phil has like 3 of the top 20 videos. I understand if they're not interested in sponsoring him or whatever, but do they live under a rock?
  • + 8
 @Boondocker390: They very well may live under rocks, they have zero obligation to know who he is...
  • + 6
 Ha!!! He was so bent out of shape about that!! That's the epitome of "Do you know who I am?"
  • + 7
 @Boondocker390: But why is he under the assumption that these particular guys SHOULD know who he is? Each person in that tent has a life, and that life might not revolve around social media usage, and certainly it's reasonable to assume that not every person is going to be following the instastars/youtubers of the world.
  • + 1
 I have no idea who this dude is but I love the idea of some Evil bro getting snubbed by Evil. Like... don’t you motherf*ckers remember when they f*cked a bunch of people out of their frames?
  • - 1
 @Boondocker390: I didn't know Phil had a YouTube channel until a few months ago and I've been around him at races for years. Sounds perfectly normal to me for a bunch of people living out of a van, tuning bikes and talking to dentists and doctors at bike festivals to not know him.
  • + 0
 @louevilcyclist: so we need one of those media people who pays for "For a Fee" services that datalogs all social media. It's literally some subscription service that logs ALL social media posts.

Everything we've ever typed on Social Media is backed up on a fee based website. Big Grin
  • + 3
 Those handup gloves looked so good in the photo I ordered two pairs!
  • + 1
 Handup gloves are the best gloves I have ever owned!
  • + 3
 Lookout for those clouds skies!
  • + 1
 Think those lines are big....clearly you've never been to PAX east or any other big cons...some kids will wait in line for 4-5 hours just to get a Blizzard early access key.
  • + 1
 I lucked out and purchased a 2018 Bronson C in August '17 discounted, kept getting questions when riding! Guessing they thought i got a demo, but just ride dammit!
  • + 2
 Love the white Syncro Westy. Sweet rig!
  • + 2
 I just like saying Sedona Arizona.
  • + 2
 If only everyday of our lives was spent that way...
  • + 14
 ...waiting in line to demo a bike in Sedona? No thanks.
  • + 1
 @sinatorj: why is that? Are the trails not good?
  • + 1
 @blast-off: Trails are best in world. Already super crowded with lookie loos, add a bunch of festival goers and you get a single file line on all of the trails. Pass, go on normal weekend.
  • + 1
 @sinatorj: The lines were out of hand this year. Had 2 firends show up 40 minutes before the gates opened, go quickly to the Santa Cruz tent once they were let in, and still not get to ride the bikes they wanted. Better off just finding a local demo day somewhere.
  • + 1
 Ahhh so that’s where the office is!
  • + 1
 Great coverage of an amazong event.
  • + 0
 Gloves
  • - 1
 Those gloved
  • + 1
 Merica
  • + 0
 @properp: MAGA Gloves. Ordered.
  • + 3
 @chasejj: The only way those gloves could be any better is if they said, "Shall not be infringed" on them.
  • + 1
 Handup gloves are outfreakingstanding!
  • + 1
 MAGA gloves. For the American with tiny hands.

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