Trailforks Mobile App Exceeds 500,000 Download Milestone

Sep 12, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
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After Trailforks.com was launched by Pinkbike in the fall of 2014, the next step was collecting a critical amount of data and trail coverage in order to create the Trailforks app. About a year later, in September of 2015, the Trailforks mobile app was released and has now exceeded over 500,000 downloads.

Since its inception with 30,000 trails in 2015, the Trailforks database has also seen massive growth, increasing to over 90,000 registered trails. Trailforks has also doubled its 209,000 downloads from September of 2016 to now seeing over 500,000 downloads in July of 2017 with trail tracking and recording as one of its main features. Trailforks continues to see increased growth in content activity, trail reports added, and trails added per month, with Whakarewarewa Forest at Rotorua having the most trails at 191 uploaded. There are over 1.6 million ride logs, 5.4 million check ins, and over 170,000 trail reports.

bigquotesWe are really happy and excited to bring Trailforks to the cycling industry. Our mission is to provide tools to allow the world to manage and build more and better trails, and for the rider to provide the ultimate experience in discovery and navigation to ride more bikes, more often.Radek Burkat, Pinkbike Founder and Trailforks Product Manager


Trailforks In the Industry

Trailforks is used by a number of different people and organizations within mountain biking. Below are comments from a number of people on how they use it with their segment of the sport.

bigquotesTrailforks helps me to plan a ride/route for new bikes to be tested. It's pretty handy to have when you're on the road and trying to scope things out that will fit what you're trying to do and give you local trail reports – like finding an XC vs a downhill trail.Cait Dooley, GT Bicycles Product Manager


bigquotesTrailforks filled the need to locate where the injured individual is on the trail. Previous to Trailforks, the GPS position would only show a location dot in the middle of a mountainside – without any trail context.Captain Chris Pendleton, Captain of Park City Fire Department


bigquotesThrough the re-launch of Epicrides.com we integrated Trailforks.com into each event's course information page. The app is high functioning in that it allows us to pinpoint the location of aid stations, course bonus miles and KOM segments. Plus, because we are using Trailforks.com all our riders have easy access to trail beta, how to get to trailheads, and trail ratings to support their pre-event preparations... all while getting to know who the local trail advocacy club is and how to support them.Todd Sadow, Epic Rides Founder


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77 Comments

  • + 42
 I've been fortunate enough to be a travel nurse the last 18 months & Trailforks has been my Bible to safely discover & enjoy new trails quickly! You guys have put out an enormously helpful app!

Keep up the great work!
  • + 10
 Word! 3 weeks riding in BC, this app was AMAZING at helping us find and ride new trails.
  • - 3
 They are like the AirBNB of MTB.
  • + 4
 @chyu: Except that I have never stayed in an AirBNB that was free.
  • + 0
 @dbodoggle: It's called Mike's Apartment if free.
  • + 27
 Best app a mountain biker can have. Especially now that the ridelogs have been added. For us noncompetitive types that aren't looking for KOMs but still want to know where we've gone, it's perfect.
  • - 4
flag gdnorm (Sep 12, 2017 at 21:14) (Below Threshold)
 Finding out if someone uses strava is how you weed people out of your life.
  • + 15
 @gdnorm: What about those using Strava to keep a record of distance covered? I'm not hunting any KOMs, I promise.
  • + 0
 @samfr1000: Then you just use Map My Ride. Big Grin
  • + 13
 Please PB legalize our trails in germany so we can upload them in Trailforks ;-) Travelling Canada was a dream with this app, over here in Europe it has no use since we have to hide 90% of the stuff we ride!
  • + 8
 This app is amazing! The ride log feature to see how others are incorporating trails into loops or long rides for areas I've never been is fantastic!! Keep up the good work!
  • + 6
 Amazing app, thanks for everything!
  • + 2
 this app saved my ass a couple of weeks ago when I was on a trail that was badly washed out. I've found many trails I never would have found because of it. For better or for worse I'm noticing an increase in people on the trails (2 way trails), but I just have to start riding different trails...
  • + 3
 Cool app, but buying a trailmap when you visit a new riding area as visitor is a good idea. You might learn something from a human being who builds/maintains/regularly rides those trails. Just a thought.
  • + 13
 No one is stopping you from still visiting that LBS and picking up some parts/tools and chatting with the shop employees. No one is stopping you from hitting the "donate now" button so conveniently located in the app. Just a thought.
  • + 3
 @b-mcclelland: Thanks for the tips.
  • + 4
 I did a combo on my Bend trip this summer. Bought the waterproof trail map from the local bike shop in Bend and used it along with TrailForks and Map My Ride to know where I was, where I was going and where I had been. Indispensable combination.
  • + 4
 Call me crazy, but if you guys ever start having trouble paying rent, I'd pay for this. It's worth it.
  • + 2
 Shhh, don't give them any ideas! Besides, pretty sure they plan to monetize the hiking version of trailforks that I just know they have planned!*

*No, you've never for sure told me, yes I've caught wind and yes I'd laugh all the way to the bank if you charge the hikers and equestrians for the same thing you so graciously provide to all us riders for free!

And yeah, trailkforks is a tremendous tool for planning, adventure and not dying in the wilderness as a result of being lost.
  • + 4
 Do you ever wonder why so many apps are free?
Because they make tons of money selling user data.
  • + 2
 @RedRedRe: That's what the Pinkbike polls are for ;-)
  • + 1
 I would gladly pay for this app.
  • + 2
 Trailforks adds to user engagement with PB, which in turn, helps sell ads.
  • + 3
 Awesome! Being in a bicycle shop, I get customers all the time who ask about where the local trails are. Been pointing them to trailforks since I downloaded it early 2015.
  • - 13
flag mollow (Sep 12, 2017 at 19:43) (Below Threshold)
 Boney lake bicycle everyone. Make sure y'all boycott that kook! Mister wants to sell bikes but doesn't like helping bikers out...
  • + 4
 @mollow: and what makes you think that? I've bent over backwards to try and help everyone who comes through the door. One of my favorite customers bought his bike at a shop an hour north.
  • + 4
 @TwoWheelMike: I think he was joking man
  • + 2
 Absolutely loved it as long as it worked on my dated iPhone 4, but been having severe issues lately. I'll upgrade soon, but I hope compatibility is maintained for older devices as well.
  • + 2
 Just switched from mtb project to trailforks because it usually has a more complete list of trails in the area, although trail descriptions are usually lesser. A worthwhile trade off, in my opinion.
  • + 5
 A temporary problem. Just need good people like you and me to author up better descriptions and good trail photos to share with our fellow riders!
  • + 0
 Here is my problem with Mtb-Project, it was built as a generic platform. REI wanted to "reuse" the code for the hiking, trail-run, climbing, snow (which I totally understand), but it will never feel like "home" compared to a Mtb centered developed platform.
  • + 3
 Before we relocate for work, I always check the Trailforks, to make sure it is worth taking the job!
  • + 2
 PS: For web-developers the Trailforks widgets and API look amazing for integration to your local mountain bike community web page.
  • + 2
 am i the only one that doesnt appreciate having their trails being found and then posted?#makesecrettrailssecretagain
  • + 11
 Trailforks offers a number of ways to prevent illegal or unsanctioned trails from being posted - take a look: www.trailforks.com/help/view/22
  • + 5
 @mikekazimer: good looks OG
  • + 9
 @mikekazimer: the only issue is that the TF ommunity manager has been less than helpful in resolving issues when secret trails have been posted and the trailbuilders have requested trail removal.

In fact discussion about this issue on Pinkbike frontpage article was removed and deleted.

In fact part 2: I expect my comment to be deleted.

Trailforks in large part needs goodwill of trailbuilders. We do the work. Brushing the community manager's poor attitude under the mat and deleting comments to that effect reflects poorly on this site and on Trailforks.

On the whole Trailforks does a good job. Accept criticism as a good faith attempt to help you improve. Defensive censorship does not help
  • + 6
 Oh, there are LOTS of secret trails on Trailforks. Only the trail builders have marked and hidden them so to prevent mis-use. Trailforks works in both ways.
  • - 9
flag gdnorm (Sep 12, 2017 at 21:19) (Below Threshold)
 @leelau: Secret....so you mean illegal. Unless they are on public lands....which would make them public. If you want private trails, buy private land.
  • + 8
 @gdnorm: in CANADA there are many trails on public lands which are legal but are kept secret ie requested to be off trailforks. This is true in many other jurisdictions in the world; and the builders of such trails have asked those trails to be off trailforks with varying degrees of cooperation from the TF community manager

I see you are in Salt Lake City. You are no doubt aware that Canadian laws are different than US laws.
  • + 3
 Sending a gentle email to riders who post ridelogs or info about those trails works pretty well. However, it is really annoying to have to monitor this as a trail builder. It would be great if all info about these areas could be flagged and deleted.
  • + 2
 Strava is a bigger threat to trails being leaked than Trailforks IMO. We have a "secret" area here that is not publicly listed on TF, but shows up all over Strava
  • + 0
 @ross005: @ross005: So TF has half a million downloads. How many for Strava? A quick look at the Google Play store shows over 10 million. Yeah, TF is a real threat to secret hidden only the cool kids can go there trails. :/
  • + 1
 @bradwalton: that would be ideal. I know that request has been met, at least for Canadian builders
  • + 2
 Used this app in Scotland for the first time this year, I don't think I'd have found the trails without it. Brilliant.
  • + 2
 Great milestone, congrats TF!

Would be nice to get a story on the team behind the project, who are they?
  • + 1
 Not many people seem to use it here in the UK for some reason, it only shows bike parks. Or am I not using it right? Help pls Strava sucks.
  • + 1
 I think you must have a filter on. Have you downloaded the UK maps on your phone? Should automatically prompt you now if I recall correctly.

Over 5,000 trails are listed in the UK, so there's definitely some trails there! www.trailforks.com/region/united-kingdom
  • + 2
 @boxxerace: Nah I just had a play, it appears no-one really uses it. There's nothing in The Yorkshire Dales or even the Lake District (Just a few bike park routes). Strange I thought people would be all over this app, looks like I'll have to start using it over strava & sharing some routes for the database.
  • + 1
 @richmond1990: Yeah, the content is definitely largely user driven. A few of the trailforks guys add trails daily, perhaps as part of the job. The rest are all folks like you and me.

I use to hunt and make GPS maps for my friends and I to use while out in the woods, so once trailforks came about, it made it even easier to use.
  • + 1
 Unfortunately, this k8nd of app is only as useful as the data on it.. and in my neck of the woods there are barely any trails to speak of.
  • + 1
 Adding trails to the database is pretty fun. Easy too. All you need is a garmin or strava.
  • + 2
 Best thing is a layer showing most popular trails - easy to find (probably) best trails in new area
  • + 1
 No support for UK !!! emailed a number of times regarding trails not being approved , just got ignored !!
  • + 2
 Love this app! Thanks pinkbike and team!
  • + 1
 Need some South African trails on the app! How can we help!!! Some mad riding in Cape Town and KZN!
  • + 3
 Best. App. Ever.
  • + 1
 Tinder. . . . JK. Trailforks provides the best riding there is.
  • + 3
 @colincolin: Tinder provides some good rides every now and then
  • + 2
 Best app on my phone.
  • + 0
 The biggest thing slowing down TrailForks is how tedious it is to add trails.
  • + 1
 Pretty easy with a Garmin gps track or Strava.
  • + 1
 We do recommend that to everyone in our shop! Best thing ever!!
  • + 2
 Great app
  • + 1
 Whackawhereami forest? Thanks Trailforks!
  • + 1
 Bet now they're thinking: if we only charged 2 bucks per download, doh!
  • + 5
 Then we'd all be using MTB Project and would get lost every weekend
  • + 1
 I'd pay 50$. For fks sake. Fkng hate, spoiled, inconsiderate, ungrateful a*sholes. Huge props to Pinkbike for this quality app.
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: Pretty sure they'd take a donation my friend! ;P Beer in Canada is stupid expensive afterall!
  • + 2
 @boxxerace: you're complaining to a Swede about prices of beer? What next? Norway?
  • + 2
 @mitochris: Pizza and beer in Norway worth 4 course meal in 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Vancouver... I take Vancouver, you can buy weed afterwards without the risk of getting a lifetime sentence. Why do drivers in Norway never run away from Police? Because they would need to cross the speed limit by 100km/h and the fine for that would be bigger than the National Debt of an average third world country.
  • + 1
 Just need a Pirateforks for the other 300 trails in RotoVegas.
  • + 1
 As a newer MTBer this app has helped me soo much!
  • + 1
 Fantastic app', been exploring all over Scotland with it!
  • + 1
 I love it, in italy it's not well known and used but i thing it's great
  • + 1
 Gamechanger!
  • + 1
 This app RULES!

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