Video: Slickrock Dreams in Moab

Aug 23, 2023 at 4:43
by Bold Cycles  

Words: Bold Cycles

The Story

If you ask anybody who has been in the mountain biking scene for more than 20 years, about the most iconic places to ride, then Moab is definitely high up on their list. This is one of the places where early progressive riding was defined. Just drop some trail names like Slickrock, Poison Spider, Captain Ahab and the Porcupine Rim, and listen to the stories many pro athletes will tell you about them.

For us its been a lifelong dream come true to spend a week on Moab's finest trails. We brought the latest BOLD LINKIN LT with us, a bike with XC-like climbing abilities while being a full size Enduro with 160 mm up front and 150 in the rear. Bringing a bike like that - complete with state-of-the-art tech - to some of these classic tracks is the ultimative test for it.


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A proper 4x4 is almost a requirement when entering Moab. We've never seen so many Jeeps in one place. Our brand-new rental was too shiny so we had to give the rig some dusty 4x4 action too.


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Epic sunsets followed by a even more epic full moon rising over the Amasa Back area where the Captain Ahab trail winds down.

It's all about the right time and place. We were packed and ready to head back to the car from the top of Captain Ahab for our last light descent, when we saw something peaking on the horizon. A full bright moon was just rising up in front of our eyes.


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There is probably no other place on earth where the uphills are more fun than on the Slick Rock trails of Moab. The sandpaper-like surface is the perfect counterpart for our rubber tires and allows us to ride steeper sections up than you normally would expect - but only as long as it's dry.


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What the Jeeps can do on four wheels, we can definitely do on two. Some of these rock crawling tracks are gnarly but crazy fun going down on a trail bike, especially with a capable trail bike like the LINKIN LT.


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Video, Photo, and Text: Rob Heran & Moritz Brüggemann

Many thanks to Bold Cycles to help make this project a reality.

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30 Comments
  • 11 1
 The showcase photo on their website is of the cables going right into the headset. Whiff.
  • 10 1
 They tried so hard and got so far.
  • 4 0
 Every location in this advertisement can be easily accessed with a low-clearance, 2wd vehicle. Same for every well-known bike trail in Moab. Sick Jeep though, bros. Nothing like getting dusted out by tourists driving too fast on that road...
  • 7 0
 so you rented a "proper" 4X4 and never put it in 4WD ....cool story.
  • 4 1
 My daughter lived in Moab for 20 years 2001-2021. She finally left because she couldn't stand all the noise: 4×4s, ATVs and dirt bikes. You want to ride Slickrock? The trailhead is an easy bike ride from town.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I had a job opportunity in Moab, but it’s so taken over four wheelers and side by sides, can’t find decent housing for under a million dollars, WTF!

Moab still has some great riding, but the town if f@cked. I’d only go there in the winter.
  • 5 0
 How’d this get on the homepage?
  • 2 1
 Yes this did seem to have a lot of jeep shots with no actual offroading. I am old and Moab was the place for mountain biking in the 90s, I never made it there then. I went there with a buddy in late march (2017) I think. It was mostly a ski trip to Places near Salt Lake. I flew to salt lake city and met him in his jeep.
Moab was really warm and nice for a couple of Canadians and we were able to sit outside where we stayed and drink beer and bbq in the evening. We rode Slickrock but also a bunch of other nice trails near Moab - several different styles. It was nice riding. There were a lot of jeeps and ATVs driving up and down the roads everywhere but also nice sunsets and riding that was really different than BC or Manitoba. I'd go again
  • 2 0
 Why in bike movies is there always a bunch of high paced out of seat climbing....just fucking leave those shots out, nobody cares and nobody climbs like that unless you have mental problems.
  • 8 4
 Slickrock blows on a mtb tbh
  • 6 0
 Slickrock in the 90s on a hardtail was pretty cool. Less tourists than I assume there are today and tons of weirdos. Will never forget riding Porcupine ridge, then refilling our water at a spring and getting threatened by a pickuptruck full of cultists with guns.
  • 2 1
 Slickrock on a mountain unicycle is a blast, but on a bike, meh.

So that’s a lot of Jeep rental pics … advertisement clearly.
  • 3 0
 Agreed. There are so many other better trails that there is no real reason to ride it. Every mountain biker should ride it at least once though. It's a classic trail. If it's you're first time in Moab...ride Slickrock. It doesn't take that long, so easy to do another better ride the same day. Also it's a great trail to ride the day after heavy rain since many other trails get muddy.
  • 2 0
 Been on it a couple times in years past. It was aaite. But I ebiked it a couple weeks ago, on the way to Colorado. Super fun!
  • 2 0
 @Bro-LanDog After living in Colorado 10+ years and hitting Moab a few times pre year....have to agree 100%. Yes, it's fun if you have never hit it. Play around for an hour or so, but there are WAY better trail systems out in Moab. Rode it first time in 1996, few times 2012ish...and thait is it. Out there several times and it wasn't even on our radar
  • 3 0
 Alot of average or inexperienced mountain bikers turn down their nose at SlickRock after a few years of visiting Moab, cause its not cool enough. So they join the ten trillion people all riding the Enchilada and Ahab then go have a beer at the brewery with the same ten trillion people lol
Having ridden Slickrock since the early 90's, i too skipped it for a solid ten year block, until I realized how insane the terrain, optional lines, and truly learning how to read the rock and keep flow. Now i ride it everytime I"m in town - which is a half dozen times a year. Its awesome
  • 2 0
 @beeekay: if on a hard tail or a BMX bike? Sure but it's like riding a skate bowl with domes instead of concave. To each they're own.
  • 2 0
 @beeekay: cool uh, enjoy it I guess. I guess only super duper 'rode in the 90's sprinter van dwelling retirees' are skilled enough to climb and descend a 50ft convex hill 4 dozen times.
  • 1 0
 @Bro-LanDog: no van nor retirement for me, still racing DH and adding spurs to the enchilada, but agree with your assessment of the trail and it doesnt sound fun when reading it that way lol. Variety is good.
I don't know man, I guess I just like riding bikes and being stoked on everything instead of a hater.
Good way to go through life in general, for that matter
  • 1 1
 @bman33: there is a concave for each dome, but your point is valid and its not my favorite trail in Moab, not even top ten.
I guess i just wouldn't take my time to write into a website to say how lame it is.
  • 1 0
 @beeekay: if you read my comment never said it was lying. I commented about It being fun to hit once or twice but it's overhyped and there's way better trails out there. And I'm not " averaged or an experienced" like your snark insinuates. I also still race DH and Enduro at an expert level. If you like riding, have at it and have a blast.
  • 2 0
 I absolutely love slick rock on a mountain bike. To each their own. That said, if my fitness isn't up, it's a slog. When I'm fit, I always have fun out there. There's no other trail quite like it.
  • 4 0
 What
  • 1 0
 Is Bold now considered to be an "Anti-Dentite" since the shock and links are inside the frame? Or perhaps based on an affordable price maybe?
  • 3 0
 don't check the prices, you'll be shocked
  • 3 0
 J Peterman says "yes"!!
  • 4 2
 Is this a retro piece? Feels like circa 1995.
  • 2 0
 That was a good commercial.
  • 5 2
 It was a commercial, but not so good.
  • 3 2
 Yawn. Nice try…..







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