Love your stuff. The place I ride a lot just built a pump track, and after the snow melts it will be fully shred-able. Last year during building I had my Giant STP jump and pump bike stolen, and have not found it nor bought another one. I also own a 2009 Trek Fuel EX 8 with more all-mountain/freeride components (I am a smaller dude). Here is my question. This summer, I would love to be able to rip the pump track, and I am debating whether or not to buy a cheap BMX bike for around 250 to ride the pump track, or a shorter stem and bash gaurd to put on my Trek. I would make the shocks much stiffer on the Trek for pump riding. Should I save money and use my Trek, or bite the bullet and pay 250 for a BMX bike? Would a stiffer, shorter stemmed, low seat Trek Fuel EX 8 even work on a pump track? Thank you for your time.
• If you’re mostly committed to trail riding, and pump tracking is just for fun, rock your Trek. A trail bike is not as fast as a hardtail or BMX bike, but it’s still super fun — and it applies directly to your trail riding. I rode pump track all last summer on my Stumpjumper. Why? Because I got so little riding time, and I wanted to be as good as possible on my rare trail rides.
• If you’re still going to ride your Trek on trail, do not stiffen the suspension for pump track (but do turn on the Propedal and add low speed compression to your fork). A shorter stem and chain guide might be a good idea no matter what.
• If you want to dedicate yourself to the art of pump, and you can afford another bike, go for the BMX. Don’t compromise with a cruiser; get a 20. There’s no better way to improve your balance, range of motion and pump-fu.
When you get back on your Trek, it’ll feel like slow motion.
My ‘08 Stumpy Pro Carbon was extremely responsive—and very pumpable. Lyons Bike Park pump track. Photo by Yosei Ikeda from MMBSii.
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