Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: DH in Ecuador??

  1. #1
    Chimp
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    51
    Rep Power
    1

    DH in Ecuador??

    Has anyone done or heard much about DH options in Ecuador? I'd imagine there are some sweet areas given the mountains/volcanoes I don't have much info.

    Thinking about visiting so looking at what all I want to do while I'm there.

    I've done some google searches but most results that include "downhill biking" isn't necessarily DH.

    Thanks!!
    2012 Trek Session 9.9
    2013 Transition Carbon Covert [building]
    2011 Trek Fuel EX 8 [for sale]

    MTB Alaska

  2. Advertisement - Log in or Register to hide this ad
  3. #2
    Chimp
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    50
    Rep Power
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by firstascent View Post
    has anyone done or heard much about dh options in ecuador? I'd imagine there are some sweet areas given the mountains/volcanoes i don't have much info.

    Thinking about visiting so looking at what all i want to do while i'm there.

    I've done some google searches but most results that include "downhill biking" isn't necessarily dh.

    Thanks!!
    i have the same question, next year i will go there, i herd a lot of good things about ecquador, near quito, if i have more information i will post here

  4. #3
    Turbo Monkey slyfink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Posts
    1,719
    Rep Power
    3
    Hans Rey did a riding video there, I think it was last year. He hits 5 peaks in 5 days or something like that and talks a little about logistics.

    My guess is that most of the riding there will be "adventure riding", and not much (organised) shuttle stuff. I hiked up Las Ilinisas waaaaaaaay back in 1998. All the way back down I kept thinking how awesome the DH would be on a bike. A friend recently went for work and reported seeing a large amount of high-level mountain bikes on the roofs of cars in the Otavalo area, so look around there too.

    I would imagine that most hiking areas aren't off-limits to biking yet, except maybe in national parks, but even then, I'd be surprised.

    If and when I go back, I will certainly bring my bike, the place has so much potential.

  5. #4
    Chimp
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    51
    Rep Power
    1
    sweet! I'll look at those areas. I plan on heading down in February to visit family in Guayaquil and definitely bringing my bike just on the fact that it has so much potential. I found a video last night and there was a clip of people with there bikes on a tram, no idea where it was though.

    How do you think hauling a DH bike up Los Illinizas would be? I'm gonna at least climb Chimborazo, and maybe Cotopaxi, and it sounds like Los Illinizas is a good one for acclimatizing. So I might as well bring the bike
    2012 Trek Session 9.9
    2013 Transition Carbon Covert [building]
    2011 Trek Fuel EX 8 [for sale]

    MTB Alaska

  6. #5
    Turbo Monkey slyfink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Posts
    1,719
    Rep Power
    3
    I had a really hard time with the altitude. Just hauling my carcass up the hill was work enough! Unless you have one of those 32lb sdh bikes, I would rather take my trail bike. Check bout the Banos area too... I seem to recall there's a big outdoor adventure scene there too.

  7. #6
    Chimp
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    51
    Rep Power
    1
    yeah air is definitely getting thinner up there. well still waiting on my fork to arrive so not sure how much my bike will weigh but it may just be around 33-34lbs. Baņos looks to have some DH trails, sweet! Google has some vids in that area with potential, a lot of dual crown bikes. things are looking good!
    2012 Trek Session 9.9
    2013 Transition Carbon Covert [building]
    2011 Trek Fuel EX 8 [for sale]

    MTB Alaska

  8. #7
    Turbo Monkey slyfink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Posts
    1,719
    Rep Power
    3
    Awesome! Be sure to report back, I'd love to get the low down about the riding scene there, 15 years after I've been...

  9. #8
    Chimp
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    51
    Rep Power
    1
    Definitely will!
    2012 Trek Session 9.9
    2013 Transition Carbon Covert [building]
    2011 Trek Fuel EX 8 [for sale]

    MTB Alaska

  10. #9
    Turbo Monkey Lelandjt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Breckenridge, CO/Lahaina,HI
    Posts
    1,305
    Rep Power
    4
    I know there's MTB scenes in Quito and Cuenca. While you'll definitely find fun DH trails I bet an Enduro bike would be the most practical thing to bring.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •