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any riding on Maui?!

hungryleprican

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Jun 15, 2006
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I'm going to be taking a vacation for a couple weeks and I will be staying on Maui. I am curious as to whether or not there is any downhill riding on the island of maui. If there are any locals that know of any "secret" trails or will be willing to show me around I would greatly appreciate it. I am deciding if I should bring a short travel or a downhill bike.

Thanks in advance
 

hungryleprican

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Jun 15, 2006
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I found crater cycles and emailed them. seems like the scene out there is bigger than I thought. Are there actual "downhill" trails out there? or just inclines
 

John P.

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Sep 24, 2001
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LMAO. I can't believe Maui and Oahu aren't world famous for their DH trails. To answer your questions, !!!!!YES!!!!!! there is AMAZING DH riding on both islands. Some of the best in the world, actually. On Oahu, ask anyone about St. Louis Heights - an insanely good network of easily shuttle-able DH trails that were the site of a World Cup DH race back in the day. Or, just show up at the University of Hawaii parking lot on Dole St. any weekend day, and you'll see everyone coming down from the trails and regrouping for the shuttle up. Your mind will be f-ing blown by their trails.

On Maui, you've got at least a couple choices. The two best are Makawao Forest near Pukalani and Skyline Trail off the summit of Mt. Haleakala. Makawao is a hike-a-bike with jumps big enough to make you crap your pants. Haleakala isn't much . . . just a TWO F-ING HOUR DOWNHILL RIDE from the top of a dormant volcano that drops ~7,500 feet over the course of about 15 miles. Oh yeah, it's easily shuttle-able, too. Talk to Paul at Crater Cycles in Kahului.

Bring as big of a bike as you want to either island. Trust me, you'll get all the riding you can handle.

--JP
 

Defenestrated

Turbo Monkey
Mar 28, 2007
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You can ride everything on Oahu with a trailbike save any jumps/drops.

There is one or two trails where a full DH bike is nice though.
 

bizutch

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Dec 11, 2001
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so sounds to me like a downhill bike would be more suitable?
Just pray Paul doesn't decide to stiff you and cancel the shuttle & rental bike on you the morning of your ride. That happened to me last January after John P hooked me up with him. Still bitter about it...til I die. (no faoult of John P's.). My dream vacation with the family was somehow tainted from it. :banghead::banghead::banghead:

All I could do everyday was stare at that massive 10,000 foot mountain every day for the rest of our trip. My wife consoled me every morning.:disgust1:

I wanna go back to Maui...every day of my life...
 

esper

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Jun 30, 2008
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LMAO. I can't believe Maui and Oahu aren't world famous for their DH trails. To answer your questions, !!!!!YES!!!!!! there is AMAZING DH riding on both islands. Some of the best in the world, actually. On Oahu, ask anyone about St. Louis Heights - an insanely good network of easily shuttle-able DH trails that were the site of a World Cup DH race back in the day. Or, just show up at the University of Hawaii parking lot on Dole St. any weekend day, and you'll see everyone coming down from the trails and regrouping for the shuttle up. Your mind will be f-ing blown by their trails.

On Maui, you've got at least a couple choices. The two best are Makawao Forest near Pukalani and Skyline Trail off the summit of Mt. Haleakala. Makawao is a hike-a-bike with jumps big enough to make you crap your pants. Haleakala isn't much . . . just a TWO F-ING HOUR DOWNHILL RIDE from the top of a dormant volcano that drops ~7,500 feet over the course of about 15 miles. Oh yeah, it's easily shuttle-able, too. Talk to Paul at Crater Cycles in Kahului.

Bring as big of a bike as you want to either island. Trust me, you'll get all the riding you can handle.

--JP
I sell travel for a living and this is probably your best answer, there are alot of trails to choose from but its best to hear from someone who has been there because there are also a lot of lame trails used mostly for wussy hiking. Dont waste your time on Haleakala as like said above its more of a fire road and due to a recent death there is alot more vehicle traffic.
 

RJM

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May 18, 2005
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Some are very good at advocating the riding here, especially when they say you need a biggest bike you can bring. this is a load of crap IMO.

maui is ok, oahu is better. there isnt world class riding either!!!!!!, i dont know what the guy above is talking about but whistler and surrounding is world class.

if you love riding here, and need good riding. you would move. period.

Crater stiffed you bizutch? suxorz. at least your down tube isnt trashed from the pebbles
for the record makawao is illegal. only legal xc. 6 percent grade easy stuff.
 

John P.

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Sep 24, 2001
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Some are very good at advocating the riding here, especially when they say you need a biggest bike you can bring. this is a load of crap IMO.

maui is ok, oahu is better. there isnt world class riding either!!!!!!, i dont know what the guy above is talking about but whistler and surrounding is world class.

if you love riding here, and need good riding. you would move. period.

Crater stiffed you bizutch? suxorz. at least your down tube isnt trashed from the pebbles
for the record makawao is illegal. only legal xc. 6 percent grade easy stuff.
I'm not sure which dialect of English you're attempting, but I'll try to respond . . .

OF COURSE the Whistler area is on another level; that's assumed. But having ridden all over the East Coast, Rockies, West Coast, Canada, Europe, and Hawaii (6 or 7 times I think?), I can say that the riding in Hawaii is fantastic and very unique. When you also consider it's a 12-month riding season, it really takes it up a notch.

As for bike selection, I just said that a DH bike would work fine. I've ridden both Maui and Oahu on a DH bike and a FR/AM bike, and if I had to choose one bike to bring over there, it would be the DH (although that 1-mile flat section after Mamane sucks on a big bike).

--JP