Bike Magazine Hits DuPont State Forest

North Carolina’s Slickrock Heaven

Someone tweeted us and said, in effect, that we'd have our heads up our collective asses if we were testing trail bikes and didn't happen to take them up the Big Rock Trail to Cedar Rock Trail loop in DuPont State Forest. Apparently, this time around our ears aren't nuzzling our sphincters because that's exactly where we'd planned on riding them.

DuPont State Forest is home to ninety-odd miles trail. Some of it swoopy and fast. Some of it rocky and steep. We took some of the best trail bikes on the market up the latter. It's a short loop, but it rises right off the bat and includes some seriously argh-f*cking-argh-style technical climbing before summiting on a nice heap of slickrock that makes for a screaming descent full of square edged hits. We did five consecutive laps and called it good, or to be precise, effin' rad.

Enough nouns and verbs. Check out the photos. Video coming shortly.

Taking in the view on the Big Rock trail.

Looking down part of the Cedar Rock trail descent.

Check out this sweet bug. It's a Praying Mantis.

Bike testing fuel.