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Shoretrax puts the mountain bike trail where you want it

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January 30, 2014

The Shoretrax system in use

The Shoretrax system in use

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Although people all over the world enjoy mountain biking, not everyone has year-round access to decent trails. That's why a group of British cyclists invented the Shoretrax modular track system. It ships flat-packed in the back of a truck, and can be assembled into different configurations on the spot.

The system was inspired by a network of roller-coaster-like elevated wooden mountain bike trails, for which the Canadian city of Vancouver's North Shore area is known. While those trails are fixed, however, Shoretrax can be packed up, moved, and reconfigured for variety or for different skill levels.

Buyers can choose from several packages, that range in length from 10 to 100 meters (33 to 328 ft) once assembled. Each kit contains a variety of trail module types, including ones that are straight, tapered, narrow, curved, or that serve as on/off ramps, drop-offs or rumble strips. Those modules can be put together to form either a point-to-point trail, or (in the case of the longer kits) a continuous loop.

The modules can be put together to form either a point-to-point trail, or (in the case of ...

Prices start at £2,450 (about US$4,000).

While it seems doubtful that anyone would use a Shoretrax setup as their one and only mountain biking venue, the system does look like it could certainly be useful for trade show demos and contests, instructional programs at schools, try-before-you-buy areas at bike stores, indoor mountain biking "parks," or simply for adding some interesting features to existing permanent dirt trails.

It would also be fun to put one in your back yard.

Source: Shoretrax via BikeRadar

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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4 Comments

fall on that track your not going to have a nice day, lots of gaps to get a finger into

Leonard Foster Jr
30th January, 2014 @ 05:31 pm PST

I don't see that as different from the hazards associated with real downhill biking. Trees, rocks, roots and ruts can throw you for a broken appendage "in the wild", eh?

REScott
31st January, 2014 @ 12:28 pm PST

for that money you can go to some public woods/park and make a proper track... and keep the money for a new bike =|

Tiago Roque
31st January, 2014 @ 01:58 pm PST

@Tiago Roque, That's true! Plus, I see ads all the time for "Free Fill Dirt" which would be perfect for creating something like that pump track they show in the photo. Most of the time it's free, and let's face it, $4,000+ can get you a nice chunk of bike (or two)! Not knocking the product, itself, but it doesn't seem like it'd be especially viable for most mountain bikers.

Sean Erdrich
9th March, 2014 @ 03:06 am PDT
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