What kind of bike do I need to bring?
Bring a mountain bike that fits you and is in good working condition, which is to say with gears and brakes working, bolts tightened, and recently checked over by a certified bike mechanic.
Ideally you'll want to be on a dual suspension bike, but having just front suspension will work just fine too. Having an adjustable seat post like the Fox Transfer is great, but even a quick release on your traditional seat post will prove really useful, as then you can raise and lower your seat with ease. If you have a traditional fixed seat post, consider getting a quick release installed before camp.
If you have two bikes at home and are trying to decide between them, bring the one that is best suited to the skills you most want to learn, and the trails in the camp location you most want to ride.
Do I need a full-face helmet?
We require full-face downhill specific helmets for all bike park / lift access skill sessions and rides. We also strongly recommend them for advanced downhill focused riding of all kinds.
If you have a full-face helmet, please bring it with you. If you’d like to rent one on-site, please check with the host shop at your camp location; you’ll find their contact info on your camp location page.
If you bring a full-face with you, it’s helpful to bring a regular open-face helmet as well. Sometimes you might choose to be in skill sessions that are lower risk (and higher heat), and you’ll be happy to have that lighter helmet around.
Please note that if you have a helmet with an optional chin guard, you’ll want to make sure it’s ASTM certified before you plan to use it for bike park / lift access sessions at camp. If you have questions about your particular helmet, feel free to send us a note.
Your list of things to bring suggests flat pedals. I ride with clip / SPD pedals all the time and feel that I won’t ride as well without being "attached" to my bike. Should I really switch my pedals and shoes for the weekend?
Funny. Many of the coaches had the very same question the first time someone suggested they switch pedals and shoes to learn a new skill.
Basically, if you’re super comfortable with your clip / SPD pedals, so much so that you never have to think about getting in or out, you don’t have to use flats for the camp.
However, flats really do make learning a number of skills that much better. It’s generally helpful to have a wider platform under your feet for balance, and it’s also nice to have a system that lets you get off of your bike super fast. While working on air drops and jumps especially, flat pedals make you use an active technique, and this will improve your riding no matter whether you stick with flats or not.
On the flip side, using flat pedals and shoes can make technical climbs a bit more challenging and long rides a bit more tiring, as there isn’t the same exact efficiency involved. We will, though, give you some tips at camp that’ll help in these situations too.
If you’re new to flats, what we suggest is that you put a pair on your bike, set yourself up with some flat soft-soled shoes, and practice with them a few times before the camp. Depending on how comfortable you feel, and what skills you most want to learn, you can then decide to: a) use flats for the entire camp, b) use flats for just the morning skill sessions and switch back to clips for the afternoon rides, or c) not use them at all.
The What to Bring section has more information on shoe / pedal compatibility, so if you’re interested, head over there too.
If I’d like to use some of the Trek Dirt Series demo equipment, can I arrange that in advance?
Yes. Head to our demo equipment section to see all that we have to offer, and submit your request pre camp. We’ll try our best to fulfill all requests, but we do have a limited selection of bikes and gear available, so may not be able to accommodate everyone, especially those who contact us quite close to their camp date.
If you don't reserve demo equipment pre-camp, you can still ask about it when you arrive. Some sizes and models will be reserved, but if you’re flexible there’ll likely still be product for you to try.
Many locations also have rental product, so that could be an option for you too. If you’d like to check on the rental details for your particular location, click on it in the camp schedule or scroll down to find it under the locations heading above.