I am planning a short trip to Manila for the first time perhaps in a month. I'm American, but working/living in Guangzhou, China.
I'm planning to bring one of my bikes to check out the local trails, so I did a bit of searching online and read a fair few articles. I'm hoping to link up with some local riders to check out the scene-- I prefer riding aggressive single track, AM/Enduro, light free ride stuff, but am happy riding anything scenic, too. Not picky at the end of the day. I started riding/racing XC when I lived in Australia, but eventual moved into more DH/aggressive stuff.
I would probably bring my Commencal Meta AM (650B, 150mm travel) which I imagine could handle most of what I saw online (youtube vids of Antenna, etc.). I also have a 26" Santa Cruz Chameleon here.
Any advice or help? Any chance to meet up and ride together?
I'm from Quezon City, about 7km from Maarat. I'm just a poser who does urban assault, ha ha. I want to do aggro stuff, unfortunately I don't have a budget for a decent aggro bike nor the time do ride often, ha ha ha.
I'll give them the email address you have from your account here so they could contact you
Most of them do nowadays. Or in Taiwan. A few other places. Yes, you have to know what you are looking at. Some of the Chinese frames are decent that come from legit manufacturers and companies--many of them aren;t marketed or sold outside of China. But the big western companies are really the ones pushing the envelope on new tech, which is really rapidly changing. Every month there's something new that's pretty groundbreaking, it seems.
So, I've locked in a trip from Sept 14-18. Coming in Wednesday night to Manila. I'll find somewhere to stay a bit east, and probably rent a car as I want to get a little north, too. If you can give me any contacts to connect with there, would love to ride as much as possible. If you use Viber or any other apps, we can communicate there.
And if you want anything cheap bike-related from China, let me know
East? If it's near Momarco resort, visit Bathala Bike park.
I'm still trying to get contacts but the weather in the city sucks. Rain everyday makes the trail really muddy and full of tall grass.
i was just speaking to some rep from momarco a few weeks back regarding the availability of the PT. yes it is still there and can be used. not surprising though is that it's not dry due to the recent rains. but given a good weather, and a few sweeps of the puddles and mud on the dips, it should be great.
i was supposed to try it out yesterday, but given the daddy duties, i wasn't able to. i'll try to look into it this next weekend if possible.
BTW, the Pililia Windmills are just within reach from Momarco aren't they? Might be good to drop by there as well. There are a bunch of folks doing track reads and track maintenance for an upcoming XC event in October.