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Blackrock can be ridden by riders on hardtail 26/29ers, full suspension mtn bikes of varying wheel sizes and travel. We have even seen BMX bikes and unicycles out on the trails. At a minimum riders are asked to wear a helmet when on the Mt. Brown trails. Elbow/knee pads, gloves and full face helmets are strongly encouraged but not required. Chest/back body armor are also a good idea but are bulky and hot when climbing. Many riders like to think of Blackrock as armor assisted cross country(aka Freeriding). Many riders push their 40+lb bikes up and have a great time descending on the longer travel bikes that excel in railing the bikes into the corners and jumps. But 20-30lb XC or all-mountain bikes can have a great time.