Spring demo day in Hilton Falls


After a temperate Victoria day long weekend, mother nature stomped on the gas and by the 28th we had heat warnings with a humidex of 35-38°C. No big deal for us though! HAFTA packed up the coolers, lawn chairs and umbrellas and headed over to Hilton Falls. The Bike Zone and HAFTA had set up shop at in the conservation area’s parking lot shortly after 3pm with major brands on tap that day such as Kona, Marin, FeltScott and Intense.

We’ve got a few pictures of some of the bikes available to demo. Most were high end models with all the trick bits. You won’t get a chance to try out a collection like these bikes for a while so apologies if you couldn’t make out. The selection available involved 27.5 all-mountain/enduro bikes, a few trail orientated 29r and 27.5+ bikes in the mix. I think there was even a fat bike. All sorts of carbon fibre.

Since the demo was first come, first serve things got going pretty quickly. A few eager riders arrived early to ensure a test ride on the models they were interested in, but things were chill enough that eventually riders got a chance to try whichever model they wanted. As soon as the riders were ready to go our Accountant and Vice guided them to the trail-head. The route involved a short climb out of the parking lot, this offered a chance to see how the bike pedals uphill and then it was right into the rocks on trails like Bent Rim 1 to see how the bike handles the chunky tight single-track that comprises the majority of Hilton Falls and the Agreement Forest. The terrain here really offers a unique spot to test out longer-travel bikes.

Trails were hot, but they were still dry for the most part as the canopy had shrugged off the light sprinkles of rain we’d received from the odd cloud. Towards the end of the demo the warm front seemed to break with temperatures cooling down rapidly. On cue a nice breeze provided optimal conditions for sitting around post-demo.

We hope our sponsor and members found this a worth-while event. It doesn’t get much better than a free demo on your home trails with swag included. Let us know in the comments if you have a thought about it? We know it was short notice and normally we’d have the event at the Mohawk area, but we tried and they were booked. Remember to check out The Bike Zone in Mississauga, they are helping to keep trails running smooth and carry all sorts of bikes and kit that is capable in the rocky terrain in Halton. Plus since you’ve got a HAFTA membership card you can score a discount!

See you out there! Check the schedule for upcoming events 🙂

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