Video: Ride Rotorua Top 10 Trails #7 – Hot X Buns

Words by Flow | Images by Graeme Murray, Damian Breach

By the time we reached trail #7 of our ten-trail odyssey in the Redwoods, the Flow crew was starting to feel a little peckish. But Mike Metz of Bike Culture knew just the thing to revive us; a heaped serving of Hot X Buns. And, man, was it tasty.

Hot X Buns is a trail that just feels amazing when you’re going fast. Cruise down it at a mellow pace and you could easily overlook its brilliance – if you’re going slow it’s kinda lumpy. But when you’re trying to hold the wheel of Mike Metz, one of Rotorua’s fastest riders, going slow isn’t an option.

With the speed turned up a few notches, Hot X is easily one of the best offerings in the forest. The pines rip by your bars, what previously looked like ruts become perfect berms to slap your tyres into, the little pinch climbs turn into kickers and it all makes sense.

The trail squirts you out over a good-sized jump into the clearing directly above B Rude Not 2, so you can keep it rolling on another of Rotorua’s best.

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