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MTB Bozeman was a concept project that was done for school. As I got further into my senior year at MSU I wanted to do more school projects where I could develop my skills and explore new ideas. The goal of the site was to showcase the mountain biking community in Bozeman. I didn’t get to do a lot of interviews before I published it but I like the layout and I was pleased with the end result. I designed the logo, picked the colors and did all of the web design. 

Branding

I wanted to design a simple brand for the site that was concise and Montana-focused. I picked colors that were bold, a little bit retro and reminiscent of fall, my favorite time of year to ride bikes. I picked fonts available in Google Fonts (who likes paying for licenses anyway?) to make it easier for the project to translate across multiple browsers.

Media

Part of the assignment for this project was to showcase various types of media. It was a perfect opportunity to include much of the video and photo content that I shoot on various mountain bike rides throughout the season. I also experimented with including audio of the interviews conducted with friends. I also included Strava segments as a fun way to showcase Bozeman trails. 

Website

The website built on a simple, one-page design that matched up with the colors of the brand and the underlying ideas of fall and boldness behind the logo. Below are some examples of the layout that was meant to display information easily and showcase various forms of media.

Mathew Forbes – Emerald Lake, MT – 2017

Interview with Matt Forbes

How did you get into mountain biking?

It was because of my dad. He raised us – me and my two brothers – to ride. Where we grew up there was a lot of close trails around.

What do you like about mountain biking?

It’s a great feeling. You get to explore the place you live really well. And you get to have a lot of cool friends and do fun things with them.

What’s your favorite trail and why?

Blackmore because it’s a long ride, lot of elevation, lot of different terrain.

Full Interview - Matt Forbes

by Aidan Weltner

Matt’s Favorite Trail:

Mt. Blackmore, MT

Trailhead:
~11 miles round trip
~3,000ft elevation gain
~3,000ft descent

Matt’s Description of the trail:

You’ve got smooth, you’ve got tech-y, you’ve got rocky, it’s kind of like high alpine, you get an epic view and you get a really good decent.

Details: Riding the trail takes a good half of a day, if not a full day. Be prepared with at least 2 liters of water as well as snacks. Bring spare parts such as tubes (with a pump) and a spare quick link for your chain. Consider also bringing a spare derailleur hanger, duct tape and ski straps for various mishaps. The trail is also technical so be prepared with a proper protective riding gear that is not too heavy for the climb up. A helmet with good coverage is essential and it’s also important to consider knee pads, gloves and glasses. Before you leave, make sure your bike is in good working order and that your tires are properly inflated. Consider adding more air pressure to your tires to prevent against flats on the sharp rocks. Aggressive downhill oriented tires and full suspension is recommended but not required.

Make sure you tell someone else where you are going and when you expect to return.

The trail is dominated by hikers, please be courteous to other trail users, yield to uphill travel and control your speed.

Difficulty: very difficult, recommended for experienced riders with above average cardiovascular fitness

Category: all-mountain trail ride