The Start Gate presents K.O.M. Trail Designs, this side of the brand is about getting wheels-on-dirt and working within the community to help foster relationships with local government/organizations/mountains. We are the riders who use, make, and maintain the beloved trail networks, along with helping devise annual goals and reports projecting usage, growth, and continued development and betterment of the trail systems.

Zach Faulkner

Lead Consultant and Builder

I use my 15 years of experience and expertise in the MTB industry and trail building to help guide communities of decision-makers and riders alike on how to design, manage, maintain, and grow their trails. With focuses on working collaboratively and fostering a productive continual dialog, with regards to community outreach and integration, we hope to expand access to both riding locations and the sport as a whole within the community at large.

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The Importance of Sustainability

Environmentally driven ethos

Our biggest focus with regards to trail development, betterment, and sustainability is integration within the natural landscape. We at KOMTD believe in hand-built trails which preserve the natural aesthetic of the woods. Machines are helpful at times, but for us, that’s a last resort, as we prefer to ride the classic single track winding through the trees.

Bountiful Options

Building to ability.

Catering to a wide audience is important to KOMTD, as more people on bikes is seen as a big positive regarding our initiative. We feel that building a greater number of ability-based trails with proper signage and information is a superior tactic to building only a couple “all-use” trails. Drawing in a broader range of abilities with greater offerings will allow for more growth within the user base and provide safe and fun trails for all riders respectively without congestions and conflict.