I went through an Ae phase, loved it, then realised my hardtail would probably snap son this trail soon... went back to glentress.
I want to love it more as it is fairly easy to get from Glasgow to here... the first bit is good, climbs are nice... until fireroad then the infamous middle section, i love a tough trail but comment about broken brick surface sums it up. Last descent is nice but had a few hairy moments that might end someones biking fun. Overall my fave is still Kirroughtree, even though it bust my rib! Always got time for glentress, rode red three times in a row on Sunday and still smiling. Mabie next, different, fun in bits - fairly average. Ae, amazing in bits but fireroad and boulder trails are a downer and not so much fun on hard as nails hardtail. Dalbettie... last out of all stanes I have ridden, didnt flow well at all, not my cup 'o tea.
Maybe give Ae a chance - not been since cafe opened though. A coffee and cake always adds a star to the score!