I spend a fair amount of time shuttling between Manchester and Shrewsbury and have often thought it would be nice to break the journey with a bit of a ride. Came across this place recently. Is it any good and how would an intermediate rider, with a short travel FS to boot, fare on what (on the face of it) seems to be a pretty challenging place? Any thoughts / input warmly received
Revolution Bike Park - Any thoughts?
You'd probably struggle. I went a couple of years ago on a 120mm travel FS and found parts of it too difficult. It was very muddy/steep and I slid down a lot of it on my face. Only did a 3 runs before retiring. I'm going again soon on a DH bike and if its wet (its nearly always wet), then I will still struggle.
Sliding down things on my face has entered my repertoire recently as well Starting to appreciate the potential benefits of a full face helmet..
I found it pretty tough, riding a 150mm Pitch with 160mm forks - I'm not an amazing rider but I've done the Megavalanche and ridden the WC course at Fort William etc - found Revolution probably the hardest thing I've done.
Steep (very), rooty, muddy, rutted, off camber - I enjoyed it, but it was definitely around the limit of what I would consider fun on a bike. Will probably go back at some point.
i agree with grum........
It is blummin brilliant! But certainly not that easy in the top section if wet.
The top section is steep, rooty and slippery in the mud but fantastic fun. I went last year some time and they have developed it since then but yeah, brilliant tracks, nice people.
I was loving it aboard my 160mm Mega.
Here is me at Revolution, agree its not an easy place to ride. I really struggled with the first few runs but once you get a few lines and confidence its a great place to ride. The guys who run it are brilliant and are constantly improving the track, I think they have recently dug a new line which looks good. Definitley need a full face helmet at minimum but I had a pressure suit and knee pads on
here is a vid of a guy I ride with (he's quicker than me)
Yeah, I guess it can be a little intimidating in places but nothing terrifying by any means. It rides well in the wet and dry and it is proper mountain biking territory in my opinion.
Definitely wear a full facer though.
Thanks guys, much appreciated and that vid is excellent, definitely want to go there sometime over the summer *starts researching 160mm bikes*
I liked it there, rode it on my 150mm Meta AM, but would be perfectly rideable on something shorter, or a hardtail. Few steep sections. And yep, guys who run it are good lads.
Not sure why everyone says definitely wear a full face. Sure, wear one if you want, wil obviously help with confidence, but it's not exactly mandatory..
If you take the non-M6 route via M56, A55, A483 and A5 you'll also find Llandegla very easy to visit.
that place looks ace!
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