Should I take titanium hardtail with sid team, Stans 355 (and enjoy uphill) or evil sov, float 140, stans flow with big tyres (for peace of mind)? Staying in Hawkshead and thought I’d do runs out of the VP book as never rode there before. Did Kielder on the titanium but imagine riding the lakes is much more punishing.
Good question! The Lakes rewards road and off-road riding. I’m just back from a week riding the passes on my ScandAL. I’ve set it up to flip easily between tarmac and XC, and I had ‘no problems’ doing the passes…well, apart from the usual heart failure! I also passed three guys on the top of Helvellyn. Not sure I’d want to heave their full sussers up there so again a lighter bike would make sense. On balance though, I prefer riding on-road in the lakes than off. Climbing out of Buttermere through the Newlands Pass in the pouring rain was more fun than I thought it’d be 😉
One last thing. They’ve been trimming the hedgerows on a lot of the lanes. Be prepared for flats :-/
If you’re going to be riding around Hawkshead then there seems to be less hike-a-bike in that area than other bits of the Lakes. Of course that doesn’t necessarily apply if you’re heading to Walna Scar, Garburn, High St…
I’d take the Sov of those 2 options. If you’re doing any of the big passes, you’ll end up carrying a fair bit, so the climbing ability is moot, and the descents will be far more fun on the bigger bike.