- Coed Y Brenin
Was also there last weekend, we did Dragon’s back and MBR.
All in all i’d say it’s not too rocky, the first section which is designed to give you an idea of the worst of the trail is probably the most ridiculous because there’s a drop every few yard.
As people have already said, it’s more crazy paving than anything else. We ran middle(ish) pressures and didn’t suffer from any punctures and still had all our fillings at the end.
Not sure what you’re planning to do it on but my missus did dragon’s back on a Specialized Hardrock running standard crappy suntour forks and On-One Smorgasbord tyres and she survived. I ran a Specialized Purgatory Control up front and a Specialized Sauserwind on the rear, as far as I know neither are particularly thick/heavy tyres.
MBR has a few loose ascents (brutus springs to mind and a random fire road half way through. The 3rd or 4th stage on MBR/The Beast has a few rock gardens, if you could call them that, but after you’re through it’s significantly smoother. The last stage, beginning of the end, was also fairly rocky from memory.
Further round Dragon’s Back/MBR you’ve got Lurch and Pugsley’s Bottom which are both ‘armoured’ trails. They make you think a bit when you’re at the top but by the time you get to the end of the stage you’ll wish you took them on a bit quicker. 😀
If you’ve ridden Afan, you’ll think it’s more rocky than White’s Level of Y Wal but a lot of the time it’s completely fine.
A quick you tube search will see you right if you want to guage what the worst of it is likely to be.
Enjoy!Posted 4 years ago
Some of our less MTBey friends did the ‘red fox’ run, i think it’s called cwflm coch or similar. They didn’t seem to think it was too challenging.
We did Dragon’s Back on day 1 and then MBR day 2. I thought day 2 was a bit short – we’d finished and were driving home by 12.30 so perhaps string another of the shorter reds on?Posted 4 years agotwoninerMember
Cyflym coch is a good warm up ride, it takes in all the fast flowy sections of the MBR, Dragons Back ect. The Tarw Trail is the rocky one although a cracking ride.
The rock section and small drop offs at the start of the MBR and so on are there to make more novice/newbie riders think twice about cracking on with the trail.Posted 4 years ago
Slight thread hijack.
Not sure if it was anyone on STW but when we were at CyB a bunch of 8-12 blokes went past us on the most hilarious collection of retro rigid bikes. Some looked like they might’ve been lurking in the back of a shed for a decade or so.
I hoped to spot a Raleigh Marauder but didn’t…Posted 4 years agoampthillSubscriber
You just need to look at the maps carefully or you’ll end up doing the same bits over and over. I don’t have a map in front of me but I think if your ride the Beast and TAWR you’ve done most of it
If you need more trail to ride then do Penmacno, it might be on your way homePosted 4 years agomatther01Member
My advice would be to try and mix and match the trails (the beast has an awful lot of fire road climbs for ecample).
I found Tarw to be the rockiest IMO…MBR is the most fun on its own but very short.
Make sure you do the blue if only to practice berm stuff etc…its a blast if you do it at the end after ditching your pack etc.Posted 4 years ago
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