- Dalbeattie or Ae ?
I am bording on preferring Dalbeattie but that is because I get a bit shaken up on sections at Ae on a HT. I think maybe if I had a full suss I would enjoy Ae more, and also it gets quite jumpy so if that is your bag got to Ae.
Mabie can be ridden in around 2 hours. Less if you are really fit but in a group you will probably be stopping. That is just the red route which I love. You also can spend time at the jump park, session logs and jumps on the red route, and you also have the double black Dark Side – a few km of northshore if you are up for the challenge.
Dalbeattie has some good sections on the taster loop to try out your rock riding skills before hitting the slab and terrible twins. It does flow quite a lot in my mind, and Treksetr has some lovely local sections which really add to the experience and are more woody, slopey than the rocky sections of the actual route. Again, lots of little bits to session along the way and try out, so if you are more chilled, you may just want to do one Stane a day and do everything that is there. Two Stanes are possible of course if you are all fit and dont hang around.Posted 8 years ago
Another vote for Ae.Posted 8 years ago
DBT is IMO the worst Stane (don't count Newcastleton in that) Dull, flat and no facilities. The only highlight is the Slab, but after that it becomes slow singletrack boredom. Ae has jumps,hills, steep descents, wooden shore, optional Shredder/DH section and the last section Omega man (I think) is FAR better than anything DBT has to offer.JonnoMember
I rode Mabie and Ae in a day easily, including leaving my front wheel in the car park at Ae and having to drive all the way back from the car park at Mabie when I tried to put my bike back together and realised it was missing.
So I would be aiming for both Ae and Mabie in a day and then Dalbeattie the day after, all worth riding in my opinion if you haven't done them before.Posted 8 years ago
It's quite interesting reading this thread…one mans meat is another mans poison and all that. Personally I can't understand how anyone would rate DBT as their fave Stane, to me it's dull dull dull. The techy optional sections are few and far between and if it's pissin' down (Dumfrieshire in nov = 100%) they will be your last visit before Dumfries A&E.
OP, i'll try and sum it up for you. If you like mtbing on hills, with actual real life downhill sections (you'll have to work a bit to get there – which is why people complain about it) go to Ae. If you're into less work but small techy sections go to DBT, but take a pillow 😉Posted 8 years agoscotabroadMember
Dalbeattie, do not understand why anyone would call it dull?? Singletrack there to me is a nice level of challenge picking a decent line, but then I am no riding god like some of the punters above. If you like bigger climbs and a thrash downhill then go to Ae but the singletrack is not technical at all apart from the eroded sections.Posted 8 years ago
S_O, Did Ae and DBT in the same day in Aprilish this year. All that I found at DBT was the optional tree/slabby type sections in the final 1/3 of the ride. The 'tree' bits were sooo slippy in the wet, all rideable yes, but if that's the kinda thing your after, Mabies Dark side is just 10 mins away.Posted 8 years agojamesMember
"Why is Ae rubbish then? I was pretty impressed with it – the last descent is ace"
I was the first time I went abotu 2 years ago. Revited in June this year and they've ruined a lot of it. It looks like they've forrested a lot of it and the trails they've put back in are very rough, slow and don't really flow very much with no techincal interest
There are still some really good bits, but around half of it has been turned to slow rough stuff, more like a wiggley cyclepath than well thought out involving singletrack imo
I prefer dalbaettie if only for the rocks/techy bits
I prefer both Ae and Dalbaettie over Mabie Red though. I'd like a(nother) go on the double black there but the red did very little for me at the timePosted 8 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
In an ideal world, both are very different and both are very good trails.
In the real world, Dalbeattie is always fully open, Ae is very rarely fully open.
Ae seems like a bit of an afterthought, they thought about making it a big long black route (ask Trekster where it was going to go), but ran out of funds/inspiration.Posted 8 years agoproperbikecoMember
do Dalbeattie, but when you get out to the back of the forest nip down to Sandyhills head towards Portling and go roudn the coast path to Kippford. Stop at Anchor for lunch & a pint or 3. Rejoin trail and do second part – ideal day out.
p.s. Dalbeattie trails are better than Ae too 🙂Posted 8 years agosimonralli2Member
Heh – Mabie takes me around 2 hours and a bit more, but then for anyone who has ridden with me knows I am not exactly speedy, and like to stop off and have sarnies and stuff like that – you know – the enjoyments bits – its not just about being on your bike 😀 But yes, I can see that you riding gods would probably spin round in say 15 mins flat or something like that, including doing all that skinny plank stuff lol.Posted 8 years agodavy-gMember
does it really matter about "this trail is better than that trail".. the main point is that you are out on the trail(s) having fun… and the having fun part is only what you make it…. 😉Posted 8 years ago
I have been to Kirroughtree-Mabie-Ae-Dalbeatie and I had fun at all of them. They all have their own differing good/bad qualities
I think it just goes to show people are getting a bit spoiled by these facilities when they say that any of the 7 Stanes are rubbish.
Ae is great imo – especially if you go up before the last descent and add on the Shredder DH section. I suspect the people who don't like it don't like riding drop-offs or jumps, which is fair enough but no reason to call it rubbish.Posted 8 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
I'd personally sack off Mabie (if its still as wrecked as last time I rode it) and do Dalbeattie and either Ae (which does have some good bits – I actually really like that first climb through the trees!) or Drumlanrig which is meant to be very good but I've never ridden there.
Dalbeattie doesn't have the massive climbs and descents that Ae has but what the terrain does offer, I think the trails have been really well built to use it. Flowing singletrack sections rather than full on steep descents etc are a winner in my eyes. Theres also some really nice (cheeky?) bits towards the end of the route through the trees…Posted 8 years agoBaldysquirtSubscriber
A big group of us went up last month and rode Ae, Mabie and Dalbeattie. Everyone thought Ae was the worst of the bunch. Much less flow and less enjoyable all round really. Mabie and Dalbeattie were liked equally. I personally preferred Dalbeattie, but others Mabie. Both were ace, though.Posted 8 years agoRobbieGMember
[/quote]In the real world, Dalbeattie is always fully open, Ae is very rarely fully open.
Nobeerinthefridge … don't want to shatter your quote but Ae has been fully open since March 2009, Dalbeattie is about to commence a works program (like Ae had last year) and will be affected for several months as of next weekPosted 8 years agoTheLittlestHoboMember
Without a doubt Dalbeattie is better than Ae.
The reason i can say this is because i have experienced Ae when it wiped the floor with dalbeattie in its earlier guises. Nowadays its is such a poor immitation of what it was i cant bear to ride it.
Dalbeattie with its recent improvements is a much better man made trail. Ae has the potential to wipe the floor with it if they wanted to.Posted 8 years ago
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