- dalbeattie – the slab's a bit steep
Been round the hard rock trail today. Good fun. I’d heard about the slab being steep but thought it couldn’t be that bad…. My word it’s steep. Went down first run though with only a moderate amount of back end skittering…. the audience at the bottom didn’t help though!
Good fun.Posted 4 years agoTroutWrestlerMember
IMO the slab at Dalbeattie is harder now than it used to be. When first opened, it was cleaned with a pressure washer, and was fresh granite, and super grippy.
Now the trees around the slab have grown, cutting out the sunlight and reducing any wind, allowing more slime to grow on it. On top of that there’s a build up of rubber from “skidders”, making it significantly harder than it used to be.
I think twice, and don’t worry about needing to prove anything…Posted 4 years agoGavinBSubscriber
@Troutwrestler- can’t agree. I hadn’t ridden it for about 7 years, and rode it about a month ago. The only thing I noticed was that the trees had changed the feel of the place, but the rock was just as grippy. Still worth checking out lines before you commit to the slab, but after that it’s just ‘headgames’. Fun, fun.Posted 4 years agomonkeyfudgerMember
Last time I rode it I was having brake issues, master cyclinder was defective so randomly when I’d try the brakes nothing would happen and you’d have to pump it like mad, **** that I am thought I’d go for it anyway, didn’t fall but bloody hell I shot down that thing, absolutely cacked myself! Ended up crashing 3 times after that due to the brakes, good times….Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Ridden it a couple of times but took some girding of the loins. Guess there’s nothing to it as far as skill goes – it’s all in the heid. Looks precipitous when you’re at the top of it, baws-shrinkingly so. Quite a rush when you first shoot down.
I think it’s a lot harder because the trail is so easy, so all of a sudden you’re faced with the qualifier and the slab, which are levels above what you’ve been riding thus far (the top twin is also tricky). If you were riding real gnadgery stuff all day and you hit the slab it would prob seem a lot tamer.Posted 4 years agoturboferretSubscriber
I will admit that when I was at Dalbeattie I bottled the slab 🙁 but think I rode the qualifier. In my defence it was a wet weekday in December, I was riding alone, mine was the only car in the car park and I didn’t see another soul while riding that day. Also fully rigid. My calculations based on probability/severity of things going wrong and how long I might need to wait before anyone found mes suggested that discretion was the better part of valour 😆
Cheers, RichPosted 4 years ago
Yeah you’re right. I did that after – there was a bit where you had to ride across the face of a slab at a very steep angle too. Fine once is realised my tyres would actually hold traction. I think the only thing I didn’t like about the trail was a couple of the flower second which then took you round a blind berm and into a perfectly placed wheel grabbing rock. Maybe it’s just me being rubbishPosted 4 years agoprawnyMember
Dalbeattie is on next year’s family holiday trip ooop north. I’ve been looking at a few youtube vids of the slab and other features, I’ll have to make mind up at top I think, I don’t think I’d have any problem riding it, but I’ll be on my own so I’ll have to see, looks easy enough though.
Went to Kirroughtree this summer and bottled the chute for the same reasons as others. Not that hard to ride, but I was there at 7 oclock on a weekday morning, no other cars at the car park and didn’t see another rider all day. If something freaky had happened god know how long it would have been before someone found me. No phone signal either.Posted 4 years ago
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