I am a strong technical cross country rider and I’ve been wanting to take some time out and explore the Atlas Mountains via mountain bike. So I found a company called Freeride Morocco but I am having trouble vetting them. I can’t find any reviews on line about them, I can’t find anyone who has even heard of them and now that they want full payment up front, in advance I’m nervous to send it. So I’m asking if anyone has heard of this touring company and if they are legit? They also operate Freeride Spain.
Sincerely, SlowburnPosted 4 years ago
I went to Morocco with Ciclo a few weeks back and can 100% recommend the trip. There was lots of gravity assist in Land Cruisers to start every ride and typically we rode from high plateau down to plains over valleys each day. It was truly epic and memorable and an absolute steal at the price. Here’s the vid that my buddy Bri 72 did … it gives a flavour of what it’s like, but as with all videos it flattens and smoothens things out a bit.
There’s a trip again in October I believe. Perfect bike is probably a mid travel FS with as much rubber as you can fit in the frame and fork. most popular choices were Orange Bloods and 5s with 160 forks. I was on a T129s and felt underbiked until I took 30PSI out of the shocks. Bedmaker was on his fat bike 🙂Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Simon who runs Freeride Morocco is legit, yeah. He’s also responsible for Freeride Spain which ran for, what about ten years, but is back in the UK. I’ve been out to Spain with them numerous times – search for Freeride Spain here and elsewhere and you’ll find plenty of reviews – and also out to Morocco a couple of years back.
The Morocco trip was ace, though we were a little unlucky with the weather and got snowed on on the first day. The riding is great, quite loose, steep and technical, a bit like southern Spain, but redder in colour. The trip itself is a point to point thing with back-up. You stay in various gites in the mountains which are pretty basic, but atmospheric and there’s a back-up team with a cook and kitchen who sort the food at the stops and meet you for lunch every day.
I’d happily use them again. It’s as much a cultural experience – feels quite wild and exotic, reminded me oddly of Nepal – as a riding one. Full suspension’s probably not a bad idea. I managed fine most of the time on my Ragley but felt a little beaten up by the end of it compared to the guys on sussers. Some of that, I think, was mental fatigue just from having to pick lines a little more carefully.
I thought it was a good value trip. Great riding. The ground crew were ace, very friendly, helpful and cheerful and Simon who runs the show is entertaining, slightly crazed and good company as well as being a very good rider.
I don’t know if that helps, but it might reassure you a little anyway.Posted 4 years agowoody2000Subscriber
Swayndo – you must have been there at the same time as my mate Bruce ( whiney Southerner on a purple 5 😉 ). He said there was a guy on a fat bike, I didn’t believe him 🙂
He raved about it, said it was a good trip. I’ll email him the link to that vid in case he hasn’t seen it.Posted 4 years ago
Well Thanks All,
I am booking the trip for June 15th. and I’m psyched. I expect it to be very hot
so I’m planning on packing light. I’m thinking about wether to bring my own
bike or not, they recommend that I do! It’s a Trek Fuel 95 with 180 mm Fox
aftermarket shocks and 3 inches in the back. They have Santa Cruz Blur’s
for rent! Any tips on traveling across the pond with a bike box would be greatly
Slowburn……… 🙂Posted 4 years agoOrangejohnSubscriber
I went a couple of years ago, the trip following the snowy one – I think.
Did I enjoy it – Yes.
Would I go again – No.
Given my time and money again I would probably go to somewhere in Europe that I haven’t been before – one mtb holiday in a blue moon for me.
The riding would suit the technically competent roadie; half a day was typically quality off road and the other half usually road; for me as a non roadie half a day of boring riding was too much.Posted 4 years ago
The evenings were also a bit long, not that I wanted to party all night but even so.
As for the business and Simon they are legit,and in my opinion your money will be safe.
Perhaps see it as an experience rather than a holiday.
That’s exactly what I am considering it, an experience. With some good singletrack included.
It will be exactly what you’re looking for then. I enjoyed it much more due to this, as I was taking everthing in…much more than interesting than being at ski-resort, in France or wherever. Of course, you do have to ride on dirt roads and whatnot to join everything up. That just gives you the chance to enjoy the views and take some photos though.
EDIT: Was it a typo about you having a 180mm fork?Posted 4 years ago
Excellent! Pretty tough but good fun.
Indeed similar to OrangeJohn’s comment, probably 1/2 – 3/4 of the day was off road on a combination of tough exposed mountainous singletrack or paths through remote Morcocan villages. There was usually some road climb or fire road climb each day also, so you need to be fairly fit as well as technically competent.
The riding would suit the technically competent roadie
Wouldn’t quite go that far but you do need to be reasonably fit and capable of steady climbing for up to 2 hours in warm weather. It is tough technically mostly due to the exposure / consequences of getting it wrong.
The gites were basic but comfortable enough if you can cope with sometimes cool showers and continental style toilets. Food was excellent and absolutely plentiful – mostly Moroccan tagines of chicken/meat and fresh veg plus fresh bread, cheese, eggs, salad etc.
If you’re expecting the comfort you’d get at European destinations, to get van uplifts and Western food, then this isn’t the holiday for you. If you want to experience more of an adventure – something a bit different culturally, with some decent riding, relaxed evenings (and sleeping outside under the stars if you want) then this is just the job!Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
we went with cycleactive, awesome holiday, very technical riding, going with them to Turkey next year.Posted 4 years ago
heh yes met Dan (d45yth) on same trip with FM. Don’t worry about the technical grade. Everyone found their limit at some point, but 99% of the trails were very ridable. One of our group was first time on an MTB and riding a hardtail and managed ok, but then was a good roady and roasted most on the climbs. The riding is only part, views and accommodation locations (some stunning) are as much part of it. Guide Simon a top bloke too.
We went in early Feb and the unheated Gites were fekkin freezing at night. Very basic in shared rooms. Take some SERIOUS layers and a good sleeping bag. Oh and with hindsight I’d have taken some whiskey 😉
Great trip – you will love it! 😀
Edit: Oh and take spares. It was nearly game over for one guy when his mech hanger snapped on day 1, so pack anything you might need.Posted 4 years ago
Good info thanks. Going later in season than that but know mtns get cold. Yes, going for the format i.e. linear and the accomm locations too. As well as scenery, mtns, mtb, etc 🙂
Actually have spare mech hanger in Camelbak now at all times 😉
Is it worth swapping to tubeless for the trip?Posted 4 years ago
Anna, we had about a handful of punctures between a group of 10 over 5 days riding, but at least two of us were running tubeless.
Like d45yth says, its not essential.
On the other hand re. night temperatures, we went in September, and packed loads of warm kit that we didn’t need even at night. It still must have been around 20 degrees or so at 10pm at night, but it was better to have the warm gear and not need it than vice versa.Posted 4 years ago
And heed the advice on the website that says take book(s) to read and chocolate as, cos there is minimal to do in the evening after dinner except look out over a starry sky 🙂
And definitely no 1×10 set ups….thought I was fairly fit, but just minutes into the first day was soooooooo glad I fitted a granny ring back on.Posted 4 years ago
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