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  • Too smooth for a fattie

    Spin
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    I find this site can be really negative at times.

    Indeed it can. I didn’t think anyone had been negative on this thread yet, just a couple of comments that it wasn’t brill. To be fair it’s probably got a bit of bedding in to do. At the end of the day people will vote with their feet. If it stands multiple visits (like Laggan or Golspie for example) then it will be a success.

    Does anyone know if the cafe is run directly by the estate or if it is separate?

    Spin
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    I’d ride glenlivet on my cx no issues

    Cheers

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    Fat bike been done, white on-one, a local i think

    devs
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    Aye I saw the Fattie yesterday, on a car though. It’s perfect fat bike territory. I’ll be on mine next time and I can’t wait to nail it in snow ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sounds like a great excuse for me to n+1…..

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    that would be some well earned views at the very top if you arrived on a fat bike ๐Ÿ™‚

    Indeed, great views fae the top, lovely..!

    Yetiman
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    Aye, fantastic views today looking across at snow covered hills. It was another busy day for them, cars were parked a fair way back down the hill from the cafe.

    I fancy this during the Christmas break, any decent accommodation nearby?

    Yetiman
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    Yeah, I enjoyed it (i was out on the bike so thats always a good start). Two loops of the red back to back topped off with a panini, cake and a couple of coffees. The trail is well built, but just a bit too tame for me compared to what I normally ride, but I wasn’t expecting a full on tech fest anyway, not on a red trail. I might just be behind the times with regards to trail grading but I didn’t think the features were particularly ‘black’.
    If the current set up proves successful I hope they manage to build a proper black run. That would definitely tempt me back.

    Yep, my thoughts exactly. Too tame but scope for a technical trail hopefully !

    Spin
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    Just back and would echo the comments above. If you turn up on your big rig expecting some gnarl you’re going to be disapointed. If you want a nice pootle on fast flowy trails with good views then you’ll like it. Probably pretty good for kids, there certainly seemed to be a lot of familes out.

    Not a criticism as such but with identified ‘black’ sections folks might think it’s more techy than it really is. The black sections are actually red and if you take the bypasses it’s basically a blue for technicallity but red (I suppose) for the climbing.

    I’m hoping it’s a bit of a work in progress and other features will be added over time.

    The crosser was perfect. It really made the trails come alive. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Yetiman
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    Were you on a red Cannondale Spin?

    Spin
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    Aye, that was me. Were we chatting to you?

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    I saw you too… probably a pretty good bike for the course :). Was on a Black/blue Pivot and made some lame comment about it being the original 29er.

    Overall, I enjoyed it. As said above – no real gnarr (have to wait for the Kinlochleven Enduro for that!).. but great views and some really fun flowing tracks (and a morning away from the wife and kids ;).

    Good coffee and one of the best burgers I’ve had in years topped off a great morning out. It’s only an hour from home so might go and do a night lap there sometime.

    It’d be good at night, perhaps organise a stw meet up ?

    devs
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    I think a night ride will have to be a case of watching the weather and nipping up if it looks good. You’re not likely to get a big window to organise meet ups. I’ll be trying for one in the next couple of weeks though, most likely a thursday night.

    Spin
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    Nah that’s an all weather nighttime loop unless its actually snowing.

    Is it far past Laggan?

    We travel from the Angus area & wondered how long it would take?

    Alan.

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    From Angus, I’d have thought there would have been a shorter/faster option than the A9?

    legend
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    no real gnarr (have to wait for the Kinlochleven Enduro for that!)

    “gnarr” is available at other times and locations you know

    I’d have thought there would have been a shorter/faster option than the A9?

    Possibly, im not exactly sure where it is tbh, 50 miles NW of Laggan?

    Spin
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    It’d be good at night, perhaps organise a stw meet up ?

    It’s just a wee bit far for me for a night ride but will keep an eye out if anyone wants to suggest a night.

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    “gnarr” is available at other times and locations you know

    It wasn’t a complaint – just an observation that you’ll have to go elsewhere to get your fix of rocks, steps and the likes.

    I’m liking the idea of a night ride but the next few weeks are looking unlikely for me. If someone is heading there, and I can make it, I’ll be on for it though.

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    alandavidpetrie79 – Not too far North of the Lecht ski centre. Depends where you are in Angus but over the Cairn O’ Mount or Glenshee and head North. Less than two hours to get there for you I should think.

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    One from yesterday at the very top.

    Overall I enjoyed the trails, they’ll be perfect for a night ride and they’re only 30mins away from me so will make a nice change from the stuff locally.

    With a covering of snow I think they will indeed be perfect fat bike territory ๐Ÿ˜€

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    like it!

    access road (from B9136) and fire road as well will be ah interesting with a covering of snow.

    I can foresee problems in the next few months :/

    trail_rat
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    “From Angus, I’d have thought there would have been a shorter/faster option than the A9? “

    50 miles difference going via perth and up the a9 from dundee than going over glenshee/BH 1+2 and the lecht.

    horrible roads to drive though.

    devs
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    Aye it’s a full on driving experience going “the back way”. It can on occasion be quicker but you feel knackered when you get there. Just spoken to one of my customers and found out that hers is the nearest house to teh new centre. She doesn’t even bike, what a waste ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blimey, first time I’ve been since it officially opened and it was busy today !
    Thing I noticed was there was a high number of first timers and I reckon they’d get caught out on the red run , not technically but in distance and effort…..

    Thought the cafe was excellent, cake brilliant….. Trails are holding out nicely, but no idea if they’re likely to ice up if they get wet as if was -2c when I got there this morning at 08.30….

    A good all weather facility and a good xc cycle with a lovely cafe…. Recommended for a day out !

    Deveron53
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    I was there today, twas OK but my fellow rider was very slow, wimped out on the slightest suggestion of anything with a ‘!’ on it (walked it all!) so although we started out at 1pm, we barely made it back to the trailhead for 3pm and that was after missing out the blue return by just doing the fire-roads.
    I’m not returning until April at the earliest! (partly due to the 3 hour round trip – I’ve got loads on my doorstep in Alford)

    I get there in 1 hour 7 mins from westhill Deveron …..!!!???

    Deveron53
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    Well, it SEEMS like a 90 minute journey (especially the return journey in the dark). Do you go via Strathdon? That’s the quickest way for me, although it’s as twisty as f***!

    Yep over the lecht, flat oot and lots of sideways ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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