Glentress – ht or fs?
Just bought a car and need to go to Edinburgh to pick it up on Saturday. Going to fly up with bike as I thought it gives me an opportunity to ride glentress, been once before a few years ago and rode the red, I can’t remember it that well so I am wondering if it would be better on the ht or the 575, also is the black worth the extra effort over the red?Posted 9 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Both will be good, HT or FS. There’s nothing (really nothing) requiring a FS but I took my gemini with a set of lyrics round the black today and enjoyed it. Just a different way of approaching the trail.
The red is good but it’s a bit short. If you have a full day then the black in the morning would be the main ride of the day, some lunch then the red in the afternoon when you’re a bit tired is a good schedule.Posted 9 years agorobgarriochSubscriber
If you pick up / look at a map from the Hub shop (it’s free), you can do most of the black routes climbing, to the radio mast, then duck over to the top of spooky wood descent; nearly the best of both worlds. The red does seem short on its own, so this makes it a little more interesting. Black can be grim, red always fun, just see how the weather is and enjoy.Posted 9 years agomoremudpleaseMember
depnds on your fitness and whether your forte is climing or descending,also the distance you intend doing,if climbing is your thing then hardtail wins,no descents that you cant,do on hardtail,if descending then obviousely full susser,unless you are doingsomething like double black then you may want the susser to take some of the punishment rather than your bodyPosted 9 years agoStu_NSubscriber
Black is worth the effort if you’ve not done it before, more remote and quieter than Red. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a rigid HT for the Black (I certainly didn’t think that was "comfortable", quite the opposite probably!) but other than that, the main thing would be to have a bike you’re happy to climb on.
I generally prefer FS on the Black (took my Prophet MX round most of the Black on Friday which was awesome fun on the Boundary Trail and Deliverance) and HT for the Red, but despite the impression you may get from people on here, there’s no byelaws on what bike is permitted on what trail.
It’s all good fun.Posted 9 years ago
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