- Glentress or Ae??
Off up to Scotland next week working (from Cheltenham). Going to take my bike so I can do a red route.
SOmeone has suggested Ae red route rather than GT red which I had planned as it isn’t as far.
GT has its Pro’s – I know what is what there and Ae is a bit of an unknown. But GT adds an hours drive onto the journey.
What’s Ae like? is it worth doing or should I spend the extra hour travelling and do GT?
I’m inclined to give Ae a try as the guy who mentioned it I trust his judgement but just wondered what the general concensus is.Posted 6 years ago
If I had to rank them (having ridden up there just last week), I’d go something like:
Kirroughtree Red/Black 1st,
Glentress Black 2nd (with Deliverance closed),
Innerleithen Red 3rd
Dalbeattie Red 4th,
I know a lot of people won’t agree but I just find Glentress Red dull (well the spooky wood bit – those sort of man made berms don’t do anything for me, just find myself coasting down it thinking about work).Posted 6 years agostewart4444Member
Ive done ae 2 or 3 times and really enjoyed it. Done gt 10’s of time and enjoy it more.
The only stane I’ve not been to is glentrool but that’s more a family place anyhoo.
The only stane I’ve not fully enjoyed was Dalbeattie but this was 2008 and the day before we had done kirroughtree, also I have heard there is a load of new stuff at Dalbeattie since 08.
What about doing two in one day?? Mabie Dalbeattie and ae are all close togetherPosted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Ae’s alright. It’s fine. It’s just that it’s only about 1/10th as good as Glentress, is all. And if you just stick to the posted route it’s not as good as any of the other trail centres in the general area (except Glentrool anyway)
If you’re in the- ah hah, wait for it- aerea (1) then kirroughtree’s a little further, but way better… But Ae’s also surprisingly hard work, so Drumlanrig and Mabie can both be knocked off in a day without very much more effort, and they’re both better.
(1) Sorry.Posted 6 years agostevewhyteMember
Ae really is only for serious bikers, its tough on the bike and rider with a few nice technical climbs. There has been a new section put in at the top which is nice and smooth.
Mabie is a nice ride not mega tough or long.
Drumlanrig is nice and well worth a visit.
Do yourself a favour and ride the routes and make your own assessment.Posted 6 years agocouldashouldawouldaMember
Bushwacked – you’ll have a ball whatever you end up doing!
I met a young chap (maybe 15-17) at GT yesterday eve. He lives in D&G – near Ae and Drumlanrig. His mtb highlight each year is getting to Inners and GT (his folks holiday each year around mtb centres in Scotland – lucky chap!).
However – GT / Inners are on my doorstep so I’ve got the opposite novelty value I guess. For me – coming from the south – Kirrougtree, Drumlanrig, Mabie, GT, Inners.
If driving wasn’t an issue and you cant go further north – possibly the reverse. Ae doesnt do it for me at all.
Lastly – are you on your own or with a mix of experience / ability?Posted 6 years agojamesMember
“do drops (on carbon steerer 100mm SIDs”
Ive no idea
Saddle fully up dropping caddon bank?!
Ae in 2007 for me slightly ignoring the half the trail fireroad diversion (no felling or trail work) was goodPosted 6 years ago
Ae in 2009, even with one or two new sections, was a let down. A load of sections had been felled and the trail patched up with the end result pretty poor, rubbley surfaces and/or wide open path widths rather than flowy trail. Some good (untouched) bits remained
3 years on Ive no idea whats new or whats bedded in now?simonralli2Member
People who are rude about Mabie in general have not ridden half of what is there 🙂
If you are after a red route, I would look at Drumlanrig and do the red/black combo, especially if you have a problem with the extra hour’s drive to Glentress. But yes, Glentress overall is much better than Ae, Ae is more a locals centre really, although I now add in The Shredder to the red.Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Maybe getting a wee bit off topic but I just reminded myself how overrated innerleithen is at the weekend. Now it’s not bad at all, in fact it’s pretty damn good but it’s got a nasty dull climb, pedally descents, and not much variety at all. The black section is interesting but mostly it’s just like one big spooky wood, with slightly bigger stuff on it. Rather ride GT any day tbh… Or just ignore the XC route and do the good stuff.
That said, it’s still better than Ae.Posted 6 years agomunrobikerMember
Ae is the worst trail centre known to man. Awful tame, draggy, exposed claggy trails.
GT’s OK- a bit busy and not got much gradient.
Go the extra 5 min drive to Inners. Much better- a good climb, nice long descent that is, unusually for a trail centre, not basically flat.Posted 6 years agomunkyboyMember
Ae is way better than people say. Its improving as the trails rough up a bit. They have ruined a lot of sections by tree felling and smoothing over the older rocky sections. Omega man fairly makes up for the rest though, but only if you are up for it. Cafe and shop are now shut though so the facilities are not great.Posted 6 years agocoffeekingMember
Was up at Mabie today and have to say I much prefer it to GT in many ways, though I do like GT’s all up first then downs in one go whereas mabie tends to draw out the up, but at least it has some variation and the top bit and through the water splash is much improved over my last trip thre. The new berms are ace, pulling some huge G through those corners was fun! I find GT a bit samey, maybe I’ve just been too many times.
I’ve ridden ‘tree but not Ae, I like ‘tree but it’s more technical XC than anything else.
At the end of the day it’s horses for courses, there’s never going to be agreement in every argument.Posted 6 years ago
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