Overheard at FOD today
the flow of smooth trails can be more satisfying sometimes.
Personally I like a mix, the smooth, flowing trails can feel too easy after a while, rocky tech keeps you focussed and helps stop you getting complacent.
Ullswater lakeside path is an example of a rocky path that frankly can feel like a bit of a beasting after spending most of the year in the Surrey Hills. But it shakes me up and makes me think about technique.
And to the OP, you may well get flamed for apparent snobbery but personally I think flowy trails are more fun on a hardtail. A full suss will be used more to its full potential on rock and tech, so kind of wasted if you only use it for smooth trails IMOPosted 6 years ago
If you’re good at big air time, manuals and generally all the skills you see at 4X races you probably like these places.Posted 6 years ago
I’m crap at those skills but like picking ridable lines through steep rocky puzzles. Thats what I get off on.
Its just personal preference and what skills you have.
Doesn’t mean one is superior to another.
Its just a different skillset and taste.whiter74Member
“We prefer the Forest of Dean trails to South Wales, it’s far too rocky there” – from someone on a few thousand quid worth of fully suspended loveliness
Are the South Wales trails considered rocky?Posted 6 years ago
I live in the FoD, so assume the person who said it thinks the Verderers is the only trail, sorry motorway in the Forest, if only they really new 😉Sue_WMember
I have a rather bling full-sus … and I ride smoother rather than rocky trails … so maybe it’s someone like me that you’re dissing?
Or maybe you’d like to re-think and consider some of your assumptions?
I got my full-sus 6 years ago, when I rode the rocky trails of Snowdonia and Scotland, went downhilling in the alps, and round the best that Colorado has to offer. But 3 years ago I injured my knee in a fell running race … since then I’ve had extensive treatment, and still see the physio at the hospital once a month. So I can’t ride rocky technical trails anymore, so should I have to sell my beloved bike to avoid offending the more judgemental of you?
Oh, and I still ride more than most folks I know … and I don’t care if I’m on a smooth flowing trail on an over-spec’d bike … I just ride ‘cos Iove it 🙂Posted 6 years ago
Keep riding Sue!!!Posted 6 years ago
I’d love to ride a rigid bike but I’ve busted my arms mountain biking many times.
Even riding a road bike hurts on small bumps after a while.
I use a hardtail mtb on the roads for that reason.
Dunno why but they can handle technical mtb as long as I’m suspended.angryratioMember
Are you the guy who stood being a div about everyone elses riding at the top of GT last time i was there..
He was on some uber bike spouting macho crap about trail centres..
how he rode natural trails and had lowered himself to riding with his mates at GT that day..
Pedal onPosted 6 years ago
Nothing to see here.
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