- Right bike for where you live
I guess night riding there is fine… providing you know whats coming up. Going down there too fast and not being ready for that, is going to leave you with some interesting bruising.
First time on that trail I tried to jump off that slab and messed up the landing – went over the bars and hit my face on a bit of moss-covered rock. In a bit of a daze I wondered if the squidgy feeling was due to my cheek bone caving in before I realised it was the soft moss. Happy days. 🙂Posted 4 years agosteviedSubscriber
Malvern Hills – Intense 6.6 Coil shock & forks
I could easily get away with a 100mm hardtail (used to ride a rigid) but, as I’m getting older, I’m enjoying the downs more than the ups so would rather have a bike equipped for that side of things and uplift days etc. Still keep up with my younger mates on the climbs too so maybe it is the right bike?Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
The trails you ride pretty much entirley determine the type of bike that would be best suited. And the geology of the area determines how the trails end up. Chalk country down south for instance makes for very smooth trails, so a hardtail for instance would be great.
Where I live in South Wales there’s lots of sandstone which breaks up into big ish square edged rocks, so you get lots of rocky loose climbs and a FS works well. The hardness of the rock also means you get steep hillsides and hence steep trails both up and down. When I had a HT I found it much harder to clean some of the rocky climbs on it.
Currently ride mostly on an Orange 5 and a Patriot.Posted 4 years agocbmotorsportMember
North Hertfordshire here. I have a totally unsuitable 150mm LT steel hardtail.
It does everything I could want. I do more riding at Woburn than anywhere else, I do the odd trail centre day, and when I do want to buzz round the relatively flat bridleways of Hertfordshire it does it fine.
So I guess wrong bike for where I live, right bike for the sort of riding I do.Posted 4 years agoflowmtbguySubscriber
I live in the Alps – an Orange Patriot for when the lifts are open, and a Yeti SB66 with Marz44s for everything else. But to be honest, I’d like something a bit lighter than the 66 as when the lifts are shut, the hills take a lot of time to climb 🙂 Some faster rolling tyres are on their way to ease that particular pain.Posted 4 years agolemonysamMember
Tyneside – I reckon a tourer is probably the best thing for round here, assuming you mean riding from the door. Sure you can drive half an hour to first rate mountain biking but the access to some absolutely stunning cycle paths and long distance trails is second to none.Posted 4 years ago
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