- sam houghton – HT OR 100MM FS
Doing it myself on a nomad ( got no choice, only own one mtb ) but if I had your options I’d deffo go for the ht. The route takes in Garburn pass but the wrong way IMO. The descent down into troutbeck has been sanitised recently and it’s basically a fire road now so a hardtail would be fine. I think there will be quite a bit of road work so hardtail all the way.Posted 4 years agotraildogMember
Looking for a good time could mean you want to go fast or that you want to have fun… 😉
A tough call really. It’s ideal terrain for the full suspension bike, but having said that I’m taking my hardtail as it’s lighter. A lot of climbing will mean the weight saving will be the big one for me.Posted 4 years ago
Craig,Posted 4 years ago
I chose 100mm hardtail last year, on the basis that I’d gain more on the climbs than I lost on the descents, but that’s compared to a 10 lbs heavier FS trail bike.
It was fine but I felt a bit kicked-about on stuff like the HP Plantation descent.
If I’d had a lightweight FS at my disposal, I’d have used that.
To be honest, you’ve got an enviably well suited pair of bikes to choose between. Either would be fine.
If you do want the time that badly, which would you rather run up Sadgill & Garburn whilst carrying?
[Edit] It’s a while since I’ve been up Garburn. If the Troutbeck side has been repaired/sanitised as suggested, then I’d be inclined towards hardtail [/Edit]Posted 4 years ago
It’s a while since I’ve been up Garburn. If the Troutbeck side has been repaired/sanitised as suggested, then I’d be inclined towards hardtail
Troutbeck side has had all the drops filled in and smoothed out with slate rocks so is a very fast fairly easy descent, riding up wouldn’t be that hard I imagine.
Kentmere side is covered edge to edge from top to bottom in loose fist size rocks, would be fun coming down but isn’t rideable up.Posted 4 years agosamcamsdadMember
That’s lighter than my HT that ill be riding this year!!Posted 4 years ago
Garburn, sadgill, and kentmere hall descents all been levelled, so that’s why I’m on the hard tail.
It’s been sunny and dry all week up here so it’s gonna be riding fast this year I think.
Looking forward to a day out and a good night at the brewery.:)
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