Singlespeed and rigid – Mabie, Kirroughtree, Glentress and Innerleither
Depends what you call fun really. At Innerleithen even on the XC route you will be pushing a fair bit, unless you are really Jan Ulrich ? And you will pedal out pretty quick on the descents, unless you like mincing ? Glentress will be less grim if you pick your route carefully.
For single speed specific Drumlanrig is what you are after, it’s much closer than K’tree and Mabie if you are in the Borders.Posted 6 years ago
im not jan ullrich hels 😉 – wish i was then i wouldnt have to work on a floating box in the sea
just cause you cant pedal doesnt mean you cant be quick on the downs either – you just need to flow … get off the brakes pick your lines for grip and carrying speed. The flat and fire road bits of any course are where SS looses out – although that said me and smee did see new max cadences tearing down that fire road egging each other on
But ill admit that if your not used to climbing on SS for an hour then it will hurt alot ! Ive all but given up on gears on normal mtbs.
kirroughtree flows so well it imho who ever designed it is either a singlespeeder or got very lucky with that 😀
drumlanrig is another excellent SS coursePosted 6 years agogrumMember
I could imagine Kirry being ok if you’re fit – Innerleithen would be fairly pointless imo unless you are just out to prove a point. I’m sure someone out there could do all the climbs/jumps/drops at Innerleithen on a rigid singlespeed, but it’s certainly not me.
In order to hit the jumps properly you need to be carrying a reasonable amount of speed, which I would have thought would be quite hard on a rigid singlespeed – but what with all the amazing riding gods on here no doubt I’m wrong. 😉Posted 6 years agograntusMember
reckon the black at gt the only definite push would be the tower trail or whatever it is called – you know, the straight up the hill part at the end of soor plooms/goat track.
have only done the first red climb on ss as a friend took ill so we went home but i reckon it would be ok on ss although perhaps the final climb to spooky wood would hurt a bit.
inners would be brutal ss! tempted to try it though but fully expect i would need to push lots although i am distinctly average.
reckon the other stanes would be no problem although i have never managed to get up the scorpion at mabie even with gears. iirc, dalbeattie isnt that hilly and moe fire road than the others but its been 5 years or more since i was there. heartbreak hill at kirroughtree would be a push for me but second drumlanrig as being good for it.
was there in april. hired riks old ss p7 which was 34×16 had to push the last climb but it was amazing on the descents.
ooh! put me right in the mood for some mtb ing!Posted 6 years agojonbMember
I’ve done the black and red at GT and don’t remember having any real problems singlespeed. Rigid might by a bit uncomfortable as bits of it are rough (deliverance is going to hurt your arms).
Never tried Innerleithen but as my FS is in bits waiting for spares and the club are going on Sunday I’m going to find out. Can’t be that bad, there’s a couple of steep bits that might need a push but you’d ride the majority if you are used to climbing ss.Posted 6 years agodefaultslipperMember
Done mabie and Ae singlespeed, and rode the 10 at kirroughtree ss (admittedly because I snapped my shifter on a pre-ride of the course). Would say that kirry suited it well, mabie was alright (although the scorpion was hard), ae didn’t suit the ss. Drumlanrig designed and built by Rik who is a devout ss’er so will ride well. Fitness definitely affects my enjoyment of riding ss around here.
At the moment most of my riding is on the full suss geared bike as it offers more flexibilty for where I ride (steep ascents and rough, varied descents. These wouldn’t be as enjoyable on the singlespeed. As above, take the bike you will most enjoy riding. If you are in dumfries on saturday then the tour of Britain finishes in town so you can watch the professional riders sprint for the finish.Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Innerleithen’s quality on a rigid. I recommend the black- it’s barely any harder than on a hardtail, but you get extra bragging rights 😉 Wouldn’t fancy it on a singlespeed though- draggy climb with some fast descending afterwards.
After you do Glentress on a rigid, you may develop an excessive response to anyone on the internet who says “Glentress is just a smooth gravel path”. Is it ****Posted 6 years ago
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