- Swinley bike advice.
Hi, planning a trip to swinley forest with a group of mates soon but I’m unsure which bike to take. I currently have a Whyte 629 29er and a cove stiffee running 1×9 and 140 mm forks. The cove is great for jumpy stuff but the Whyte better for xc. Which would be better suited to swinley as I’ve never been before? I realise it could be ridden on a rigid single speed but just wanted some opinions on what’s best suited.Posted 4 years ago
I’d go for the cove. A lot of it’s twisty, turny, bermy, rumpy, pumpy stuff, and I reckon that’s more fun on a play bike. Certainly the Blue anyway. can you wind the forks down?
The red’s a bit more mixed, with more what you might think of as normal xc trails, but also more serious twisty, turny, bermy, rumpy, pumpy stuff.
Bar some rooty steppy stuff and braking bumps on the red, I had more fun on a mtb than I have for a long time on a 26 rigid SS. Most of it’s very smooth indeed, and none of the hills are long enough that stomping up them gets tiresome.Posted 4 years agohs125Member
Whilst it is this dusty and dry you could ride it on just about any bike. I’d take a 29er if I had the choice. Just did a slow lap of the blue and red on the 26″ commuter with semi slick tyres and loved every minute of it. Temp got up to 28degrees. There are three sections closed off for maintenance, and a few bits have been recently patched up. Diversions are well signposted. I noticed one of the doubles on the blue has been filled in, i guess too many people had been caught out by it.Posted 4 years ago
The cove is a lot of fun on berms/jumpy stuff dickyboy but I have to admit the whyte rides really well! Not had it too long but it rides a lot better than I expected, nice and fast once it gets going and for some reason likes too wheelie and manual! Not what I thought it would ride like!Posted 4 years agoiamroughriderMember
I’d go for the Cove as you cannot really mile munch at Swinley unless doing loads of laps and there’s stuff to play on, on the Cove including the bermed new trials and jump gulley etc and the climbs are nothing.Posted 4 years ago
imho the new trails are brilliant for what they are, but a Cove will make them more fun.
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