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  • Hi there,
    Thinking of heading to Swinley forest on Saturday morning, which will be our first visit (we normally head north to the Peak). Anybody know if its in good nick? Does it cope OK in the rain?

    Thanks

    Simon

    missnotax
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    I don’t ride there that regularly, but in my experience it does hold up pretty well in the rain.

    I’ll be there from 10am Saturday myself so I’m hoping it’s all ok!!

    ti_pin_man
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    aye, not been there myself in couple of months but its usually pretty ok. I’m sure a local will be along to confirm soon.

    slimsi
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    Are you riding 650b? if not then you will not get the max out fo the course…. 😉

    timdb
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    New stuff is ok at the moment, fire roads and some of the older off-piste starting to get a bit claggy though..

    gee
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    The new stuff is splashy but very firm, the fire roads are firm but extremely splashy! Pre-order new brake pads…

    GB

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    The official trails are hard pack rough cobble-like surfaces and hold up well, though a lot of breaking bumps all over the place at the moment.

    Premier Icon hatter
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    Was there recently, the new blue was holding up very well, as was Deer-stalker/Labyrinth surprisingly, much fun to be had.

    Anything that wasn’t surfaced (including much of the the red) was hub deep gloop though. The fireroads are still negotiable so you can always bail onto them and work out your route as you go if you end up in a quagmire.

    natrix
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    Watch out for bike thieves and make sure you buy and correctly display a parking ticket (see other Swinley threads, otherwise enjoy it 8)

    Premier Icon thepurist
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    Anything that wasn’t surfaced (including much of the the red) was hub deep gloop though

    The worst bit is 4-5 on the red – at the mo it’s probably better to go straight up the fire road from the Lower Star to the Upper Star instead. Can’t think of any of the red that would be ‘hub deep gloop’ apart from that.

    The official trails are hard pack rough cobble-like surfaces and hold up well, though a lot of breaking bumps all over the place at the moment. and the Red15 downhill section finaly has enough bumps to justify an XC bike

    Just my tuppence, the braking bumps massively improve the red and the last half of the blue, theres now an element of skill involved rather than just being a case of “He who pedals, wins”.

    Agree on 4-5 though, just avoid it till summer when it was quite fun and drifty!

    Is that red section they were working on over the summer now open? Can’t remember the stage, but it’s the bit that was closed off with a detour (heading left as you went up the short climb).

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    yeah parts of the red get quite boggy but theres only 1 really bad section ime, Im riding on sunday so hopefully will be a bit drier

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    yes spacemonkey but it was closed because of groundnesting birds, its not that exciting anyway
    unless you mean the freeridey section toward the end where they tamed some of the bigger jumps?

    timdb
    Member

    Is that red section they were working on over the summer now open? Can’t remember the stage, but it’s the bit that was closed off with a detour (heading left as you went up the short climb).

    The bit after Labyrinth that was shut due to nesting birds? Yes, but it’s nothing special..

    Don’t forget it’s impossible to ride with anything less than an Audi and 160mm of 29.27.5 wheeled travel SS. Oh and a full face

    But it does hold up well

    Fair enough, ta timdb.

    Sounds like it’s worth a punt.

    tizzzzle
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    These 650b / trail come alive comments on EVERY THREAD are becoming extremely tedious

    chip
    Member

    My ht is currently shod in mud tyres (beavers 2.0).
    Anyone know how these tyres performs on the fast hardpack bermy sections.

    Usualy ride swinley on higher volume minion/high rollers which grip very well and just a bit worried that if i leave the beavers on i will lose traction and die.

    Anyone ridden the hardpack on mud tyres .

    Premier Icon _daveR
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    Pretty much anything works tyre wise at Swinley. I’m planning to go on Saturday and have a HD front and NN rear.

    (Also got an Audi and 29″ of joy ;))

    missnotax
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    chip – I rode Swinley on Trailrakers some time last year and it wasn’t a par5ticularly pleasant experience… Lots of grip going in a straight line but bugger-all as soon as you lean the bike over 🙄

    Goldigger
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    natrix – Member
    Watch out for bike thieves and make sure you buy and correctly display a parking ticket (see other Swinley threads, otherwise enjoy it

    If your riding a 26er don’t worry about the bike thieves, as they’re only nicking 27.5 at the moment..

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