The big drop at antur.
Don’t mind admitting that I shat it. It should be within my reach but every time I rode up to it I found I was setting up to roll down it slow, not to drop it, my instincts were all wrong. I’m really bad with heights so I didn’t even like standing at the top tbh 😆
I can post a vid of danny hart doing the chicken run, if you like. We were all standing around waiting to see how it was done 😆Posted 2 years agoLittlemanMember
The first time I did it I was on my trail bike (Santa Cruz Heckler with 160mm forks), and as long as you’ve got decent roll in speed it’s fine. It’s all about confidence. For some reason I just had this thing in my head that I had to do it, and I didn’t have a DH bike at the time so just went for it anyway.
Now I have a DH bike I do it most runs and it’s genuinely not a lot different than on the Heckler, just a lot softer on the landing so I can go into it faster.
Once you’ve got over the head thing, doing it without stopping as part of a run is better, and doing it makes the doubles afterwards a lot easier to clear as you have lots of speed from the drop.Posted 2 years agonortherntomMember
Ah ok, yes I’ve done it, did it a few years back when I first went there. It’s more than likely a bit smoother these days as it’s been hit a lot more, must have been late 2012 when I did it, so not that far after the place opened.
Advice (from what I remember) don’t hit it too fast, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not big, just more awkward. Run out isn’t fantastic, so would hit it slow, and I would aim more to roll down with your back wheel than full on huck it (bearing in mind, you won’t actually roll your back wheel, it will inevitably get some air). I would look to land slightly back wheel heavy, as it’s a fairly flat landing.
It’s not too bad though, I am by no means a full on DH beast, and actually did it on a trail bike. Just try it.Posted 2 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
BoardinBob – Member
Is that drop worse than the offbeat wall at fort william? Looks similar.
Pretty different tbh- the wall’s quite well sighted, wide, and and straight in, and really pretty simple apart from size, you can really just trundle into it. (first time I rode it, on the soul, I didn’t really want to but I failed to stop after I attempted to bottle it- and it turned out, all I had to do was clench and roll It’s basically just a slanty fireroad) I don’t think any of that would work at antur, you never know thoughPosted 2 years ago
It un-nerves me. Is it easier than it looks?Posted 2 years ago
It all seems to be making sure you clean the gappy bit in the middle.
Any shares? Stories of trail godliness or mere mortals hitting and wondering why all the worry?
It’s within my skills, it’s the mental bit I can’t seem to get over (MTFU etc)
definitely not rollable by a brake dragging amateur!
I’m pretty certain it’s not rollable full stopPosted 2 years ago
The thing that gets me is that it’s quite blind from the lip, but you need to launch pretty soon after; very little time to set up.
You seem to need to be coiled ready as soon as you go over. Once the nose drops into that gully, you’re ****ed.superfliMember
I was gutted I didnt ride it when we went there a few weeks back! I’m usually pretty good at throwing my thoughts out the window and just hitting things, but my mate who is a much better rider than me stopped and didnt do it. I looked at the transition and TBH it looked almost flat! Possibly painful on a 160mm?
It was one of our first runs down and I didnt want to ruin my weekends riding 🙂 There isnt much rolling down it, its pretty much in the air or thereabouts with both wheels.
excuses, excuses…Posted 2 years agozippykonaSubscriber
It looks a lot like the hill that went down to the car park at my old garage.Posted 2 years ago
I used to look at it and wonder if it was doable.
We inherited a stoner, shit for brains apprentice who would casually ride it on his BSO .
My status as the workshop hero mountain biker was shattered the day he arrived.
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