- The Slab-Gisburn
You could go down it wearing a zorb – if you come off, you’re going to damage yourself no matter what you’re wearing. Best take a quick look and then roll into it. Whatever you do, don’t stop after you’ve passed the rock at the top. Look for the run-out at the bottom and straightline it with the back brake covered and your weight back. To be honest, the ride up there is more difficult than the slab itself.Posted 6 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Compared to the Dalbeattie slab, its much quicker – one line and its pretty smooth. Dalbeatties is kinda multi line with holes and stuff. Both offer excellent opportunity to hurt yourself but both are dead straightforward once you’ve done it… The qualifier at DB is MUCh harder than the slab IMHO.Posted 6 years agoStevelolMember
First time I went there I rode that section then stopped to wait for a friend, we then turned and both said “oh, that must have been the slab??”.
It’s really nothing technical. My advice is actually DONT have all your weight back, you should rarely have your arms straight (locked out) as you will have zero control over your direction. Aldo stay loose as if you keep off the brakes it’s quite rough.Posted 6 years agojamesMember
mountain biking was cool?
as above gisburn slab isnt that difficult technically/physically/etc. Its just a mental thing to get your head around
Granted there is a bit of overall height to it, it has some slabby lumpiness and some changes in steepness, but it a straight line once you’ve rolled in, theres plenty of run out and the openness means you can see/assess it as you like, plus its not really that steep
I reckon the first black option at Lee Quarry (very early on) thats quite similar on visual appearance is probably slightly steeper/lumpier, it just doesn’t look it being in a hole. Even that will go with your saddle upPosted 6 years agogrumMember
MTFU and just do it, dont think about it too much and it is very rideable.
man the f word up= basically just ride it.
It is not technical in any real sense and it was made to be ridden so it is just a test of nerve
Interesting JY. I’m trying to remember what happened when we went to Gisburn, did you follow this sterling advice?Posted 6 years agogrumMember
Werewolf drop at Cannock chase is more challenging than that!
Maybe, but it also looks incredibly tame in videos. There isn’t anything hard about the slab at Gisburn (unless you’re Junkyard), but it does look more intimidating right at the top of it. Like most of these things once you roll over the top you realise it’s fine. Or you do this 😀
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XPPQyI3i_U[/video]Posted 6 years ago
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