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  • Premier Icon Sanny
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    That’s one I plan to get round to this year.

    Drj0n did a good posting about it on his blog a while back. It’s doable as a day ride. Having ridden most of the route before, I reckon I’d go for the full susser if only for all day comfort. The hard tail will be fine but you will be able to ride most of it since they have improved / royally buggered the route up from Ryvoan Bothy.

    Hope this helps?

    Sanny

    Premier Icon bullroar
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    I did that as a day ride last July, really good. Not sure it is a clear cut decision on the tool for the job. I did it on my P7 which was fine. A full bouncer might add some comfort and be preferable for some sections.

    Also worth keeping an eye on this:

    http://www.wheresthewater.com/?q=river-levels/scotland

    For the likely river level on the Feshie.

    kcr
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    You’ll be fine on any bike, if it’s the big Cairngorm circuit you are talking about.
    There is nothing very technical on the route, so go with the bike you are most comfortable riding for long distances.

    Premier Icon MadBillMcMad
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    We are doing the braemar/Aviemore loop in May.

    We are B&Bing in Aviemore over night & so travelling light.

    Is it an :
    – Orange 5 ride (to add a bit of yeeHaa to the downs, & soften the rear end)
    – or a Ragley Ti hardtail ride (to reduce the Kgs)

    The route we are doing is this

    Premier Icon MadBillMcMad
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    cheers guys.

    the 5 is my preference too for comfort if no other reason.

    bajsyckel
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    What kcr said – especially if you’re doing it over 2 days and stopping in a B&B then just go with what you enjoy riding more. If I had your choice I’d do it on the HT.

    messiah
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    Fording the Avon a few years ago… nae dabs 😀

    5 would be my choice… and I would be taking a different higher route back 😉

    Premier Icon Clobber
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    HT all the way, don’t drag that heavy 5 all the way around that lovely loop, it’s definitely cross country and not technical, my friend broke his genius on day 1 and hired a HT and was happier on that..

    Premier Icon MadBillMcMad
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    messiah,

    do you have a GPX for a ‘higher’ route back ?

    HT in my opinion, but it’s up to, enjoy it it’s a corker.

    messiah
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    I don’t do GPX etc… I’m old skool 8)

    Route I have used is over Macdui; more carrying but more fun than Feshie (IMHE etc).

    Premier Icon MadBillMcMad
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    we did Macdui as a walk on a mates stag w/e & I looked down on Lairig Ghru thinking that looked like a lovely rideable pass. Riding down Macdui would certainly be fun.

    back to mu OP, think that would swing it to the 5.
    I will discuss with the other guys & see what they think.

    Premier Icon boxelder
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    Clockwise or anti?

    Premier Icon MadBillMcMad
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    was planning on clockwise

    Premier Icon chickenman
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    If you’re doing the shorter loop (Lairig an Loaigh) then it’s much more ridable clockwise; especially as the descent from Bynack Shoulder is now fairly horrible (highlight of the anticlockwise loop).
    I did it anticlockwise as a daytrip last year and there was way too much pushing that way. Only just made it across the Fords of A’an with the meltwater coming off the plateau!

    doh
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    done it on a blur xc and a rigid 29er, more fun and felt faster on the rigid.
    might try the fatty this year 🙂

    Premier Icon MadBillMcMad
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    to resurrect an old thread…

    so I went for the ragley over the Orange 5
    The right choice I think. The only time I really wished I had the Orange was on the way down from the Ford of A’an.

    But what a great ride & such perfect weather & conditions. We were to do it 2 months ago but postponed because of the snow – Big girls I know.

    Also managed a couple of great swims in Loch A’an (skinny!) & Loch an Eilein. Very refreshing but well needed in that heat.

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