What trail obstacles do you really struggle with….
On the back of an earlier post about a particularly nasty corner on the Pie Run at GT, are there any particular trail features that always cause you issues.
I’m all good with drops/jumps/rockgardens etc, but for me its always these nasty rooty stepdowns situated at switchbacks/corners that cause me grief. I find putting weight on the front wheel whilst trying to turn, with roots involved, is guaranteed to end in disaster.
Anyone else have a phobia about certain parts of the trail?Posted 5 years ago
this, though i think everyone will struggle since they tore it down ..
though the boarded angled thing at GT bikepark (after the 3 raised skinnies by the tables) I can clear
since this happened (gained too much speed, too much for the corner here), scree’s:
doubles, however small:
though given I’m not confident on most tables* that’ll have something to do with it. *the new ones (left/easy side) at dalby Im good with, not many others
I panic braked at the last second on this one and had an off. I had the speed to clear easily but something in my head said braking at the last minute was the better option
couldn’t make myself do this corner:
though I think that one needs to hop the back end round
this i fluke rode and then fell off, so avoided after
angled jumps, of the same size a normal not too ramped jump I could do
and as per here, when there is something to jump over. I guess the commitment/speed to clear the tree scares me
the run out on this I didn’t like the look of, very narrow, not straight in line with the steep. Plus surrounded by rocks:Posted 5 years ago
Just to boost your confidence that’s exactly where my mate broke his wrist 2 weeks back (after telling a load of folk it’s nothing to worry about!)
Pretty much everything involving technique freaks me out. I like jumps, drops and rock gardens etc but it’s always sheer luck that I make it through them. bottled a few of the bigger jumps at llandegla the other day, before the broken wrist!Posted 5 years ago
“Third drop on cadon bank at inners”
Was so chuffed when Ii did that, never thought I would
2nd time to inners, bottled the first one 2 or 3 times, managed to make myself, then bottled 2nd, managed it, bottled 3rd a couple of times and then did it. Felt big (to me)
Probably couldn’t do it now, despite ‘bigger’ bike
Though if I hadn’t managed to make myself do ladder #3 at gt bikepark and off the end of the box at the end the day before, I’d probably not have done #2 at caddon bankPosted 5 years agorobsoctaneMember
My only real concern are ruts running in line with the trail. I’ve got the feeling that my tyre will go in it then twist and I’ll go over the bars. Can anyone help?
Those photos above are lovely! You look like a great rider, getting down that stuff is hard work – well done that man!Posted 5 years ago_tom_Member
Proper doubles like this scare me as well. I’ve done one at Tony’s place and a couple of other gaps (one at the end of Transfer Line at Woburn) but I can’t bring myself to ride the bigger proper dirt jumps like at Woburn!
(not woburn pictured but you get the idea)
I just tense up and can’t ride em smoothly. I think it’s steeper take offs I have a problem with.Posted 5 years agobusydogMember
As many have posted, wet roots are my bane. Here in New Mexico, don’t get much opportunity to practice on them, so off I go on one of my trips to Colorado to ride and really struggle with them, especially on switchbacks.Posted 5 years ago
I broke some ribs a few years back dropping down a steep, rocky arroyo here locally and, to this day, I usually don’t make it through that section–once you develop a little “trail baggage”, it’s hard to shake.Capt. KronosSubscriber
The big block things on the North Face Trail… they just give me the fear for some reason, even though I could see that riding them would be entirely straight forward.
But then my crank was wobbling and fell of shortly after this, so perhaps that was why I felt unstable!Posted 5 years ago
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