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Bike choice for Rydal?

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By Discodan - Posted on 05 July 2017

Hi Team

I'm staying at Rydal next week and will be taking a bike but wanted to check on what's the best steed for the Rydal MTB trails. Ideally I'd take my crosser so I can do some exploring afar as well but not sure if it will be out of it's depth on the trails down there. How technical are the tracks there?


staffe's picture

I did the RT 4hr event there earlier this year and the track was a typical XC event track. I don't know how much other track there is that we did not race on on but at least the race track for the RT event was well suited for a normal 100mil XC bike of your liking.

There are a few gap jumps where the XC bike felt a bit out of it's depth and consequently cracked it's front carbon rim in a crap landing. So watch out for them and either go around or have enough speed to clear them.

I don't know what a crossover is so I can't comment on it's suitability.

Enjoy it, go to the local pub afterwards and order a Rydal Super Dry....

Discodan's picture

Thanks Staffe. Sorry I didn't make it clearer, the crosser is a cyclocross so fully rigid but in this case running 27.5 x 2.1 tyres. It can handle a bit of off-road but nothing too technical and not as much as a 100mm XC bike (which is my other choice to take). I think I'll take the crosser and walk the gap jumps if need be, I'll have my beginner son on his hard-tail so it will be about right


Ian_A's picture

Cross bike with 2.1's will be fine at Rydal. There's around 15km of single track, most fine on the cross bike, other areas have b lines. Plenty of forestry trails around there too. Look up the sheep station 50km loop and the rock and road for some options.

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Yeah what Ian said.

BTW 2.1's is not a cross bike, it's a MTB with drop bars.

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