Dry trails, what a joy! The last time i went to this particular local wood for a thrash it was like the Somme. What a difference a couple of weeks makes, if anything i love the trusty Rocky Ridge even more in the dry(by my standards i was flying). Mechanicals due to gloop(none)/bits walked(none)/ smile(ear to ear). Bring on the shades weather as i am off to coed y brenin for 3 days next, let the good times role……….
Marin Man got to do a couple of rides with his dad recently. We rode some xc, some downhill and some on the road. I love all bike riding: the adrenalin of racing downhill, the will it takes and pride in climbing a tough hill, the thrill of discovering somewhere new. It is still pretty wet and muddy at the moment, but the Rocky Ridge can handle far more than I can throw at it. Thinking about it, the thing I love the most is the freedom a bike can give you, the freedom to forget about everything but the trail or road in front of you. Thank you dad!
The Rocky Ridge and I had a diverse morning. Went to the trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park (gloopy mess), ventured out on the South Downs (got lost), and even played in a disused quarry (fell off!) Those of you who know the South Downs no doubt feel, as I do, that the name’s a bit of a misnomer (more like Hard Climbs!) Still, the Rocky Ridge and I had a great work out. I had thought my bike skills had improved, but it turns out I’ve been somewhat flattered by my full susser! Need more practice on the hardtail!
Not everyone has a trail centre on their doorstep; you don’t always have time to take the car, and often don’t want to. Marin Man hits up the local wood and foreshore for a blast this morning. Ten minutes from the house and a whole lot of fun! Manualing and hopping puddles, sliding around in the gloop – hog heaven! The Rocky Ridge; great hard-tail fun. Sometimes it’s the simple things that are best. Time to wipe off the mud from my smile.
Off to the South Downs tomorrow – watch this space…
Got to love the Marin Riftzone mud clearance.
Marin Rider in the Cotswold’s…
Test ride the latest bikes on some awesome trails.
A 20 mile off-road ride from the Downend store is planned, heading up to Lansdown Hill via off-road tracks and country lanes, returning via the cyclepath. If you decide to purchase on the day, exclusive special offers will be available, but remember, special offers are on the day only!
Ride departs approx 10.30am Return to store approx 2pm
Special offers on bikes over £1000 purchased/ordered on the day only!
Please book a demo bike from the following list by calling 0117 9566719 (if you don’t fancy a 3 hour slog through the mud and gloop, tarmac test-rides around the local roads may be possible, depending on which bikes are still available – photo i.d. still required and disclaimer must be signed)
Attack Trail Large
Rocky Ridge Large
Mount Vision Large – sorry, booked
The world’s best loved Bike site – Bike Radar – has given the Rocky Ridge a superb review saying it’s ready to muscle through anything! Guy Kesteven , of What Mountain Bike fame, did the test and reveals the riot-ready Rocky Ridge is a bike that is not afraid of anything. You can read his full review here or go to:. http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/rocky-ridge-09-32865
But it was site subscribers who also joined in the praise: User crazyscott
rated it 5 out of 5 stars and said: “Awesome I love this one!”. Steve88
rated the Rocky Ridge 4 out of 5 stars and said: “I’m getting one in two weeks; can’t wait!” and user Binner added: “Class bit of kit, very, very happy with this bike!” while rating it a full five out of five. More »
Marin’s top trail hardtail is a hard act to beat. In the latest What Mountain Bike group test for sub £1500 HTs the hardcore Rocky Ridge rig comes out with a Gold Shield nine out of ten and the award for best value in the pack. Read the full review here or buy the March 09 issue of the mag from your newsagent. More »
The new Rocky Ridge – the Marin Trail hard tail - is getting a good press on the forums. Jim Barrow of Sussex MTB (powered by Quest Adventure in Worthing) rode one and loved it. In fact, during a very wet ride in Leith, he didn’t want to get off the bike when everyone else was ready to quit! You can read Jim’s blog here: http://forumv3.sussex-mtb.com/?p=144