Optimal Tyre Size:
All depends on conditions and terrain but the tyres I find on my bike the most are 2.4WT Maxxis Minion DHRII front and rear. The maxxis Wide Tyre (WT) tread options make the biggest difference for me and the Minion DHRII I find nice for most riding conditions.
Number of Bikes Owned:
At the moment a slim line duo. 2.Santa Cruz Nomad and Norco Rampage DJ bike.
For all round versatility and dream brand it has to be my current Santa Cruz Nomad. It can ride everything I want, from small local trails to the gnarliest of DH tracks, the Nomad is an alround beast. For the raw flavour of life however, nothing beats a Downhill Bike. Sadly no longer own one but my Mondraker Summum race bike from 2012 was an incredible machine and we shared some special memories.
Favourite Piece of Kit:
Full Face Helmet! Nothing like pulling a full face on ready to drop in.
Favourite Local Ride:
I enjoy riding all my local trails and probably frequent cathkin braes the most, but given the option I would normally travel slightly further a field. The jaunt over to Stirling and cambusbarron quary is always a good time and there’s a trail for everyone with some big jumps to add to the mix. To find the more challenging stuff I make my way down to the borders or up north to Glencoe and Fort William. The Glofie in Innerleithen and the Nevis Range in Fort William being solid favourites of mine to get the heart pumping.
My heart says a Downhill bike and my brain agrees!Let’s see what happens for next season…