As I’m really keen to race DH I have a lot to learn ( well dad does ) when I got my DH hill bike it came with Maxxis Magic Marys which in the dry conditions have been good but now that winter is here they tend to slide around a little, so we got some Conti Mud Kings to give a go, their advertising says ” feel the grip “you really can it makes you ride far more confidently the big lugs dig through the mud looking some surface to grip to, to early to say how they wear, I have done two up lifts on them swapping backwards and forwards from the Mud kings and the Mary’s to see the difference in grip and in the wet conditions the Mud Kings win hands down.
What Conti Say
I have used these tyre for a couple of years and really like them, very predictable grip and great rolling resistance, I prefer the 2.2 which also helps the bike roll a little quicker, the one thing that has been amazing is how well they last and even as they wear they don’t seem to loose grip, as I’m only 5 stone in weight there wasn’t any real need for the protection model, so I run the folding version and as yet running tubeless no problems at all.
What Continental have to say.
Continental Trail King
Dan had a morning with James Corbett up Henblas, James was helping him with drops, the first drop was a slight double step down with a lovely wet root right in the middle of it, James explained to Dan how taking the drop line was a lot quicker than the line to the side which was easier but longer, to start off Dan rolled it just to see what it was like, then back up for another go James explained just come to the top of the drop and just hop off the top just like jumping off a curb, so time for the second attempt as he came to the top of the drop a slight pump and Dan cleared the two drops and totally missed the root so making the run a lot safer as he couldn’t slip on the wet root an amazing difference.
James took Dan a little further down the track and had a play on some jumps which Dan didn’t have any problems with, even with a small gap jump so they went further down the track to another double drop this time spaced further apart and quite a bit bigger, this time Dan really didn’t like the look of this one mainly because there was a rut on the landing and then straight into the next drop, there was a lot of thinking going on in Dan’s head and he decided that today wasn’t going to be the day, the one strange thing he did the second drop no problem and it was twice the height of the one he didn’t want to do, mind at the end of the day there is always another day and a challenge to be taken up, next time Dan you will do it.
Day out at One Giant Leap Llangollen with Al Bond getting Dan used to the tracks, this track will be one of the tracks in the Borderline Event series so he will have a little bit of an idea what he has to look forward to.
They worked on drops and jumps which all seemed to go well and Al was very pleased with Dan’s progress, we only saw them as they came down into the finishing field where there is three large jumps which Dan did no problem.
We spent a couple of day over the summer up at Coed Y Brenin MTB Centre one of the oldest centres in the UK, the weather was very good, sunny and warm which was excellent as it was also our first time out in our new tent, we rode the Black MBR track several times, the red Cyflym Coch a couple of time and the Blue Minatour once, all very good trails with some excellent views if you had time to stop and look at them.
Coed Y Brenin MTB Centre if you click on the link it will give you a full list of tracks and the different grades so you can make your own mind up which trail is for you.
At Coed Y Brenin not only is there fantastic place to ride MTB tracks there are fantastic walking/running tracks a lovely visitors centre and Bike Shop where you can hire a bike to have a ride around and see if mountain biking is for you.
Dan Cartwright enjoyed his very first downhill race at “Conquer The Cliff” at Aberystwyth. He even managed 2nd in Rippers category which was great for his first race and he got a lovely trophy. He was the very first rider to start of the whole event and the first run was a dry run and he was just 5 seconds behind the first place rider but as there were thunderstorms rain and lightening just before his second run he didn’t manage to improve on his time. The first place rider in his category fell off hard on his second run so didn’t complete the lap. A lot of riders took part in the event and Caersws had a good representation on the day with 3 x 2nd place in categories and one 4th place, not bad for a small village in Wales (boys pictured above). Dan saw his hero Rachel Atherton who was also riding but was a bit quicker than him on the day ! An enjoyable event to start his downhill racing career off and a great first result.