Mountain Biking UK - - LONG-TERM RIDES -

To mix things up, I switched my trusty rigid 29+ mile muncher for the Cotic to tackle my lo­cal train­ing loop. With 2,100ft of climb­ing, on a mix of back-roads and bri­dle­ways, it’s a de­par­ture from the Cotic’s reg­u­lar stomp­ing ground. While fast times are never my goal, us­ing the heav­ier full-sus made for a no­tice­ably longer ride, es­pe­cially on the tar­mac – although the way it flat­tened ruts, rocks and roots on the de­scents gave a new feel to th­ese fa­mil­iar trails. It won’t be my go-to bike for the loop, but did make a re­fresh­ing change.

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