Hardtail and Full Suspension
What you need to know
A hardtail bike is a 'normal' mountain bike with front suspension. This makes these bikes super versatile for almost any situation, and perfect for cycle paths, forest roads, single track and estate paths
A full suspension bike has suspension at the front and at the back. This can make it more suitable for the rougher trails, or just for that extra comfort. We have short travel 'all mountain' and long travel 'Enduro' bikes available.
Wide variety of sizes from Extra Small to Extra Large available
The hardtails can take trailers, kids seats, pannier racks and frame bags, and the full suspension bikes can take trailers only.
If you are new to the area, there are trails of all types that leave right from the shop, whatever bikes you choose.
Some classic hardtail friendly routes include The Loch Ordie Loop, The Hermitage Waterfall Trails, The Riverside Paths and Birnam Glen.
Once you swing a leg over a full suspension bike, then the options are endless! For 'intermediate' flowy red routes on an all mountain full suspension bike we can recommend the five trails on and around Birnam Hill, and some of the extensions and variations of the Loch Ordie loop.
For the longer travel machines, then every trail in Dunkeld and the surrounding area becomes ripe for the picking! We have some favourites, and we have recommendations depending on the time of year, and what trails are running well. So just ask in store!
A typical hardtail bike seen here is the Trek Roscoe. 120-140mm front fork is plenty for what the bike can handle. 12 gears, dropper seat post and a sturdy frame make it perfect for strapping panniers to, exploring the riverside and forest trails or towing a kids trailer or fitting a child seat.
A typical full suspension bike is the Trek Fuel. A great 130/140mm 'do everything bike'. As a bike we ride ourselves, we know how good they are at the mile munching all day rides, and the Munro slaying, or black routes.
But equally if you just want a comfy way to expore the hills, they do a great job of making your day even more enjoyable!
Bikes are available from a half day up to multi day and week hires.
We would recommend a full day if you have the time, and we have plenty of lunch options if you were coming back through the village at lunchtime, or taking a packed lunch with you into the hills.