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DUNKELD EXPOSE

We sent Pete Scullion to the small Scottish town of Dunkeld to see if it really is the best mountain bike town you’ve never heard of…

ADVENTURE

Quintessential Scottish spring conditions greet us as we hurtle down an unusually dry Atholl Hill at the northern end of Dunkeld. The sun is out, the trails are dry, but it’s snowing… Only in Scotland and only in April. Regardless of the nonsense falling from the sky, grip is high, and speed keeps growing as we dart through the tall pines and larches that this area is famous for. Local hero and Flotec Suspension main man Taj Hendry is our man on point – setting about whooping his way through turn after turn, all the while leaving dust lingering for us to ride through. Tom Simpson has hopped over the hill to make our group a four and he’s hot on Taj’s heels, with me and Jules MacLean, the other half of Flotec, out the back, but having just as much fun.

Only the buzz of freehubs, the skitter of locked wheels and the muThed sound of tyres over pine needles thick with dust fill the air and there’s a sense of timelessness about the descent. Turns are firm and grippy, but loose enough for some oversteer should the practitioner be keen. Lines usually out of bounds through the winter months seem far too easy, and it’s hard not to push back up to session the really good bits.

And here’s what you could have won…
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