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Ae Forest - Shredder to Omega Man descent
Omega Man, Ae Forest 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Centre

Each of the trails cater specifically for each rider ability level to the utmost  So the reds are technically intense and up a grade from most of its colour peers and the downhill trails earn their Orange badge being competition level status. Likewise the green and blues closer down in the valley offer a great family adventure. The name Ae is the tiniest name I’ve come across and is so called after the tiny town the trails are based from.

They have five trails:

Green

  • The Ae Valley route for families (9km long)

Blue 

  • The Larch View route with more of a forest feel (13.5km)

Red 

  • The Ae Line – Technical with a famous Omega Man descent full of drops and jumps. See video below. (24km)

Orange Graded Downhill

  • Shredder – Great for newbies to downhilling (1km)
  • AE Downhill- Rocky and gnarly (1.6km)  and includes the infamous 22 ft Coffin Jump. This is a competition level course.

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Trail Grades
  • Green (Easy)
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Orange (Extreme)
Type of Trail(s)
  • Cross Country (XC )
  • Downhill
Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Cafe
  • Bike Hire
  • Bike Shop
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Location

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Ae Forest mountain biking trails are located 10 miles north of Dumfries on the A701, minor road signposted Forest of Ae, follow for 2 miles.
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Average user rating from: 4 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.1  (4)
Trail Variety 
 
4.1  (4)
Skills Development 
 
3.6  (4)
Trail Quality  
 
3.8  (4)
Facilities 
 
4.3  (4)
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  • Trail Variety
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  • Skills Development
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  • Trail Quality
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  • Facilities
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The red graded trail here seems as though it is going through a sort of transition phase- there is some great well-established singletrack but the new stuff, although of excellent construction and design, sort of feels a bit out of place right now. Perhaps once trees grow up around them and they become roughened around the edges from bike traffic a more natural effect might be achieved. Some of the track by the wind farm is partly made from crushed brick which gives a city cycle lane feel, until you come up against some massive dirt jumps on the most exposed part of the hill. A warning of possible side winds needs to be heeded here to prevent an accident.

I never rode this trail before the diversion was put in place so cannot comment on what has been lost from the ride. All in all it is a great technical track: four main climbs are matched with four great descents, all of varying character. It would be a decent measure of biking skill for a rider to get round without dabbing down.

For those who say there is too much fireroad climbing, this is not the case- of course if you are unfit or not used to biking, these will take up a chunk of your ride and feel like a real drag. My other half (female) got round the route as it is now in under an hour and 3/4 so there are no excuses lads!

The blue trail would be a great introduction to riding- once the first long climb has been done. A brilliant new section of track has been constructed with large wide berms, and can also be enjoyed by those who are comfortable riding at great speed. The track joins the green for a pleasant ride up the valley floor before turning down dale on wide easy singletrack winding through trees back to the end.

I'd go as far as to say this is possibly the most family friendly centre i've been to, thanks to the nature of the easy graded trails and the fact it isn't uncomfortably busy like some of the other Stanes, which might put off the less confident rider.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Tibbort Reviewed by Tibbort February 04, 2014
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Ae Grade Mountain Bike Trails

The red graded trail here seems as though it is going through a sort of transition phase- there is some great well-established singletrack but the new stuff, although of excellent construction and design, sort of feels a bit out of place right now. Perhaps once trees grow up around them and they become roughened around the edges from bike traffic a more natural effect might be achieved. Some of the track by the wind farm is partly made from crushed brick which gives a city cycle lane feel, until you come up against some massive dirt jumps on the most exposed part of the hill. A warning of possible side winds needs to be heeded here to prevent an accident.

I never rode this trail before the diversion was put in place so cannot comment on what has been lost from the ride. All in all it is a great technical track: four main climbs are matched with four great descents, all of varying character. It would be a decent measure of biking skill for a rider to get round without dabbing down.

For those who say there is too much fireroad climbing, this is not the case- of course if you are unfit or not used to biking, these will take up a chunk of your ride and feel like a real drag. My other half (female) got round the route as it is now in under an hour and 3/4 so there are no excuses lads!

The blue trail would be a great introduction to riding- once the first long climb has been done. A brilliant new section of track has been constructed with large wide berms, and can also be enjoyed by those who are comfortable riding at great speed. The track joins the green for a pleasant ride up the valley floor before turning down dale on wide easy singletrack winding through trees back to the end.

I'd go as far as to say this is possibly the most family friendly centre i've been to, thanks to the nature of the easy graded trails and the fact it isn't uncomfortably busy like some of the other Stanes, which might put off the less confident rider.

User Review

Good Points
A lot of money has gone into creating new trail
There's everything you could need- grades of trails, cafe, shop, showers, bike wash
Not busy at weekend
Well-draining (xc loops)- despite wettest January in years not much mud
Great for families
Bad Points
Not as well signposted from main roads as other Stanes
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Ae is one of my favorites of all the 7 stanes and I find is often underrated. The red Ae line trail is hard going at times and is a good test of fitness with some epic climbs and great descents. The new addition of the windfarm trails are good fun with some massive berms and steep tabletops. As well as the graded trails there is a good selection of downhill courses for the more extreme riders and also boosts a beginners downhill course called the shredder to help build you confidence up. Also an added bonus is the newly reopened Ae cafe and bike shop run by a very friendly local family with a great selection of reasonably priced food and cakes. The main thing I love about this trails is apart from summer weekends this Stane is often not very busy and very often can do the whole route and not meet sole.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
cj95 Reviewed by cj95 May 30, 2013
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Ae Forest

Ae is one of my favorites of all the 7 stanes and I find is often underrated. The red Ae line trail is hard going at times and is a good test of fitness with some epic climbs and great descents. The new addition of the windfarm trails are good fun with some massive berms and steep tabletops. As well as the graded trails there is a good selection of downhill courses for the more extreme riders and also boosts a beginners downhill course called the shredder to help build you confidence up. Also an added bonus is the newly reopened Ae cafe and bike shop run by a very friendly local family with a great selection of reasonably priced food and cakes. The main thing I love about this trails is apart from summer weekends this Stane is often not very busy and very often can do the whole route and not meet sole.

User Review

Good Points
Epic long trails
Friendly welcoming cafe
Good range of trails for all abilities
Not the busiest of trail centers
Bad Points
Can get busy at weekends
Trail could do with some maintenance at certain parts
Would you recommend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
Ridden it several times and it is pretty arduous but there are some great bits notably there is a really nice flowy trail called Bran Burn Bash and then the 2nd half of Omega Man which is a great freeride style trail. Maybe not worth a 3hr drive but if you are staying locally say in Dumfries it is well worth it and if you combine it with riding a spot of downhill then it would be a good day filler.
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
TheBikingSquirrel Reviewed by TheBikingSquirrel May 29, 2013
Last updated: May 29, 2013
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Ae The Line Trail

Ridden it several times and it is pretty arduous but there are some great bits notably there is a really nice flowy trail called Bran Burn Bash and then the 2nd half of Omega Man which is a great freeride style trail. Maybe not worth a 3hr drive but if you are staying locally say in Dumfries it is well worth it and if you combine it with riding a spot of downhill then it would be a good day filler.

User Review

Good Points
Some really nice pieces of trail
Cool black grade board walk
Lovely scenery
Bad Points
1st half of Omega Man is a bit disappointing I think there has been some erosion to some of the berms and jumps.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Its good, nice loop. I've only done this once :)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
StupidMonkeyKev Reviewed by StupidMonkeyKev February 27, 2013
Last updated: February 28, 2013
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AE Forest XC Red

Its good, nice loop. I've only done this once :)

User Review

Good Points
Good trail, good views.
Bad Points
Nothing that i can recall...
Would you recommend?
Yes
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