4,888 ft
Distance
-865 ft
Descent
00:10:43
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50 Shades of Black Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    BikePark Wales
    Abercanaid
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Garden, Other
  • Global Ranking
    #50338 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 10 in E-Biking
  • Land Owner

"50 Shades of Black is named after the vast variety of terrain, surface and feature type all found within this single black trail. 50 shades is the longest and gnarliest black trail at BikePark Wales, it features a mix of hand cut and machine built sections as well as huge boulder fields, roots, jumps and plenty of Dirt (or mud if it's wet). This one is for experts only." - Bike Park Wales

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More Stats for 50 Shades of Black mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -865 ft
  • Altitude min
    708 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,573 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,573 ft
  • Altitude end
    709 ft
  • Grade
    -17.7%
  • Grade max
    -41.9%
  • Grade min
    -0.4%
  • Distance down
    4,806 ft
  • Distance flat
    82 ft
  • Avg time
    00:10:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:13:48
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on Nov 17, 2022
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      50 Shades of Black Trail Reports

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      Nov 17, 2022 @ 6:50pm
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      May 2, 2022 @ 2:27am
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 39 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 30 rides
      • 38 miles avg distance
      All
      • 337 rides
      • Last: Feb 5, 2023

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      Tidy-Like (Aug 10, 2015 at 2:10)
      I would agree, this is a big step up from the other trails in BPW. Large drops and gaps onto rocks and roots, no chiken runs here. It has it all if you are looking for something a little bit more technical. It's full on all the way down. Great fun.
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      • + 1
      ADhGuy (Apr 8, 2015 at 7:31)
      This is by far the best trail at BPW, bigger and gnarlier than the others and is so much fun, the shear number of rocks, roots and ruts will have you grinning from ear to ear by the end. A downtube guard is recommended as rocks do get chucked up and if you're running tubes expect a puncture at some point. Can see the BDS racing here in the future!!!
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      Bike Park Wales 50 Shades of Black  - Black...
      6:23 | 352 | Sep 30, 2019 , Abercanaid
      bike park Wales
      0:21 | 154 | Sep 28, 2019 , Abercanaid
      downhill biking
      1:03 | 319 | Mar 7, 2018 , Abercanaid
      50 shades of black from the drop to the end
      6:03 | 309 | Apr 23, 2017 , Abercanaid
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