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Hot X Buns (2.40km)
Rotorua RedwoodsLast Update: 30/12/2014
Some trail names are made up, if there is a different name please let us know.
Difficulty - Intermediate - Advanced - A & B Lines
Slope - Undulating - Steep
Space - Tight - Extreme Caution
Surface - Dirt - Heavy leaf and branch litter - Roots - Rutted
Trail type - Single track
The biggest problem with Hot X Buns is not the roots, nor the ruts, nor the shoots, nor the steeps, nor the drops, the biggest problem with Hot X Buns is that it takes so much energy to get to the top that you have nothing left to deal with the terror that awaits you on the trail. (Tips on how to get to Hot X Buns below).
Hot X Buns begins at the top of Direct Road however it doesnít descend immediately, the full trail climbs up to the top of the hill. There is a short cut that runs around the hill and connects up with the main trail at the beginning of the descent. The climb is not highly trafficked, has a heavy cover of pine needles and in my opinion isnít very rewarding. In future I will take the short cut.
Hot X Buns is the most Enduro trail Iíve ever ridden. While the technical descents I will describe shortly are amazing the punchy and often rooty climbs sap any remaining energy making the whole bottom-to-top-to-bottom experience of Hot X Buns EXHAUSTING.
With regards to the descents it was the most challenging ride I did on this particular trip. By far and away the toughest trail Iíve ridden in the forest (tougher than Corridor and required far greater bike control than Billy T).
The descents are generally pretty steep, actually some are VERY steep and at the time of riding the trail was damp making extra nervous about grip, but that was insignificant compared to the challenge of riding the enormous volume of slippery roots. Roots mean drops/steps and as you can see in the video there are plenty of them, often on corners or in areas where you desperately want to control your speed.
As mentioned, this trail was the most difficult I rode, being early in the trip it spooked me a little (not to mention the squeaking headset that was doing my head in) so I probably didnít ride it as aggressively as I should have.
The effort required to get up there and how petrified I was descending meant I didnít ride it again, which in hindsight I regret. Itís a trail Iím looking forward to riding with greater confidence.
From Eagle vs Shark
- Preferred Ė Hill Rd then Direct Road
- Insane Ė Hill Rd, Lentil Link, Sidewinder, Direct Rd
- Pretty Ė Redtank Rd / Pipeline Rd to the end of Hot X Buns then Direct Rd
From the Shuttle Zone
- Get to the intersection of Pipeline Rd, Red Tank Rd, Direct Rd. Then ride or walk up Direct Road. Iíve not done it but Iím told by fit guys that itís torture.