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Paarl Trails – Specialized Paarl

Paarl - Western Cape Boland

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Trails: 86
Total Distance: 95km
eBikes: Yes
Shuttle-friendly: N/A
Cost: Day Pass (Weekdays) Adults - R80.00 | Day Pass (Weekdays) Kids & Pensioners - R50.00 | Day Pass (Weekends) Adults - R100.00 | Day Pass (Weekends) Kids & Pensioners - R80.00
Security Rating: 4/5
Nearest City/Town: Paarl
Trail type: Country Trail

Trail Park Summary

Country Trail 

More information:

https://paarladventuretrails.co.za/

Trailforks Information:

https://www.trailforks.com/skillpark/specialized-paarl-skills-park/

Security rating:

4/5

Websites:

www.specializedpaarl.com

Best suited for: Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced riders

What we love about it: You get bike shops and then you get bike shops that are heavily invested in riding. That’s Specialized Paarl, which was the first Specialized Experience Centre in South Africa. An experience centre offers more than just retail and is either an active trailhead or includes trails, tracks and a pump track. Specialized Paarl Experience Centre is a blend of those and offers something for everyone when it comes to mountain biking. Besides the on-site riding tracks, it’s also one of four official trailheads for the Paarl Adventure Trails network. If you’re super fit and strong, you could try and ride the whole network in two days, but it will likely take you longer. That’s why it’s been segmented around the Paarl Mountain so that you can sample a bit of each section in 2-4 hour chunks.

The trails: The trails at Specialized Paarl Experience Centre include:
Yellow Trail: 1.5km
Green Trail: 5km
Blue Trail: 15km
Skills area: 150m pump track 

The Yellow Trail is ideal for kids as it’s on the property and includes a flowline with 12 rollers and 15 berms. It’s been very well built, offering authentic flow and is one of those routes that kids (an adults) can repeat for hours.

The Green Trail takes you up the slope behind the store and into the local farmland. It’s a great route for families and beginners and incorporates a range of features with the flowline delivering a fun ending…

The Blue Trail was completed during the hard lockdown in 2020. Sections bench-cut into the slope in the peaceful forest seem to go on for ages, keeping you engaged in the cool shade while breathing lungfuls of earthy scents – it’s a sensory adventure.

As with the rest of the Paarl Adventure Trails network, the singletrack at has been very well built so that you always feel a good level of control, even at speed. The climbing is generally done gradually with switchbacks that are thoughtfully designed, while the twisty, bermed descents are super fun and just reward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Trail Facts

Signage

The signage is good, but was due to be updated in January 2022 with new signage.

Grading

The trails aren’t specifically graded, but are predominantly green trails with some blue sections according to Trailforks. We agree.

Off The Bike

The Specialized Paarl store is built in an old wine cellar with a high roof and loads of space. It’s adjacent to Knus Karoo Café, a daytime restaurant that also makes a killer coffee while you wait for your bike to be washed…

Summary

There aren’t many high-end bike shops that you can visit that offer such an array of riding straight out the door. Specialized Paarl Experience Centre offers more than just retail, it offers fresh air, fun and flow on its trials for all levels and ages of bike riders – rather unique, quite special.

Cost

Day Pass (Weekdays) Adults – R80.00 | Day Pass (Weekdays) Kids & Pensioners –
R50.00 | Day Pass (Weekends) Adults – R100.00 | Day Pass (Weekends) Kids & Pensioners – R80.00

 

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Trail Reviews
Francois Stander
14 July 2022
Amazing ride.
Corbin Mann
14 July 2022
The trail team have done an amazing job at crafting some fun, flowing trails for any rider to enjoy 🙌 plus, Specialized Paarl and Knus Karoo Kombius are there when you’re done riding.. bikes, coffee, and carrot cake is a win for me 😉
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Jaco Prinsloo
14 July 2022
Excellent!
Mev Huguette van der Merwe
12 July 2022
Super amazing!
Nico
15 June 2022
Excellent and new features every time I get there, constant updating of trails making sure you get the workout your looking for.
Frans
15 June 2022
The Specialized Trail Zone trails are fantastic. The regular maintenance and upgrades are world class. What a joy to ride!! Please consider small berms on uphill switchbacks (and in bluegum forest) for e-bikes.
Schalk Duvenage
03 May 2022
Awesome trail that has something of everything and is exceptionally well maintained. Just love these trails.
Niel Hugo
25 April 2022
World class trails
Elsché Eygelaar
17 March 2022
Fun trail to practice skills on.
Franco Immelman
08 February 2022
Awesome trails. Downhill is fun and flowy and have lekker jumps. Can grab a coffee afterwords at Knus
Sean Badenhorst
17 January 2022
So much more than a bike shop! Amazing trails network and tracks for kids.
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