Video: Lewis Buchanan Rides the Fort William World Cup Track on a Trail Bike

Aug 8, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

EWS racer Lewis Buchanan heads to Fort William for some pre-season testing at the World Cup venue on his Forbidden Druid trail bike.


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 Been following Lewis since he went with Forbidden - I don't think they could ask for a better ambassador for their brand. Such a great rider who seems completely at one with his Druid, no matter where he's riding. Keep the great videos coming!
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 The druid is not your typical trail bike
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 it Deviated a little bit
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 IBIS's loss, Forbiddens gain, he really makes that bike sing, his channel is definitely worth a look, so insightful from a humble yet very talented rider.
  • 9 0
 Shit he’s good to watch
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 Serious pace on a 130mm bike!
  • 7 0
 This dude is a wizard. His riding is insane. And he’s definitely a sponsor’s dream no doubt
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 Glad to hear the traditional scottish send off "go on ya bawbag" in the start hut.
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 That guy with the walmart bike and half shell got WREKT
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 Brings back memories of attempting to ride down it on a 90's GT LTS with V brakes.....
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 *does the Limmy face*

Great riding, ive ridden laps of Fort Bill on a 170 29'er and im like an old lady compared to these chaps.
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 I have a serious question about DH bikes but first a disclaimer: I have never ever ridden a proper DH bike.

What are gains riding a DH bike over a trail or enduro bike? Of course, we are talking about park riding
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flag jimmythehat (Aug 8, 2020 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 Stability everywhere , Fort Bill isn’t rough compared to most DH World Cup tracks
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 @jimmythehat: I'd say it's as rough if not rougher than most. However it's not really steep anywhere compared to places like VDS, Andorra which makes trail bike geo a bit more manageable.
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flag jimmythehat (Aug 8, 2020 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: disagree many sections are smooth, definitely doesn’t compare to Mt St Anne, Hafjell, Val di Sole etc
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 Bigger safety net for when you f*ck it up basically, and on properly steep stuff they are a lot more comfortable + easier to feel centered.Plus when you're hitting top speed they feel waaay more stable on account of the longer wheelbase.
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 @jimmythehat: it's definitely way rougher than MSA and Hafjell
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 If you rode them back to back you'd basically think the trail bike was superior. That is, until you got comfortable on the rough stuff (like this entire track), and started pushing your limits. Then you'd notice a massive difference and the trail bike would feel like it was twitchy and holding you back.
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flag jimmythehat (Aug 8, 2020 at 23:37) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: nonsense
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flag jimmythehat (Aug 9, 2020 at 0:25) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: as you seem to know your onions why is there no attempt to salvage some racing this season? Others sports are back running without spectators (Including uci road racing) is it because the uci doesn’t care about dh? do they not sell the tv rights globally to create revenue to allow venues to run events or does the only funding for venues comes from spectators entry fee? Is if a redbulltv monopoly situation, either way if they don’t produce a strategy now you can kiss goodbye to any racing next year also, off topic I know but it’s being swept under the carpet it seems
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 @jimmythehat: not sure where you're getting Fort Bill not being that rough from? I've often thought it was one of the 'easier' looking tracks on TV but it's significantly worse to ride.
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 @GrandMasterOrge: it has a few rough sections is my point, see most of the top section and boardwalks the motorway
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 @jimmythehat: I'd take the guy that travels the world shooting WCs opinion on the rough track rankings tbh.
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flag jimmythehat (Aug 9, 2020 at 3:03) (Below Threshold)
 @Clarkeh: have you watched Losinj, MSA, VDS? anyone with eyes can see the difference
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 @jimmythehat: I have yes, but there is a big difference to watching something on video to being there in person, and I imagine asking the riders their thoughts.
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 @jimmythehat: have you ever ridden at fort William to experience it? And what other world cup tracks have to been on for the comparison?

Last time I checked world cup riders say it's rough but hey what do they know?
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 Have just come back from a weekend at Innerleithen here in the UK. Rode my trail bike on Saturday & DH bike on Sunday on similar trails. The main difference I noticed this weekend is the forks. A triple clamp 200mm fork just absorbs a lot more than a single crown 160mm fork can. There's a lot less high frequency chatter so less vibration & it takes the big hits in it's stride so it's more confidence inspiring. That's what I found anyway Smile
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 Probably doable on a XC bike, but you just gotta go way slower and body will feel like you were a punching bag for a pro boxer.
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 What he could do with a 160/170 Forbidden. That would be a weapon!
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 Im sitting here waiting to see what the next bike they release is, before I jump to a Process X. The Druid looks epic.
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 @Matturalistic: wait just about more...
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 Such cool footage, dream bike also keep it up!
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 not really unusual to see people riding fast down FB on a trail bike.
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 The Druid is biggest 130mm bike there is, hands down.
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 “Very capable”
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 Wheel set is ok?
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