Trailforks Trail of the Month: Z-LINE

Jul 11, 2014 at 12:10
by Brent Hillier  
Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

The Z-Line powered by TREK starts right next to the mid-station of the Zwölferkogel lift, then snakes its way down to the valley with breathtaking views over Saalbach Hinterglemm. The trail takes you over countless berms, wall-rides, and bridges, as well as rollers, tables, and small drops. There is always alternative ways around these features for those who might like to take things a little easier. The trail is designed with ambitious freeriders in mind, though intermediates will also love it. The last wall-ride has got to be the real highlight, with its integrated Action-Snapshot-Station, giving you the chance of getting a spectacular souvenir photo that can be downloaded at www.saalbach.me.

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Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

Bike-Circus is in the Pinzgau Mountains of the Austrian Alps and is one of the top destination for mountain biking in Austria. There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world. A breathtaking network of mountain bike trails for all levels of ability; guaranteeing that cross-country bikers, soul riders, free riders and downhill experts all find what they've been dreaming of. And for those of you who don't particularly love those giant climbs, you can take full advantage of their modern cabin lifts. With that, you can have an effortless way to explore their countless scenic trails.

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At Bike-Circus, newcomers to the sport and families will also find easy bike paths for cycling adventures that definitely live up to their promise. And a brand-new highlight: they now connect into the 280 km-long Tauern Bike Path.

Pristine nature, first-class food, hospitable mountain huts, pulsating nightlife, great local infrastructure and the specialists of the Bike'n'Soul Hotels and Sunbikers Hotels, guarantee you an extraordinary biking vacation.

Their motto couldn't be more true: "Away from the gray daily rut, into the excitement of the Saalbach Hinterglemm Bike-Circus"

Bike-Circus Highlights

400 km of marked mountain-bike trails
720 km network of regional cycling and mountain-biking routes
Connects into the Tauern Bike Path
5 mountain lifts that transport bikes (ca. 4000 vertical meters)
Cross-country marathon route, half-marathon
Single-track trails, downhill, freeride, dirt park, North Shore, training course
Collaboration with Bikepark-Leogang
Numerous bike-friendly huts
Free panorama map
The Bike-Circus Hotels
Daily guided bike tours
Classes in biking skills
Events: World Games of Mountain Biking / Freeride Festival

Check out what else the Bike-Circus in Saalbach Hinterglemm has to offer
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Z-LINE at Bike-Circus - Saalbach Hinterglemm

For more details visit:

www.trailforks.com/region/bikecircus-saalbach-hinterglemm
www.freeride.bike-circus.at
www.saalbach.com/en/summer/the-valley-of-games/mountainbiking.html

Think you've got a trail worth featuring for the Trailforks Trail of the Month?

Send me an email at brent@pinkbike.com


46 Comments

  • 23 0
 I wish I could ride there
  • 82 1
 says the canadian Wink
  • 36 1
 Canada's got some awesome riding, but don't forget - you can be Canadian and still be 4,000km+ away from mountains & riding like that. :-(
  • 7 16
flag MrDuck (Jul 15, 2014 at 13:59) (Below Threshold)
 Seriously though, I'm currently in Whistler, living on the dreamed Shore, and I'm currently struggling to figure out where to go ride some nice AM long-arse singletrail to take some time off them rooty&rocky forests.. Not that I'd be complaining, and I'm sure there's some of that, but I'd sure go for a lap to alps now.
  • 7 1
 for real???? dude, have you heard of squamish? or chilliwak? or pemberton? or abbotsford? or across the border??
  • 5 1
 No worries bud, sure I've ridden in all of those areas (but definitely not NEARLY all the trails, and none across the border) and they're amazing! But I'm thinking something like Squid line on Summas, located in the alpine, with a length of some 100km, just a neverending chill ride Smile

Don't get me wrong, I'm clearly just thinking silly right now and there's no way I'd want to live and ride regularly anywhere else than here in BC, though I've ridden in the alps and to me it just feels different, generally less I think there's more of those long epic rides high in the mountains, while here's all the technical riding and such, or maybe that's just what I've been shown by my "oh so gnarly" friends Smile
  • 1 0
 check out revelstoke or rossland.
  • 7 1
 Try going to the Chilcotins north of Pemberton, miles of singletrack in the alpine, and stop being a baby
  • 1 0
 I hate being stuck in Nova Scotia and dreaming of the west coast lol. Hope to make it out to BC next season, visit friends, ride Whistler, and surrounding area.
  • 1 0
 ya but I am stuck with Seymour and fromme witch are still great mountains ride on but I am just saying that looked fun.
  • 1 0
 brett77: Thanks, I'll check it out up there, and see if it helps with that baby issue Razz I took a day off the bike so I can ride the Cypress gnar for a while again before I re-start crying that I want baby trails with views Smile
  • 1 0
 If you're interested check out the photos I took last year of a two night float plane trip we did in the Chilcotins last summer. It was a highlight for sure. Totally recommended.
  • 1 0
 I assume this is the shit you're after: www.pinkbike.com/photo/9856991
  • 23 0
 trail of the month is a great feature! nice work!
  • 3 0
 ^what he said.
  • 8 0
 Thanks guys!
  • 4 0
 Saalbach looks sick! Especially X-LINE.
Black trail with a 1000m drop, who wouldn't want that? (except for my arms).
  • 3 0
 No kidding. Look at this drop/road gap on x-line! www.pinkbike.com/video/370585
  • 3 0
 X-Line is roughly 1000 times better than Z-Line. It is such a rad trail with lots of natural rocky terrain to ride, and the machined sections are done very, very well. The only bummer is they took out a really gnarly root line towards the bottom and put in a lot of bridges to make it "more accessible". Still, the top half of the trail continues to be one of my favorites.
  • 1 0
 ^What he said. Z-line is like a motorway and not that challenging. Good for beginners though.
  • 5 0
 Going there in september, i'm really getting stoked to ride those trails!
  • 4 0
 Wow.... what an incredible trail, with great scenery. I would love to be there right now
  • 2 1
 That last trail map pic looked Extremely exciting there for a second...a whole bunch of red trails with a few blacks/blue! I'm used to our maps...red trails here are Double Black Diamonds.
Sweet clip...super buff...love the wood!

http://www.sunpeaksresort.com/summer/interactive-maps/bike-park
  • 1 1
 Not sure if missunderstood you, but:
Europe.......CAN
blue............green/blue
red..............single diamond
black...........double diamond

as far as i expirienced it riding the northshore, squamish and whistler
  • 1 0
 I'm currently working a season in Hinterglemm, so it's very cool to see this on the Pinkbike homepage. Z-line is a good trail, but for some unknown reason there's a section of sketchy, loose fire road mid-way down that kind of lets it down. It would be awesome if they carved some more track into the field next to it.
  • 1 0
 Is there enough DH for a weeks holiday? Stay here and visit Leogang, or visa versa?
  • 2 0
 Go to Saalbach and ride trail X-Line trail all day long. It's far, far better. Then head over to Hinterglem (reachable from Saalbach) and ride the Pro Line trail. Legogang is a short distance down the road and so is Neukirchen (all natural awesomeness) and about 1.5 hours away is Schladming. Tons of seriously fun DH in the area.
  • 1 0
 Thanks mate
  • 3 0
 Just got back from that area after 10 days of amazing riding. .. Unfortunately z - line was worst trail there... Doesn't really do anything..2 good wall rides though
  • 2 0
 Is there enough DH for a weeks holiday? Stay here and visit Leogang, or visa versa?
  • 1 0
 There is mate loads...but you have to travel..we had van so was ok.. saalbach has x line and addidas free ride plus loads of flowy single track 40mins drive to leogang.. 1.5 hr to schladming... weeks riding easy.. wagrain is not far either..
  • 1 0
 Thanks mate
  • 4 2
 tear me apart pinkbike but honestly if your gonna make an edit showing of the "trail of the month" at least get some riders that will clear the jumps and do the wall rides and not go around the drops.
  • 1 1
 whoa whoa whoa, the trail is a blue square, so who cares how or who rides it.
  • 1 0
 the people showcasing the trail should. they should want it to look as good as possible
  • 1 0
 with a full blown dh-rig the x-line is the only line in saalbach/hinterglemm worth riding.

and for a 1000hm of pure dh i'll go for schladming anytime before driving to saalbach

and schladming is closer for my, only 1h30min for riding on one of my top favourite tracks
  • 1 0
 That looked pretty damn tame to me.
Hardly looks like a trail for the "ambitious freerider" as quoted from the article text.
Perhaps there are bigger features which were omitted from the vid?
Nice scenery though!
  • 1 0
 If I win the lottery this week, I'm gonna buy a camper van and drive over there Smile
Then I'll fly over to my parents house in Maple Ridge BC!
  • 1 0
 I was there a year ago Big Grin To my mind Z-line, Pro-line and X-line are the best there. Also there are some sick trails for enduro :3
yea. I wish i would be there again Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Its actally a relaxing ride, lovely trail
  • 2 0
 like the van at the end Razz
  • 1 0
 I need a summer holiday at this bike park
  • 1 0
 Homemade chesty mount at :32??
  • 1 0
 Where can I meet girls like the ones in the video?
  • 3 5
 trail of the month... really?
  • 9 0
 Complaining about trail of the month... really?

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