What's the matter?
The climbers use a generally accepted standard system for assessing the technical difficulties of a climbing route. In the sport of mountain biking, however, there are various systems of trade magazines or tour operators, who are rarely, explain in detail. What is missing, is a uniformly applicable system, which will be applied all around the world and is easy to understand.
We are using the same scale as the DIMB MTB guide formation, OeAV instructor course and many other reputable tour operaters.
The result includes three difficulty classes described by six levels of difficulty.
The single-track scale is divided in the three levels of difficulty light , medium and heavy
This difficulty classes are geared to the skill level of an average Bikers with a technically current mountain bike.
For the concrete classification and accurate differentiation of the routes (and difficulty classes) are six relatively well demarcated from each other levels of (S-grade) S0 to S5 used.
Thus, the lower end of the scale with for an average biker is ``loosely mobile`` and the upper ``with unfahrbar`` = “absolutely not rideable” equated.
The difficulty class light comprises the degrees S0 and S1, means is defined by S2 and heavy includes all beyond this S grade.
The classification of the single track is exclusively based on possible objective flat or sloping path (Wegcharakteristika) under ideal conditions as sufficient natural light and dry surfaces. The classification is therefore independent and cannot be influenced or subjectively classified by variable factors such as followed.
• the degree of danger (crash risk),
• the weather (rain, wind, fog and snow)
• the lighting conditions or
• the driving speed.
In the orientation according to S-grades will thus be appreciated that the running characteristics may shift claim significantly upwards, for example due to poor weather conditions or quicker pace.
S0 describes a single trail that has no special difficulties. These are mostly liquid forest and meadow paths on grippy natural soils or gravel solidified. Stages, rock or root sections are not expected. The slope of the path is light to moderate, the curves are extensive.
On a described with S1 way you have to already expect smaller obstacles such as shallow roots and small stones. Very often the odd gulley erosion damage and cause of the increased difficulty of the ground may be partially not solidified. The gradient is a maximum of aprox. 35 degree angle. Hairpin bends are not expected.
In the S grade S2 to be reckoned with larger roots and stones. The soil is often not solidified. Steps and shallow steps are expected. Often sharp bends occur, the slope is passages, up to aprox. 60 degree angle.
Splinted single trails with many large rocks and / or root sections belonging to the S-level S3. High levels switchbacks and brain-lateral gradients often occur, relaxed roll sections are rare. Often with slippery surfaces and loose gravel can be expected, slopes above aprox. 60 degree angle are not uncommon.
S 4 describes very steep and strong interlocked single trails with large boulders and / or demanding root passages there between often loose debris. Extreme steep ramps, narrow switchbacks and steps in which the chainring touches inevitably come in 4th grade common.
The S grade S5 is characterized by block-like terrain with ascents, boulder fields and landslides, eye-like switchbacks, multiple high, directly following on each other heels and obstacles such as fallen trees - all often in extreme steepness. If anything, little spout and stopping distance is present. Obstacles such need. T. be managed in combination
Not all factors need to be assigned to a passage a certain S grade. A single trail section may well also have different difficulties or passages. The way we describe it: S2er as described with two passages S3.
You will find on every itinerary and day a description of the approximate distance in km and the approximate elevation in m.
Please make sure, that you are able to meet this expectation within reasonable limits.