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Here's what each grade category means for the average rider:

  • < -25: Very steep downhill or drops. When mountain biking on a trail it'll mean brakes on most of the time, if not all the time.
  • -25 to -15: Steep downhill. On a trail you'll probably start braking at some point but manageable for most.
  • -15 to -7: Very easy pedalling to max speed and keep it with little effort.
  • -7 to -2: Easy to pedal up to 25 mph and keep it.
  • -2 to 2: Flatness or a little headwind or backwind resistance feeling.
  • 2 to 7: This gradient can cause fatigue over long periods, otherwise manageable.
  • 7 to 10: Starting to become uncomfortable for seasoned riders, and very challenging for new climbers.
  • 10 to 15: A painful gradient, especially if maintained for any length of time.
  • 15 to 25: Very steep, even at 15% most people will struggle. On a trail, front wheel will start to lift at the end of this range.
  • > 25: Hopefully this is a very short climb. On a trail it'll be a challenge getting traction and keeping the front wheel from lifting.

  • References: The Climbing Cyclist, Bike Radar, National Trails Training Partnership