Talk:Proposed features/IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating

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Is it better to use this for linear (the different parts of a route) or a relation (the route itself)? Gustavf 16:18, 5 October 2008 (UTC)


Since I'm a lazy bastard, and would prefere being close to sac_scale, what about mtb_scale instead of mtb_difficulty ?

  • One less risk of spelling dificulty, difficulti, difficelty, etc.
  • one closer step to sac_scale so easy to remember

This is not very important ! If no one agree with me, I have no problems to make an effort, and probably editors could help there Sletuffe 14:55, 20 November 2008 (UTC)


Values are, on the opposite, much better to my mind than complex mountain_hiking mountain_alpine_hiking_so_hard of the sac_scale, so I would happily keep those. Here is a table to start with ( Feel free to edit, or to copy it ):

Tag MTB Scale Trail width Average Steepness Obstacles
mtb_scale="easiest" Easiest
mtb_scale="easy" Easy
mtb_scale="more_difficult" More difficult
mtb_scale="very_difficult" Very difficult
mtb_scale="extremly_difficult" Extremly difficul

The Image proposed is quite good to my mind, no need to re-invent the wheel, emply block should be completed by what is in the picture Sletuffe 15:03, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Downhill / uphill

It has been said, and re-said, mtb is not the same when you climb or when you go downhill

What about a :

  • mtb_scale:uphill=more_difficult


  • mtb_scale:downhill=easy


  • mtb_scale:way_direction=more_difficult


  • mtb_scale:way_direction=easy

Sletuffe 15:06, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

mtb only or wider scale ?

I have no idea about this one, but the scale starts with easiest, and I think there might be even easier trails (think of a flat track with 0.002m gravels )

What about replacing easierst by more_easy, very_easy and extremely_easy ??

do we have to get a thought for other bicycle users ? what about thinking "wide" and have a general scale for the difficulty for any bicycle ? Sletuffe 15:10, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Agree on move to mtb_scale

I think all points mentioned here are interesting to consider. Can directional difficulty be made implicit? The scale should start with a normal gravel road and equal as the easiest, this is where you typically don't bring a racing bicycle at all, but everyone can ride it. -- vibrog 11:16, 26 November 2008 (UTC)