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    Is XX1 better for racing vs trail riding

    I ran across a rider on a XC race bike with XX1 and he felt that this system was better suited for XC racing than general trail riding. His reasoning was the wide gaps in the gearing wasn't as usefull as the closer jumps found on typical 2x10 systems. Second question how much weight savings would there be from the 2x10 [XT ]

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    This is my opinion too, 2x10 is better for trail. I like the 2x10 ability to quickly and easily drop or rise a major gear change for trail riding irregular speeds on rough and sudden ups and downs having frequent sudden speed changes. XC racing requires maintaining intensely high momentum all the time, and the incremental cog-only gear changes with no sudden jump in gears with a single ring is fine for maintaining momentum and more reliable for not dropping a chain doing hard ring shifts.

    The weight advantage for single ring is so small, no more than 1 pound overall, has no advantage for trail riding.

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    Courtesy of Bikeradar.com

    As a group, XX1 is lighter than SRAMís flagship XX group. Each of the parts in XX1 is actually heavier than their 2x10 counterparts, but the fact that XX1 does away with a chainring, front derailleur, front shifter, along with the associated cable and housing, results in a net loss of approximately 200 grams.

    So yes probably somewhere in the region of a pound over XT?

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    So yes probably somewhere in the region of a pound over XT?
    I did the math a while ago using Competitive Cyclist's weights (actual weight, not claimed) and found a full XX1 group to be just under a pound less than my XT drivetrain.

    I'll be running XO 1x10 with a Wolftooth direct mount and its actually going to wind up being lighter than XX1. Just over a pound lighter than XT.

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    Just installed an XX1 setup on my new 29er and all I can say is WOW. For me the 1x11 setup is perfect for the XC riding I do here in Georgia. I don't do any racing but there are many other benefits that I like in the 1x11 XX1 group. I like the 2x10 setups but I love the simplicity of the XX1. No front chain rings, cable, or FR derailleur means less maintenance too. My two other bikes are 1x9 so you can tell where my bias comes from. My only complaint with 1x9 is not enough range, the 1x11 gives me a much wider (10-42) range that I can't get with a 1x9 or 1x10 setup. The smooth shifting clutched rear derailleur, no-drop front chain ring, carbon cranks, and choice of trigger or grip shift are all just bonuses. Any hey, if I save a pound of weight on top of all that, all the better (my new carbon 29er weight came in at 20.5 lbs ).

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    What the hell is "trail" riding?

    People keep on throwing this term around, but the only real difference I can see is that you're likely to be on a heavier bike, wearing baggies and a camelbak, and perhaps on an FS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    What the hell is "trail" riding?

    People keep on throwing this term around, but the only real difference I can see is that you're likely to be on a heavier bike, wearing baggies and a camelbak, and perhaps on an FS.
    Beats the hell out of skin tight lycra......unless your watching the Ladies UCI XCO Championship

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    I have xx1 and like it for "trail riding" and XC. I replaced a 3x10 which I had changed to 1x9 for most trails, but had to add the front little ring and shifter for some of the trails out of town with big climbs. The xx1 does it all for me and I did save weight over my xo stuff and it is just cleaner.

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    Thanks all for the info. Sounds like it depends on the steeper climbs and the individual need for a bailout gear [how strong your legs are].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    What the hell is "trail" riding?

    People keep on throwing this term around, but the only real difference I can see is that you're likely to be on a heavier bike, wearing baggies and a camelbak, and perhaps on an FS.
    Definitely a confusing marketing bs term. XC has become a pejorative term among some people having the connotation of power measurement, weight-weenies, dirt-roads, lycra and only smooth trails. Therefore "trail".

    I've also heard "marathon" which is also very confusing
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    Indeed. I ride just about everything on my XC bike. The Hood River Enduro course was my main training loop when I lived in OR, but apparently that is super "gnar". Someone should have told me an XC racer in skin-tight lycra wasn't allowed to use those trails, as they are "trail" trails, and not "XC" trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewfuzzy View Post
    Beats the hell out of skin tight lycra......unless your watching the Ladies UCI XCO Championship
    So...the basic difference is you're just riding the same trails, but slower?
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    To me its just riding trails, usually without checking Strava times, lap times, or as we used to say JRA.

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    Don't hate on the lycra. It is comfortable as hell.

    I'm an Ex-baggy wearer. Baggies lose their comfort during 100 mile races.
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    I don't know - the marketing terms make sense to me. Yeah there's significant overlap, and some bikes in particular really blur the lines, and because of this, I think some people use the terms differently.

    Just my understanding:
    XC = riding best done on a sub 100mm travel bike or hard tail
    Trail = riding best done on a 120-150mm travel bike
    AM = 140mm+, single crown fork
    DH = 180mm+, usually dual crown forks

    Obviously, you can ride any bike on any trail, except on the extreme climbs or extreme descents, but there's usually a set of compromises you have to make when choosing a bike for a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishpitbull View Post
    Don't hate on the lycra. It is comfortable as hell.
    Yeah, but most people don't want to see dat ass on a casual trail.

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    My ass is sexy as hell. Deal with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishpitbull View Post
    My ass is sexy as hell. Deal with it.
    Yeah, I guess we all have to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    I don't know - the marketing terms make sense to me. Yeah there's significant overlap, and some bikes in particular really blur the lines, and because of this, I think some people use the terms differently.
    That's the topic of another rant that's been done but IMO many bikes blur the lines. The categories pigeonhole, are limiting and confusing. Less so for people who've had lots of time riding just plain old bikes. Moreso for people who are new to riding but are now told that their bikes are inappropriate for their trails. Look at how many questions there are about whether or not one can ride a trail bike on AM trails just as an example; and this isn't just on the internet discussion boards but also in real life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    That's the topic of another rant that's been done but IMO many bikes blur the lines. The categories pigeonhole, are limiting and confusing. Less so for people who've had lots of time riding just plain old bikes. Moreso for people who are new to riding but are now told that their bikes are inappropriate for their trails. Look at how many questions there are about whether or not one can ride a trail bike on AM trails just as an example; and this isn't just on the internet discussion boards but also in real life.
    I agree with you. Even this topic uses "trail" in a different sense.

    I started out on a Trek 4300 and rode all kinds of crap I "shouldn't have" on that bike. Figured life would be easier if I could roll over more stuff easily, so I bought a used 29er for $900, which led me to more trails I "shouldn't have" ridden on that bike. Two years later, I'm riding a 125mm "trail" bike with a 140mm fork and it's perfect for 90% of what I ride.

    I really don't think of those terms as pigeon holes for each bike, mainly because there's really no narrow definition for them. I think people should ask - do I want my bike to be good at climbing or good at descending? Then see where they fit on a sliding scale.

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    I wear Lycra trail riding, also wear Fox baggy shorts, my riding partner trail rides sometimes at speeds most racers would like to do, He rides a Specialized Epic carbon that weighs maybe 23lbs. I ride a 140mm 29r usually slower than he rides, We ride some trails in GJ,and Moab that some would call All-Mountain,but sometimes we find smooth flowy non-rocky trails. We never realized we had to adhere to a strick dress code or bike travel and weight to ride all these great trails we ride We just ride trails without timing each other or a finishing order. Our bad for just trail riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruitafrank View Post
    I wear Lycra trail riding, also wear Fox baggy shorts, my riding partner trail rides sometimes at speeds most racers would like to do, He rides a Specialized Epic carbon that weighs maybe 23lbs. I ride a 140mm 29r usually slower than he rides, We ride some trails in GJ,and Moab that some would call All-Mountain,but sometimes we find smooth flowy non-rocky trails. We never realized we had to adhere to a strick dress code or bike travel and weight to ride all these great trails we ride We just ride trails without timing each other or a finishing order. Our bad for just trail riding!
    Pardon me for being brash, but part of the problem with this debate is that people get so butthurt by the mere suggestion that some bikes are better at some things than others. If this wasn't the case, then we'd be riding beach cruisers down a mountain.

    Fact is, almost any "XC", "Trail", or "AM" bike will be able to ridden up and down almost any trail, and its rider will have fun doing it. How fast you want to do it, how plush you want the ride to be, whether you want to jump, how efficient you want the climb to be...that's where choice and personal preference comes in, and different people find different elements of riding to be more important than others. Anyone saying different is the one doing the pigeon-holing. Marketing a bike as being good at something doesn't mean it's unrideable on something else.

    And as for the lycra - I'm a function over fashion kind of dude. I speak for myself, but if you want to wear lycra, go right ahead. From everything I hear, they're way more comfy than shorts and they stay put. But come on - lycra's the "tighty whitey" of the mtb world - people are gonna poke fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    And as for the lycra - I'm a function over fashion kind of dude. I speak for myself, but if you want to wear lycra, go right ahead. From everything I hear, they're way more comfy than shorts and they stay put. But come on - lycra's the "tighty whitey" of the mtb world - people are gonna poke fun.
    Nobody has ever poked fun at my lyrca and if they did, they weren't man enough to do it in front of me.

    I dont give **** if you show up with a leaf glued to your ass, lets ride.
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    I went XX1 (front only) on both my 2013 Carbon Stumpy 29er, and on my 2013 Scalpel 29er and I must say it was the most worthwhile upgrade I have ever made other than adding lighter wheels.
    I do know for a fact that swapping the XX1 with the S-1250 2x from my Stumpy reduced the overall weight of my bike by a full 1lb. 4oz., and actually a bit more on my Scalpel, which had a slightly heavier S-1000 2x crankset.
    So far, I have NEVER missed having the "other" 10 gears on the old set up, and it is also great with a 32T, effectively raising the BB height and keeping me from smacking rocks....
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishpitbull View Post
    Nobody has ever poked fun at my lyrca and if they did, they weren't man enough to do it in front of me.

    I dont give **** if you show up with a leaf glued to your ass, lets ride.
    If you were my friend, I'd probably make fun of you, then go buy a pair after the ride. Mostly because I have a bike gear problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    I agree with you. Even this topic uses "trail" in a different sense.

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    I really don't think of those terms as pigeon holes for each bike, mainly because there's really no narrow definition for them. I think people should ask - do I want my bike to be good at climbing or good at descending? Then see where they fit on a sliding scale.
    Couldn't agree more. The problem is that the breakdowns seem to confuse people. We both seem to come from the school of more experience which perhaps colours our views about this.



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    I wear Lycra trail riding, also wear Fox baggy shorts, my riding partner trail rides sometimes at speeds most racers would like to do, He rides a Specialized Epic carbon that weighs maybe 23lbs. I ride a 140mm 29r usually slower than he rides, We ride some trails in GJ,and Moab that some would call All-Mountain,but sometimes we find smooth flowy non-rocky trails. We never realized we had to adhere to a strick dress code or bike travel and weight to ride all these great trails we ride We just ride trails without timing each other or a finishing order. Our bad for just trail riding!
    To relate to your original question. I think XX1 probably would be fine for Fruita general riding but those who bang out consecutive days after days without rest (especially at altitude) might feel the need for granny. That's a "might" because cardio monsters or those who don't recover by spinning might not miss it.

    IMO the bad thing about those terms is that it can confuse people but those who either don't feel themselves confined to categories or those who've ridden trails on bikes (just bikes, no categories) probably don't find the marketing terms terribly useful. Fwiw I agree with your take on it

    Now can anyone explain to me what is Marathon ??
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    Some good info here and also some tangental rants, I think most got the diff. from a racing standpoint to casual riding. Thanks and out.

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    Only In America do people get so hung up on what to wear, Funny as hell.

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    Beauty of the XX1 is if they make the ring in the tooth size to fit your riding / leg power then you may find XX1 will work. The simplicity of swapping the ring to suit your needs does open it up to more people and areas of riding than most cranks would do.

    Think you can split bikes in to two main categories....Mountain bikes and Downhill bikes. A trails a trail it may just be harder on one type of bike than another.

    We recently ran a trail/natural trail and there were three of us ... i had a 100mm 29er hardtail, my one mate had a 140 Ibis SL-R and my other mate had a 160mm Heavy duty Cove we all rode the trail easily and all together. Now if id taken the Hardtail down a Downhill run id have struggled.

    PS none of us wore lycra

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    More related to the OP's question than some of my other rants:

    If you're looking at XX1, but are scared off by the price, consider going 1x10 with a Wolf Tooth ring. Your spread won't be as good as XX1, but your wallet will thank you. If you have a 104BCD spider, the smallest you can go is a 30T front ring which will leave you without your bottom two gears (assuming you're on a 26T small ring right now), but with a GXP crank, you'll be able to go all the way from 22 to 38T, your choice, for your front ring. 30T and below are not in production yet, but will be in a few weeks.

    You'll be missing a few gears on the top and bottom end (or up to 4 on one end), but if the type of riding you do doesn't call for a really high high end or a low low end, this might be the ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewfuzzy View Post
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    PS none of us wore lycra

    You are missing out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    What the hell is "trail" riding?
    Riding bicycles on trails for entertainment. No Strava.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Riding bicycles on trails for entertainment. No Strava.
    No Strava is a crime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Yeah, but most people don't want to see dat ass on a casual trail.
    I could not care less what those fools want or do not want to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    I could not care less what those fools want or do not want to see.
    It may seem like I'm contradicting myself, here, but I couldn't care less what other people think, and I couldn't care less about what people think I think. If you like lycra, wear it. If you like Strava, use it. Any crap I give people for wearing lycra is in jest only, and if it's more comfy, I'll probably try it at some point.

    I use Strava and get a kick out of besting myself and seeing how I stack up against others, mostly on climbs I've done over and over. To get to the top, throw up, and eventually see that someone was 40% faster than you...it's humbling. And, yes, fun! As long as you're not an ******* on the trail, who's to say that riding without Strava is more or less fun than riding with it? Whether or not I'm trying to be fast, I always have it on so at the end of the ride I know how far I've gone, how much I've climbed, and so I can relate how I feel on a ride with how I've done in the past.

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    Hey Frank,
    The XX1 with the 28 tooth front ring will give basically what you are running now on your LT. I'm running my SB95 with 24/32 front with bash. The 28 ring on the XX1 gives you the climbing gear of the 24 front on the double. i'm going to try the XX1. See you in the fall at McD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    who's to say that riding without Strava is more or less fun than riding with it?
    I am to say that. It is my opinion.

    That said, I did not say that Strava is useless or bad. I was giving the definition of "trail riding": silly competitive aspect removed. Just enjoy the trail, dammit.

    ..for timing myself I find a simple stopwatch to be easier to use. Paper maps and compass work great too. So does 1x10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    I am to say that. It is my opinion.
    What I meant was "who's to say what's fun for someone else". What you meant was "it's more fun for me without Strava."

    All I'm saying is that running Strava every ride doesn't pre-determine what kind of ride you're going to have. People were "racing" and "trail riding" for decades before Strava came along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    I am to say that. It is my opinion.

    That said, I did not say that Strava is useless or bad. I was giving the definition of "trail riding": silly competitive aspect removed. Just enjoy the trail, dammit.

    ..for timing myself I find a simple stopwatch to be easier to use. Paper maps and compass work great too. So does 1x10.
    Paper maps work fairly well, as long as they're accurate. Compass only works if you aren't near any iron ore deposites, magnetite, etc. And you have identifiable reference points that you can see in order to section/resection.

    Doesn't work worth a damn in the woods if you can't see reference points, or can't determine which is which.

    That, and you know how to correct for deviation. If not, a compass won't do you much good.

    That's a lot of "ifs".

    Whereas a GPS, provided half of the horizon isn't obscured by rock, and you have battery power, will almost always work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Pardon me for being brash, but part of the problem with this debate is that people get so butthurt by the mere suggestion that some bikes are better at some things than others. If this wasn't the case, then we'd be riding beach cruisers down a mountain.

    Fact is, almost any "XC", "Trail", or "AM" bike will be able to ridden up and down almost any trail, and its rider will have fun doing it. How fast you want to do it, how plush you want the ride to be, whether you want to jump, how efficient you want the climb to be...that's where choice and personal preference comes in, and different people find different elements of riding to be more important than others. Anyone saying different is the one doing the pigeon-holing. Marketing a bike as being good at something doesn't mean it's unrideable on something else.

    And as for the lycra - I'm a function over fashion kind of dude. I speak for myself, but if you want to wear lycra, go right ahead. From everything I hear, they're way more comfy than shorts and they stay put. But come on - lycra's the "tighty whitey" of the mtb world - people are gonna poke fun.
    Nailed it! Thanks for bringing some well needed perspective to this discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Riding bicycles on trails for entertainment. No Strava.
    So, if I ride the same bicycle, with a group of similar composition, wearing the same clothes, but my GPS is recording, is that not "trail" riding? If not, what is it?

    Does one have to be using Strava to be riding "XC"? What if you are not using Strava, but wearing Lycra, on a 150mm bike, hitting jumps?

    Isn't one's interpretation of entertainment subjective? Don't we all derive pleasure from different things? Can't I be entertained while using Strava?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    So, if I ride the same bicycle, with a group of similar composition, wearing the same clothes, but my GPS is recording, is that not "trail" riding? If not, what is it?

    Does one have to be using Strava to be riding "XC"? What if you are not using Strava, but wearing Lycra, on a 150mm bike, hitting jumps?

    Isn't one's interpretation of entertainment subjective? Don't we all derive pleasure from different things? Can't I be entertained while using Strava?
    Its simple:
    Strava + Baggies = no fun
    Strava + Lycra = some fun
    Stopwatch + map + compass = "just riding the trail" = tons of fun

    Similarly:
    XC + AM = Ford CMAX
    Strava + CMAX = Lycra

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruitafrank View Post
    I ran across a rider on a XC race bike with XX1 and he felt that this system was better suited for XC racing than general trail riding. His reasoning was the wide gaps in the gearing wasn't as usefull as the closer jumps found on typical 2x10 systems.
    If the reason for deciding on one gearing solution than the other is the gaps between gears rather than the overall spread, I would say closer gear ratios is more for racing and wider gaps is more for the casual rider.

    If you have closer gear ratios you can get into the most efficient gear for you at that time. You aren't spinning out, or wasting energy by cranking hard to get the gear to work. If you are a casual rider you don't care so much about wasting a little energy, or being a little slower due to not having the exact right gear.

    Look at road biking. On a race bike you have lots of gears with a small spread. On touring road bikes you have a much bigger spread between the gears.

    FWIW I'm currently on XX1 and use it for racing and trail riding (I wear Lycra and baggies). When I say racing I'm stretching the term a bit - I'm a middle of the pack in CAT 2. Either way I love XX1 for both and (at this stage) can't see me going back to using an FD ever again.

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    Just ordered the XX1 crank only with 32 ring. Will be mated 10 speed 11-36 in back. Hopefully good enough for some XC fun in north texas. Currently have 2x10 setup but was having chain drop issues. Also have XO type 2 long cage dr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Its simple:
    Strava + Baggies = no fun
    Strava + Lycra = some fun
    Stopwatch + map + compass = "just riding the trail" = tons of fun
    What are you using the Stopwatch + map + compass for? Are you using it to calculate your average speed, distance traveled etc then log it down using a quill on some parchment?

    If so I'd rather use Strava and spend the time you use to work everything out on more riding, but hey, that's just me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbco1975 View Post
    What are you using the Stopwatch + map + compass for? Are you using it to calculate your average speed, distance traveled etc then log it down using a quill on some parchment?

    If so I'd rather use Strava and spend the time you use to work everything out on more riding, but hey, that's just me....
    The internet REALLY needs a sarcasm font. I thought my "math" would be ridiculous enough to convey that, but I guess not.

    Earlier in this thread, Axe (post #37) said he prefers a stopwatch, map, and compass to Strava. Me, I find it easier to let Strava run in my Camelbak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    The internet REALLY needs a sarcasm font. I thought my "math" would be ridiculous enough to convey that, but I guess not.

    Earlier in this thread, Axe (post #37) said he prefers a stopwatch, map, and compass to Strava. Me, I find it easier to let Strava run in my Camelbak.
    Ooops. Yeah I agree, we do need a sarcasm font

    I'll get my coat on the way out.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Doesn't work worth a damn in the woods if you can't see reference points, or can't determine which is which.
    Not in my experience. I have done many adventure and orienteering races, in the woods, at night, alone, and a map, compass and stopwatch are more than enough. Just know your pace, follow terrain. No batteries needed. For classical orienteering or rogaines - with good lidar based maps - paper map alone is much faster than any electronic doodad. Newer GPS receivers are more sensitive - few years ago they where not worth a damn in a wooded area. I am as geek as anybody, but I am often appalled how badly many supposedly outdoor enthusiasts can find their way around in the outdoors.

    We digressed.. but that always happens when people argue about what kind of riding is what..

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    Is XX1 better for racing vs trail riding

    Not for nothin', Axe, but I find it all kinds of badass that you can keep track of your riding that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Not for nothin', Axe, but I find it all kinds of badass that you can keep track of your riding that way.
    Plug for a local event: Get Lost!! Running, Racing Come, try out finding your way around. No GPS.

    Back on topic - 1x10, or even XX1 is probably not low enough for a day at Henry Coe park. ..for most normal people..

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