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    How I define Trail/AM

    I keep seeing people asking if they have a xc/trail/am bike. for me it's quite simple I take Keith Bontragers saying: Light, Cheap, Durable-Pick Two and change it to Light, Cheap, Durable-Pick Durable to define Trail and AM.

    If you would want to change out a lot of parts/or a different bike to ride in BC, Whistler, Mammoth then it's probably a XC bike.

    If you would want to lighten your bike 3-10 lbs for a XC race then its probably a Trail-AM bike.

    If you just ride everything you can get your tires on and try to have a great time no matter how challenging the terrain then you may just be a mountain biker.

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    i.e., you could just buy/install the parts that work for you and your riding, just ride your bike and not worry about what it or your riding is "classified" as.
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    I like to classify my rig as a mountain bike. It's a bike that rides up and down mountains.

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    How I define Trail/AM

    Quote Originally Posted by ricky916 View Post
    I like to classify my rig as a mountain bike. It's a bike that rides up and down mountains.
    I'm with this guy!


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    Then why are you in the AM section?

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    "All Mountain" is short for "goes all over the mountain." It goes up. It goes down. It goes across.

    A DH bike doesn't go up. An XC bike doesn't go down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce in SoCal View Post
    "All Mountain" is short for "goes all over the mountain." It goes up. It goes down. It goes across.

    A DH bike doesn't go up. An XC bike doesn't go down.
    That's a pretty good summary! This and ricky916/Rcksqrl

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    I agree with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce in SoCal View Post
    "All Mountain" is short for "goes all over the mountain." It goes up. It goes down. It goes across.

    A DH bike doesn't go up. An XC bike doesn't go down.
    XC bikes can and do go down. Not as well but in the hands of a skilled rider they do just fine. I saw it yesterday.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    XC bikes can and do go down. Not as well but in the hands of a skilled rider they do just fine. I saw it yesterday.
    I've seen guys go downhill on unicycles, doesn't meant it falls into the All Mountain category....though I would really like to try it...on a flat grassy area!

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    How I define Trail/AM

    Here's my defs:
    DH sucks to climb
    XC has to pick lines
    Trail can descend fast
    AM can do anything a DH bike can do but is a bit more tiring, and requires more skill and body english.

    XC/Trail is kind of a crossover with a bent to one direction or another. XC to me is 69 deg or higher, and lighter wheelset (<1500g range for non-carbon).

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