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    Dif. between all mountain/XC?

    What is the difference between all mountain and XC bikes?

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    about 1.5-2.0 inches of travel and a couple of lbs of weight
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    'bout a thousand bucks.

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    angle for front fork tube + 130-160mm travel for fork

    Additionally there are things that you can't really measure:
    - stronger frame
    - bigger weight (mostly because of choosing stronger parts which mostly adds weight)

    That is how I understand it :-)

    Although I think that no one really knows the difference because it is all moving to one or other side as person prefers his bike build As far as I can tell by people comments then overall standards are:
    XC - >68 for angle, <130mm fork travel
    AM - 66<68 for angle, 130-160mm fork travel
    DH - <66 for angle, > 150mm fork travel

    or in other words - if it does not seem to be XC and it does not seem to be full DH, then it is AM
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    (don't forget "Trail"!)

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    yeah and I forgot freeride ... rando6432 you are screwed, there is no answer
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    What about wheels on the ground vs off the ground and height of drops/air?

    XC is mainly going to be on the ground (built to be light, not take big drops), AM some drops/air but less than DH. I have no clue on reasonable numbers. My lbs appears to think 2ft drops is where you should be considering AM over XC.

    My AM does have the slacker head angle, but an adjustable fork so I can drop it and get a steeper angle for riding that is closer to XC. Works well for climbs. Less wandering.

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    XC: Above the knee
    AM: At the knee
    DH: Below the knee

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