Thanks in advance...
I'm a roadie training for ultra-endurance events, hopefully the Hoodoo500 or something similar next season. I'm currently spending about 14-15hrs a week in the saddle and am getting mentally burnt to a cinder. I'm 5' 8", about 155 +/- and ride a lightweight Ti Seven Aerios on the road.
I'd like to get a lightweight mountainbike to break up my training with some long rides away from cars and the noise and fumes they spit. I'm more interested in climbs than descents and I'm not planning on any sort of jumping, big hits, rock gardens, etc.
I've been doing internet research the last few weeks and some of the endurance mountain bike events look like very interesting although I'd be just looking to finish given my off-road skills are non-existent... The training requirements look like they would mesh very well with my current program and relieve some of the mental fatigue of avoiding the same damn potholes every day.
To that end, I've been looking at XC mountain bikes, thinking they'd be the best choice for what I want to do. I've ridden a Blur XC, a Norco Faze 1, a Scott Spark and an Ibis Mojo. However, all the rides were on pavement, grassy fields, stairs, etc. No real trail riding. My favorite was actually the Mojo. It seemed to peddle more naturally but I have no idea why as I still don't really understand FS tech. Second favorite was the Blur XC. All were mediums, the Mojo was an XT/S9 build, the others were XTR.
Is the Mojo suitable for the type of riding I describe? From the description, it sounds more like an all-mountain bike although it was just as light as the Blur XC.
Any input is greatly appreciated.
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