Dang. Now I have to spend $5K on a new bike and stuff.
I've been secretly wanting to race some Enduro stuff, and now I read this.
So, here's my deal. Unlike the author of that article, I'm all kinds of XC fast. A pedally DH, I can rock it all day. It's the steep chunk that slows me down, but I do ride a hardtail and have never owned a dually, so there's that.
I win Cat 1 XC races on my singlespeed. If I get a well equipped Pivot Mach 6 (or equivalent), can I rock enduro too?
You don't need to spend $5K on an enduro bike. I raced all year on a 2011 Intense Tracer 2 that I paid $2600 for.
Look around, especially this time of year and you can find some screaming deals. Now if you must have a Mach 6, go for it. I'm sure it will serve you well.
Money isn't an issue - I mean, it is, but even F1 level bikes aren't that expensive. I could have taken up sailboat or automobile racing or something
Originally Posted by 187
I just don't want to spend my money on RACING if I don't stand a chance of WINNING.
Then you're doing it for the wrong reasons and looking for love in all the wrong places
Originally Posted by juan_speeder
I ride a bike 350+ days a year, and race about 20 days, so not really.
Originally Posted by brentos
Racing a completely different discipline interests me. If I line up for an XC race, I'm pretty certain that I'll win. Being uncertain is interesting, as long as I have a chance.
Sounds like we're in the same boat then. Except I don't race Cat 1.
It will depend on the course. Seems most favor DH guys with a healthy dose of fitness. Even with the right bike, the super chunky stuff will likely slow an XC oriented rider down until you get some more experience with it.
You will do well in Enduro. It is a race where the best rounded rider wins. DH skills won't win, fitness won't win, the rider with the best balance of skills wins. Training is a bit different since you need to focus on anaerobic fitness and bike handling while you are past redline.
Mach 6 looks like a killer rig, but only a few medium complete bikes have shipped so far. My recommendation on setup; Frame of your choice 140-160 travel, Rockshox Pike, XX1, XO1 or a Shimano single ring setup, Float X or Monarch Plus RC3.
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