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  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Sep 2013

    But Which One ??

    Hi All.
    I am new to the forum thing but would like to throw it out there.
    My ride is a 26" BMC SpeedFox01 XC
    standard 120mm travel RokShocks
    standard 120mm Scor rear shock
    tubeless rims
    Hope Hubs
    Titanium spokes
    Full Shimano Kit.

    The area I ride is a combination of Flat blasty fire trails, Single track climbs on world class trails that climb 300mts in less than 5km and over 2km of quality Blue/Black rated downhill.
    1 lap of 1 of our network trails is over 40km long and due to some of the climbs can take almost 3 hrs to complete.
    I dont do the huge jumps or drop offs as I have a working career to protect, I ride for the pure enjoyment of it, I like to ride in the dark with 100's of Lumins of pure goodness and I don't race

    My question is this.
    Am I better off with the cross country bike or should I have an all mountain ? Whats the difference ?


  2. #2
    El Gato Malo
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Post in the Beginner's or the General Forums or at least edit your thread's title to read "But Which One??-Passion"

  3. #3
    mtbr member
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    May 2012
    Ride what you have and enjoy it.

  4. #4
    Retro on Steroids
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    Oct 2005
    You are not alone. I've been mountain biking 35 years and I don't have any idea what the difference might be. I assume it's a microscopic difference in travel and the desire to create yet another market niche, but since I don't care I never bothered to find out.

    In bicycling, everything is a trade-off. If you want to increase performance in one area, you are probably giving it up in another. That's why a dedicated downhill bike is almost impossible to ride uphill and why a bike that climbs well concedes something on downhill. You don't get to ride up the hills on a 'cross bike and down on a DH bike, so you have to have something that works in both environments. I don't own a downhill bike, but my FS 29er is the best bike I have ever ridden downhill on, and I can ride up the hill also.

    I don't race, so I don't care if I am giving up a couple of percent somewhere. I have already conceded a little extra weight to have a more durable bike than a racer needs.

    Oldest proverb in bicycling: Light, cheap, strong, pick any two.

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