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    MBA article tells me that riding XC is "as close as you can come to road riding"....

    Reading my new MBA that came yesterday (Its $20/yr…why not right?) and found the article describing the different types of riders/disciplines and what bike you should be riding quite comical. What happened to “mountainbiking” as I remember it? I started in the early ‘90s and back then, there was XC (which was any kind of riding that wasn’t DH) and well….DH. Riders rode trails that were technical, had climbs, descents, obstacles, etc. To be good at XC, you had to have a combination of fitness and bike skill which, at least to me, was what made it fun. Flash-forward 20 years. The article points out that “XC” is all about lung-busting climbs and is as close to road riding as you can get. Really?
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    Wait a few months, they will say the exact opposite.

    I'm convinced its written by bots now, substituting words and phrases arbitrarily.

    The [insert bike name] is designed for [pick any of real, serious, dedicated, competitive] [trail, xc, all mountain, enduro] riders. It feels [fast, stable, steady] on [rocky, technical, smooth] climbs but still remains [playful, agile, stable] on [downhills, descents].
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    sounds like they are cornfusing xc riders with dirt roadies.

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    I guess technically it is as close as you can get to road biking in the mountain bike world but on the other hand it is absolutely not road biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Riders rode trails that were technical, had climbs, descents, obstacles, etc. To be good at XC, you had to have a combination of fitness and bike skill which, at least to me, was what made it fun.
    Sounds like "Enduro"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Procter View Post
    Wait a few months, they will say the exact opposite.

    I'm convinced its written by bots now, substituting words and phrases arbitrarily.

    The is designed for riders. It feels on climbs but still remains on .
    LOL! This will be true if, and only if, they can figure out how to squeeze a paragraph or two in between the ads.

    $20 is cheap for a subscription, but damn...the ads. They just don't stop!

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    Plus wouldn't cyclocross be the closest thing to road biking? Idiots.

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    Enduro sounds like the way we've always ridden! Grind your way to the top have then let er rip on the way back down. XC sounds like riding in Florida ...

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    I cant read that mag anymore. I used to think it was good, I just don't believe their reviews anymore.

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    Ahh how I miss the good ole days, back in the 90's when there were more stores like supergo and bikepro and I would actually look forward to the ads. Sure the equipment was less advanced, but it was actually exciting

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    Close as you can come to road riding - on a mountain bike.

    If they added that last part, it seems obvious.

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    They dress the same ;-p

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