I'm moving from OR to GA soon to begin my military career. While I won't have much time to ride initially, as I progress in my education, I will have more and more free time to allocate to riding.
Currently, I live in an area that features climbs and descents that are pretty darn steep; I can hit 40mph on a singletrack descent if I really let it loose and lay off the brakes. And, these descents have their fair share of brake bumps and the occasional root balls, "staircase", and drops. As such, most people ride 5" or 6" FS bikes. Being a "pro" XC racer, though, I'm willing to sacrifice a wee bit of downhill speed and comfort for uphill efficiency. As such, I ride a ~22lb Giant Anthem X.
I think I'm of average technical ability; on anything rocky, rooty, tight and twisty I can hang with anyone in town. When it gets crazy fast, I lose my nerve a bit and get on the brakes more than others.
So, in essence, I'm asking this:
What do you guys suggest for an XC race bike in the Southeast? I'm really interested in trying out a Cannondale Flash 26er, but I have no clue if that bike will be appropriate for the terrain in GA.
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