Mountain Bike Racing - Mid-atlantic XC/Endurance - preferred bike?
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12-09-09, 12:27 PM
I've been road racing for a few years now and recently starting racing cross. I want to mix in a bit of mountain biking this year with thoughts of dabbling in some XC and endurance events.
I'm trying to narrow down on a particular type of bike - 26" HT, 29" HT, or a short travel FS 26" or 29", etc... So what's the preferred bike choice these days for the Mid-Atlantic race courses?
Oh, and sorry if it's been covered to death - I can't seem to use the new search worth a damn.
12-18-09, 07:50 PM
Had the same question a few months ago - generally thinking short travel FS, although CrackMonkey thought you could do it on a hardtail (albeit not that comfortably).
If I had the dough, I was thinking one of the aluminum bikesdirect bikes. Can't see any reason to get a CF mountain bike other than incremental weight savings.
12-20-09, 02:53 PM
I was thinking a HT 29er, but I may buy a cheap beater off eBay just to work on some skills before committing to actually racing - though after taking a look at the 2010 road racing calendar, I'm thinking it's pretty darn likely I'll be trying more then a few XC races.
12-21-09, 04:39 PM
I've decided to never buy a bike that I'll hate in 6 mos on the theory that I'm just testing out the area.
I think it'd be fun to do one of those 12-13 hr races.
02-07-10, 10:37 AM
for endurance events I'd say a fs bike would be preferable
you tend to take more punishment on a HT which can add up over the day
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