NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Welcome, good luck with that bike. I'm a big fan of Specialized products and think you made a good choice for your first bike.
Just so you know, chances are you'll mostly do "trail riding". Downhilling is a subset of the sport of Mountain Biking where the bikes resemble motorless MX bikes with about 8 to 9 inches of suspension travel.
Your bike is more XC (Cross Country) or Trail Riding oriented. Going down is just the fun part.
To bring you further along in you mountain biking nomenclature. There is another subset of the sport call FreeRiding. This is a type of riding that was popularized (notice NOT started) in the Pacific NW and in many parts of SW Canada. The riders in the area built elevated trails to protect the natural vegetation and as a result built stunts and drops into their designs. A new style of riding developed. There are terms such as Drops, Huck, Gaps and other stuff to further explain.
So, in a nutshell you have XC - Cross Country, what most riders in the world do. Trails through the woods, up, down, small jumps, racing...etc.
FR - FreeRiding, extreme riding, elevated trails, stunts, drops....etc.
Urban - FreeRiding in the City using loading docks, stairs, ledges...etc.
Trials - (Not Trails) this is a series of tricks incorporating tonnes of balancing skills, back wheel hops over obstacles, really awesome stuff.
DH - DownHill, these are Single Riders racing down a marked course against the clock. Going over drops, and jumps, through rock gardens, around bermed turns...etc. You against the clock.
There are more, but you'll learn as you go. E.G. Bikercross or 4x, Slalom, Marathons, Endurance...etc.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger