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    XC vs AM vs DH vs FR

    Cross Country
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    Downhill (ok, I get this one)
    Free Ride

    Anyone have any links that will explain clearly these different styles these styles of mountain biking, and perhaps illustrate the differences between them?


    So far, I get that DH is lots of travel, weight doesn't much matter since you ride the lift up, and fairly extreme attack on extreme terrain... ala downhill skiing or snowboarding. DH bikes have lots of travel, fewer gears, special concessions made to keep the chain from falling off, and are probably are the last thing you'd want to ride back up the mountain.

    What about the others? How is Cross Country different from All Mounain or Free Ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    Those are their definitions. Every individuals definitions are different because their terrain and riding styles are different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    Those are their definitions. Every individuals definitions are different because their terrain and riding styles are different.
    True...Freeride for me is when I get to ride back to the top of the mountain in a "buss" before the next trip down, hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    True...Freeride for me is when I get to ride back to the top of the mountain in a "buss" before the next trip down, hehe.
    But that's only if you can ride the 'buss' for free...if you have to pay, then it's not freeride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    THANKS!!!

    Exactly what I was looking for.... A general guide.

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    haha! nice joke never.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
    Anyone have any links that will explain clearly these different styles these styles of mountain biking, and perhaps illustrate the differences between them?
    Nope...not clearly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zumba View Post
    DH = 9-11" of travel front and rear
    Freeride = 8" of travel front and rear
    All Mountain = 7" of travel front and rear
    XC = 6" of travel front and rear
    Road = 5" of travel front and rear

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    I wouldn't agree. What about the Transition Preston? its a 5" freeride bike, or the Transition Bottlerocket its 5.5 I think. defining a riding style by the amount of travel is not a good way too go. A better way to define it would be with frame geomet

    mike


    P.S. the new fad is mini-DH bikes. I think the run 6" front and rear with DH geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetta_mike View Post
    P.S. the new fad is mini-DH bikes. I think the run 6" front and rear with DH geometry.
    I've been doing that for years. I guess that means I'm part of a fad too!

    Henceforth, I shall advocate a mini-dh bike to anyone who asks, irrespective of their experience level or locale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro View Post
    I've been doing that for years. I guess that means I'm part of a fad too!

    Henceforth, I shall advocate a mini-dh bike to anyone who asks, irrespective of their experience level or locale.
    You're a pioneer!

    ...and all this time i just thought you were crazy!

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