Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-05-09, 09:55 PM   #1
KJ333
K to the J
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Xc marathon vs regular

I know I'm new so that means I have alot of questions. Whats the difference between XC marathon bikes and just the regular all nountain or XC bikes?
KJ333 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-09, 01:25 PM   #2
DaJMasta
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes: Giant XTC Team Custom XC bike, Nashbar tourer custom commuter
Posts: 208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't think it's anything official, it may very well indicate differences between product lines that are more than marketing gimmicks, but I don't know what bikes you're looking at so it's difficult to say.

All mountain is different from XC, characterized by a bit more weight, more durability and stopping power, less emphasis on high speeds (maybe a 2 chainring front crank with bashguard or a 34t cassette), and full suspension frames (though there are certainly all-mountain hardtails and a select few full suspension XC frames).

Marathon and regular could be a weight thing, it could be ergonomics related (better seat, easier shifting levers), but I don't recognize it as a standard.... at least all-mountain is fairly differentiated in terms of usage though it may borrow parts from XC and DH all the same.
DaJMasta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-09, 07:46 PM   #3
theextremist04
Seņor Member
 
theextremist04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: FoCo, CO
Bikes: CAAD10CAAD10CAAD10
Posts: 880
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaJMasta View Post
a select few full suspension XC frames).
What? There are tons.
theextremist04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-09, 01:06 AM   #4
KJ333
K to the J
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaJMasta View Post
I don't think it's anything official, it may very well indicate differences between product lines that are more than marketing gimmicks, but I don't know what bikes you're looking at so it's difficult to say.

All mountain is different from XC, characterized by a bit more weight, more durability and stopping power, less emphasis on high speeds (maybe a 2 chainring front crank with bashguard or a 34t cassette), and full suspension frames (though there are certainly all-mountain hardtails and a select few full suspension XC frames).

Marathon and regular could be a weight thing, it could be ergonomics related (better seat, easier shifting levers), but I don't recognize it as a standard.... at least all-mountain is fairly differentiated in terms of usage though it may borrow parts from XC and DH all the same.

I was talking mainly about Rocky Mountains bikes because they have a "marathon" catagory of bikes but I guess its pretty logical to assume a marketing gimmick haha. Thanks though for the response
KJ333 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-09, 05:02 AM   #5
S.D.XC
Motivation is the key...
 
S.D.XC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Bikes: Trek Series 3 3900
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would agree with DaJMasta on the point of ergonomics.

Marathon bikes would more likely have a frame/setup (custom might be better) that you can be on for the whole day and not ache just after 3 hours...

As for the marketing gimmick, i doubt. Although there is a possibility for that.
S.D.XC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:38 AM.