I am a former mtb rider, now roadie. I want to get back into the sport, and I am especially interested in doing a 24hr race. Not so much as a race, but more as a challenge. I was wondering if there are any specific features I should look for in a bike that I can ride hard on the weekends in a more traditional XC type role but is comfortable enough to be able to help me survive the 24 hour ride. My last mountain bike was a Specialized Epic Pro, back when they first came out and had the brain shock in the rear. I loved the geometry of the bike, especially how snappy it was in the corners. I definitely prefer riding something a bit stiffer, but I have also never done more than about a 5 hour ride. However, I am not sure something like that offers enough travel or suspension adjustment for an endurance event. Not breaking the bank would be nice too. As usual, thanks for the help.
Bump/ another question about a bike for a 24 hour race. Has anyone here done a 24hr on a hardtail, and if so, any comfort issues? I am thinking a hardtail might make more sense from a budget standpoint right now, and I was thinking steel might be a little better suited to longer events like these.
If cost is a concideration then steel mite be a better way to go. Less maintenance than a dual suspension bike to.
However, it is hard to find a steel bike or frame that is low cost( I just counterdicted myself). I guess you just have to research it and make your own decision.....