Is It The Bike Or The Rider?
Alright, so I'm biking with this kid a week ago. He's not really my "friend" so I'm going to call him a "kid." Wow I bet you're all glad that I got that out of the way. Ok, so I think I'm a pretty good rider until he comes along. He races NORBA and recently got 3rd in the sport class in a a race he did around here.
I have a Specialized Rockhopper FSR XC (full suspension and discs), and he has a Trek 8500 also with discs. First difference: full vs. hardtail. Second difference: he has tubeless and I have tubes. His tires were also at a higher PSI than mine. Three: his seat was really high, while mine was just normal height. Four: he is 6'3" and I am 5'10". My question is this: he is not very strong at all, I am a lot stronger than him in general; legs, upper body, ect... Not to show off, but this just confused me because he was just so dam fast on the trails. He was definately showing off, but he was still fast. This brought me to the question of what makes a good biker, the bike or the rider?