Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Paradise CA
Bikes: 13' Ragley Marley, 12' Pivot Firebird, 13' Pivot Point, 89' Bridgestone RB-1
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Well really you can ride any bike on anything if youre bad ass enough lol. But now a days people seem to be all about the sub categories and having a specific bike for different types of riding. Rig just refers to a bike.
Basically you have:
DH-Downhill : 8 and up inches of suspension travel, dual crown fork, very slack geometry (slack refers the angle of the headtube in reference to the axle path? The more slack the more rake the fork has.
FR-Freeride : Similar to a downhill bike but some times with less travel and can have a single crown fork ?
AM-All Mountain : This is probably the most popular style of bike currently, usually 5-7 inches of travel, single crown fork, head tube angles can vary with some being adjustable usually erring on the side of slack. Essentially a bike for bombing hills that you can still pedal to the top. A do all bike if you will.
XC-Cross Country : Built to be light and pedalable. 3-5 inches of travel. Not going to be the best for bombing down hill. Less slack geometry which helps when going up. Etc
And theres always sub categories like an "aggressive trail bike" which i guess is somewhere in between an XC and an AM bike. And then you got 29ers and hardtails which can fall into all the aboce categories as well and on and on. Best bet, IMO if you are looking for a good do all bike and are on a budget get a decent hardtail with slacker geometry. If you really want to do DH, I would probably look into getting a new bike. But thats not to say that you couldnt use your current bike. Just not really what its designed for and you would probably just be happier on something else. Just my two bits