So been getting sick of looking at all these "Free-Riding" rigs in MTB mags and was wondering, How exactly do you freeride with/out mountains or any really cool terrain?? This kind of reminds me of the "Extreme-Everything" a few years back. I'm 24 years old, I would say I am "hip to the times" but I just don't exactly know how to free-ride. Does going out and riding what we used to call a "Cross-Country" Style single-track constitute a free-ride?? Is there a max heart rate you aren't allowed to go above befor it turns into a "Cross-Country" ride?? Maybe there is a "No-Lycra" rule to this whole free ride thing. I have a rigid steel bike (that happens to be 20 lbs. and faster than anything EVER!!), am I allowed to free-ride on a rigid bike. I would guess not, seeing as how every free-rideing bike I have seen has more travel than American Airlines lately. If I am not allow to "Free-Ride" on a rigid bike then please help me figure out a name for what I do. I am so confused, I just don't know what group I am in!!!!:confused: :confused: :confused: By the way, I like to drink beer if that helps me in the whole "Free-Riding" culture.. Oh, I like Punk-Rock too!! I must be a free-rider!!
yeah, I second that. I just moved from the northern part of cali to the flat as hell area of Madison Wisconsin. And every body is all about free riding out here. I cant say I have been out of the game for all that long, but when did this free-ride thing become so huge?
Before I moved out here, me and some others were out in the national parks with its trails, single track, and other awesome terrain, but nobody was into free-ride like people are now. I guess I missed it.
And whats the diff between a free-ride rig and a DH rig? Pics I've seen, they look almost the same.
Since I'm from holland I'm no expert on these matters (the highest point round here is about 300m) but I do know so called freeride bikes have a less slack geometry than all out DH rigs and are less beefy and lighter.
These things still require decent elevation as they are designed mostly to go downhill. Theyre equipped with an XC drivetrain so the odd climb can be made.
Just found this thread and thought it was pretty amusing so bump!
I hope voodude has found all his answers since 2002. What a bunch of prejudiced statements! Of course you can freeride on a rigid. And it doesn't take mountains to ride. It's called creativity...the ability to pick something out and ride it.
Here's my rant: I get tired of hardcore xc types that rant and moan about people that choose to ride technical stuff (north shore style, dh, trials, etc.) but then turn around and go brag about riding a little log pile that's supposed to be their idea of technical. Don't be a hypocrite(sic). And I used to ride xc so I know all about how you are.
Yes, the post was old but I just had to shoot this dead horse. I'm glad they aren't in here any more. But considering it was posted in 2002, "freeriding" had broke out in '99 or so to the masses...and he still didn't get it.