NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
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Cross Country (XC) consists of riding trails, climbing, descending, small jumps, just having a lot of fun. This also corresponds to lightweight race bikes. Bikes designed to do a bit of everything, yet remain lightweight to race with. Many XC bikes have just front suspension (hardtails) and again the focus is on keeping the weight down.
DH is Downhill, meaning you JUST go downhill. Usually done at a ski resort with a chair/gondola lift and you cruise down all day or a lot of times this is done with a pick-up truck shuttling bikes all day long. Either way, bikes are expensive ($3000 is a budget DH bike) and have huge gobs of suspension travel 8 to 10 inches front and rear. DH specific bikes average about 40 to 50 lbs. and are built to be abused!
FR is Freeriding and is similar to DH, but the bikes can also be pedaled up hills. Lots of travel, made for abusive riding, expensive and heavy bikes. Hitting jumps, drops, skinnies...etc. Usually NOT for a beginner/novice rider.
AM is a new term to describe Aggressive Trailriding. Bikes have 4 to 6 inches of travel and usually have disc brakes, weight is about 30 to 35 lbs and the bikes are super smooth and light enough to be ridden all day, yet strong enough to be ridden aggressively.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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