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XC vs AM vs DH vs FR

Old 08-23-07, 12:09 PM
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XC vs AM vs DH vs FR

Cross Country
All Mountain
Downhill (ok, I get this one)
Free Ride

Anyone have any links that will explain clearly these different styles these styles of mountain biking, and perhaps illustrate the differences between them?


So far, I get that DH is lots of travel, weight doesn't much matter since you ride the lift up, and fairly extreme attack on extreme terrain... ala downhill skiing or snowboarding. DH bikes have lots of travel, fewer gears, special concessions made to keep the chain from falling off, and are probably are the last thing you'd want to ride back up the mountain.

What about the others? How is Cross Country different from All Mounain or Free Ride?
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Old 08-23-07, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
Those are their definitions. Every individuals definitions are different because their terrain and riding styles are different.
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Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
Those are their definitions. Every individuals definitions are different because their terrain and riding styles are different.
True...Freeride for me is when I get to ride back to the top of the mountain in a "buss" before the next trip down, hehe.
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
True...Freeride for me is when I get to ride back to the top of the mountain in a "buss" before the next trip down, hehe.
But that's only if you can ride the 'buss' for free...if you have to pay, then it's not freeride.
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Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
THANKS!!!

Exactly what I was looking for.... A general guide.
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Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
Anyone have any links that will explain clearly these different styles these styles of mountain biking, and perhaps illustrate the differences between them?
Nope...not clearly.
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Originally Posted by Zumba View Post
DH = 9-11" of travel front and rear
Freeride = 8" of travel front and rear
All Mountain = 7" of travel front and rear
XC = 6" of travel front and rear
Road = 5" of travel front and rear

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I wouldn't agree. What about the Transition Preston? its a 5" freeride bike, or the Transition Bottlerocket its 5.5 I think. defining a riding style by the amount of travel is not a good way too go. A better way to define it would be with frame geomet

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P.S. the new fad is mini-DH bikes. I think the run 6" front and rear with DH geometry.
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Originally Posted by jetta_mike View Post
P.S. the new fad is mini-DH bikes. I think the run 6" front and rear with DH geometry.
I've been doing that for years. I guess that means I'm part of a fad too!

Henceforth, I shall advocate a mini-dh bike to anyone who asks, irrespective of their experience level or locale.
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I've been doing that for years. I guess that means I'm part of a fad too!

Henceforth, I shall advocate a mini-dh bike to anyone who asks, irrespective of their experience level or locale.
You're a pioneer!

...and all this time i just thought you were crazy!
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