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Old 05-25-09, 07:21 AM
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XC trail vs. XC race bikes

Hey everyone!

So I'm still searching for my first real mountain bike and I have a question.

I was wondering what the difference between XC trail and XC race bikes are? I'm having a bit of a problem finding bikes that fit me based on the 2" of stand over height I've read about. I have a 30" inseam. It seems that XC race bikes are smaller than XC trail bikes. What else is different about them?

Thanks!
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Old 05-25-09, 09:02 AM
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Race bikes tend to (but not always) have more sloping top tubes, hence the shorter stand over height. That 2" inch rule is a bunch of crap IMO. I would look for something that fits you in the reach. As long as your crotch isn't resting on the top tube when you stand over it, your fine. And since you don't have giblets hanging around down there, your even more fine with about an inch or so stand over.

XC race bikes also tend to be lighter, with "higher" end components. It still all marketing though. So I take it the Kona you were looking at was a bust.
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Old 05-25-09, 09:09 AM
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Heh.. giblets.

No, not an entire bust. It's really nice actually, I'm just worried it's too big for me.

If the SOH rule is crap, how can I tell if something fits me in reach?

And ya about the higher end components on the XC race bikes. I definitely don't feel like I need that, and would rather not pay for something I can't appreciate... yet!
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Can you get a pic of you on it?

Reach is how you feel in the arms and back while holding the bars.
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Ya I think I'd be able to get a pic of me on it.

And how am I supposed to feel in that area if the bike fits me right? For sure it doesn't feel like I'm super stretched out, but I don't remember having a whole lot of bend in my elbows either...
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if it feels right, then it does. Depending what stem is on it, you could go with a shorter stem, or a seatpost with no setback. With a pic, we can tell you what "we" would do, but its all how you feel. I personally like a lot of bend in my elbows, but some like very little
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Right on. Thanks. I'll try to get a pic asap.
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Originally Posted by joetronic View Post
XC race bikes also tend to be lighter, with "higher" end components.
In my experience. XC Race bikes also have suspension that is more rigid/firm than XC Trail bikes.
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Yeah, because for the most part, xc races tend to be smoother.
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Originally Posted by Brushy View Post
For sure it doesn't feel like I'm super stretched out, but I don't remember having a whole lot of bend in my elbows either...
Have you considered a WSD Bike? (Woman Specific Design) The main difference is that a WSD bike has a shorter top tube than a "mens" bike. The idea is to fit a typical woman's relatively longer legs and shorter torso/arms. As you've been looking at the brand, Kona does make WSD bikes.

However, because you've been having stand over concerns on a bike where you can reach the handle bars, maybe a WSD isn't for you. WSD would make this problem even worse.

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