I'm in the process of specing a new build for my self. The frame is as yet undecided but it'll be in the 6-7 "freeride lite" category. Haul up, bomb down. Very rocky technical stuff, the occaisional mid sized drop thrown in for good measure.
During this process my natural inclination would be towards bomb-proof DH componentry but the more I think about it the more I think it's overkill. I've never come close to snapping or bending a saint or diabolous crank, nor have I put a dent in a DH stem.
What passes for "all mountain" and trail riding over the pond often involves stuff we would regard as freeride or downhill, large gaps, drops and very technical rough terrain. Surely the componentry designed for this riding (AM component lines) is up to spec for uk dh?
Using this logic surely I could save a few pounds (weight and money) by speccing a lighter build that would be just as robust in real terms?
Some xc trails in BC are as punishing and technical as DH tracks here, perhaps we are buying componentry that is in no way neccessary for our riding?
*Obviously I appreciate there are a lot of xc whippet weight weenies on here who already have very light builds but I am talking more to the guys with "do it all" bikes and builds.