Whilst riding round cannock on monday (which was surprising dead considering it was a bank holiday) a thought occured to me. I have been looking at a possible carbon 29er as a bike that I thought I could race on AND bash round trail centres AND ride all day in the peaks. But in bouncy around on my fairly beaten up anthen I felt I would never really want to take a nice bike here.
Not only does the grit everywhere causing some serious drive chain erosion but I wouldn't want to be constantly thinking about falling off and knackering my pride and joy.
I know most mtb components are a bit hardier than the road versions but I still would worry about landing on them!
I try to ride round cannock on the edge of coming off, I find it most fun that way and it tests my limits. Monday was the only time I have been round without an off and in 3 laps of the Monkey I was pretty chuffed with that (although should I have gone harder???)
I've come from a road culture of having a fairly s**t winter hack that does all the dirty work and the nice carbon bike for the summer and racing.
Do people do this with mountain biking?