Right something I've been pondering back and forth for many years. Can one bike really "do it all" and be fun doing it?
I've long suspected that with a massive budget one could build up a 140 or 150mm bike with adjustable travel that might weigh 26lbs, climb well descend well, and be strong enough.... and a recent test day on some exotic carbon 140mm and 160mm bikes confirmed this suspicion.
But, I had a lingering doubt that even a 140mm bike might render a lot of terrain quite dull?
I am now in the odd position (for me) where I might be able to get shot of my 120mm trail bike, and my DH bike and get one carbon super bike. Something like a stupjumper evo carbon.
As things currently stand I've got opposite ends of the spectrum covered, I can get out and do epic days, ride some rough technical trails, stay fit and tackle most things I encounter on the 120mm bike. I can also get the dh bike out and rip the dh trails.
The flip side of that is I don't have a chair lift to really get the most from the dh bike, and the trail bike is out of it's depth on some of the trails I ride on a given weekend, I know I could hit them harder on something with a little more travel.
I'm kind of interested to hear what the collective thinks on the issue. so fire away*
*for the purposes of the debate lets exclude competitive xc and dh racing from the definitions of "do it all" as I won't be doing either, just everything in between.