Singletrack Issue 121: XXC: Cross Country Extra

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Three bikes that take the short travel full suspension bike to another world.

Words Chipps Photography James Vincent

It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up mountain bike world these days. We have long travel 29ers winning enduro races, 27.5in trail bikes that are slacker than downhill bikes from a mere few years ago. Even how and where riders are riding is changing. Road bikes are going off road, enduro racers are riding to the tops of mountains… and have you seen the state of cross-country World Cup racing these days? Those tracks are gnarly!

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Comments (2)

    There’s too many of these bikes for my wallet to handle! After having a series of 150mm travel bikes, I’ve just gone to a Scott Spark RC and it’s a revelation!

    I’ve not missed the extra travel as the speed everywhere else more than makes up for it. The fact that this sort of bike is seeing a rise in popularity doesn’t bode well for my bank balance (or credit score!). I can be a bit of a serial bike swapper, and have yet to keep a bike for longer than 12-13 months!

    Hello Singletrackworld Team, how are you ?
    We have another bikes that checks the 100 mm rear travel / 120 mm front:
    Orbea oiz TR , Santa Cruz Blur TR and Pivot Mach 429 Sl.
    Do you intend test these bikes soon ?
    Best regards and congratulations for the Great article.

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