Issue 144 Bike Test: WTF is a Trail Bike?

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Benji and the team set out to stick to the trail, without veering off into the enduro or cross-country.

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  • Issue 144 Bike Test: WTF is a Trail Bike?
  • eddiebaby
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    Stumpy Evo Alloy was the best bike (for me) that I’ve ever ridden.
    I just gelled with it and never had a bad ride on it. (3 sadly as it wasn’t mine).

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    @Benji – which 130mm forks do you regard as very good?

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    I think you may have the wrong Benji, @mwab65.

    But there was a first-look at the Ohlins 130mm fork a while back which sounded fairly glowing:

    Öhlins RXF 34 M.2 130mm fork: first ride review

    (Sadly the price of it might make your bank account glow too from the friction as all those pounds and pennies fly out of it)

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    Thanks for the link.

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    What bikes are on test?

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    So, after reading this article again. What is the point of a trail bike?

    They’re not the best at:
    – Easy cc (best bike would be a short travel xc bike)
    – Long distance off-road gravel routes (gravel bike would be king here)
    – Long distance MTB routes like marathon racing (xc or down country bike would be ideal for this)
    – Steep and or technical trails (enduro or downhill bike would be better here. Or even a LLS hardtail)
    – Winter muddy rides (can’t see past a rigid bike or even a singlespeed for proper winter filth)

    So what’s left.
    – Trail centres

    Unless of course you only have enough room for one bike.

    When riding a trail bike you’ll never be on the right bike really as someone else will be riding a slightly lighter or more capable bike than you.

    I sold my Orange 5 because of the above and spent the last 5 years buying bikes that do rather well at their specific discipline.

    Trail bikes, jack of all trades but master of none.

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