Just one MTB?
I’d say 90% of my riding buddies only have one bike – and that would be a 150mm’ish FS.
Personally I don’t get the ‘winter bike’ thing – yeah, I know FS don’t like winter so much, but I ride exactly the same terrain – so, if my summer riding justifies a FS, then so does my winter riding!Posted 4 years agoWoody CannondaleMember
I have managed to do this finally – although it took a break-in and gifting my road bike to a friend before arriving at the fabled one bike.
And here it is!
This has always been my favorite – managing to beat off an Intense Carbine, a Blur XC and several Cannondale’s (hardtails mostly) over the years. The Maverick is still my all time favorite of the bunch as it rides the best and just suits what I do best.
Have to agree with everyone about the purity of a hardtail though and would really like an Ibis Tranny at some point.Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
The Maverick is still my all time favorite of the bunch as it rides the best and just suits what I do best.
Hahaha, awesome! Guess what my current full sus is… 😉
Incidentally won’t be selling my Maverick, more retiring it from regular use, then will give it a full overhaul and maybe get it back out again one day…Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
As said, these modern 140/160 trail bikes are really versatile.
Whilst I agree that they are, they are also suited mainly to firm ground and trail centre riding. They don’t suit natural trails so well at all, and require a heck of a lot more maintenance than a hardtail if ridden through local forest trails through the winter.Posted 4 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
For MTB I have two for the first time. EVER. A 140mm Carbon FS and a 100mm Steel 29er HT. The best of both worlds really. I ride similar stuff on both with emphasis and more technical riding on the FS and longer distances on the HT. Plus the HT is less to worry about in all the winter slop, snow, etc.
I can’t help thinking that an amalgamation of the two would be a great ‘just one mtb’ and something I’ve been considering of late. The bike in question, 2013 Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 29
Posted 4 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
I often think about this puzzler when worrying about how much money I’ve spent on bikes and which get used the most. The truth is at my current time/place in life I enjoy road riding more than mountain biking. If I lived in the Alps or Whistler it would be a very different answer to this question. The point is to take a good, long, honest look at the riding you do and not necessarily the riding you want to do and buy the best bike for that instead of some jack-of-all-trades compromise.Posted 4 years ago
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