Trail or XC
🙂 @ njee20
I went through somthing similar by buying a “cool” bike mag friendly 150mm full suss.
2 years on I have a Scott Scale 29er “XC Race” bike for my riding duties which involve riding Cross Country on Trails (see what I did there).
Don’t get too hung up on bikes like I did, your Cube will be fine on most stuff, just don’t try 12 ft doubles and 10ft hucks.Posted 4 years agomattbibbingsMember
That cube sounds perfect for your needs. You seem to be living very much in the real world and just been thrown a curve ball by the bike world trying to invent niches. The replies above are spot on. “XC” (as opposed to DH) was becoming too Lycra-clad-head-down-racy and that’s just way too tricky to sell to people who like fun. Plus no one was racing “XC” or “DH” on 140mm travel bikes. They were just out having fun. It needed a name for the bike reviewers and marketeers to hang their hats on, hence “trail” for anything that wasn’t competition – a ‘niche’ that seems to be able to include any type of riding. Out here in the real world we call it mountain biking.
Stand by for next years bike ranges telling you that you need to split the hair again between “trail” and “Enduro”.Posted 4 years agopeteypopsMember
Sorry, this is a really basic question but I can’t seem to find a proper answer…
What is the difference between Trail bikes and XC bikes?
I ride mainly in the Peak District, generally between 20 – 30 mile rides, nothing too technical, no jumps or big drops, and I’m not planning on racing, although some of the stuff we rude over can be pretty rocky at times. I’ve currently got a 2003 Kona Caldera but it’s reached the end of it’s life so I’m looking for a replacement. I’ll probably use the Kona to tinker with and rebuild it over time.
For the replacement I like the look of the Cube Reaction GTC SL (its only 10.3kg) and I think it’s a XC bike. Do you think this would be suitable for the type of rides I do?
Cheers,Posted 4 years ago
You can tell by the travel – If it’s got 80mm – 100mm it’s going to be XC.
120 to 150 is trail (for general enjoyment riding)
160 – 180 – big dog bike (for those who like gravity riding but can’t afford an uplift)
200mm+ Down Hill
The geometry and detail will also change accordingly.Posted 4 years ago
XC racy bikes tend to be lower at the front with narrower bars, skinny tyres and razor blade saddle. All this is to create as much discomfort as possible and to make the ride as sketchy as possible in order to add a bit of excitement to easy xc race loops.ScapegoatSubscriber
boxelder – Member
Add some wider bars and bigger tyres to make the cube more ‘capable’ if you feel it’s nervous on the rockier trails.
This. The GTC is a fast race bike. It has a steep head angle and narrowish bars. I had a similar geometry framed XC bike, the LTD. On steep and rocky downhill stuff like wot I ride a lot of, it was a bit nervous.I often felt like I was going to go over the front, and sometimes did go over the front. Wider bars and a higher shorter stem helped. If you ride a lot of smooth twisty singletrack then the Cube will do it. If you want to do some more rocky, steep, jumpy stuff, then the Racy XC setup of the Reaction is not the best choice.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
Well i’ve got a race orientated XC short travel/tight bike and a longer travel/slacker AM bike. I can go over knarly stuff on the XC bike, but it isn’t as nice – the bike is so twitchy you really have to be carefull when the going gets tough and pick your way through more. It challenges your balance skills more than the AM bike, but is far less fun. However when I want to cover distance and am in a more mile munching head down mood, the XC bike is great. Horses for courses really.Posted 4 years agomduncombeMember
DH, cool young things in their baggy stuff
XC, ageing men in lycra, not cool
Trail, making XC cool again by pinching ideas from the DH brigade
what the heck, its all riding. Ride what you want and wear what you want just make sure you have fun doing it!
me, I am a XC trail rider 🙂Posted 4 years agopatriotproMember
XC – Bikes that have 80-120mm of travel, tend to be lighter-weight with a steeper head-angle and stretched out riding positions.
Trail – 120 to 160mm of travel with heavier weights and bigger brakes, slacker head-angles and their overall geometry leaning towards descending-ability.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
What nick said right up there, although I like my Pitch for dicking about on and El Mariachi for “trail riding”, XC sounds like I’ve crossed something, not just ridden in a vague circle taking in some fun bits.
All bikes are fun, some are more fun than others in different ways.Posted 4 years ago
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