trail. xcountry. and freeride
Defo made up bullsh*t – we’re all riders, sometimes I ride more leisurly sometime more stupidly – some would call the former XC and the latter All Mountain (or in some cases Freeride if something gets broken)
Freeride is just falling through trees on stupidly steep slopes if you ask me! but XC and Allmountain are very close.Posted 9 years agosq225917Member
It might be made up marketing bullshit but the stratification of new classes of riding was what reinvigorated a flagging MTB market. MTB was on it’s arse and sales were in free fall, a few marketing bods at teh bigs co’s and magazines got together and came up with a strategy to help make MTB more approachable and define specific groups within the sport that could be targeted in different ways.
Do you think all the overgrown BMX kids would have crossed over had it not been for companies pushing a hard core MX vibe in the marketing.
Like it or not it has been good for the sport, these are good years for product development and good years for growth across the industry.Posted 9 years agodruidhMember
XC is taking off “across country” away from trail parks.
Freeride is some sort of gravity-assisted lunacy which isn’t quite full-on Downhill.
Trail?? Dunno really. Somewhere between the two? Might overlap with “All Mountain” and probably covers anything from Blue to Black routes at UK trail centres.
I seem to recall a definition on the Marzocchi website, aimed at pointing buyers to the right forks for their riding style.Posted 9 years agothefallguyMember
the mbr definitions seem to vary depending who’s writing the article, terms describe both the rider, terrain and bike. God forbid we should break the rules and take a 4″ travel bike up a mountain.
as i see it they define categories like this…
xc – cross country small travel bikes often associated with racing events, distance occasionally less technical, old skool, more fitness based than trail
trail – prob what most uk riders do, variety of terrain including uk mountains and trail centres, leisure based.
all mountain – big hills and drops, heavier stronger bikes with bigger tyres, harder hitting down hill, more relaxed riding position on bike
freeride – scare yourself with big jumps, bike parks, nothshore etc… similar to downhill but not just against the clock, its more about showing off
downhill – steve pete
like others have said its marketing tosh, I ride at sherwood pines, peak district, welsh trail centres, Lakeland fells etc – at least 3 categories if you look at it but I ride the same 120mm travel bike, so don’t get hung up on finding a pigeon hole for what you do, just enjoy the ride.Posted 9 years agoGaryLakeMember
XC – crashing normally harmless
Trail – cuts and bruises upon crashing
AM – broken wrist upon crashing
Freeride – broken collarbone upon crashing
All tongue in cheek of course! As mentioned, most people probably do a mix of the first 3 on a 5″ forked HT or Full suss.
Marketing bollox but it’s all good fun and makes for pretty products and hammered credit cards!Posted 9 years agoHairychestedMember
XC – you’re allowed to ride an off-the-peg aluminium bike, eg. Trek.
Trail – you can only use On-One or Cotic hardtail, steel/ti.
AM – you must read MBUK and ride 7-inch 42lb tripple-clamp forked full sus with Maxxis tyres whilst wearing white gloves.
Freeride – you can only sit and talk about how rad you normaly are but your 2 weeks old Iron Horse Sunday is so not-good-enough that it’s impossible to ride it at all.
Posted 9 years agojonbMember
It’s a way of classifying bikes more than anything. XC is now generally light and leaning towards fast and racing bikes.
trail is most bikes that you ride everyday on singletrack, natural stuff and trail centre routes.
Freeride is a bit more extreme normally IMO park and huck* rather than long rides.
*Do people still use that word or am I a bit behind the times?
I wouldn’t get too concerned with the marketing. If you are buying a bike look at it on it’s merit and how you ride. If you are heavy and just barrel through things then you may need a stronger bike than a whippet who has lot’s of finesse who could probably do it on a light weight xc bike. As long as you enjoy the ride it’s fine and try to avoid riding with people who tell you otherwise.Posted 9 years agoBushwackedSubscriber
Is the difference also how you ride a trail?
I always remember going down a trail in NZ wiht some guides and me pottling down it XC stylee. Stopping at the bottom looking back up I saw the canadian guide popping off this and hucking off that – totally different ride down a trail using a different line to mePosted 9 years ago
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