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Just go ride your bike.
Listening to my new favorite bicycle podcast, they do a good job of not squashing any one type of riding, except maybe cyclocross. So many types of riding and even more choices of different bikes. Generalizing, of course, when I say most of us have a bike, maybe two if we are serious about biking, and a few more if we are addicts. But listening to a few conversations about bike reviews of the latest Jekyll: a mini DH bike, enduro killer, an awful trail bike and in no way would you want to ride XC with this bike, got me thinking.
What are talking about?
We can separate a few disciplines without much discussion. BMX, dirt jumping and road. We could debate BMX a little so I will clarify that I am referring to racing and would allow without opposition 4X as a similar discipline.
I’d be willing to discuss DH as something pretty specific as long as we are talking about World Cup riders riding WC tracks. But if you are one of the mere mortals of this world and your last name isn’t Rude or Hill most DH trails can be ridden both with a DH bike and a six inch trail bike(exceptions apply here). Also, there are the few brave souls that will ride their hardtails on the same trail. First time I ever rode a bike park on a whim I did it on a four inch trail bike and loved it.
Enduro. I have seen it all roll down the hill so I would never disagree with someones choice to bring whatever is in their quiver. Fat, plus, hardtail and suspension of varying elevation. With the uphill transfers if you can get to the top fresher then someone else, more times then not maybe a short travel bike works maybe a 165mm monster can simply plow through everything who knows.
Maybe I am missing something here but, are we using the term All-Mountain any more? Is that Enduro now or is it trail. Maybe I’ll check Twitter and Instagram for the trending term. But seriously, All Mountain, Trail and XC aren’t these moving a bike through the woods while pedaling on trails and going up and down hills? How did we get to this point of saying and believing that one bike with round wheels can’t do without a doubt what another bike can do. Isn’t this a perfect example of love what you ride and ride what you love? Why should I second guess my Pivot Mach 6 Carbon while pedaling through the woods and enjoying it and the other side of coin loving the same bike when I am plowing through some untamed downhill chunder. How could this not be a great all around choice? The alternative is believing I don’t have the right bike and I need to have a quiver full of different bikes because you certainly can’t do everything on one bike.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I love what I ride and ride what I love. That’s my advice to anyone wondering what their next bike or first bike should be. Find something you are into and love, buy that bike and ride the hell out of it.
Just go ride your bike.