Ehh, if I was trolling I wouldn't use the happy faces.:thumbsup: I don't think I'm nessecarily a naysayer but will grant you that I'm skeptical. I know this sh!t has been hashed out before but let's just say I'm bored and wanted an interesting discussion. I can appreciate the heavier rider or clydesdale needing more burly gear, can't argue that.
I agree with Ferday who said, "this concept that all DH/FR parts are huge and heavy, and XC parts are all lightweight and fragile for racing only is a total bunch of BS. the complaints come because people want ALL of the big three: price, weight, and strength. problem is you only get 2." AM gear just seems like another ploy to get your cash, I get the attitude of riding up and enjoying the decent but isn't that what has been happening since the beginning of mountain biking?
T- I get this, "And while people would take their XC bikes and put DH stuff on them, and some others would take their DH bikes and put XC stuff on them, all in an effort to achieve the bike that could do more of everything, obviously it wasn't the perfect solution. The AM issue is just based upon getting that bike and yes, even the gear, that accomplishes that best-of-both-worlds compromise that many are looking for." but this is also where I begin to laugh. There are soo many posts on here about what someone should use (ie. buy new) to ride AM. Instead of trying to figure out what new piece of AM bling to install I think you should just head out and ride. I'll add this and don't mean it to sound inflamitory, I don't think that the majority of riders out there ride hard enough to warrant it. I know there are some great riders who post here but I can't shake the feeling that there are alot of "DEW riders" out there who are more into the bling than the ride. Who the hell am I to say anything and in the end I really don't care, just my subjective thoughts.
Your catagories are interesting and I probably fall into the first and third groups yet still feel that I've been AM riding since I've owned an adult MTB/ATB.
So a specific AM helmet is needed? Full face but light? Personally, I couldn't imagine going out and doing an all day ride in any FF helmet, but again that's me.
And hey, it's your cash in the end, not mine. Hope that wasn't sounding like a troll, just wunderin'.