Can a Dirt Jumping frame be used for XC riding? Will the bike handle different? Any input welcome....
wouldn't steering be more nimble with a steeper head angle and shorter fork?ducktape said:Yes it can be used for XC riding and yes it's different.
For a start the head angle is different so the steering won't feels as nimble as an XC bike.
I had a 17" XC bike (well it was my Husbands really but he never rode so I had to give it a bit of love from time to time) anyway I got myself a dirt jump type bike because I wanted sometheing versatile that I could ride XC and also try DH with.
The main difference I instantly noticed going from the XC bike to the Dirt Jumper is that the cranks seemed to be further back, they just didn't feel like they were in the right position for efficient pedalling, but probably more so that it just felt different to what I was used to. If it wasn't the cranks then maybe I was just noticing the different seat angle.
Depending how tall you are you may need a really long seat post, which may possibly mean that you can't slam it right down when you want to dirt jumping (unless you have two post / saddle combos). I'm 5'7 so a 350mm post is plenty long for me on the 13.5" Giant STP.
So I think a DJ bike will just be heavier, less nimble and not optimal if you're really into the long XC rides, but in some regards it's what you get used to isn't it, after a while when you get used to the bike it may not be an issue, unless you're a larger person and you're too cramped etc etc, if you're a smaller person well it could turn out to be ideal.
Funny thing is that DJ bikes are supposedly built to be "manualling machines" with the super short chainstays etc etc, but I always found that the XC bike (Giant Alias which had similar geo to the XTC) was way easier to lift the front wheel on, I imagine this was because it also had short chainstays but a steeper head angle than the STP as well.
So why are you looking at getting a Dirt Jumper for XC?
LOL I like it I think to an extent it's true.ae111black said:Think about it this way.....try to ride XC on a BMX! Thats basiclly what a DJ bike is with 26" wheels. Thats what the geo is set up for.