Freeride for me and I think the new trend for low slack trail bikes is awesome. I am still stuck on slopestyle bikes for my second ride untill I can find a trail bike that is as strong and can be used on DJs.
I currently have the DH bike in the shop waiting on a warranty frame from tranny and a fully functioning covert that I've been riding like a DH bike and getting in shape in the meantime. I also like my HT SS. So I guess right now a AM bike aka Covert and a HT SS. If it is just a DH bike and a companion, I would probably pick a slack heavy duty HT SS, like my Norco Manik
If it's just a solid DH bike, I'd want a light AM bike as my "other" bike, 29er or 26er.
If the DH/FR bike is something like my Highline, Knolly DT or Uzzi, then I could afford to have my other bike as a 29er hardtail or something, because I could pedal those bikes uphill pretty well, and my DH skills would allow me to ride even a hardtail downhill pretty fast, so it would be perfect for those days with the XCish guys.
If the DH/FR bike is something with even less travel/lighter than above, then definitely the 29er hardtail.
I find 26" XC FS bikes to be pretty useless these days, or just simply obsolete compared to a 29er HT.
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