Trail- most popular category on the market today. Comes in a wide variety of configurations from hardtail to 5 - 5.5 inches (sometimes even 6 inches) of full suspension travel. The idea is a compromise between disciplines; pedaling efficiency without sacrificing the ability to tackle moderate descents.HIPCHIP said:Just wondering the basic differences between Trail, Cross Country, All Mountain and the big difference between suspension amount on these bikes?
No sweat. There are no clear definitions as far as the bike specs go. And even the intended use isn't clearly defined. You'll see similiar bikes marketed as cross country, AM or agressive trail bikes. It really is all over the board. Every magazin and vendor uses a different system.HIPCHIP said:Thanks for the info everyone. This definitely helps a bunch as it's sure confusing when you read the mags and they don't define what's what. Seems like they assume everybody knows all the differences, but unless you've been following it for some time it's all confusing. I just got into road bikes in May and can't believe all the differences, but I'm getting more knowledgeable every day thanks to folks like you!
Well, that clears up a lot! (LOL)Kaba Klaus said:No sweat. There are no clear definitions as far as the bike specs go. And even the intended use isn't clearly defined. You'll see similiar bikes marketed as cross country, AM or agressive trail bikes. It really is all over the board. Every magazin and vendor uses a different system.
Additionally, as the travel increases to handle rougher terrain and usage, so does the general strength and weight of the frame and components. Also, geometry will change as well, making for differences in steering quickness, general handling and rider position.beenee98 said:I have no doubt i'll get flamed for this, but the way i used when all those types of terms were thrown at me was to look at the amount of suspension travel.
My VERY general rule is:
4 inches or less = XC bike
5 inches = Trail bike
6 inches = All mountain
7 inches = Freeride/Light Downhill
8 inches plus = Downhill
Obviously there are exceptions to the rule, but it did help me work out which bike i should focus on and my 'style' of riding that the marketing people say i do