How benificial is it to ride Cross country as a way to train for downhilling or downhill racing.
Well put.his dudeness said:Ummmmm superior fitness, improved sprinting ability, improved endurance.
As far as dh specific goes... if you can rail down a hill on a 4 inch bike or a HT you generally do it because you force yourself to find faster and smoother lines as well as riding smoother. Transfer that to a full blown dh bike and you can go even faster since you have more squish, improved line choosing ability, and improved riding ability.
Maybe true, but for 99% of people, riding as much xc as they can will be a huge improvement to their DH riding.SHIVER ME TIMBERS said:XC is just overall good cardio......it helps to do but DH is more sprints.....so you need to do squats and basic core traing....on the bike you need to sprint for 2 minutes then off for 5 then sprint a minute then off for five then sprint for 2 minutes repeat for a 1/2 hour and you will be stronger then a xc ride
Wait till you pass them on your dh bike... On the climbs. THAT'S a good feeling.latedropbob said:Plus its just super fun to blow by spando commando's on fully carbon xc rigs on my budget SS in baggies and my skate lid, both uphill and down...BRAAAP!
Ha ha, I remember once in my life I passed two guys on 3inch xc bikes on a climb while i had my 42lb c-dale gemini with a boxxer team up front. I was laughing for days after that. That was probably the peak of my riding career, or at least my xc one.his dudeness said:Wait till you pass them on your dh bike... On the climbs. THAT'S a good feeling.
Good point, if you call yourself a mountain biker and don't like getting out to ride single track on any type of bike, get the EF out.schneidie said:Any time on a MTB will be good for ya. :thumbsup:
What he said. I train on a 35lb P1 single speed. Helps tons!latedropbob said:I just started training on a hardtail SS for DH and I am already seeing the positive results! By making me pedal harder on the uphills and keeping my speed up on the downhills to get up the next uphill has really helped me ride faster. It has also upped my hammering strength as when I pedal the SS uphill it's mostly out of the saddle pedaling which equals more lower body strength which equals more DH power and speed!!! I know I can't ride DH everyday so when I go out for the SS training ride I hammer it like crazy. When I'm done I'm spent like a full day of DHing in only an hour of SSing. Plus its just super fun to blow by spando commando's on fully carbon xc rigs on my budget SS in baggies and my skate lid, both uphill and down...BRAAAP!