What Is The Definition Of All-mountain?

Postby SergentInsanity on Tue 9/May/06 4:58pm

Not entirely sure what an all-mountain bike can do that and XC one can't, so can someone please explain to the grom what all-mountain bikes can do?
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Postby mtbrat on Tue 9/May/06 5:00pm

kinda like all man but pointier????
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Postby johntus on Tue 9/May/06 5:01pm

They can go up a hill really nice, and come down a hill really nice. :)

It's a bit of an over-simplification, but still.
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Postby Bigfoot on Tue 9/May/06 5:01pm

Seems to me "All Mountain" are more for general use... depending on the brand/bike it might not be as light as an XC but also wont be as strong as a FR bike... kinda a good all arounder... not great at any one thing but not bad for lots of stuff
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Postby Tama on Tue 9/May/06 5:01pm

It's a marketing term for a sturdily built and somewhat heavier XC bike.
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Postby jeremyb on Tue 9/May/06 5:01pm

It's a fork for XC guys who wanna feel like they're downhillers :sly:
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Postby rota_boy on Tue 9/May/06 5:02pm

Ive always wanted to ask this question, but have always been scared that i'll get my head bitten off/laughed at/reverted to another thread.
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Postby SergentInsanity on Tue 9/May/06 5:03pm

According to GT, my avalanche is an all-mountain hardtail, but I guess that just means it is heavy.
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Postby Robbie on Tue 9/May/06 5:07pm

An XC bike is usually designed to be as efficient as possible for a rider to ride uphill and on the flat.
They are not big on comfort, and are not designed to excell going downhill..
All mountain bikes, as a generalisation, have their priorites shifted in the design so that they can be ridden anywhere in theory.
They are usually a bit heavier, have more suspension travel, their steering might be a bit more stable, and they are usually more capable on the way down a hill..

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Postby Tama on Tue 9/May/06 5:08pm

SergentInsanity wrote: According to GT, my avalanche is an all-mountain hardtail, but I guess that just means it is heavy.
There's a few subtle differences between the geometry of a XC race bike and an "All Mountain" or trail bike. XC race bikes are designed to go very very fast around XC race courses, which sometimes resembles road riding on a dirt.

This makes them uncomfortable for all day riding (due to lack of suspension and aggressive race geometry) and have limited lifespans if thrashed (due to weight reduction.) So "All Mountain" (stupid term, I prefer "trail") is designed to be stronger with more comfortable geometry.
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Postby james on Tue 9/May/06 5:09pm

Tama wrote:So "All Mountain" (stupid term, I prefer "trail") is designed to be stronger with more comfortable geometry.


What he said. :thumbsup:
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Postby Robbie on Tue 9/May/06 5:16pm

Not every "all mountain" bike is heavy.
Light, stong, cheap, pick any two.
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Postby mtbrat on Tue 9/May/06 5:19pm

the two new dales are all-mountain too

;)

:x
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Postby michael on Tue 9/May/06 6:55pm

All mountain: Also see: Mid-life crisis, Visa goldcard.
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Postby MVink on Tue 9/May/06 7:01pm

I thought is was agressive XC.
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