Don't forget we're in our own world here in BC. Travel anywhere else and their idea of a dh / xc bike changes considerably.
Last year in Bend we hit up the double black diamond trails and really didn't need more than 4 inches of travel.
I've often seen this with people who come for BC Bike Race with an 80mm xc racerc which is more than enough travel at home for the most tech trails, but here on the island would leave you broken…
Same goes for the skiing… The mentality out here is a lot more gnar-savvy than outside of 'here'.
I was talking with my wife about the absence of "freeride" models in several/many manufacturers' line ups. I'm a little perplexed, thinking more product covers more wants of the buying public, therefore translates into more sales/potential market share. My wife had a great counterpoint - collude industry wide to remove a sub-category of products, therefore increasing sales on a slimmer line-up of products. Saves R[HTML_REMOVED]D and product manufacturing costs.
Wvr, I couldn't be happier with my SXC90, but it's not a bike for the WBP. No way.
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