I know for me it's a matter of riding more than one mountain on a trip on the ferry. We did Fromme then a rip on SEYMOUR.
I find if I can pedal it's easier than if I walks. Fromme is pretty easy (well not
"that" hard)even on a 47lb DH bike w/ ff and body armor, and I'm a out of shape
44 y/o ex-smoker.
I pushed up Fromme that day on my 47 lb bike in full gear.
The only thing I said to the old guys flying by was Hi, but some were by me so fast I didn't get a chance to.
No attitude from me, ride what ya want.
I pushed cuz I have been riding a desk too much lately and my lower back was pooched. I could have pedalled but my back would probably have been trash when I got to the top.
I pedalled and pushed my 50lb bike up to 7th last time I was there.
I actually took my old full rigid Kona Lava Dome out for a ride this year and it was one of the funnest rides I have had in a long time…