Posted by: Timer
Posted by: syncro
It's an existential question, but is there a point for most riders where the bike becomes too good and is actually a step backwards in the fun quotient?
I have been in a situation like that. But I consider it more of a question of choosing the right bike for the kind of riding you do.
After living in BC and riding a burly trailbike around the north shore, I moved to the Black Forest, taking the bike with me. It turned out that this bike was just far too capable for most of the trails there. The only way not to fall asleep on the downhill was to go dangerously fast, create conflicts with hikers and still not have any sense of technical challenge.
So I bought a light XC hardtail which was a hoot to ride and just the perfect bike for the terrain. Plus, no need to wear a full face helmet or armour.
Is it possible that bikes have become so good that they are too capable even for parts of the north shore?
I had the same experience when I move from Vancouver to Beautiful Fort Mcmurray. My fully made the trails just way too boring. So I built up a Cove Hand Job with a 140mm fork. That made the trails a blast and kept my skills up. I keep my full for trips to the mountains.