He's of course generalizing. Still having the capability because an enduro requires it nominally isn't the same as being good at it.What makes you think downhill bikes can't be pedaled uphill? Mine pedals uphill, downhill, crosshill, under water, on the moon....
I am there with you. I like this choice.Finally swapped out my ancient 26" dual suspension for a new ride - slightly used Specialized Chisel, a 29" hardtail.
After trying a road bike for a short bit. I'm just not a roadie I guess. I like riding x-country, off pavement, nothing crazy technical, no jumping really - never learned the skillz.
I wanted simple. There was too much going on with the last bike - too many air pressures, adjustments, pivots, moving parts.
Liking it a lot - 1x drivetrain is nice and simple, tubeless tires roll and grip really well and haven't had a single flat yet.
Air volume makes up for lack of rear shock somewhat with flexy seat stays too.
Being hardtail, 1x, and internal cable, it looks super clean. 27.2mm seatpost makes adding a dropper tough but I also don't want to add an extra pound-plus and more moving parts.
I can only have one, so I'm happy for now - seems a lot of bike for $1k
After decades with a 26 I recently made the move to a 29. Loved everything except the long handlebars. I cut an inch and a quarter off of each side and am very happy with the results.Thanks for the input. I'll add a few more details so maybe you can help me.
I am 5'8 or so, 160 lbs. Right now I still ride my old Specialized Epic with 26".
I used it on a 4 days race across Costa Rica about 10 years ago and we are thinking of doing it again next year.
I think I want a 27.5". I have ridden a 29" with larger handlebars and it felt a bit big for me.
I do a lot of riding around Tahoe, which has a lot of boulders, ruts and holes - with some good downhills.
So I think I need rear suspension.
I really like the dropper post so I think that's a given.
Tubeless seems like a good idea.
So I think right now my choices would be between a Cross Country (XC) or a Trail bike.and loved everything about it except the long handlebars.