Today’s trail and XC bikes are more capable and versatile than ever. Most “XC” bikes rarely see action on the race course though, and are used as trail bikes. To see how they stacked up against the trail and all mountain bikes we usually ride, Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine put together a group test to see just how capable the current crop of bikes traditionally defined as “XC” actually are.
Team Bermstyle — consisting of Inga and myself, were invited to join the Enduro MTB test crew for three days of shuttles in Santa Barbara to test these and other theories. As we wrung out lap after lap in sunny Santa Barbara— on a trails popular with gravity riders on full blown DH bikes— we were suitably impressed by what’s available today.
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When you have as many bikes as we do, finding a place for them all can present a challenge. Especially living in the Bay Area where living space is at a premium and a garage/man cave is but a fantasy. We’ve tried various racks throughout the years, but when the size of our fleet outgrew our six bike solution and ceiling hooks, it was time to try something new.
We’re fans of the Feedback Sports line, and the A-Frame Portable Event Storage Stand was at the top of the list. It holds eight bikes by the seat rails, and though it has sizable footprint, it looked to be an adequate solution for our storage woes. However, at the time it was a bit out of the budget, so after seeing a make shift saw horse my brother had cobbled together, I decided an inexpensive DIY solution could work for us. [more after the jump…]