Originally Posted by nhmtns
Two years ago, I was coming back from a ride on Cranmore Ski Area in North Conway and there was an XC MTB race near the base lodge. The course went down a very small flight of stairs before heading off towards the woods. At least half of the riders went over their bars and crashed on the first lap, so the officials quickly changes the course to bypass the stairs. I shook my head in disbelief and headed home.
wow. well as most downhill racers say...a downhiller has the ability and fitness to finish a XC race, but a XC rider wouldn't even be able to finish a DH run. as for mtn bikers not being able to bunny hop...yea i've seen the same thing. a lot of new downhillers go out and buy all the latest gear and have no clue what they r doing. what people don't realize is that the suspension is there for mostly corner and brake traction; at least when it comes to racing. the majority of the bumps you can just take with your arms and legs.