@Christian, @SuspendedUser, sure I've noticed that whole DH craze. However, regular MTB also look more and more like those. The people on a forum were also talking that good trails are only a few hours away. I mean, a few hours on those bikes to get there, then the grind up, zipping down, and then a few hours home. That really sounds tough.
What is more, with all the DH craze, still one cannot change that one has to spend an hour going up for every ten minutes going down. That is unless one is a wattage monster and sucks at the descend.
It's like anything else. There's downhill, freeride and all mountain. All of which are on the spectrum before trail. They also generally require more carefully crafted trails and are frowned on in some areas.
My newish crarbon hardtail shares little in common with those, but it's a trail bike, not any of those.
Last time I looked at the MTB here, about 2009 they looked a lot like those in 2000, just more carbony. Came back from Canada, and all the bikes here look like DH, even expensive bikes are now fullies.
I mean we go mountain biking because, there are those effin mountains on all sides, alternative is boring going up the valley or going down. You have mountains where one is permitted to drive to the top?
That certainly isn't a hill anymore. Oh dear Alaska, not quite flatland either. Ok, the mountain biking i knew from here was a bit different. It was usually about which mountain one achieved, counting vertical meters, not flat km.
Not that i've done any of that.
I usually made only small passes, such that i could go down on tarmac rather than gravel. Its more fun to go 60 kph with a MTB than just 40 on a trail. Going any faster scared the shite out of me when there were ruts or potholes in corners on the trail.
There are actually bike parks with ski lifts now in my state. I wonder how they got the permit for that. I mean, it is usually strictly forbidden to go on trails where the surface isn't packed, due to errosion and root damage risks (plus danger for hikers). I know that there are some bike trails now, but when they lift people up, they get thousands of rides a day, which ought to cause noise, erosion and damage with no end.
That is quite some endurance. I was acclimatised by years of toronto summers, but had to be careful after an hour of two walking in the city. Needed to go to a Tim Hortons or Starbucks to cool otherwise i got headaches and nausea.
I'm in a similar position. Stuck here until I find a job, anywhere in EU. Most likely not too far from here, as southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland are the technology engine here.
Oh dear, it occured to me that it is a little late. Cheers. @Batman all the best for your job search.
@gschenk That has a high likely hood of being me. Last I checked Moz and I had the full spectrum covered. We met somewhere in the middle where I considered it too hot to ride and Moz thought it was too cold.
@CristianCiupitu "Seton 5" that is pretty tough. Freedoms in the US are extensive, but the limit come often surprising and arbitrary, whereas the consequences are draconic. At least it seems to me that way from the outside.
That video... I shouldn't even trust my step enough to walk there, lest I risk falling of the cliffs. Riding there seems quite a bit risky. Riding right to the edge to stop on the last decimetres semi-suicidal. Cheers though, that changed my impression of what is liked in MTB nowadays.
@Criggie That's the first step you need to take on the way to your sixth.
Although theoretically I should encourage you to recycle and find a girl that already has a kid and an ex who has a substance abuse problem or something similar. You skip through all the exciting single dating mess, jump right into the drudgery of having a family and look like a hero.