Beginners Guide – What Are Cross Country Bikes. XC Machines Explained.

Beginners Guide – What Are Cross Country Bikes. XC Machines Explained.

Bicycle Types 101:
1:00 what are XC bikes,
1:38 what to expect from XC bike,
8:18 what NOT to expect from XC bike,
10:30 whom I recommend XC bike,
10:54 whom I DON’T recommend XC bike.

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  1. Leward Keene Oppura on June 29, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    why do u have so many bikes T_T spare me some parts, hehe,

  2. Tim McDroid on June 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    More beginner trix and tips to improve balance..I have average balance and when I front wheel hop or try endo turn I usually fall over.So beginner trials tips while were doing long rides would be great..Also biking in the snow is very fun..Small screws inside tire and padding to cover them ..blow up tube..Studded Mtb Wheels..Fun

  3. England is my city on June 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    "not commuters, not all-rounders"
    i ride mine on road every day, i use it as a commuter. i never liked road bikes with their tiny tires, a mtb feels more "manly" lol.

  4. Taefer on June 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Good video, I think many people took from this video that XC are uncomfortable. I don’t really think that’s true.
    XC is kind of a broad thing at this point, just as "road bike" is. There are many kinds of XC bikes at this point and this video generally adresses the real race version of these bikes.
    I’d actually say that XC bikes generally if you’re getting one with a more relaxed geometry is something of an optimal do-it-all bike, especially if you want to go far.
    When drawing a paralell to road bikes you could compare enduro to racing, and gravel to cyclocross, one doesn’t take into consideration comfort in order for it to meet competition rules and to go faster for professional riders. That doesn’t mean that enduro is worse, it’s for those guys who doesn’t compete and is willing to sacrifice 5 % efficiency for comfort and fun features.

  5. MihΓ‘ly BodΓ³cs on June 29, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I am about to buy a Cannondale scalpel with Lefty 2.0 for amateur XC races. I heard horrible stories about the reliability and service maintenance. Can you share some of your experience on Lefty service demand comparing to traditional forks? I would appreciate your comments. Thank you. Mike

  6. sixstanger00 on June 29, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    My $500 Motobecane Fantom 29 is definitely an XC bike. It’s geometry is almost identical to your Cannondale. It came with lightweight rims, WTB Nano 2.1 tires, SRAM drivetrain (3×8 — lowest gear is a Shimano 34T Megarange). It performs amazingly. A couple of my buddies have trail bikes and often get left behind on climbs.

    The real question is…….how did you get out in the woods with TWO bikes? LOL

  7. A.K Gowda on June 29, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Thank u so much for this video. It is very educational πŸ’―πŸ‘

  8. J'Artagnian Copria on June 29, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Can you still do a manual on those bikes?

  9. Martinez Wenzell on June 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you for your explanation.

  10. qwrt hialname on June 29, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    just tell me what to buy under $600 pls

  11. Jsoldierd on June 29, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Would you reccomend the trek roscoe 7 for XC and light mountain biking

  12. kenneth conserva on June 29, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Can I use my Trail 4 cannodale for xc race?

  13. gkelley on June 29, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you so much for breaking that down. Now I wonder what makes "Enduro"? Is that also a race configuration?

  14. victor kanuik on June 29, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I use my xc bike as an all-rounder and it is perfectly fine.

  15. El Jefe on June 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    XC bikers are just about the most powerful and fastest bikers i know… they are another breed

  16. Jack Feder on June 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    This is the sort of info I did not find elsewhere. Great explanation of exactly what I needed.

  17. Muhd Sufi on June 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    what type of mtb for beginner? hope you reply this comment : )

  18. Savage Gaming on June 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm


  19. RpgmaniacNo1 on June 29, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    No bikes for me. They wouldn’t sustain one trail with me. πŸ˜‰

  20. Grabonator86 on June 29, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I just ordered a new 2018 Rose Psycho Path 1 and im a beginner in mountainbikes…i realy like that sporty look and that yellow color) and the Psycho Path 1 is one of the cheapest Carbon-Bikes out there and it has SLX components all the way, more than enough for beginners. im a bit overweight and im want to use the bike to get in better shape but if i cant deal with the geometry i can send it back. I just wanted one bike for everything. And i thought a XC-Bike also works pretty well as a street/Tour-Bike and maybe drive some trails after i got in better shape. As i said i wanted a versitale bike i hope it suits me.

  21. TheNukedGamer on June 29, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    My first real mountian bike,the gt verb elite really showed me the feel of a cross country so owning a downhill wal mart bike,the elite really showed me what a joke the hill i climb to my gym really is,because on the downhill id burn out by the time i got up,but on the elite i got up 1 hill and than went for round 2 for another.this video really helped me understand why because to me i thought it was magic at first XD.

    (i consider walmart bikes as not really mountian bikes because they usally have labels saying not to go on trails.

  22. MrSnoopydupy on June 29, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    great video. Now I know why my bike is uncomfortable lol. I bought used one Specialized Stumpjumper fsr xc. Guys don’t judge me, I got it for very cheap! Can I convert it to more comfortable? πŸ˜€ Maybe shorter stem? I already changed saddle. Any tips? πŸ™‚

  23. DONALD J. TRUMP on June 29, 2019 at 9:55 pm


  24. poll rodri on June 29, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I started with a 650€ bike and while getting faster and better I changed to a flat bar and the lowest height possible to adapt to the xc posi

  25. The Gefster on June 29, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I’m going to try to clear up some things he said… As it is confusing. Most entry level HARDTAILS are for cross country. However he is talking about cross country racing. These are courses with technical elements like rock gardens and others. If you buy an entry level bike he calls them sport bikes I believe. Possibly a bit of a language difference. He is very knowledgable for sure and I like his vids. Cross country for non racers means anything from gravel to riding long rides in gentle to not so gentle terrain. You generally do not do big drops or jumps with cross country bikes . Many riders may be skilled enough to do it but the bikes are not meant for these. His bikes remember are race bikes and many cross country bikes are heavier and not for racing. Once you start getting into suspension say 120 and above you start getting into more of a trail bike which encompasses more all around riding. Cross country bikes come in both hardtail and Full susp versions. Race bikes tend to be much lighter and more expensive. Hope this helps some who did not understand.

  26. Adolfo Del Real on June 29, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Hello Danny. What do you think about my Felt Nine Trail 2011. Should I throw a Reba fork on it? Thanks for the video.

  27. Chris R on June 29, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Meh, I got cross country hard tail, just added suspension seat post, comfort solved…not a racer though

  28. Brandon Costner on June 29, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I’ve got a 2015 specialized Crave Pro I picked up for $500 a million times better than the Raleigh Tokul 1 I started on much more comfortable for long rides 10lb lighter, air fork.

  29. Himalayan Bliss on June 29, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Help! yesterday i checked on Trek XC Caliber 8 2019 here in Kathmandu. Will it be a good choice if i plan to do some high mountain bikepacking in this machine? The terrain i will face are rugged, steep Himalayan ups & downs ranging from altitude of 2000 mts to 4500-5000 mts asl. The salesguy also proposed Trek Marlin 7. What would be suitable for me?

  30. BossHunterBlade on June 29, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Hello and thanks for the video! Question, I ve got myself an Author 29er Rival 2018 model (what type of bike you call it? Entry level?) and I’m riding bike since kid but never for long periods of time but, I ve got the bike for 3 months now and although my butt hurt like he’ll in the beginning, I now ride 30-45 km per 2 days and I feel good! So I start to love this bike and that type of driving(aggressive, been able to jump curves, been able to ride down steps.) What type of bike would you recommend me? Also I m a big dude 1.93 m.

  31. luckoor on June 29, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    im a beginner and bought myself a cross country bike (hardtail – 1600 $). i love it and do all stuff with it (uphill, downhill, jumps). ofcourse at the beginning you need to build up some muscles. the easiest way to do this is just to ride your bike lol πŸ˜€ and thats why i love riding my xc mtb. you can build up core muscle strenght, driving fast, jumping around, exploring the woods and just having fun.

  32. dummkompf on June 29, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I just searched through the past year worth of your videos looking for the followup to this one, about trail bikes. looks like you never made it?

  33. Ghost Rider on June 29, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    That left shocks… I’m not sure if I’d have enough faith on a single shock lol.

    Looks cool doe.

  34. Patrice SchΓ€fer on June 29, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Preetty low

  35. Shane Tankey on June 29, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Dude,I think your videos are pretty cool. πŸ‘

  36. Mr. Glass on June 29, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I’m not a sportsman, but I want to go on bikepacking next year. My tour will include some mountains. Now which bike should I get under €1000. Can anyone please suggest me.

  37. MaQuGo119 on June 29, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Its easy, xc bikes are lyfe

  38. Hannibal 69 on June 29, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    When you say 500 is no XC..Could it not be beginner XC? By that I mean XC geometrie with pretty basic say XT drivetrain, and something like a 30 gold solo air?

  39. BundesRepublic Murica on June 29, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Man I love your videos. I learn so much from them. Thank you again.

  40. Tuomas Heinonen on June 29, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Im very much enjoying my time with XC bike. I thought i made plenty of research before buying mtb, but it seems i did not:D Its kinda hard to know as a beginner what bike feels the best, because every bike felt weird:) now couple months later, im loving the sport and maby it would be easier/more comfortable to have trail bike, but anyway im just enjoying it so much.

  41. freddie sanke on June 29, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I just don’t like a lefty fork, as if it’s unfinished, it’s lacking in substance, abnormal and unbalanced…. As if it’s designed for Pistorius…..sorry…. Crazy looking.

  42. Bobby Hempel on June 29, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Wrong, they are pretty versatile and not just good for racing you’re not very bright

  43. Nelson Manzano on June 29, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Excelente! Valuable info

  44. SickBiker on June 29, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    1:00 what are XC bikes,
    1:38 what to expect from XC bike,
    8:18 what NOT to expect from XC bike,
    10:30 whom I recommend XC bike,
    10:54 whom I DON’T recommend XC bike.

  45. Jorge A. Garza V on June 29, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Lefty is not a fork LOL

  46. Brandon on June 29, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Any suggestions for a starter bike for someone that would like to possibly compete in XC? I’d like to go for a full on XC bike, but it doesn’t seem there are any meant so much for someone training or intermediate level, so I wouldn’t have to make such a huge investment in the beginning, in case I cannot eventually compete? Maybe there is but I don’t have so much time to research! If there is anyone with any suggestions, I would love to hear them πŸ™‚

  47. William Wade on June 29, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the effort and the video, it’s informative for a person who isn’t into xc racing.

  48. Michigan Outdoors on June 29, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Is there is a difference between a dual sport and an xc. What can i use a dual sport for in the aspect of races.

  49. William Morris on June 29, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    How tall are you? @sickbiker

  50. Alessandro Di Paolo on June 29, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for saving my butt and my money