Cross Country Mountain Biking Essentials | What Do You Need For XC?

Cross Country Mountain Biking Essentials | What Do You Need For XC?

Cross country mountain biking can be great fun! The satisfaction of speeding up a lung busting climb, conquering a tech descent on a twitchy, featherweight bike, and covering lots of distance quickly all make it one of Rich’s favourite types of riding. Here are his top five essentials that will make your XC riding easier and more enjoyable.

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50 Comments

  1. Stephen barradell on September 26, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Xc sucks



  2. TROPICAL08 on September 26, 2022 at 2:10 am

    I was there on that day and I saw you with the camera crew
    And my mans really just said cwimcarn ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚



  3. sloth on September 26, 2022 at 2:12 am

    I made a noob mistake and bought aggressive grippy tires for my first bike, a 100mm xc hardtail. I guess I thought I was going to be like some pro riding the gnarliest of trails right away. But it turns out that Iโ€™m just even slower now on the blue flow trails I ride. Lol ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ



  4. Martyn Price on September 26, 2022 at 2:13 am

    Yep, I have a 2016 Specialized Camber but dying to get rid of it and buy a IBISS Ripley AF. Its old school Geo and Components by today’s standards



  5. Niklas Eriksson on September 26, 2022 at 2:13 am

    The long pants you are Wearing in the video, what pants is that? ๐Ÿ™‚



  6. ashk eproyzh on September 26, 2022 at 2:13 am

    thank you for this video. please make more videoes about crossCountry mtb,



  7. chimps4gimps on September 26, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Iโ€™m not really into XC but nice vid Rich ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ



  8. Rubber Side Down on September 26, 2022 at 2:16 am

    Love to see some xc content!!



  9. smefour on September 26, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Not everyone is race orientated



  10. Kathleen Mc Caughey on September 26, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Does anyone know some good upgrades?๐Ÿ™



  11. bobo jo on September 26, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Loved the sound effects, you could be a good stand in as a voice over. LOL. Made me chuckle. Thanks!



  12. Laszlo Bacs on September 26, 2022 at 2:23 am

    Yes. Devinci Moonracer SL3 XC 2010. Great Video.



  13. Norwegian Troll on September 26, 2022 at 2:24 am

    Some much ad



  14. 0kojack0 on September 26, 2022 at 2:24 am

    My fist xc race for over a year tomorrow because of covid! Iโ€™m 40 watts down, and 8 kilos up! My cross country essential needs to be a magic wand ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚



  15. LuckyJack99 on September 26, 2022 at 2:25 am

    Another brilliant one – cheers !



  16. Whitehawkvision Films on September 26, 2022 at 2:25 am

    REQUEST!!! Could y’all please do a video on methodology/strategy for using a DOUBLE chain ring!? Should you be running most of the time in the small or the large and then switching to the ? when ? etc. Thanks lots of Love for y’all! FWI I aint from Wales, but we race XC in Texas too ๐Ÿ˜‰



  17. Mr CraigSuperkev on September 26, 2022 at 2:27 am

    Best thing you need is to have fun and not let the bike snobs put you down because we can’t all afford the top gear.



  18. Marc on September 26, 2022 at 2:27 am

    Nice tire combo! Vittoria Agarro and barzo.. just got in a Agarro/Mezcal for my Ibis Ripley to make it more ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€



  19. FedBiker on September 26, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Tubeless setup: great weight save and upgrade handling, traction, rolling resistance and reliability!



  20. Anji B on September 26, 2022 at 2:31 am

    I’m afraid I had to laugh at the pronunciation of Cwmcarn (Quimcarn?), it’s actually pronounced sort of between Cumcarn and Coomcarn (with the C like a K sound).



  21. Timothy Eckert on September 26, 2022 at 2:31 am

    XC Have a good cardiovascular endurance. Can’t ride if your lungs can’t handle the miles. I use to be a good long distance runner. Translation went great.



  22. zenedoboz on September 26, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Would you recommend an XC bike for someone who is coming over from road cycling to mountain biking? I think an XC might be more my thing than a trail bike, but I’m not sure.



  23. Frederik Skovhus Galland on September 26, 2022 at 2:33 am

    You need to buy ultra light carbon parts.
    It will make both your bike and your wallet lighter!



  24. Chad Stoudt on September 26, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Dropper post is the most important lol



  25. Colin Maiden on September 26, 2022 at 2:38 am

    Can’t believe I missed the chance to say hi.. I dropped into the carpark from Y Mynedd and rolled passed you while stuffing a banana in your mouth.. I thought to myself, I recognise that guy ๐Ÿ™ˆ
    Great videos ๐Ÿ‘Œ



  26. Ben Guiles on September 26, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Hell yes to the dropper post. Before I put one on my XC bike, I had the saddle a little lower and farther back to get a workable position for both climbing and descending. With the dropper post, I can now put the saddle farther forward and higher so that when the saddle is up I’m in my dedicated "climbing position." I’m going faster uphill with better biomechanics despite nearly an extra pound of weight, and obviously faster downhill. No regrets.



  27. Finely Tuned Ride FTR on September 26, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Essentials for XC racing, a Training Plan and a heart rate monitor!



  28. Global Mountain Bike Network on September 26, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Do you have a cross country bike?



  29. Aero fisher on September 26, 2022 at 2:43 am

    heres some tips from me
    buy a skinsuit for racing and a regular kit for training and bring a compact windbreaker with you
    buy a large amount of fuel it doesnt matter too much just get something with a good amount of carbs
    droppers will often make you go slower overall in a race and you need to train on the bike you
    dont buy cheap carbon wheels they can be heavier than some stans crest wheels

    a nice bike and kit really does help with motivation
    its usually better to have a bike thats less capable than one thats excessive because heavy bikes suck to pull up the clims



  30. NotAProfessional on September 26, 2022 at 2:43 am

    Love xc



  31. Quinton Guo on September 26, 2022 at 2:44 am

    are those bar ends!??!?! 0:00



  32. PR7NCE MARSANGCA on September 26, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Another essential that is overlooked: Proper and enough time of sleep and rest.



  33. Arnold Monk on September 26, 2022 at 2:45 am

    Energy gels, please do the decent thing, take the sachet home, donโ€™t leave it on the trail, leave only tyre tracks.



  34. Ian Purcell on September 26, 2022 at 2:46 am

    One thing you need for xc is deep deep pockets to keep pace with ever changing parts.Xc tyres alone last one month if your lucky.Chains and sprockets have a short life.Front and rear shocks need specialized servicing regularly.It is as cheap to run some cars as it is to run a top end xc bike for one year.Then there is winter and summer clothing.LED front light are a must but some are as expensive as car headlights.Still all in all its still great fun.



  35. Pasdechevredreamer on September 26, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Thanks for efforts and guide. What about navigation skills?



  36. Len Wittrock on September 26, 2022 at 2:51 am

    Excellent Video!



  37. Benjamin mtb on September 26, 2022 at 2:51 am

    So letโ€™s talk about winter wear *Florida people head out*



  38. Querzyy on September 26, 2022 at 2:56 am

    What are your shoes?



  39. Jaro on September 26, 2022 at 2:56 am

    Oooh are those the Cwmcarn trails? Thought I could recognise them



  40. Random Mountain Biker on September 26, 2022 at 2:57 am

    I do X/C riding, but I enjoy wearing unduro style clothing, and I have the attitude of a downhill rider. Send help



  41. Chris on September 26, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Just upgraded my factory wheels to Hope Pro 4โ€™s and DT rims. I actually canโ€™t believe how much better the bike feels. Itโ€™s quicker, more agile and seems to just roll nicer. Moved to XC tyres and tubeless. 1.2kg of weight gone!



  42. Andy B on September 26, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Quim Carn! Love it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Great vid as always!! I grew up around there. Itโ€™s beautiful



  43. Kris Bowditch on September 26, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Power meter pedals rally garmins for next level results ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘love it



  44. MTBfix on September 26, 2022 at 3:00 am

    I used to be a big weight weenie, now so much anymore. Dropper post adds 1 lb to the bike, on a 20km xc lap you might lose 5 seconds from that weight, but probably gain it back depending on the descents so I love my spark rc 900 with dropper post ๐Ÿ™‚



  45. Giorgio Coppola Cycling on September 26, 2022 at 3:01 am

    Big lungs and a high pain threshold ๐Ÿ˜…



  46. Jay mark Remolino on September 26, 2022 at 3:02 am

    Can I have that helmet๐Ÿ˜ข



  47. jade tito on September 26, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Good old Canterbury thermal๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ



  48. Jajo on September 26, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Do you ride Tubeless on XC?



  49. Paganiproductions on September 26, 2022 at 3:06 am

    i run flats pedals and use a trail Helmet and i wear lycra



  50. ะšะธั€ะธะป ะะฝะฐัั‚ะฐัะพะฒ on September 26, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Legs?