Trail Vs Cross Country | Battle Of The Mountain Bike

Trail Vs Cross Country | Battle Of The Mountain Bike

Cross Country and Trail focused bikes tend to be the less aggressive bikes in mountain biking! However, Rich Payne asked the question of which is the best MTB for your everyday off-road riding? We compared how they climb and descend to unravel the pros and cons of each bike to see which came out on top!

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  1. James Eaves on July 22, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    The Lux Trail will be my next purchase

  2. Edward15 on July 22, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve just switched from a 5 year old 27.5 Commencal Meta Trail to a 29 Vitus FS Rapide 100mm. For me – it’s no contest, the Vitus wins hands down because it’s so much lighter and livelier and responds to the pedal stroke immediately. But then that’s because I ride mostly country bridleways (and, ahem, footpaths) with very little challenging downhill.

  3. English MTB in France on July 22, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Said it before and I will keep saying it. A good trail bike is the ultimate MTB

  4. sean ziesenis on July 22, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Definitely post when yall come back to bentonville id like to come see yall rip some trails.

  5. sean ziesenis on July 22, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    I am a canyon spectral on cf 9 kinda guy.

  6. Rando Rand on July 22, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    What does it mean that trail bikes break a lil easier, their frames are bad compared to xc ones or…

  7. Umar RK on July 22, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    You should also test entry-level hardtail mountain bikes like Trek Roscoe and Marlin which beginners like me can afford.

  8. Dellvmnyam on July 22, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    What about hardtails? ^^
    BTW your suspension Canyon is lighter than my hardtail XC bike ^^

  9. MTB Alpine County on July 22, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Trails bike..
    why compromise with your Inner Child!
    Always go Big or Go Home..

  10. Callum Conners on July 22, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    That sludgy AF riff at 4:10 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  11. Mellissa Nash on July 22, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Trail Country type of lady. My wife is more XC rider who can do trail too.

  12. Nick Owens on July 22, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    I ride a โ€˜downcountryโ€™ bike with less rear travel than your XC bike. Coming from a full-suspension from the 90s, it felt like an utter monster bike. On my home trails with less descending and less tech, itโ€™s a missile.

    But riding more places with tougher trails, Iโ€™m thinking of getting a trail bike as well.

  13. turntablized on July 22, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    I ride trail NORCO Fluid FS3 maybe not the best at any thing particular but so Universal like the true MTB should be.

  14. Doc Holliday on July 22, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    How about reviewing & shredding on a step through? A.K.A. A woman’s bike?

  15. Alain Pfammatter on July 22, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Downcountry bike is the way to go ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

  16. bsctux on July 22, 2022 at 10:58 pm


  17. wahis25 on July 22, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Why always just compare the uphill and downhill performance? Most of my rides are more or less on flat terrain that have shorter and punchier uphills and downhills. But mostly the trails that I ride are pretty flat. ๐Ÿค”

  18. Sgt Thor on July 22, 2022 at 11:01 pm


  19. Brad Lewis on July 22, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks for hosting the group right in Bentonville, it was awesome to see the GMBN crew ripping some of my favorite hometown trials!

  20. Mattes Immo on July 22, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Iam glad that I also be able to own both kinda bike and wouldnโ€™t put one above the other. But actually I find myself riding my budget xc hardtail more. Because I also use it as a daily commuter.
    So even though I love riding my bit more pricey trailbike, I donโ€™t see myself without my old trusty budget xc.

  21. Charles Stafford on July 22, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    I think a slightly shorter travel trail bike is the best of both worlds. One thing to keep in mind if you can only have one bike is that it’s easier to learn new skills on a bike with less travel. To take full advantage of a long travel bike requires a lot of experience. For most of us, it would just cover up our riding flaws, and possibly slow our progression.

  22. Wyotah Outdoors on July 22, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Im a baller on a budget.. I have a hardtail

  23. thecakeisalie on July 22, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Love my 150mm/130mm 27.5. With geo adjust and air shock, it can be configured for XC, Trail, Dirt Jumps, Pump Tracks, Jibs, Trailside Trials, etc.

  24. Tommy Estrada on July 22, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Trail bike for me.

  25. Dan Roch on July 22, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    I prefer Gravel aka 90s rigid style..

    Where is this filmed?

  26. JoshuaPlays on July 22, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    8:09 Goodbye waterbottle lol

  27. Tim Jacobs on July 22, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Very very good video.
    I love me the aggressive XC! Epic EVO

  28. AjuFPV on July 22, 2022 at 11:09 pm


  29. bustatron on July 22, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    28lb 150/150 does it all. Sticky tires, eagle drive train goes up and down with joy.

  30. David Burns on July 22, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Rich, great video! I’m hoping my 2021 Scot Spark 960 is a good mix of both… it is supposed to be ‘trail’ but has 130mm front and 120mm rear. It is, apparently, entry level but with Magic Mary front and Hans Dampf trail tyre rear it’s pretty capable. I suppose it’s what you feel comfortable on.

  31. Nito_Gocni on July 22, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Solution = hardtail trail bike!

  32. A Quddus on July 22, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    spoilt it with stupidly loud music that randomly gets louder and louder – could not watch it

  33. ish474 on July 22, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    what you’re supposed to do is buy a trail bike and turn into an Enduro bike and then you have to buy a hardtail and turn it into a trail bike and then you buy a gravel bike and you put a suspension Fork on it and turn it into a cross-country bike and then you stare at your credit card statement and cry

  34. Stan ley on July 22, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    XC but hardtail, if full sus – go for trail one ๐Ÿ˜‰
    XC is lighter, faster, great for longer offroad/gravel journeys, second for bike park/singletrack.
    For me: XC ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. The Marauder on July 22, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    My bike was designed for downhill but it’s never been used for that purpose. As long as you enjoy riding it, who cares what type of frame it is.

  36. skinny on July 22, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    my favorite bike is a short travel trail bike…aka down country….it is what i prefer…im riding a revel ranger with 120/115 fox sus….works well for almost everything…if i have to ride anything harsher…i take my other bike the giant trance X….if i had to choose and keep only one…i stay with the ranger…the vast majority of riders are not riding as hard as you was….great riding btw.

  37. DeanBooster on July 22, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    No gloves Guy lol

  38. Mark Jackson on July 22, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I am a XC guy. But however I have taken my XC Santa Cruz Superlight on trail rides. I did have to work a bit more going downhill, and yes it did feel scetchy at times. Would I trade it ?? Absolutely not. I did have a trail bike, but missed the ability and lively feeling of a XC squish bike. So I have a XC Santa Cruz Superlight. Love it !!

  39. TheAllEngineering on July 22, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    A modern slack long travel hardtail, very capable on the downhill and pedals efficiently on the uphill.

  40. Harold Oehlers on July 22, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Epic Evo guy, for my terrein, downcountry is plenty.

  41. Jeremy Hayes on July 22, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    did I miss the times for each bike?

  42. HypocriticalElitist on July 22, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    It was helpful to see how these actually ride, after watching a few videos about the theory of how XC and trail differ. Thanks!

  43. chris made on July 22, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Did the rock music help climb with xc

  44. Rustyfox46 on July 22, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Hey Rich, the only bike I ever need is my trusty trail stead. She’s a beauty when riding up, down or flat, ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

  45. A Taylor on July 22, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Loving the tunes at the start of this video

  46. Joxide Armageddonator on July 22, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Rich is the best! He is so cool!

  47. Crushing Plastic on July 22, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Good on you having the tunes cranked when youre not talking. Thats proper volume!

  48. senglebe on July 22, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Down country for me, because my local trails are relatively flat. I rode my pivot trail 429 v2 on most of the Bentonville trails (happened to be there when you guys were) and there really werenโ€™t many trails where I was wishing for me travel. With that being said if I lived somewhere like North Carolina or the PNW with real mountains Iโ€™d want something more trail bike style with additional travel, probably something at least 130mm or longer rear travel. Most people are over-biked that I see. Lugging around extra suspension that they really donโ€™t need or use.

  49. Dantheman on July 22, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    If you don’t ride single speed dj bikes on steep and rocky trails are you even doing it right?

  50. Tomasz Michewicz on July 22, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Hi, so where sits my Ibis Ripley V4 140/120mm ? ๐Ÿ™‚