Pinkbike Poll: What's Your Ideal Two Bike Quiver?

Dec 1, 2023
by Matt Beer  
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For many mountain bikers, their garage, shed, or living room is filled with more than one bike. N+1, right? There are so many options out there that's it's tough to settle on just one,

For those that haven't headed down the path of hoarding two wheelers, what if you could add a second mountain bike to the fleet? Or for those who have already built up a sizeable collection, what if you had to downsize to just two bikes? How would that affect your choices?

I’ve seen a recent decline in the amount of “do-it-all” enduro bikes out there. The jack of all trades is often the master of none. For some riders, that means downsizing to a slightly more responsive aggressive trail bike that can be pedaled further, faster, and longer, sometimes adding in a budget downhill bike to the garage and a replacement for that gravity addiction.

Others have kept their enduro bikes, which seem to have slowed in progression slightly, or at least their frame features and dimensions, adding an eMTB to explore, commute, or blast out during an hour of parental leave.

Holding steady on wheel size, geometry, and construction, dirt jump bikes have hardly changed in decades and come at a significantly lower cost than a bike with dual shocks, a dropper post, powerful brakes, and electronics gizmos. They require little attention and rarely a costume change - chuck on a helmet and you can ride until the lights turn off at the local park. They’re that simple.

Sub-categories have been narrowed down for simplification:
• DJ (full suspension/slopestyle bikes)
• XC (110mm rear wheel travel or less)
• Trail (111 - 140mm rear wheel travel or less)
• Enduro (141 - 170mm rear wheel travel or less)
• Freeride (171 -190mm rear wheel travel or less)
• Downhill (more than 190mm rear wheel travel)
• eMTB (any travel amount, more than 50Nm of torque)
• SL eMTB (any travel amount, 50Nm of torque or less)

If you could choose any two types of mountain bikes, what would they be?



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  • 216 2
 Some missing categories:
Friend's bike and other friend's bike
Rigid DH and Full sus Gravel
F150 Lightning and EMTB
  • 79 3
 Tacoma and Spur
  • 34 6
 Dodge and YT
  • 30 5
 YZ250FX and EMTB
  • 41 2
 Down Country and All Mountain are my selections
  • 15 1
 Yeti and Kia
  • 22 3
 Enduro and Hardtail 27.5+.
  • 52 9
 Can we pick 3?

Tesla
S-Works
No Ability
  • 6 0
 You forgot the Cybertruck, with all it's bulletproof-ness.
  • 20 1
 Definitely Downcountry and Upduro. Or maybe Upcountry and Downduro.
  • 7 0
 Steel 27er and Mercedes camper van.
  • 32 0
 No "steel aggro hardtail mthrfckn' category? OK. But why?!
  • 2 0
 @MOBrules:
Phat azz.
  • 6 0
 Mortgage and enduro?
  • 2 1
 Haha I've got an f150 bike
m.pinkbike.com/u/scar4me/album/F150
  • 14 0
 Hardtail and Hardtail
  • 8 1
 Bumbleduro
  • 3 0
 @danstonQ: Agreed. I am building a light 25mm 29r wheel set, too slap a set of WAY to light 2.3's on for "gravel" and High click/ mellow terrain days. A dually and a HT is about perfect for a 2 bike quiver..... See below
  • 5 17
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  • 1 0
 @WasatchEnduro: ^^^ This guy hucks!
  • 3 2
 A bumbler for bumbling down the mountain
  • 3 0
 2012 Prius and Santa Cruz v10 lol
  • 9 0
 @PHX77: who logs out of onlyfans?
  • 4 0
 @fartymarty: yep, geared and singlespeed hardtails
  • 4 0
 @blueH2Oj: ppl who log into only fans at work
  • 1 0
 Enduro bike and a tow rope
  • 1 0
 santacruz and Yota
  • 1 0
 Let's not forget the Sprinter and Heckler combo
  • 1 0
 Around here there should be a "Spire and Backup-Spire" option...
  • 1 0
 Lexus and Evil Wreckoning
  • 191 5
 How can you not have the option of Trail Hardtail in this poll? I mean. cmon
Hardtail 140mm fork + Enduro for the win
  • 8 1
 I agree. I think that's most reasonably gonna cover the broadest range of riding, largely through having a variety of tire choices all the way from Gravel and XC through DH. This pretty well represents my two primary bikes as well. For myself, for the priority of being able to ride outside on trails throughout the winter, I would also have to add a fatbike to the mix.
  • 8 0
 27.5 hardtail with big fork and all mountain 29 (trail?) bike for me. Am for enduroing shit and hardtail for jumps and flow trails. All bases covered Big Grin
  • 9 11
 I think most folks included that in XC bike.
  • 8 0
 @ridedigrepeat: I included it in trail bike, but it’s not as clearly represented as it would be if they listed HT as an option, but then you’d probably have to put HT/FS in every category. My 160mm hardtail is not an xc bike by most standards, but it can pretend to be one with some xc tires.
  • 4 1
 100% agree Fuse and Stumpjumper EVO are the best two bikes I have owned.
  • 3 1
 27.5+ hardtail doubles as townie bike and groomed trail winter bike.
  • 4 0
 DJ and Enduro. Covering all MTB zones well...
  • 1 0
 Agreed
  • 2 0
 @Garantson: Ragley Marley and SJE here. Covers just about all bases.
  • 9 0
 I have a Rootdown with a 150mm fork on it as my only bike rn. I’m stumped as what second bike would compliment it.

Seems crazy to go with a lower travel option and have a full-squish XC/downcountry bike and an enduro HT.

Also seems crazy to add slightly more travel and have a 150mm hardtail and a 160-170mm FS with similar geometry.

A full on DH bike is appealing but I’d use it less than 10 times a year, hard to justify the cost.

I’ll just keep being the “rides his steel hardtail everywhere” guy and save my $$$ I guess.
  • 5 0
 @sfarnum: I have a Rootdown Ti as my “xc’ish” bike to compliment my GG MX MegaTrail. Much lighter and more appropriate feeling than my FS for mellow terrain, and I can still ride it aggressively which is how I enjoy riding a bike. It can obviously also go well into more gnarly terrain, and I think that actually makes the pairing make a lot of sense because they can back each other up as well as compliment each other more ideally for different terrain. A well sorted modern “aggressive” hardtail like the Rootdown is pretty damn timeless, especially in their current form. On paper, a true XC bike would maybe make more sense, but I don’t want to ride a real xc bike as I would have to really cater to the bikes functional limitations. If you’re racing, then you should obviously buy the bike/s for the discipline.
  • 4 1
 Yep, Chromag Wide-Angle hardtail and a Revel Rail 29er. I love them both, hardest part is choosing which one to ride.
  • 4 0
 Yes! This. Guy. Gets. It.

Gnartail plus the trail/enduro bike allow full send all of the time.
  • 1 0
 Exactly. I selected DJ/Trail as I assumed “DJ” was closest to hardtail trail bike of the options. I feel like that category would have made more sense as a “DJ/HT” not “DJ (Full sus/HT)”. A Ti HT with rigid and 120-140mm fork options, 40mm gravel to full knobbies and room for a bag covers a ton of uses plus a 130-140mm trail bike that’s coil compatible would cover pretty much everything I do or could ride. Minus winter fat biking, but I’d be willing to give that up and ride the HT as a winter bike when conditions allow.
  • 1 1
 yeah i dont get that, I've had prett much every possible setup, currently have a norco torrent 29 and enduro/FR(either 170 or 180 airshaft & mullet or full 29)

I've tried the 140 ish bike and the enduro but they are just too close these days.
  • 2 0
 @Metacomet:
Well said- that’s the combo I was looking for on the menu.
  • 5 0
 @brentkratz: Tried it, and it does not work. Fatbike is where it's at around here, with lots of snow.
  • 3 2
 Maybe when you're young, but at my age (50+ with 30+ years of riding mtb), hardtails don't cut it anymore. Got to take care of these old bones! Wink
  • 4 0
 @cool3:
I am 50 and started riding in 93. Yeah, I feel more beat up after a hardtail ride but modern hardtrails are really fun to ride, especially on flow trails and classic single track
  • 8 0
 Was about to write this. Aggro hardtail + enduro full suspension is the ultimate quiver of two. They can both ride the same terrain but give you a different experience. Ht can be more fun on the smoother stuff, easier to clean when conditions are ultra wet and you will never have to service two rear shocks at once. Ht also doubles as commuter and is great for short rides after work (urban trails, nearby hills). Enduro bike allows you to hit stuff that are scary on the ht. You can also keep wheelsizes common between the two so when the big bike gets fresh rubber the little bike gets the old tyres.

As a single bike for everything I'd go with a slack ht with 140 fork. Might not be the fastest option anywhere, but you can ride it everywhere.
  • 2 0
 @sfarnum: You can add a 160-170mm FS and enjoy two different flavours. Or keep riding your only bike and not worry about a thing.
  • 5 0
 Solaris Max and Murmur are mine.
  • 1 1
 @wolfdoodle5017: 52, and agreed. Like to lay a little heat on some of the "kids" I ride with re: bikes I learned to ride on. "Sure it's steep but the bike I first rode this on was steeper than your gravel bike!, with the same size tires and travel."
  • 3 1
 @cool3: Tried it and it does work for me in BC (67 with 30+ years riding). Found fatbike too one dimensional, 27.5+ gives me more including winter bike (at least on groomed trails). But I will agree riding hardtail even on easier mtb trails sure makes you appreciate that enduro sled haha!
  • 1 0
 @brentkratz: On groomed trails, you could even ride your summer "skinny tires" bike, but with 5 months of snow and cycles of slushy and icy trails here, a fatbike gives you more flexibility, especially with two sets of tires (standard + studded).
  • 4 0
 Another vote here, Hooligan hardtail with a couple of wheelsets that can cover park riding down to the local pump track.... and in my case, a drop bar gravel bike capable of 150km epic rides in the Japanese backcountry...
  • 2 0
 @cool3: Sounds like you have it dialed for where you live - bravo. Here at 1100m in the mountains we get a bit of snow too. I only ride in winter till the Red Mountain opens (5 min away) or the touring is good, so maybe 3 weeks, otherwise I'm skiing. Whatever works for you where you live is cool, here my HT and Enduro work great!
  • 2 0
 Scrolled down here to say exactly that. Trail hardtail + Enduro bike.
  • 3 0
 Came to say the same thing. Aggressive hardtail is the main category missing
  • 1 0
 I answered Trail but my Trail is a Hardtail.
  • 1 0
 @cool3: 56 years old and been riding almost 40 years. My Banshee Paradox is pretty much my favorite bike to ride in the BC Rockies! Super comfy for a hardtail.
  • 2 0
 Yep, perfect combination. Nice slack 140mm hardtail and 150mm full squish for when the fillings are feeling a bit loose
  • 1 0
 That's what I'm sitting on. I've got a 140 Mullet Chameleon. Thing is a freaking blast. Going to sell it soon though. Frown
  • 2 0
 This is the way. Steel hardtail + Enduro
  • 1 0
 @ridedigrepeat: bikes like that commencial meta HT are not XC bikes. Source: My bike broke last minute and did a 6 hour race on one. Not very fast, pretty fun though.
  • 1 0
 @joebiden: No doubt. Big difference between 32 pound hard tail with 140 travel 35 or 36mm fork and juicy tires and a super like 29er with 120 travel 32 or 34 mm fork and climbing geo.

I did set up my chameleon to be able to do both... I'd call it a trail bike though. It's currently set up mullet with a 140 36 on it. But the drop outs are 29er and I have a 29er wheel. So you can very quickly do a wheel swap and it's much more friendly on those long rolly pedal days.
  • 2 0
 @cool3:Here in the kootenays I agree. Fatbike for the year round riding!
  • 127 1
 Trail/Enduro. But the trail bike is something like a tallboy 120-130mm of travel and the Enduro is 170mm so at the ends of each of their categories.
  • 25 5
 I have a Megatower and a Tallboy and can't imagine having a better combo. This.
  • 6 0
 @nickmorales: That is the same combo I have. If I had to have one bike it would probably be the hightower or the stumpjumper Evo. Been tempted a number of times to just try a hightower.
  • 11 0
 @nickmorales: tallboy and nomad is the better combo fwiw.
  • 3 0
 This ^ with how good enduro bikes are now they are at home on the rowdiest trails / park days, the trail bike is good for chiller solo and longer rides. All depends where you live too
  • 4 0
 I ride a Norco Fluid and Rocky Altitude and support this
  • 7 0
 Still too close to each other imo. 120/130 with a solid build can just about ride everything. So can 170mm. Is there a reason you don't prefer an xc instead of trail for example?
  • 3 1
 @nickmorales: In the same boat..except. My wife and I are the same height and almost same weight, we also share the Hightower among the two of us.. It's the best of all worlds. When we do big pedally rides together, one of us on the Hightower, one of us on the Tallboy. When we are riding more serious terrain, one of us on the Hightower and one on the Megatower. The Hightower is incredibly versatile.
  • 1 1
 @russthedog: I have my tallboy built up more on the XC side of things. Being a bigger guy, pure XC bikes just feel fragile.

But yes, the tallboy can be ridden in some really gnarly stuff, but can't come you ass like a megatower can.

I would rather have a magetower as an only bike over the tallboy. Put some lighter and faster tires on it and it really rolls out. Also it is not a complete turd on more mellow trails like some big bikes can be.
  • 2 0
 @pedalrepair: I get it as an only bike. Maybe I'm in the same category as you - 95kg / 193cm - if I can choose two I just go to the furthest ends of the spectrum. I've found in the past if I had a dh, wnduro, trail and xc bike it was usually the trail or enduro that never got ridden (depending on where I lived and the local trails). The xc and dh always had their use.
  • 3 0
 @nickmorales: Are they different colors so you can tell the difference between them?
  • 2 0
 Definitely. I currently have a Druid (150/130) and a Meta AM (170/160). Pretty happy but I think and Optic and Range would be better (lighter trail bike, more capable enduro).
  • 3 0
 Right on. Have an Optic and a Spire. These two cover allot of territory. Right now about to build a second lightweight wheelset for the optic to make it a bit more competitive for the local crit races.
  • 3 0
 @pedalrepair: Agreed. Tough to admit due to some of the mess Specialized pulls, but Damn the Stumpy EVO is such a good bike. Big travel and can be agile like a trail bike without it being a cliche'
  • 8 1
 @russthedog: Where I live is so rocky that I've blown up 3 Fox Floats and two lighweight wheelsets on my 130/140 trail bike before finally upgrading to burlier shock & rims and adding a 170mm enduro bike so I can stop over-riding the little bike. On a true, sub-25lb XC bike, I would be blowing up XC components on a weekly basis on my local terrain at my accustomed speeds, and I'm a lightweight former endurance racer who used to "finesse" ultralight bikes through marathon races in Europe. I see the problem this way: modern suspension, geometry, and droppers have made current bikes so capable that it's easy and relatively "safe" to override them in really rough terrain if you have the skills. For me the choice is either ride significantly slower, or run more travel & heavier components. I'd rather ride a 28lb trail bike and a 32lb enduro bike than do weekly repairs on a 25lb XC bike. Wish I lived somewhere loamy & soft that would coddle a bike that light, but until then...
  • 3 0
 @IMeasureStuff: I own a spire and am considering an optic. On more mellow/lame trails is the optic a lot more fun than the spire? I'm stuck between something like the optic or full on Blur TR/Exie for days when I can't get to much elevation
  • 1 0
 @pedalrepair: I have just a hightower, I do everything on it. I'm a lighter guy and come from hardtail riding. I just run two wheelsets a hd 2.6 gravity set up and a lighter more all mountain trail set up. I watch videos of riders way better than me and there on 140-160 pike or lyrik such as Kade Edwards, 50/01. Most people riding an Enduro bike or dh is probably using it as a crutch
  • 3 0
 @DCF: in a nutshell trails that are fun on an optic are not fun on a spire and the reverse is equally true. When I want to cover miles and hit a couple of spicy lines I will take the Optic. It makes riding regular trail rides a hoot because it's both nimble and capable. if you come up to something more challenging you are going to have to pick your line. On the Spire these rides are boring because it just plows or wollows through everything.

If I'm riding somewhere where there are alot of big technical features and I'm only interested in the smashy smashy then it's the spire every time.
  • 1 0
 @TheHartsHorn: if I do eventually go the hightower route, this is exactly what I would do.
  • 1 0
 My vote is an SC Bronson v4 with 2 WAO wheelsets (EXO and DoubleDown Tires) and 2 shocks + Cascade Link (EXT Storia & Rockshox Super Deluxe)

Arguably almost as expensive as having/maintaining two rigs, but you only have to maintain one super dialed bike and you get a ton of versatility to ride any terrain. The conversion takes ~5 minutes.
  • 2 0
 @DCF: I have a blur tr that now gets ridden more than my trail bike and enduro. If you really want longer days it’s hard to beat and unlike the comments above has been really reliable for me even with ample time on black diamonds (caveat is that I have reserve 28XC rims which are incredible).
  • 5 1
 @gnarnaimo: selecting a wife based on optimal bike sharing potential is next level. Well played, sir.
  • 1 0
 @IMeasureStuff: That is an excellent combo,
I have a short travel Fugitive and the Spire, so 120 and 170 bikes. The Fugitive is anything but light, but itis a cracker of a bike to ride. The Spire is my happy place
  • 3 0
 @gnarnaimo: My wife and I essentially share a short travel Fugitive, Sight, and a Spire. I have to do some futzing when we switch bikes up, but for the most part it takes about 10 mins to have em set up for us.
  • 3 0
 @DCF: Personally always owned a long travel + an XC bike. After 3 sketchy XC bikes, switched up to an Optic. Mellow trails are always jibby and fun, and rowdy trails no matter how sketchy are survivable. Big bike still comes out, but rarely. Even for Squamish I usually ride the Optic.

Uphill Strava times I figured out are pretty
much solely dependent on fitness, the advantage of an XC bike is a tiny percentage. Light trail bike + good fitness will absolutely smash the uphill times of an XC bike + average fitness.
  • 2 0
 Transition Spur (120) and Transition Spire (170) would be perfect
  • 1 0
 @IMeasureStuff: Is your spire alloy or carbon? I was tempted by a spire, but got an amazing deal on a meta am with coil. I figure the Spire would climb better and be lighter. All the used ones around here seem to be alloy and a new carbon is $$$.
  • 2 0
 @DCF: I'm on Vancouver island and a lot of people went from 2019-and prior Sights and Ranges to 2020+ Optics (2019 sight being 150/130, iirc 29er range was 160/150). General consensus was way more fun and better on the climbs and way more capable than it's 124mm rear travel would have you think. One trail a guy had set the trailforks/strava record time (mainly downhill) on a 150/130 ight and beat it with his optic. That being said, many moved off them after a season or two. There isn't a lot or margin for error. Personally I need at least 150mm up front between my weight and my unsophisticated riding style.

I think many moved to the newer Sight. 160/150mm gives way more room for error and it still climbs really well. I was about to jump on the new sight train, but got an amazing deal on a Druid. A friend used to change bikes nearly every season and he's settled on a carbon sight (custom build, with his drivetrain and brakes of choice) and has been on it for at least 3 seasons now. Prev bike was an Instinct BC edition, which was quite capable, but the Sight is better. His kid is on a Druid (as are a lot of the kids in school mtb clubs).
  • 1 1
 @nickmorales: I had the exact same combo but can say for sure that I am more happy with a slightly bigger trail bike (druid at 160/130) and a DH bike. There was still a ton of overlap with the tb and mega.
  • 2 0
 @eh-steve: The spire is alloy and you notice the weight. I also got a great deal on the frame. If I had deep pockets I would save the weight and go carbon, but prices today are a bit crazy.
  • 1 0
 @IMeasureStuff: I got an incredilbe deal on the carbon, after waiting for 8 months on an alloy one. I have never wanted for a carbon bike before, but I was very eager to have the Spire. Buddy has the alloy, and it is more compliant, and feels heavier to ride, both are the RS/GX model. My Spire in Huckleberry is quite spectacular
  • 1 0
 @shandtke: Im really tempted to mullet a Smuggler, to pair it with the Spire. I am very mullet curious right now

I'm hoping to mullet my Fugitive to see how that goes
  • 1 0
 @jjbmtb53: this is dumb tho because you aren't just going to throw on the new wheelset and shock everytime you want to switch up the riding style.

I already thought of this but not worth it imo
  • 1 0
 @skiboot1: I don't change my shock but swapping wheels is one of the best things I spent my money on
  • 4 0
 @eh-steve: I had exactly that combo for the last two years, and only rode the Meta when the Druid was down for maintenance. The Druid is so insanely capable, I can’t imagine needing more travel.

For me, the right answer here is a Druid and my Orbea Terra gravel bike.
  • 2 0
 @brightfff: I have a gravel bike as well, but it ends up mainly being a road bike for commuting. I had big plans to put a grx derailleur on (105 has no clutch) and add a dropper, but when I actually hit trails I want to take the Druid. You're right, the Druid is super capable. I have yet to run out of rear end travel. I might bump the fork up to 160mm as that's the limiting factor for me. That would probably mean nearly no bottom-outs, and would slightly increase the bb height.
  • 1 0
 @minimusprime: I bought my Mega before the Nomad came out or I probably would've gone for that.
  • 1 0
 @sfarnum: When I picked up the tallboy I couldn't believe how different it felt since it's damn near identical besides color. Hah.
  • 84 0
 Hate to use the term but for me the downcountry/Enduro combo is the sweet spot. Less travel then the average trail bike but more aggressive geometry then XC makes for a lot of fun and them a bruiser enduro for gravity focused days
  • 34 4
 The guy who coined that term was a genius...
Whatever happened to him?
  • 4 0
 Aggressive-ish hard tail/enduro suite me the best (Fuse/Stumpjumper EVO) combo for me.
  • 5 0
 agree, exactly. I said XC+Enduro, but really I want downcountry little bike + enduro bigger bike
  • 4 3
 Yall are sleeping on the downcountry / enduro SL eMTB combo
  • 1 0
 Yeah, why is the downcountry category missing the one time it might have been useful. Calling my Ripley an XC bike is a stretch, but if the build was a fullblown trail bike it would be to close to the enduro…
  • 3 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Careful careful you almost mentioned him.
  • 1 0
 Ripley Af and Patrol #oncoil
  • 1 0
 Same here. I have a Ranger and a Rail.
  • 1 4
 @ReformedRoadie: hopefully he was beaten into a coma with a tube sock full of padlocks.
  • 2 0
 @cliff-huckstable: hopefully he comes the f*ck back
  • 1 0
 @skiboot1: I don't actually know who coined the term, but I think I'm catching up. Was it like mevy?
  • 60 2
 Singlespeed hardtail and a enduro bike.
  • 18 2
 This is the way
  • 4 1
 @howejohn: I pretty much only use two of my bikes (rigid SS - commute and chill rides / hardcore hardtail - everything else)
  • 8 3
 Singlespeed hardtail = XC/trail/enduro bike.
  • 1 0
 So I wasn't the only one looking for this combo!
  • 2 1
 Beat me to it. But not just any single speed - must have Gates Carbon Drive, 150mm or bigger fork, and the same front end geometry as your enduro bike
  • 1 0
 @Dhers90: This is my combo...
  • 1 0
 @MTBrent: mine is more trail than anything but I see your point.
  • 1 0
 Hmm, currently shopping for single speed steel hardtail. Any suggestions?
  • 3 0
 @donaarblitzen: RSD middlechild.
  • 2 0
 @donaarblitzen: I went with Chromag Stylus. 32x20 gearing fits without a tensioner.
  • 1 0
 Rigid singlespeed & my fatbike.(if needed I could take my wife's Intrigue - it has more travel than my current trail bike anyway)
  • 1 0
 Getting excited about joining the SS club. 32x22 correct for steep climbs (i.e. Old Buck)?
  • 4 0
 @donaarblitzen: 32/20 is a great middle of the road combo, so 32/22 should get you up the hills no problem. You'll be surprised by what you can actually climb with one gear.
  • 3 0
 @donaarblitzen: Likely only good for climbing. I have mine at 28x16 on 27.5 and it is very slow on flat ground (hard to maintain 10 mph), no point in pedaling even with the slightest downslope. But if you are mountain biking, it is rare to be on the flat, you are either coasting or climbing.
  • 2 0
 @donaarblitzen: start there and see how it goes for a few rides. I know I switched my gearing several times before I figured out what works best for me and where I ride which is 32x16.
  • 46 0
 I haven't figured out how to limit myself to only 2 bikes so I can't participate in this poll.
  • 50 4
 Mountainboard and freeride tandem.
  • 12 1
 freeride tandem needs shivers and 24x3 gazzaloddis on sun doublewides
  • 5 0
 You just love watching the world burn don't you?
  • 9 0
 Fixed gear enduro and a pack of American Spirits
  • 2 0
 No Trials option?
  • 34 1
 Fatbike...???
  • 8 0
 Feel you man, for northern people, Overforked Fat Bike + Enduro/Freeride is a nice setup for riding all year long !
  • 16 0
 I don't like my fatbike but I ride it in the winter cause I don't like being fat
  • 4 0
 West coast doesn’t know much about the upper Midwest
  • 1 0
 @bolj: how much travel do fat bike forks come in?
  • 2 0
 @karpiel002: 150mm on a Manitou Mastodon
  • 1 0
 I'm with you. Rigid fatty in the winter, then a wheel change and a suspension fork turn it into a trail hardtail in the summer. Plus I've got a Guerrilla Gravity (RIP) with a second seatstay kit. Usually run it 150/130 mullet, but can go 130/120 29er with a shock and wheel change or 160/155 Mullet with the seatstay kit and a shock change. My 2 bikes can morph into 5.
  • 29 1
 2 e bikes of course.
Gotta have a DH bike for racing DH
Gotta have an EEB for 90% of riding
Gotta have an enduro bike to remind you how good the eeb is
Gotta have an xc bike for when the ride is too long for the EEB battery
Gotta have a jump bike for 3 laps of the pump track and looking at the local jumps
Gotta have a 4x bike as it's better than a jump bike for pumptrack
Gotta have a BMX for 1 scary lap with no brakes
Gotta have a cx bike with rim brakes for going to the pub
Gotta have a road bike for that 1 charity road cycle at work each year and as a spare pub bike and for sitting on the turbo that you never turn on

Think that's biking covered.

Still got the old DH bike for sentimental value a good old cracked Nukeoroof and a 2nd Nukeoroof that isn't cracked because they are worthless to sell along with 300 worn tyres, some buckled wheels and the odd broken hope hub because that's their favourite trick.
  • 9 6
 lol was about to say the same - 2 EBIKES of course. just to trigger the PB incels
  • 22 0
 Where is the hardtail or hardcore hardtail option?

I refuse to select XC for that, as a long travel hardtail, with a 61degree hta is absolutely not an XC bike.


Plus, what if you like two of the same type of bike rather than different types?
  • 1 0
 This. A HCHT plus a BMX literally provides everything for the day-to-day riding on every trail or urban situation right up to the demands of a place like Windrock, where a rental makes good sense.... If you *live* at Windrock, then all this changes.
  • 1 0
 Is your frame custom? 61 deg sounds like something I'd want to try
  • 15 0
 Nonsense!

The bare minimum to be happy in life is a Pumptrack bike (DJ or BMX), a trailbike, and an Enduro bike.

With such a 3-bikes quiver, you can be somewhat happy, but you should expect to wake up at night, thinking about how awesome your life would be if you also owned a modern hardtail. To keep things real from time to time...
  • 9 0
 Push that enduro bike closer to the downhill or freeride end of the spectrum and I'll vote for this option.
  • 1 0
 @BarryWalstead:
Agreed! I am thinking about something like a 180/170 enduro bike, with real tires and inserts. Smile
  • 5 0
 Agreed. I had a hard time choosing between the trail and enduro, but the dj was not going anywhere
  • 1 1
 @BarneyStinson: Solve this by making the “trail” option a hardtail.
  • 16 0
 Surprised with all the XC answers, didn't know there were that many LOSERS on PB. Jk I own an XC bike too, just too lazy to ride it
  • 1 0
 My "XC bike" is over forked and single speed. Its xc for the sake of this poll, but its not like I'm using it for racing xc.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: and mine's a hardtail w. 140mm fork and burly tires.
  • 16 0
 Fingerbike and Peloton.
  • 14 1
 This poll sucks. My real answer is bikepacking hardtail and overforked mid-weight downcountry.
  • 15 3
 No specific HT options?

Come on, PB, know your audience!!

Seven different options each for DJ and Freeride (even one for Unicycle!), but no HT?

** rolls eyes **
  • 1 0
 Hardtail and an eeeb
  • 16 2
 Enduro and Gravel
  • 1 0
 Please add this option @mattbeer
Gravel for winter fitness and the odd easy XC loop, enduro for the fun riding
  • 3 0
 Gravel + Trail bikes.
I will have both with 2 sets of wheels:

- Light road set with thin slicks / Cheap-ish gravel set with bigger knobby tyres
- Light set with almost XC tyres / Cheap OE set with enduro casing

This can quickly turn 2 bikes into 4. I'm about to build the last set to finish this project.
  • 8 0
 I own my 'dream' two bike quiver- a 170mm 29er coil sprung enduro sled and a 100mm carbon hardtail xc whippet. Polar opposites mean any time spent on one makes me appreciate the other. And both feel like purpose built machines, no fun in jack of all trades.
  • 1 0
 Nice
  • 10 0
 F that. Best to have one bike and complain that it's not the right bike for the ride that day.
  • 4 0
 My favorite excuse to use is “if I had a dh bike….”
  • 4 0
 This is the key to happiness on group rides. A heavy short travel bike. Phantom, optic, aluminum fuel etc. Slow up the climbs? Bikes too heavy. Slow on the downs? Not enough travel.
  • 10 0
 You guys need to get some designing polls, they're always a disaster.
  • 5 0
 Trail and downhill for me.

Trail and enduro seems interesting, but too close as there is so much crossover pedaling performance be those categories.
And XC and enduro are also tempting to better bookend things.

But I prioritize downhill performance and want that (maybe more downcountry trail bike) all around trail bike do everything feel, then full on optimal downhill performance, pedaling be damned!
  • 8 0
 Where is the Hardcore Hardtail and Freeride/DH option?
  • 5 1
 I see some heavy debates coming. Does a rigid gravel bike fit into the XC category? That's a "mountain" bike, right? For this N+1 only equaling 2, I'd say for 2.5 there should be a gravel bike as an acceptable addition.
  • 3 0
 My fleet is currently dialed; don't make me choose 2...

- DJ, aggressive 29 Hardtail (rootdown), Long Travel 29, DH, Gravel (daily driver)

If I could only have two bikes I'd go for Hardtail/ Enduro.

Also, why no hardtail option?
  • 1 0
 @BarneyStinson: Do you feel like the use-cases for the Rootdown and enduro bike overlap quite a bit?
  • 1 0
 @sfarnum: I’m on a Ragley Marley hardtail with a 140mm fork and a Stumpjumper Evo.

Yeah there is some overlap, but I think that’s partly because both are so flexible.

The SJE is such a capable bike that on easier trails it can be less rewarding, especially if they’re rolling trails rather than winch and plummet. It’s great for big mountain riding, bike parks and steeper more technical trails.

The Marley is more fun for flowier less challenging trails, and feels less tiring for longer all day rides. With a 140mm fork and modern geometry it’s quite capable on easier enduro trails too, but it’s not as fast as the SJE, so I ride it differently.

I do find myself thinking about taking the Marley to a bike park to see what it could do though…
  • 3 0
 How can it be that after more than 200 comments, I'm the first person to object to the description "DJ (full suspension/slopestyle bikes)"--a slopestyle bike has a short travel rear suspension but a dirt jumper is a hardtail. Or am I going crazy?
  • 3 0
 Confused me, too. I think it's meant as "DJ(including full sus slopestyle bikes)
  • 1 0
 @leolentz: Yeah, I guess everybody else just accepted that PB polls are always poorly written and moved on.
  • 7 0
 Enduro + Gravel
  • 2 0
 As an XC/Downcountry and Enduro bike owner I'm not going to pretend any other combo could possibly be better. (I've also got a couple curly bar bikes, a trusty singlespeed commuter, and motorcycle to complete the 2-wheeled collection).
  • 3 0
 I have a Revel Ranger pretty XC style and a Revel Rail29 as an efficient enduro (air shock, 160mm fork) and it's literally perfect for everything. XC races to Whistler bike parks, these two bikes cover all my needs.
  • 6 1
 Man, quite a bit of XC guys answering. I would rather move than buy/ride XC.
  • 9 5
 Sickened and shocked by the results of this poll.

DH should be number one always and forever.

Trail and enduro? XC and trail??? They're each practically the same thing
  • 3 1
 The reality is, DH will never be as popular as XC/trail riding because DH requires lift infrastructure
  • 2 0
 @mkul7r4: A Ute and a tailgate pad?
  • 5 1
 Everyone should have a 27.5" with "old school-(ish)" geo.We all forgot about the fun in small wheels and 66 degree head angles.
  • 2 0
 Matt, you missed a few:

Single speed
Far bike
Gravel (just kidding)
Bike packer

My combo is an enduro as a daily driver and a fat bike with two wheel sets (summer, winter).

I also have a mountain unicycle with two wheels (27.5, 29), but I don’t include the uni as part of my quiver cuz it’s like a totally different sport Wink
  • 2 0
 Trail and enduro because they’re both so versatile and if one of them breaks or something there will always be the other bike that’s nearly identical. One could be built more XC and the other more gravity. They can also interchange parts easily if you are more partial to one bike unless the frame breaks or something. But ya having a cheap road / gravel bike is nice too for sure in case you need to use it to commute and it gets stolen.
  • 2 0
 The honest answer is a trail hardtail and a fat bike as thats what's in the stable. Allows me to ride all year, and I can never really justify spending on more when they are so much fun and im still the limiting factor. That said, If I got another bike it would probably be a dh bike, haha
  • 2 0
 Long travel Trailbike(Trek Feuel Ex 2023) and Gravel Bike(Giant Revolt Advanced) with 40mm slicks.
Mentioning the other type of ride just because I love it. My quite mint, white 1989 Honda CRX ED9. I live in Europe. Don't need a car. It's just for fun.
  • 6 0
 Also missing trials
  • 5 0
 Hardtail listing ? Or does that come under xc
  • 5 0
 Or a trail hardtail?
  • 2 0
 Enduro hardtail
  • 5 0
 Allmountain + Trail-Hardtail
  • 6 0
 Trail - gravel ...
  • 6 1
 Great Poll. Now, where is the 2023 Advent?????
  • 3 0
 I'm betting it starts monday or tuesday so they can shrink the prize list
  • 7 0
 Maybe the Advent has been dropped. No one ever wins anyway.
  • 5 0
 No hardtail option? For years i had a hardtail and trail or enduro bike.
  • 1 0
 But was it a xc hardtail, a trail hardtail or an enduro hardtail?
  • 2 0
 Long travel enduro bike, road race bike. All I need. My XC only gets used for XC racing. I can give that up. Gravel bike is only used for commuting occasionally, but I prefer the road bike for that anyway. So, that's it.
  • 1 0
 What's an enduro anymore? I've never known what a freeride bike is. I'd love a 140/150 do-most-of-it-all trail bike that pedals well and is fun on smoother stuff and a 160/170ish bike that is park friendly but can get up a hill without making me hate my life. Whatever that is, I want it. And a hardtail. And beach cruiser. A steel rigid thing with chris king parts for fashionable pub runs or the once a year I ride gravel.
  • 1 0
 I clearly don't get this concept. I absolutely cannot narrow it down to 2 bikes. Currently have : road bike, hub geared commuter bike, dirt jump hardtail, trail hardtail, trail F.S and an enduro bike. Need to get a d.h/park bike again, and saving for a moto trials bike too. No way I'm ever going down to just 2 bikes! BTW, most of these bikes are old and not worth much.
  • 4 0
 150mm hardtail and 180/170mm enduro has worked well for me on the north shore
  • 1 0
 If I had to narrow it down to just two of my four mountain bikes, it would have to be the Chromag Stylus (170 hardtail) and the Transition Scout (145/160 FreeJibDuro).
It would be hard to get rid of the NS Suburban DJ and the On-One rigid 69er though...as they serve their own specific purposes so well.
  • 1 0
 It totally depends on your goals and where you ride. For me, a trail bike and a cross/gravel bike is the answer. You really need some choices that are not two flavors of the same thing. Most riders looking to truly develop skills and fitness need a pair of bikes that make it possible and practical to rider every day year round.
  • 1 0
 I’m fortunate enough to have a 3 bike quiver. A DC/XC rig for fast and light days, a full smash 170/170 enduro rig for the steep and gnarly stuff, and my middle bike—a 160/150 trail bike that’s built to party. Paring it down to a 2 bike quiver, it’s no question—get rid of the enduro bike. That thing is really excellent at what it does, but it’s niche. My trail rig can do anything the big bike can do, just differently. It’s more pop and float than smash and plow. But I’ll happily take it down anything. Flip the equation and I’ve got no desire to pedal the big bike on big backcountry days in consequential terrain, whereas the trail bike absolutely excels at that.

So for me the 2 bike quiver is XC and trail, but with the caveat that we’re talking the long legged rowdier side of trail.
  • 1 0
 Transition smuggler or santacruz 5010 or something in the 130mm range for the trail bike
Transition patrol with cascade link and dual crown form making it 180/190. Keep a dropper post in there but take it out for shuttle/lifts
  • 1 0
 it really depends on where you live and what can u ride around. for example im from area where there are 10 asphalt pumptracks in 20 km radius , and small hills with kinda flat terrain with no rocks. so DJ / enduro is best combo for me. enduro because its better to go to bikepark with enduro rather than trail bike
  • 1 0
 I wonder how many people that answered XC bike actually own a 110mm travel bike and/or even read the bike category descriptions. I hear people referring to their short travel trail bikes as XC bikes all the time when they're actually 120-130mm bikes.
  • 1 0
 Enduro-ish hardtail (Chromag Rootdown with 160mm Lyrik) for the non-snowy months and just about to transition onto the fatbike (Norco Bigfoot ), now that the snow has arrived here.
  • 1 0
 Enduro full suspension and enduro hardtail that I pretend is a 'more xc option for mellower days' even though it still weighs 37 lbs, has a 170mm fork and climbs as bad as the full-suspension.
  • 1 0
 I currently own a 120mm rear suspension trail bike and a 165mm Enduro bike and I am seriously thinking about getting something in between, a 140-145mm all mountain machine and I will be complete...I guess?
  • 4 0
 I can't believe people have more than one mtb.....
  • 4 0
 Me: Hardcore hardtail and rigid singlespeed. Cause I hate myself.
  • 1 0
 Enduro and ebike. Enduro rig does everything from racing to multi-day backcountry. The 180mm travel ebike does the solo rides, the trail building days, towing the kid uphills and anytime that a quick blat in the lunchour
  • 3 0
 2 enduro bikes. One for me and one for my boy.
Biking > Bikes
Happy Holidays
  • 1 0
 Hardtail: norco torrent 29er. & enduro/FR(either 170 or 180 airshaft & mullet or full 29)
Can daily the torrent to work and play on the trails on work days, big rig comes out in the weekend or shuttles.
  • 1 0
 Woh! I see the lines are becoming blurred these days. My only option was XC/Trail but my actual quiver is a flatbar gravel bike and a downcountry bike. The gravel bike has 60mm of plush front suspension and no dropper.
  • 1 0
 I’ve got a Commencal Clash & a Nukeproof scout, I can honestly say I’ve got all bases covered with these 2 bikes. They do all the things. Both are really versatile, I wouldn’t want anything else.
  • 1 1
 This pole was weird. The classification of Ebikes is kinda misleading. Most Light Ebikes except a few of the newest models aren’t quite enduro. There are plenty of “reg” e-bikes that are essentially enduro bikes. I can see people like myself having a great Down country analog bike for regular trail riding and a lighter ebike that is more burly for places you would normally shuttle or long 40 mile epic rides.
  • 1 0
 After riding a bunch of bikes last few years I think I've found my grail of 2 bike quiver. RM Element and Yeti SB160. Seems like an excellent combination on both ends where either do well in their respective weaker areas.
  • 2 0
 Someones wife is gonna read this and argue its acceptable to only own two bikes.. Then word is gonna get around and ruin it for the rest of us!
  • 2 0
 Ive never complied with the format and probably
never will. My trail bike is a hardtail, my freeride bike is a
hardtail and my downhill bike is a hardtail : )
  • 1 0
 Went with Trail+Enduro. But as always, "it depends".

My fine print is:
- XC biased trail. E.g. Canyon Lux Trail
- DH biased enduro: E.g. The Commencal Meta SX V4 that I already have.
  • 2 0
 Rowdy Hard Tail (Commencal Meta HT Race) and a Trail/Park (Commencal Meta TR Race)

Does no one ride a HT anymore? Surprised they were completely left off...HT for LIFE!
  • 1 0
 Norco sight, nukepoof scout and a trek Farley. I ride the Nukeproof the most. There shoulda been a hardtail category and also a fat bike category for those of us in snowier regions. Currently rocking three bike quiver
  • 2 0
 I currently have an enduro bike but I'd like to have a short travel trailbike 130mm ish and a 180mm freeride bike !
  • 2 0
 You forgot the best sidekick choice: AMHT, you know, the one that covers bases for DJ, XC, Trail, Enduro, Freeride, and DH.
  • 13 12
 why in gods name would you want an enduro bike and an XC bike. An XC bike is just a shittier version of an enduro bike you nerds
  • 5 0
 No, the XC bike does XC races, the enduro bike does enduro races and also slows the XC guys down on climbs for trail rides with muggles.
  • 1 0
 Dirt jumper and 140-forked hardtail for me. DJ for the obvious, and hardtail for everything else, from gravel, to trail riding, to XC racing, to shuttle days.
  • 3 0
 Where is the "No one on PB only owns 2 bikes" option?
  • 1 2
 Pretty happy with my oddball stable.

Primary: 2020 Rocky Mountain Instinct BC Edition w/ coil (160/155). One enduro wheelset, one XC/Trail
Secondary: 2016 Salsa Bucksaw (full sus fat bike, it snows here). One max-width wheelset, one studded, one 27.5+
Gravel/commuter/Zwift bike: 2013 Trek Crossrip

I also have a buddy that lets me borrow his 170mm eMTB when I need a recovery ride after collapsing a lung (pretty particular use-case)
  • 2 0
 My dream quiver is Evil Wreckoning (have that,) Following, and Chamois Hagar.
  • 1 0
 @nickmorales: Chamois Hagar and Hightower here
  • 2 0
 I like 2 XC bikes. So I voted unicycle and downhill because that's the closest match I guess.
  • 3 0
 Should have included wheel sizes.
  • 4 0
 No BMX option is, nerdy.
  • 1 0
 I mean it does say two mountain bikes so I assume everything else would be free reign.
  • 1 0
 @93EXCivic: Didn't Sam Hill win his first race on a BMX...?
  • 2 3
 Is it just me or do I not understand correctly the meaning of quiver killer? One bike to do it all, no? Well I vote for Enduro/Full Fat EMTB. Perfect for me, I can get my fix on the Santa Cruz Nomad which is an amazing all round bike including climbing capabilities and when I can’t be arsed or simply want to go out and upset those without an EBIKE in their portfolio I break out the Trek Rail 9.8XT EBIKE. Sorry not sorry, how do you like those Apples!
  • 1 0
 Downduro and Dirt Jumper for me. I got a dual crown Transition Spire with a CC link (I wish I had a Jekyll with a CC MXR link) and an NS Decade.
  • 3 0
 Would be curious to see this as a regional breakdown.
  • 1 0
 Why though? If its regional the answers should be obvious. By me anything more than 140 is unnecessary and you would have literally zero use for a dh bike. Im more interested to see the answers globally, like does anyone want only an xc and a dh?
  • 3 0
 One for the bars and one for the woods
  • 2 0
 one bike only to rule them all:
27/26 mullet senduro bike - capable of rampage level freeride, dirt jumps and any trail
  • 1 0
 I already have mine. Cotic FlareMax 130/125 steel trail bike custom build, Nordest Sardinha 2 rigid steel gravel/bikepacking custom build.
  • 4 0
 dh dh
  • 3 0
 Enduro + Trail/hardcore hardtail
  • 2 0
 Voted mainly to register disinterest in ebikes. Not dislike or hatred, just zero interest.
  • 2 0
 2 bikes, easy. We Are One Arrival, 130, 140, 150 and 170mm all covered. And then a hardtail, maybe a Cromag Rootdown.
  • 1 0
 I'm not really into motor sports so I don't have one but eMTB seems out of place amongst the rest of those options. Just like real bikes, different types of emtbs exist.
  • 2 0
 Why limit yourself to just two? Just rack up a half dozen (or maybe a full dozen). It’s downright uncivilized to not!
  • 1 0
 Gravel and enduro for me; but my gravel bike has 47c tyres and a short travel fork, so it's basically the same as my XC bike was 20 years ago.
  • 3 0
 Cries quietly in trials But yeah, one Trials bike one Trail bike please
  • 2 0
 DJ is full suspension? Nah mate. DJ (hardtail), and an Enduro bike. Add a road bike if training for something.
  • 1 0
 A really nice 120mm xc bike for 85% of riding, and a slightly janky 160-170mm enduro bike for the remaining 15% (bike park) of riding.
  • 1 0
 My Fleet right now consist of a 170mm Enduro, a DH, a Enduro with 160mm and singlespeed (donz really know why but its fun) a BMX and a Roadbike.
  • 1 0
 10 years ago it was a trail bike and a dh bike, for the last couple and the forseeable future its an Enduro bike and a full power e bike.
  • 3 0
 A quiver has at least five bikes in it
  • 2 0
 Hardtail for Winter and when the Enduro-Horse is broken. Enduro for the rest.
  • 1 0
 No fatbike? I guess its considered “trail”

Run an element and blizzard here in sask. Winter and summer downcountry? Haha ‍♂️
  • 2 0
 I dunno. I was supposed to win my second bike on the Pinkbike Advent calendar but they cancelled it this year…
  • 1 0
 I have found the perfect pairing: Full power 160mm full-sus ebike and singlespeed 160mm hardtail. The most illogically logical twosome ever.
  • 2 0
 Ahhh…the Cartesian product
  • 2 0
 Raaw Madonna for big days out, Airdrop Edit MX for uplifts and bikeparks
  • 2 0
 Single speed and SL E bike - keep em guessing
  • 2 0
 Down country and a 160 bike
  • 3 0
 #DOWNCOUNTRYAINTDEAD
  • 2 0
 Lack of a hard tail option is a massive fail.
  • 1 0
 To be fair, also a hardtail would typically fit in one of the categories.
  • 2 0
 Didn't have my penny faring and dh uni!
  • 1 0
 Hmm... is the new V6 Nomad Enduro or Freeride and what's the real difference these days?
  • 1 0
 Hardtail (x2) and full suspension ebike here. All I need for my riding areas.
  • 1 0
 Wide range integrated gearbox equipped downhill eMTB. With steep enough seat tube for pedaling and long dropper post.
  • 2 0
 mountain bike and bar bike
  • 4 1
 XC and Road
  • 2 0
 Completely gonna ignore BMX?!
  • 2 0
 overforked trail + rigid fat (geared in winter, single-speed in summer)
  • 2 0
 XC and gravel, if I could only have 2 bikes
  • 1 0
 Proximity to amazing trails makes me fortunate enough to select DJ and Freeride.
  • 1 2
 Can't bear the thought of only having two bikes. I don't buy expensive bikes so I can have the right tool for the job. I currently have 6 bikes,4 are used at least twice a month.
  • 2 0
 Just an Arrival with all the linkages and suspension
  • 3 0
 Trail + Gravel
  • 2 0
 That's the combo I was looking for on the list. That's been my quiver for 5+ years and covers everything from vacations in Vermont to my local trails and back roads, bikepacking adventures, charity rides to the basement trainer (only for when the weather is truly awful). I guess a fat bike would be nice but if there's more than 3" of snow on the ground, which is about the limit to ride through, all thoughts turn to skis.
  • 2 1
 Bikepacking + Enduro. One for the trails, one for camping and short town trips.
  • 1 0
 Enduro and Fatbike ideally for two bikes. My current 3 bike stable is DH, 140mm trail bike, and a rigid fatbike.
  • 2 0
 2016 Kona Explosif + 2022 Giant Trance-e advanced 2, perfect boomer combo!
  • 2 0
 Trail and a gravel bike with an extra set of wheels with road tires.
  • 2 0
 Where's the advent calendar comp?
  • 2 0
 I can’t answer this poll until trail hardtail is added.
  • 3 1
 Pretty fricken privileged of you to assume I can afford two bikes.
  • 1 0
 Assuming my 140 mm travel HT is a trail bike, then I'll go with Trail and Enduro.
  • 2 0
 DH bike + 160/150mm 'Enduro' bike.
  • 2 0
 @VtVolk: I'm on a 200/200 DH + a180/160 Enduro that suits all my trail riding, which is mostly winch and plummet, shuttles and dirt jumps. I also have a 200/180 freeride rig, it's sick but not as essential...if I could round out the stable I'd add a dirt jumper and a light weight trail bike, but I don't really like long grinding rides and prefer to keep it pointed downhill!
  • 1 0
 my combo is a Trail FS and a Trail hardtail that becomes my flat bar gravel bike in the summer
  • 2 0
 Two freeride bikes, not a joke, get with the program.
  • 2 0
 My Banshee Phantom and 2 sets of wheels. Covered.
  • 1 0
 Is every hardtail supposed to fall into the XC category since 0mm is "110mm rear wheel travel or less"?
  • 1 0
 Two trail bikes here. One with rear suspension, one without, which is definitely not an XC bike!
  • 1 0
 Gravel and trail, really. And by "trail" I mean 130-140 rear, 140-150 front.
  • 2 0
 miss when we all had our slopestyle bike and downhill bike
  • 1 0
 Can I go with downcountry and E-fat? DC for fun, E-fat with a trailer for trail building whether on dirt or snow.
  • 1 0
 Being in VT I have Enduro and Fat (w/ plus wheels for aggro hardtail action). Rounds out the year pretty well.
  • 1 2
 Enough with the quiver analogy. Unless you are John Rambo they are all the same kind, arrows mind you. And you’d be a piss poor archer only to take 2 arrows for the Battle of Agincourt.
  • 1 0
 Just give me a Rage to go with my Tyee and I'll be all good for the next 5 years.
  • 1 0
 Ideally hardtail with 130/140mm and a Gravel with short travel front suspension
  • 1 0
 Modern Trail and a 27.5 Freeride/DH style bike (15-17 gen DH bikes or Commencal Clash, etc...)
  • 1 0
 Reality is a trail bike that stretches from XC to "DH" and a gravel bike that stretches from singletrack to tarmac.
  • 1 0
 Dirt Jumper + Enduro here... Though not sure my 190mm travel bike is considered Enduro or not? It's all I ride on trails.
  • 1 0
 I'd go for either of these combos:

- Enduro / Gravel bike
- Enduro / Urban Ebike
  • 1 0
 What the frick is that symbol? I did a thumbs down and shrugging guy. Weird
  • 1 0
 Road and MTB (possibly trailbike, but I could live with either XC or enduro)
  • 1 0
 If I had to narrow it down to 2 bikes it would be Trail, Enduro, DJ and gravel bike.
  • 1 0
 I know this is an MTB website, but my ideal 2-bikes is trail (130-140ish) + gravel
  • 1 0
 The fact that so many people answered Trail and Enduro shows that the bike companies are winning and we are morons.
  • 2 0
 Elaborate?
  • 1 0
 Looking out my window right now, I'd say fatbike and trailbike. In June I'd say something different.
  • 1 0
 I like my set up now. Spartan for all dirt. Transition Rapture for everything else.
  • 1 0
 Where the fat bike option at? Trail+ Fat. Everything everywhere all the time.
  • 3 1
 Gravel and downcountry
  • 1 0
 120mm xc and 170 mm enduro would be my ideal 2 bike
  • 2 0
 Fat bike?
  • 2 0
 Downcountry and upduro
  • 1 0
 Road/gravel & enduro is the way.
  • 1 0
 But Enduro has no travel,
  • 1 0
 Fat and XC for where I live
  • 1 0
 I really don't see how I could have less than 4
  • 2 0
 Trial and Trail bikes.
  • 2 0
 enduro and gravel
  • 1 0
 No fat bike category? Enduro and a fat bike for me!
  • 2 2
 anyone that answers an anything but DH bike and full power eeb gets the bozack
  • 2 2
 This is the way
  • 1 1
 I have one full-suspension, 3 hard tails, one folding touring bike, two rigid, two road racing and three hybrids.
  • 1 0
 Hardtail (Paradox) and Trail (Druid)
  • 1 0
 Downcountry and enduro for me
  • 1 0
 enduro & flat bar gravel
  • 1 0
 One bike for some stuff, the same bike for other stuff.
  • 2 0
 Hardtail and Enduro
  • 1 0
 None of the above. N=1 Dude
  • 2 0
 Enduro and BMX
  • 3 1
 Ebike and yz250
  • 1 0
 I aspire to have more than one bike someday. Someday.
  • 2 1
 What’s this 2 bike business? N + 1 for life!
  • 1 0
 No Mennonite push scooters or recumbents listed is pretty limiting.
  • 1 0
 yeti eMTB and porsche taycan
  • 1 0
 Rocking a Transition Scout & SC V10. Great combo for a Brit.
  • 2 0
 Need more than 2 bikes
  • 1 0
 Single speed TR11 and 160/160 Santa Cruz Hecker
  • 2 0
 This is the way
  • 1 0
 @xzeroone: this is the way
  • 1 0
 I have a spectral 125 and a CC link spire which is a pretty perfect combo
  • 1 0
 Fat Bike is strangely absent, why stop riding.
  • 1 0
 You guys forgot to include the gluten free range dirt-duro category
  • 1 0
 Pretty surprised by the lack of eMTB votes in this poll.
  • 1 0
 My quiver is Yeti SB100 and a Evil Wreckoning
  • 1 0
 My ideal is a modern geo hard core hardtail (160/170 travel) and a DH bike
  • 1 0
 *short travel trail and enduro
  • 1 0
 Single speed hardtail and 140/130 trail bike.
Grunt & flow.
  • 1 0
 27.5“ Hardtail + MX 160mm Enduro/ Freeride
  • 1 0
 The best combo for me would be a Following LS and a Wreckoning LS
  • 1 0
 Can’t see full fat e-bike and lightweight e-bike
  • 1 0
 Oops. Didn’t read the bottom of the list.
  • 1 0
 At time of posting only 21 in "DJ and Downhill" what the actual F?
  • 1 0
 Two Bike quivver is a oxymoron.
  • 1 0
 Enduro HT & Enduro/Trail for me...
  • 1 0
 All mountain and fat bike
  • 1 0
 I'm not afraid to admit it - Enduro and Roadie
  • 1 0
 Man the PB developers are lazy with these polls haha
  • 1 0
 Road bike, mountain bike.
  • 1 0
 One eMTB is all you need .
  • 1 1
 DH, Ebike, DJ, Trail, Motocross, Enduro, Trials, Dual-Sport, Sled, Seadoo, Jet-ski. Hmm didn't see that option lol
  • 1 0
 eBike/Your friends’ constant ridicule.
  • 1 0
 Fuel EX Gen 6 for everything. It is a great bike
  • 1 0
 Singlespeed (XCHTSS) + Trail bike
  • 1 0
 Trail and LT Hardtail is the way.
  • 1 0
 Trail bike and a ski bike
  • 1 0
 Ride a Transition Sentinel and Spur. About covers it all.
  • 1 0
 27.5 enduro and 29 hardtail 140-150mm
  • 1 0
 Heavy full fat long travel EMTB and a Gravel.
  • 1 0
 Trail and a fatty. Long winters in MN.
  • 2 0
 HARDTAIL AND FREERIDE
  • 1 0
 That's only one bike though?
  • 1 0
 Yeti 160e and Atherton AM130
  • 1 0
 Endurance allroad bike and singlespeed 650B+ hardtail
  • 1 0
 I love that they had unicycle as an option.
  • 1 0
 Sub DJ with BMX and I'm in for Enduro / BMX.
  • 1 0
 What about N+1 2 bikes is never enough
  • 1 0
 All you need is a slopeduro and a downduro
  • 1 0
 eTrail Bike and Gravelbike - covers all the bases!
  • 1 0
 What, no "Downcountry and Grim Donut" option?
  • 1 0
 Okay. Wheres the daily prizes at ??
  • 1 0
 Yeah , where's the hardtail category?
  • 2 0
 2 EBIKES
  • 1 0
 Why is there no unicycle option?
  • 1 0
 There's mountain biking and then there's all those shits up above! LOL
  • 1 1
 Wait, downcountry wasn’t on the list. DC + EN.
  • 1 0
 Epic EVO/Stumpy EVO
  • 1 0
 Trail / DH / Moto
  • 1 0
 Trail + Gravel
  • 1 1
 What I Currently have 3 Devinci E-MTBs! Smile
  • 1 0
 Very interesting pole
  • 1 2
 Specialized Fuse
Specialized Enduro
Levo
Norco 4 Run
Giant TCR
Specialized Fat boy….
And counting…
  • 1 0
 Got an frs and a Capra
  • 1 0
 DJ amd Trinity
  • 1 1
 I don't see the bumbleduro ?
  • 1 0
 Gravel / Trail
  • 1 0
 Mountain and gravel
  • 1 0
 Epic EVO and Turbo Levo
  • 1 1
 Anything but an ebike.. boycotted that crowd of kooks.
  • 1 0
 why no hardtail?
  • 1 0
 DJ and Status
  • 1 0
 BMX?
  • 1 0
 120 is still xc no?
  • 1 0
 XC Tandem and enduro
  • 2 3
 Emtb&emoto
  • 3 1
 @jethromtbr: Want to ride an E-MTB, have at it.
But E-motos need to stay the f*ck away from anything to do with MTB. They absolutely destroy trails, in one uphill pass. Ask me how I know.
  • 1 0
 @donaarblitzen: in slovakia we dont have much mtb trails and i must build my own to ride mtb. For searching for this location use emoto. And now i build two way trails. Downhill for mtb, uphill for emoto and still ride this trails alone and nobody care
  • 2 0
 @bacyl: E-motos have more torque than full blown gas motorbikes. One uphill powerband is all it takes to permanently destroy a proper mountain bike trail. We tried fixing those ruts, there's no way back.


I've seen trail builders in B.C. corner poaching motorbikers and scream at them. For good reason. Takes 100's sometimes 1000's of voluntary hours to hand build an MTB trail.

New trails here are built by reading topo maps, exploring by foot, then hiking and flagging. I've built and helped crews build several trails locally over the decades.

Ridden motos for years, never ridden anywhere even near the MTB trail network. Mostly because don't want to get punched lol.
  • 1 0
 Bet could build a way more rad moto network if you kept them far apart and separate from the MTB trails. Our local moto trails are generally a long drive away from our MTB trails. Plus, in the future if other people show up won't have to worry about (fatal) collisions on blind turns.

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  • 1 2
 SC Bronson & Bullit
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