The Future of XC? XMB Challenge, Aspremont

Feb 22, 2014
by Matt Wragg  




























The Future of XC?

bigquotesWe want to go back to how it was 20 years ago, when mountain biking was in the mountains. - Thierry Issandou, Co-Founder, XMB Challenge

If you were asked which part of the world has most influenced how people race mountain bikes, where would you say? It's hard to make arguments for either California, or British Columbia. Yet the one part of the world that has time and again shaped the way we race is the South-East of France. It's where mountain biking first came to Europe, where the first races on the continet were held. Today the Roc D'Azur just outside Nice is the biggest race in the world, in terms of competitors. In the 1990s riders like Nico Vouilloz, Anne-Caroline Chausson and Francois Gachet re-defined what was possible in World Cup downhill. They were succeeded by legends like Fabien Barel and Cedric Gracia. It is where a grassroots race format based on untimed liaisons and timed descents grew until it eventually surfaced in the mainstream consciousness as enduro. Now a couple of riders from the region are taking a looking at cross-country racing and trying to put the mountains back into that style of mountain biking.

The XMB Challenge was started in 2012 by Thierry Issandou and William Pianigiani. Thierry explains that, "The idea is that we want to go back to how it was 20 years ago, when mountain biking was in the mountains. The racing evolved to XC, where it is, let's say... more flat. With the XMB concept we want to go back to races in the mountains which are very difficult for both climbing and descending. To put on this kind of race you ride a loop, not like in XC where you do 4,5 or 6 laps. By coming back in the mountains, we want to come back to more interesting trails. We take existing tracks and try to make a race that is between 25 and 30km, where the top riders need 2 hours or 2 and a quarter hours to finish this race. Maybe the last riders need 3 or 4 hours." Walking up and down the start line there is every type of bike and riding clothing you can imagine; from lightweight race hardtails, to 160mm enduro race bikes; from full XC lycra, through to the full faces helmets and body armour. It's a style of riding we like to refer to as, "mountain biking."

The sleepy town of Aspremont 8km above Nice played host to the first round of the 2014 XMB Challenge.
  The small, sleepy town of Aspremont, 8km above Nice played host to the first round of the 2014 XMB Challenge.

Much like the enduro races that originated in this region the course for the XMB challenge is kept secret until the morning of the race so there is no practice. Also like the French style of enduro racing there were fresh sections cut into the mountains so even the local riders wouldn t know every section.
  Much like the enduro races that originated in this region, the course for the XMB challenge is kept secret until the morning of the race, so there is no practice. Also like the French style of enduro racing, there were fresh sections cut into the mountains, so even the local riders couldn't know every section.

Because it s a relatively short race in the middle of the day sign-in was at a comfortable time in the late morning with racing starting at 12.30. On that start list were names you might recognise if you follow enduro racing like i gt left to right on bottom pic i gt Morganne Jonnier Yoann Barelli and Florian Nicolai.
  Because it's a relatively short race in the middle of the day, sign-in was at a comfortable time in the late morning, with racing starting at 12.30. On that start list were names you might recognise if you follow enduro racing, names like (left to right on bottom pic) Morganne Jonnier, Yoann Barelli and Florian Nicolai.

Riders leave the start together as the first part of the stage is an untimed liaison so riders are timed for as few road sections as is possible. Brice Thouret i gt centre i gt has done a few of the races This is my third or fourth time and I really like XMB because it s real mountain biking. It s really the essence of riding a bike in the mountains - very technical very hard walking with the bike on your shoulders...
  Riders leave the start together, as the first part of the stage is an untimed liaison to make sure the riders are timed for as few road sections as is possible. Brice Thouret (centre) has done a few of the races, "This is my third or fourth time, and I really like XMB because it's real mountain biking. It's really the essence of riding a bike in the mountains - very technical, very hard, walking with the bike on your shoulders..."

I should have got this kids name. There s something of a tradition of young riders with talent growing up to be world-beating riders - just ask Nico Vouilloz Fabien Barel or Loic Bruni...
  I should have got this kids name. There's something of a tradition of young riders from this area with talent growing up to be world-beating riders - just ask Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel or Loic Bruni...

From the depart there was a short road transfer to this trailhead and just over that crest somewhere is the real start line for the race the point where riders are put on the clock. Part of the reason for having untimed liaisons in the races is so that although there is a fairly brutal amount of climbing to be done you cover more vertical metres going down than you do going up.
  From the depart there was a short road transfer to this trailhead and just over that crest somewhere is the real start line for the race, the point where riders are put on the clock. Part of the reason for having untimed liaisons in the races is so that although there is a fairly brutal amount of climbing to be done, you cover more vertical metres going down than you do going up.

After the first climb and descent Thomas Lapeyerie had built himself a reasonable lead over the rest of the field.
  After the first climb and descent Thomas Lapeyrie had built himself a reasonable lead over the rest of the field.

Florian Nicolai came out of the first climb and descent a little off the lead but still in touch. In the end he closed out a solid seventh place today - great training in the build-up to the season.
  Florian Nicolai came out of the first climb and descent a little off the lead, but still in touch. In the end he closed out a solid seventh place today - great training in the build-up to the season.

If the singletrack descents are half as much fun as they looked like from behind the camera then it s no surprise that more than a few riders came past with huge grins plastered on their faces. It was a mix of steep fresh tracks flowing traverses and high-speed rocky mule tracks.
  If the singletrack descents are half as much fun as they looked like from behind the camera, then it's no surprise that more than a few riders came past with huge grins plastered on their faces. It was a mix of steep, fresh tracks, flowing traverses and high-speed, rocky mule tracks.

There are no flow trails here just real singletrack based on the ancient trails that surround the village.
  There are no "flow" trails here, just real singletrack based on the ancient trails that surround the town.

If you didn t carry tubes with you a flat at the top meant a long walk home.
  If you didn't carry tubes with you, a flat at the top meant a long walk home.

On the second half of the first section Folco reeled in Lapeyrie and edged ahead of him on the road as they headed for the second part of the loop on the other side of town.
  On the second half of the first section, Maxime Folco reeled in Lapeyrie and edged ahead of him on the road as they headed for the second part of the loop on the other side of town.

In total riders faced 28km of racing with 3km untimed liaison today with 1 400m of climbing and descending to tackle.
  In total, riders faced 28km of racing (with 3km untimed liaison) today, with 1,400m of climbing and descending to tackle.

A family were picnicing on a meadow at the top of the big fireroad climb to the second part of the loop. Two of the kids found this steel drum and were pounding out rhythmns on it to encourage the passing riders.
  A family were picnicing on a meadow at the top of the big fireroad climb to the second part of the loop. Two of the kids found this steel drum and were pounding out rhythmns on it to encourage the passing riders.

Thierry makes no bones about the fact that they include sections in the race that they know are going to be unridable as that is part of the nature of real riding in the mountains You have to be completely complete You have to be very good at climbing and sometimes it s not possible to climb on the bike so you have to carry it so you need to be good at walking with your bike on your shoulders.
  Thierry makes no bones about the fact that they include sections in the race that they know are going to be unridable, as that is part of the nature of real riding in the mountains, "You have to be completely complete! You have to be very good at climbing, and sometimes it's not possible to climb on the bike, so you have to carry it, so you need to be good at walking with your bike on your shoulders." Even as good a technical rider as Yoann Barelli found himself with bike in hand.

After he reeled in Lapeyrie Folco broke him and pulled out a commanding lead to open the defense of his 2013 title with another win.
  After he reeled in Lapeyrie, Folco broke him and pulled out a commanding lead to open the defense of his 2013 title with another win.

You wouldn t guess how tough the race was if you were watching Yoann Barelli he was still playing around on the bike as he dropped into the final descent on his way to fifth overall.
  You wouldn't guess how tough the race was if you were watching Yoann Barelli, he was still playing around on the bike as he dropped into the final descent on his way to fifth overall.

The final descent back into the town which you can just see on the crest in the upper right of the photo. Below is the end of the Vars valley that stretches from Nice on the coast right the way up into the big mountains of the Maritime Alps.
  The final descent back into the town, which you can just see on the crest in the upper left of the photo. Below is the end of the Vars valley that stretches from Nice on the coast, right the way up into the big mountains of the Maritime Alps.

How tough is the race Tough enough to leave riders clawing at their hamstrings trying to loosen the hamstrings. As Thierry says you have to be a complete mountain biker to race this series.
  How tough is the race? Tough enough to leave riders clawing at their toes trying to loosen the hamstrings. As Thierry says, you have to be a "complete" mountain biker to race this series.

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99 Comments

  • 49 11
 Really nice. Future, present and past or mountain bike. Pure XC, what most of mountain bike riders in the world do and been doing for years. Definitely would be much fun to watch than the fake XC races of the world cup or the Olympics.
  • 23 0
 Entering these events sounds like even more fun that watching *anything* on TV.
  • 3 2
 and here i was, thinking how proud the spanish are with the likes of Jose Hermida or Sergio Mantecon
  • 4 1
 We are proud indeed, and it has nothing to do with official XC format disgrace. Btw, races llike this are pretty common in Catalonia, two weeks ago I enjoyed a 42km 1300m climb race through a "only singletrack" loop.
  • 1 0
 Whoah, I did not know that
  • 10 0
 it looks really awesome and more instructing than regular xc racing. but i wouldn't go so far as to say that xc races in olympics or world cups is "fake"
  • 2 0
 Love this idea, its truly "ALL MOUNTAIN"
  • 1 0
 I dont really see how this XMB thing is different that endurance XC. There are a bunch of races near me in North Carolina's mountains are a really similar format: 4-6 hour routes set in really technical terrain. They're some of the most popular xc events in the region and its been that way for years. These types of races are pretty commonplace across much of the country So other than being shorter than endurance races I don't see how this XMB thing brings anything new to the table
  • 1 0
 I agree RedzNC, I don't get what is so amazing about this. Endurance XC or "Enduro" as it was always called in the UK before the gravity guys stole the term has been the most popular event in the UK for years. This is basically a short course marathon event, plenty of those all over the world.
  • 1 0
 Olympic mountain biking is just embarrassing to call 'Mountain Biking'
  • 4 0
 Chubby...have you ever seen the bike handling skills of an Olympic mountain biker? They'd freeride your ass off on a fully rigid 26".
  • 2 0
 I find it funny that people still think they can outride people like Schurter, Kabush, and Fontana... It's pretty obvious they can all hold their own on big bikes.
  • 30 2
 is this the newest pretender to the " true mountaing biking discipline " title ? I imagine a whole new line of 120 mm bikes that are neither " xc " nor " enduro / allmountain " .
  • 13 0
 an endless line of XMB specific components.
  • 5 1
 There is already and endless supply of already available full suspension XC bikes to choose from in a variety of designs and fork sizes....were good.
  • 9 1
 Now I am going to need an "XMB" Helmet, shoes, gloves, shorts, glasses, hydration pack...
  • 10 4
 I just hope they steepen the head angle on the new XMB specific bikes, XC bikes are just too damn slack... Said no one ever...
  • 1 0
 Don't forget about the XMB valve stem caps and XMB spoke nipples. You'll be lost without these.
  • 1 0
 Good thing that's all I ride is single track loops. Whew don't have to buy anything to fit in this category!
  • 11 0
 Will probably need a new wheel size too. 28.2 anyone?
  • 11 3
 You should embark on a new career in comedy. Said no one, ever
  • 1 0
 Like enduro, but less travel and more spandex.
  • 21 0
 Im going xmb-ing tomorrow morning. Does anybody know if im supposed to wear goggles and a half lid or will i just be fine with a normal helmet?
  • 2 0
 Looks like half lid and no eyewear for xmb, half lid and goggles for enduro only. Don't want to be unprepared!
  • 1 0
 No it's full face and goggles for enduro. Otherwise it's not enduro it's.... MTB? Wink
  • 1 0
 You can't go xmb, without xmb-specific wheels!
  • 1 0
 No problem, Mavic has you covered. Check their website.
They have XC, XM, EN and EX lines. Stand for cross-country, cross-mountain, enduro and extreme (I guess). And that for years already!
  • 2 0
 Bring on a new wheel size just for xmb
  • 12 2
 Looks great!
I wonder how many race promoters have put on XC events with multiple laps simply because marshaling a 30+km, single-lap course would be so challenging.
And for the record not all XC races are flat dirt crits.
  • 5 1
 Actually, it's not so much the marshaling as the course marking and the fact that for XC to make it as a spectator sport, it needs to be multiple lap so that spectators can see the moves, follow the race. Otherwise they see the race go by only one time--which kinda sucks for spectators there to watch a two hour race. The UCI has been working diligently to try and bring XC racing to the 1 hour mark so it's more television friendly, too--that (thank god) has met a lot of resistance from the racers and the teams, but it's now at 90 minutes for World Cup Elite XC race. f*cking annoying. Glad to see that there are a few old school races like this out there.
  • 3 1
 Its great theta the UCI is trying to create more publicity through making a better televised event. However, I would rather it be about the mountain biking and the for the rider - not me sitting on my arse watching repeats on the TV or online. That way when there is a XC world title holder I know that they were the best proper xc rider on the day, not a more aggressive style of cyclocross. This, in my opinion, is what xc mountain biking riding and racing really should be like.
  • 2 0
 This looks like a fun race format. Ultimately the format of the race needs to appeal to a broad enough riding base so that the race will have enough revenue and exposure for industry to participate at some level. TV will likely just squeeze out the average rider in favour of big names and alter the format to address their (TVs) constraints.
  • 1 0
 you don't need no stinkin marshalls (hardly) if your race course is a biiig circle
  • 4 0
 You have obviously never crashed badly in an XC marathon style race where you are 50km from the race start… trust me, marshals do help! haha
  • 2 0
 XC as a spectator sport is clearly already a failure. Non-participants at local/regional xc races are so few it's pointless. Why not shift towards big, fun, exciting loops the riders will really enjoy?
  • 1 0
 Agreed. Definitely where i personally think it should head. Look at the world cup courses - they basically look like cyclocross tracks with a few more rocks and some tiny jumps. They need to have it where there is a strong difference between formats and i have a strong feeling that cairns australia at the world cup this year might deliver a bit more aggression...
  • 11 0
 So it's the Test of Metal but half as long with a few un-timed sections?
  • 4 0
 I was thinking the same thing! Sounds like a weak version of most or the "XC-ish" races in BC.
  • 5 0
 So excited that the newest MTB racing format has been rocking in British Columbia for 20 + years. Any XC race in BC has single-speeders, 29" hardtails, full suspension XC bikes, trail and all mountain bikes, all of which have their moments of glory. The races have limited spectator appeal but for the racers there is nothing like it. The locals have mad skills and descend stuff worthy of any enduro course!
  • 4 0
 This is why I like the Transvésubienne marathon race so much, which, unsurprisingly is in the same region and possibly on some of the same trails. There is too little of these races where the racer with the best skills AND endurance balance wins. It's as allround as MTB gets. I love the French for favouring these kind of courses and enjoying them, even if lots of riders have to walk stuff they cannot ride up or dare to ride down. The fun thing is, there is no ideal bike for this kind of racing, as long as it's not a heavy one. It should suit the rider, that's all. I believe it was the 2011 Transvésubienne podium that had a superlight 29" HT on there, a 26" light all mountain fully and a 29er XC fully.
  • 10 2
 Good write up man!
  • 3 0
 10 years ago, before enduro or allmountain, we were organizing the alldide series: big mountains, jumps, stunts, urban... Everything in a big loop against the time and others. Just 1 simple rule: categories were by bike wheight instead of rider age: Freeriders, endurers, allmountain or Xc guys all met together in order to bring their skills and fitness to it's limits in one go... In one race won the overall a guy with an 18kg, Orange 18cm travel front and rear pedealing as a beast and trowing big gaps on the way!... Take a look to the untold mtb history:
http://www.marccerdan.com/allride.html
we just wanted to do by ourselves what we felt we were able to do in our bikes at that time and no one offered... If some day future of mtbiking or xc will be similiar we ll say alehluya!
  • 4 1
 I don't really get what "the spectator problem" is. When I go to watch a race, I find a nice spot next to something technical and get to see how each rider approaches it differently. Who cares about seeing the same guy pass you a bunch of times on a glorified road bike?
  • 3 1
 So If I catch your drift you want XC mtb to quit being road racing like it has turned into. My old man told me about the glory days of XC back in the early '90s when the courses were pretty gnarly. And I think if you race uphill no matter what the more XCish bike will usually be at an advantage. The climb is still the most critical part of the race where the gaps will be formed.
  • 7 2
 Sweet, I'm stoked to see a change in this direction. Great coverage PB!
  • 1 0
 it would be nice to see this type of race mixed in the XCO world cups. Not all of them, bu let's trow a few in it. I'm sure the racers would love it.
problem is broadcast of course. This makes it impossible to film, get on the net or sell to TV. But still, it would be nice.
what i am suprised is this as been pretty much the same format for what we call Raids in Quebec (and most probably everywhere) they have been this type of racing for a long time.
Raids like Bras-Du-Nord, Vélo-Mag and Jean D'avignon are very popular. While most participate in the long marathon (even some are sanctionne in XC marathon UCI) versions, there are always some shorter version of the course you can register in. That's pretty much it!
look these races up on the web, i have been racing them for years and everytime it awesome,.....tough as hell, but awesome.
cheers,
  • 1 0
 Like it! But as with all other sports, TV coverage and the ability for spectators to 'see' and understand a race -who's first, who's falling back/moving up, etc. - as it develops is a major factor in the development of the sport.An audience brings in money! I would prefer to ride in a race such as this XMB format, and no doubt this is actually what most riders do. Does anyone ride repeating multiple 4km/5km loops? Rather, one 30km loop which can be varied from ride to ride due to the way the vast amount of trails link up. Gotta say though, if due to the nature of the race format making it difficult to produce TV coverage there was no RedBull TV mountain bike races, in all formats including Downhill/XCO/XCE, well...I would miss it: I don't ride 12 hours a day, 3 or 4 at most.
  • 1 0
 No, it's not. Mtb sucks on TV. Supercross isn't barely prime time and it's sooooooo much better to watch than XC. I won't watch an XC, DH, or Bmx race on TV and I race all 3. Rampage is about the only one I'll watch, but I don't DVR it. What I'm trying to say is that we have a really small community and ruining racing to make it for TV has a larger cost than benefit to the sport.
  • 2 0
 Fantastic! I would definitely want to try one of these races. The idea of it being grueling in a relatively short distance is very intriguing. Having to hike-a-bike in an XC race adds some new flavour!
  • 1 0
 I really envy, usually only about 10km or 20km. Number of participants is not much in China, xc race. The scenery here is really good, I also want to experience, but my xc bike has been sold to buy a full-suspension mountain bike.
  • 1 0
 I started as a junior transferring from bmx in '90. The Durango course was so much tougher the world cups it's sick. You definitely needed a granny ring and I used the 46t ring on the way down. Descents were super sketchy, eyes literally bouncing in your skull (that's a crazy feeling). It would be nice to get back to the level of difficulty we had, and maybe everyone can pull there heads from there ass and see tha XC in any format sucks for TV so quit trying to "broaden" the market. It takes no skill to ride a World Cup xc course (if you think otherwise you probably suck) and that's why roadies kill it.

Maybe we could just purge out all the trendy stuck up bastards that wear a brand as a badge of honor and get back to fun and progression. They can go ride road bikes where they belong. New Audi/BMW, $10k bike, and the belief that they are better than anyone they haven't met.

We don't even have the eccentric bike nuts showing up much anymore. Where's that coffee?
  • 1 0
 This sounds like every XC race in the West Virginia MTB series (WVMBA.com). They are rarely lap races, take on the gnarliest terrain available, and take 2+ hours for the top experts to complete. Anyone looking for some fun and gnarly "XC" racing should check it out. And if you really like suffering they have an XXC series too.
  • 1 0
 "I should have got this kids name. There's something of a tradition of young riders from this area with talent growing up to be world-beating riders - just ask Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel or Loic Bruni..."

The kids name in the photo are :
Baptiste TRUNTSCHKA
Corentin BORLA
  • 5 1
 So, is this the race format favouring 120mm trail bikes?
  • 6 1
 but... Enduro.
  • 2 1
 yeah, lets called it, Enduro
  • 1 1
 This isn't even close to Enduro, did you actually read the article?
  • 2 0
 @typx I should've put *sarcasm.* Damn internet and it's lack of context.
  • 4 0
 Enduro-lite?
  • 2 0
 X-enduro
  • 2 0
 Mini enduro
  • 1 1
 "Not-really-enduro-but-almost " NREBA Smile
  • 2 0
 "Enduro" (Endurance XC) has always been used to describe this type event in the UK before the gravity guys stole the term. Strictly speaking "Enduro" is a fully timed big ride out in the hills, none of this untimed climbs, mini-DH nonsense that "Enduro" refers to nowadays Wink
  • 1 0
 @BeardlessMarinRider. A race is a race. Sections of road and climb should be timed, why wouldn't they be unless of course a chairlift for a climb or a car for the road was used.
  • 1 0
 @bholton: I agree. Climbing is just as enjoyable and valuable part of MTB as the descents.

However, most "Enduro" races have untimed climbs then time the descents. The original use of the term "Enduro" in the UK meant riding up and down everything in a big loop out in the hills but now "Enduro" tends to mean a series of short DH runs with a casual amble in between starting gates that don't count for anything so long as you start on time.
  • 1 0
 @BeardlessMarinRider That's a very typical, close-minded British view of the world. The phrase enduro was used in France long before UK XC race promoters decided they liked it, and the original mountain bike enduro race format was derived directly from the motorcycle format which has been used since around 1913. You also don't seem to differentiate between a 50km race and a 28km race, but this means a massive difference for rider intensity. And the fact is that the XMB race takes in seriously technical terrain, something most UK endurance races have never been able to lay claim to doing. And while I'll give the guys who put on the Dyfi enduro credit, as the tracks around there are awesome, the rest of the races were just dull slogs around places like Kielder Forest.
  • 2 0
 Perhaps I chose my words poorly and didn't intend to claim the UK invented the word or format of "enduro", just that "enduro" has been used previously elsewhere to describe this type of big loop out in the hills thing XMB relates to. Of course everyone is aware of the further reaching historical origins of the word around France and in Moto.

Bit stupid to generalise everyone in the UK as closed minded but the reality is that "Enduro" tends to mean Endurance XC in the UK and the more recent version of "Enduro" globally (with origins around France much previously) is called "Gravity-Enduro" in the UK. Just trying to point out similarities between the meaning of "Enduro" in different places around the world and the XMB concept.

We could argue about what the word "enduro" means in the UK but nevertheless a 28km ride in the hills is hardly a ground breaking event concept. Call it Enduro-Lite or Marathon-Core... whatever Smile It a bloomin' ride in the hills FFS- don't hail it as the second coming of MTB event formats by titling the story "The future of XC?" Wink The reality is that most parts of the UK just don't have technical terrain and massive mountains (and hence a small number of events in the UK which feature hugely technical terrain) but that these type of events are widespread already across the world across a range of distances.

Oh, and to write off other branches of MTB such as the more endurance orientated as "just dull slogs" shows a closed minded attitude to a whole discipline a lot of people thoroughly enjoy. It's a completely different challenge to try and ride 100 miles offroad to getting all gnar for 28km. Both types of events already exist and are popular with lots of different people. Nothing new going on!
  • 1 0
 This sounds an awful lot like most of the 'XC' races I did in Colorado last year (Which were a blast). Particularlly the Rocky Mountain Endurance series, except that being an Endurance series it had longer courses.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, we will have a new line of bikes and components thanks to this.

Enduro called itself the way we are all riding... Now XCMB doing the same, what's next ?
  • 8 4
 so enduro
  • 1 0
 Climb fast, descend even faster...no excuses. Everyone starts when the gun goes off, time all the sections of the race and see who gets to the finish line 1st!
  • 1 0
 Sounds great in theory, but how would you do this in say, the midwest? We have point-to-point races and couple that are long loops, but that's kind of more marathon than XC.
  • 3 1
 Ok, so a race what you brung "Enduro" event on X trails. I like it.
  • 1 0
 If it was a 30k Loop, it would be just like all the normal people do!
  • 3 2
 Sounds like a tweak on the Enduro format. Cue the marketing of specific products.
  • 5 4
 "It's really the essence of riding a bike in the mountains... ...walking with the bike on your shoulders..."

Wat?
  • 6 1
 what, youve never explored new trails and found yourself walking/carrying your bike? I guess if you havent, you dont explore enough
  • 2 0
 I was trying to be sarcastic, poking fun at them saying walking is the essence of riding. I explore the north shore plenty.
  • 1 0
 That kid in the potato sack was not impressed at all with the guy doing his 2 second wheelie.
  • 1 0
 I'd hit that. It would be crushingly painful, but in a bearable way that modern xc just can't offer.
  • 1 0
 yeyyyy a new buzz word! was getting sick of buying enduro specific parts anyway
  • 4 3
 Wheel size doesn't matter (yeah right....) if you can wheelie!.
  • 2 1
 Not gonna lie, the newer Scott helmets look sweet.
  • 1 0
 frig man this shit is getting to political
  • 1 0
 anyone ride with a fixie?
  • 1 0
 It interests me just like the Enduro
  • 1 0
 Would xmb be the end of 29ers? I hope so.
  • 1 0
 EnduroXMBXC .
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