Wold Ranger wrote:
The so called sport of DH has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with grass routes mountain biking, other than you have two wheels under you. It is more akin to Motorcross against the clock. The reason why this site is so popular, is about folks getting back to what the sport was all about, and a grillion miles away from the whole nasty mess of "free ride," "all mountain" and "downhill" (spit!!) If we start down that road!!
The sport could be still re born if competitors had to compete in all disciplines again and on the same bike. That would bring a few laughs?
what on earth is there to spit at!? as 13 year old kid in 88' riding my bike offroad was pure freedom. today, not only is it my passion but also my career.
funny thing is, the BEST part of a days riding were always the DH bits..
i can only imagine the bitterness comes from the way the industry/media have turned mountainbiking into something sooo varied & now specialist, & aimed at a much younger generation (kids..), i can only think jealosy plays a small part.
hell, i would have gone crazy for a DH bike with 8" travel & disc brakes when i was 13!
but back then, mountainbiking for a lot of us here in blighty was much more about adventure & bridleways. Imagine how cool i felt when i took my newly purchased muddy fox seeker for a ride last week
89' Ridgeback 602lx/603
91' Muddy Fox Alu Pro
87' Muddy Fox Courier
86' Muddy Fox Courier
85' Porsche 924!
On the Kona hunt ..