Cycling is a popular sport that has been around for thousands of years. It involves riding bikes over designated courses, usually on roads or trails. There are different types and styles of cycling: road (racing), track, and mountain biking (MTB). Mountain biking is one of the most exhilarating and demanding forms of cycling.
XCbikes, also known as cross country bikes, are designed for riding courses that have a lot of ups and downs. They come with lighter frames and forks than other types of MTBs.
XC bikes have been designed specifically to handle the rigours of off-road riding. Frame choices range from heavy-duty steel to lightweight aluminium alloy. The drivetrain components are usually tougher than other types of bikes so they can withstand the impact from rocks and roots on the trail. XC bikes have a specific geometry that is designed to function well with their suspension systems to ensure you have a safe ride every time.
Many cross country enthusiasts opt to build their own bikes rather than buy them pre-assembled, in order to get exactly what they want out of their rides. As such, there is an increasing number of smaller companies that produce top-end frames and forks specifically suited for this purpose; buying these items separately allows riders much more leeway when it comes to choosing certain design elements (such as bottom bracket type, head tube angle etc.). The one common thread among all XC bikes is the durability and efficiency on the trail.
XC bikes are faster and more efficient than other types of mountain bikes, which makes them a very popular choice among cyclists and amateurs.