Trail Bike Vs XC Bike With Annie Last

Trail Bike Vs XC Bike With Annie Last

– [Neil] Cross-country bikes need to
be good at an awful lot of things. Above all, they need to be really fast
climbers, but they also need to be good at riding down in technical sections. – [Annie] So let’s have a look at how
my cross-country race bike differs from Neil’s trail bike. ♪ [music] ♪ – Number one, lightness versus strength
and reliability across the component choice. My duty sensor is built for
aggressive trail riding, so you can see the difference throughout the bike. It’s
got really big, oversized carbon fiber tubing, built to be nice and strong,
alloy cranks, really quite chunky, again really strong, and even the fork,
it’s a Fox 34, so 34-mil stanchions, built for stiffness and strength. – As you can see, my frame is a
lot more slim-line. It’s got a lot, kind of smaller tubes, which means
that the bike’s a lot lightweight, which really helps when you’re racing to
go up hills faster. And also I’ve got the carbon crank, and the fork has got a
carbon crown, as well. So it’s all about being lightweight, to
maximize the speed climbing. – Handlebar choice and position is a
big difference from the trail bike and a cross-country bike. I’ve got 760-mil-wide
bars here, with a 50-mil stem. This is really short and also really high,
so it helps get that weight behind the bike, great for going downhill and for
aggressive riding. – So on my bike, I’ve got the stem a lot
lower, got the stem slung down as low as possible. This has helped me keep the
weight more over the front of the bike when I’m doing steep climbs. I’ve
got a narrow handlebar width, at like 640, which, kind of, means
that I don’t need to go quite as wide, not got quite as technical descents.
It’s more about the climbing and the descending, so it’s a compromise. And I’ve
also got bar ends, so when I’m climbing up steep climbs, I can get more of an
aggressive position to power up them. – Wheels and tire choice. For my trail
bike, the tires are much more aggressive. They’ve definitely got more grip.
They do have added roll resistance, and they’re heavier. Similarly, the
wheels have got aluminium rims, and they are going to be
tougher, but they will be heavier. – When it comes to tires and wheels, I
want them to be as lightweight as possible. And for the tires, depending on
the course, depends on whether you go for the thicker and heavier protection tire,
or whether you might go for the more lightweight version. Also, depending on
the course, sometimes you have more sealant in, or if you can get away
with it, you have as little sealant as possible. Because with it being a rolling
weight, you want it to be as light as possible. For the grip, you normally
go for one that you can, kind of, get away with as much as possible in
technical sections. You want to be able to kind of ride fast in the technical
sections but then have as least grip as possible to climb with. Also,
carbon fiber rims, again lightweight. – Saddle height. On my trail bike, I have
a dropper seatpost, so I can have my saddle in that perfect position for
pedaling but also have the advantage of the dropper post to get it out of the way
for the technical downhill sections. – Whereas in cross-country, we just get on
with it. You put your seat in the perfect position for pedaling, and then
you learn to move around the bike, so technical sections, you just have
to deal with it. Carbon seatpost, again, it’s down to being lightweight.
When you add in a dropper post, you add in the extra button, extra hose,
just adds weight which you don’t need. – I’ve got a 130-mil travel on the
rear and 140-mil travel up front, so a relatively large amount of
suspension to play around with. So I like to set my bike up with 30% sag
on the rear and about 20% on the front. I also like to add volume spacers, so that
I’ve got that first part of travel that’s really nice and compliant on the small
bumps, but then I ramp up nice and hard for when I’m hitting those big, aggressive
drop-offs and for steep downhill riding. – I only have 100-mil travel on my bike.
Whilst it’s really important that it’s compliant, and that it soaks up all of
the bumps and all of the rough stuff, I also need it to be really efficient for
pedaling. I want all the power that I, kind of, create to make me go forwards and
not lose any through bobbing through the suspension. I’ve also got remote
lockout, which I actually use, like, loads when I’m racing. It
means that if you’re at the start, and you’re sprinting down the
start straight, or the finish straight, you can have your bike pretty
much rigid. So that straight line power, everything’s going forwards, rather
than losing it through the suspension. – Okay, so there’s some of the things
you need to have a look at if you’re trying to set your bike up for
cross-country. If you want to see more videos from GMBN, you can click up
there for our feature on stem length. – Or, if you want to check my bike out in
more detail, you can check out my pro bike if you click here. – Click in the middle to subscribe to
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comment if you think we’ve missed any cross-country bike setup tips.


  1. Can I modify a XC mtb to function on trails? Will it work, or will the bike snap under the pressure? lol and by snapping under pressure I mean both literally and metaphorically

  2. Can you use like an Trek Fuel EX 29" for xc racing and training, and still got the travel for some fun all around trails? Or is it better to buy a full on xc race bike?

  3. Are the angles of both the seat post and the front wheel different between these two bikes?! Does the trail bike has more slacker angles ?

  4. OK so I need to know soon, I'm looking into a bike better than Walmart lol, I see the Norco 7.4 with extra small frame, it's over my price range but does have everything I need plus some, so that is an XC bike (right?) but I need to be able to do it all, so ride around town, jump up and down curbs, and stairs, but I also need a bike that will go down trails with a few dirt jumps, I'm a wus so I don't do much but it's enough to look cool lol
    So what do you guys think? Should I get the bike or keep looking and find maybe a trek even though the one I seen in my price range didn't have disc brakes
    As I've said I need to know soon, hopefully before Thursday! Thanks guys most people are super helpful

  5. yes I really like the fatbike! want to really get it upgraded for heavy trail riding. the Colorado trail is my greatest endever. and want to do it with my fatbike. can you help? I'm currently building a yeti hard tail fatbike with a fox 34 front fork.

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  7. all these fktard comments about hardtails, i've had and still have multiple suss bikes.When you gain more experience, ergo you've had more than your first suss bike, you begin to understand all the extra maintenance and hassle involved with suss.When you asshats get your first suss bike and have yet to even wear out your first set of bearings, but suddenly think you are better than anyone on a hardtail?
    Suspension does not make up for lack of skills so go fk yourselves, i can out ride half of you suspension guys on my hard tail, any trail any time.When you have a choice in your garage, and you still choose the hardtail you'll know you've taken your first step toward being a mountain biker and not just another fucktard

  8. XC bikes just seem so boring. What is the draw to pedaling up terrain when you can be sending down it at triple the speed?

  9. #ASKGMBN I've got a Scott 29" XC bike. Does the longer stem affect manuals and wheelies, or is it due to poor technique, small stature, or heavy wheels.

  10. i bet the person who designed the red trail bike saw a water filled condom hanging on a rope and thought lets make the ugliest bike ever to get a low center of gravity…

  11. Bar ends!? U mean I can put my old bar ends on my new bike with out looking like a total looser? Totally good, well explained the differences. Neil your at your best with a bike in hand not behind a desk. A+ in presentation.

  12. "Smaller tubes so it's lighter"
    Um. wider tubes allow for both increased strength AND reduced weight.

  13. lol, all that carbon isn't necessary for the XC hardtail.It's actually over the top & i surely wouldn't trust a carbon crown on the forks.
    I guess that's why you said "Olympic" XC Race cause majority of people don't need all that carbon or rear suspension.That XC bike looks like it can trail ride easily with a longer travel 34 fork.
    Lastly, this XC video is useless for like 99% of riders & the pro's already know all of this.
    Who was this video made for ? Oh I know >>> to SHOW OFF how MOST of us will NEVER own 1 !!!

  14. This whole carbon on xc and alloy on trail is bs, I run carbon on cranks on my dh bike, no issues, good carbon wheels can be stronger than alloy (ie: envy m70, Santa Cruz reserve)

  15. She is more concern on weight, which it makes sense for parts of the trail but she is sacrificing quality and add no’s that could potentially help her in more technical trails…beautiful girl otherwise!

  16. she is.not.pretty…..she may have a.nice.body.from.cicling..without make up.she is a 5…….british guys.are.ugly on.average….and.ugly teeth….that why they.have low.standards

  17. I have a flat bar dual sport and I am wondering what i can do with it whether it road or it be low intensity mtb. I have front forks that i can adjust or lock out, about an 1 1/2 to 2 inches of stem and some what thick tires you could probably still consider them road tires though.

  18. Make no mistake: a lightweight XC bike is WAY more fun, even for non-racers. Easier to pedal, more nimble… they cost more, but oh so worth it!

  19. i have found due to the lightweight and suspension lockout of XC bikes they are easier to adapt for road riding, just putting slick tires on mine i'm almost as fast as a road bike
    i want to try changing the gearing and putting some drop bars on it

  20. wtf my bike has thick tubes a lot thicker than an xc and its hardtail but the suspension travel is 80mm and also i can move my saddle up and down

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