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Is Hardtail XC Bad for you?

Discussion in 'Cross Country, All Mountain & Trail Riding' started by dh gangster, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. dh gangster

    dh gangster Monkey

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    So I have heard that doing XC on your downhill bike can hurt your back, because of the DH specific angles it puts you in a bad position when climbing.
    My question is if i do XC on a DJ/MTX hardtail with pretty slack angles (especially the seat tube) would it have the same effect and hurt my back?
    I ride an evil imperial if you would like to know.
    Thanks
     
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  2. dan wask

    dan wask Turbo Monkey

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    It might not hurt, but its gonna suck. On climbs you'll probably find the front end walking around a hell of a lot.
     
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  3. SlapheadMofo

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    I XC regularly with a guy that rides an Imp. He keeps up really well on it and it doesn't seem to cause him any problems. Does stand up a lot, specially on climbs.
     
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  4. MarinR00

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    I don’t think it has so much to do with whether you have a rear shock or not, but probably how your bike is set up vs your body type/limitations. If you are having lower back problems, try some bike/low-back specific stretching and then try changing your bike incrementally (saddle height, postion for instance). I have pretty bad lower back problems sometimes, and I right a Specy FSxc Comp. If your back is still hurting, maybe its your frame. Your LBS should be able to help you out with fitting everything.
     
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  5. Aktion

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    My question would be why?
     
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  6. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    I would say it really depends on whether or not you're in pain. If it hurts, it's most likely not good for you. All people are different. My lower back begins to hurt on long rides after a while if my seat is in a bad position, but that's just me.

    In a nutshell: if it hurts it's bad for your back.
     
  7. MtnbikeMike

    MtnbikeMike Turbo Monkey

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    Not necessarily. There are muscles in the back that could be aching due to never being used that way, and will eventually strengthen.
     
  8. sperkins

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    It really all depends on what you are doing but i wouldn't keep doing something that hurts.
     
  9. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    True, I agree with that... but if you are in shape and the muscles hurt than it could be a riding position thing.
     
  10. Rover Nick

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    I, for one, don't race or DJ enough to justify having a dedicated bike if I can't find other ways to ride it