Originally Posted by mikem9
thanks for the explanation Motomike. Searched some videos like you suggested and now I understand. I think many of us Easterners don't think you have much tight stuff out there. I see that Cactus, elevation changes and big rocks create their own kind of singletrack knarliness, and therefore the preference for lighter bikes.
You know whats funny, I started back racing after 17 years on a 525, went to a 505 then a 300. I blew the 300 up a couple of races ago, went back to the 525 and I'm having a blast! It's heavy, but it still works really good in the tight stuff. In this last enduro they had a sandy/rocky downhill that was so steep, when I was bulldogging (I fell towards the top, no way was I going to try and get back on) with both wheels locked and my heels dug in, I was still heading for the bottom whether I liked it or not.