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Old 01-27-2014, 04:16 PM   #13
Sparrowhawk
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The two are similar but different. Both will build cardiovascular fitness and coasting down a fast, rocky trail is very much like riding the same trail on a dirt bike. Upper body position at speed is another way they work together. Big drops and steep downhill - check. Obstacle avoidance - check.

They are different experiences in turns because you just don't have the same horsepower on a mountain bike, weighting the front wheel is done different, and your feet are locked onto the pedals. Peddling and standing on the pegs is different for building leg strength. It's a different motion. A mountain bike doesn't work your upper body as much because a bicycle is so much lighter.

Mountain biking is a great way to mix it up with dirt biking though. You don't need a green sticker on a bicycle either.
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