Cross Country Bikes are a type of mountain bike designed specifically for cross country racing. Cross-country racing is done on a course made up of moderate to easy trails over a variety of terrain. Because Cross Country racing focuses on climbing, speed and endurance; cross country bikes are the lightest, most efficient mountain bikes on the market. These bikes are not designed for steep descents or extreme terrain found in Downhill racing. Typical features of a Cross Country Bike include a lightweight frame with a frame geometry that places the rider in a more up-right position. Suspension design is also a consideration. While all cross country bikes have front suspension built into the frame (referred to as a "Hardtail"), many now have front and rear suspension (referred to as "Full Suspension"). The trend in higher end cross bikes is to maximize suspension capabilities without increasing the weight of the bike.
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