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Put simply, a master of a craft will be better at it than a "jack of all trades". A dedicated cross country race bike will be better for XC racing than an All Mountain bike. The same would be true of the dedicated downhill race bike. An All Mountain bike strikes a compromise in the middle, making it a good choice for someone who wants to do a bit of ...
Because: Long travel bikes have a particular geometry which only benefits descends. Applying long travel on an XC geometry bike will create a bike which is not good for anything. Long travel absorbs a lot of energy. XC riders would not like this. Long travel requires stronger construction to avoid flex. This means more weight.
Here is a very rough answer to your very generic and open ended question: A rear suspension (or shock), together with the front suspension (fork), allows the bike to handle more terrain roughness. This gives you: safety traction ability to go faster The main two types of rear suspensions are: air sprung coil Generally air suspensions are lighter and ...
The simple answer is Daniel R Hicks' one: only by recycling the frame into a completely different shape. Even trying to bolt on new parts for a half-way conversion will be difficult. The trivial difficulty is geometry. Road bikes usually have a high top tube and expect the rider to lean forward over the bars to improve aerodynamics. Mountain bikes are more ...
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