The XC (or cross country) category of mountain bikes are going to have 100-120 mm of travel or maybe even be a hard tail. They are going to be the lightest of the mountain bikes designed for those riders wanting to log long miles out of the trails. XC bikes are always going to be the best to climb up the hill because of their light weight and little amount of suspension.
If you’re looking to do some racing or just tackle the long local loops in the foothills this might be the right style for you. Come on by the shop. We’ll talk about how you like to ride and we can help determine what style of bike will make the most sense for you.