XC bikes intended for moving fast over aerodynamic terrain generally contain high head and seat tube angles (70 to 72, and 73+). These steeper angles place you within the middle of your bicycle for powerful, efficient pedaling, especially when scaling. While fast and efficient, they can be sketchy on the downhills and throughout the rough stuff, as the forward location and steeper fork angle cause you more prone to endo.


In between these two extremes is the mountain bike/trail bike which climbs well while nevertheless descending confidently — this is the place where the DRT 3.2 sits with its head tube angle at the 67-degree range and marginally more 441mm chainstay period to deliver a more steady ride.