Originally Posted by Geology Rocks
That would be the hardest stuff I would do and it wont be the whole trail like that. Just short sections. The reason I dont want a WR or similar is because I want a bike I can ride the 100 to 500 miles to get to the trails comfortably. I have ridden a ton of miles on a bike that doesnt have good wind protection, and I do not want that again....just personal preference really. This is going to be my solo off road bike. If I want to do anything harder I will buy a WR or DR.
I do appreciate your input and opinion though.:)
For your stated purpose (i.e., hundreds of miles of slab/light dirt to get to short sections of the stuff shown in your picture), the XC will do great.
Check out "The adventures of Tyson and Hobbes" on this website......you'll get a good idea of what an XC is capable of doing.