(well, maybe just a little)
But I’m still riding my carbon mountain bike from the early ‘90s on single track. Lord knows I’ve had the time to develop the skill set on it on the trails around here.
So taking my CX/Gravel bike on single track with mountain bike tires isn’t a stretch (on trails that don’t need suspension). Having a bike that weighs ½ of what many mountain bikes weighs is a huge plus (But don’t jump it!).
My ‘90s mtb is light, nimble, and climbs amazingly – seems like mountain bikes don’t care about that so much these days – its all about going downhill. But many of us don’t live in a mountainous part of the country.
One caveat: with my gravel bike I find it harder to justify a 1.5 hour round trip drive to the trail head, when I can just ride the gravel bike out my front door.