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Old 04-29-2013, 06:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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My one bit of advice from someone who is new to the mountain biking scene... If you know you want to do some legit trail riding w/ rocks, branches, etc., definitely just save up for a good full suspension.

I saved up some cash and dropped it on a Trek Cobia 29er hardtail, and while the bike rode great, as soon as I started getting in to some legit trails I was wishing for some forgiveness in the back end.

Ever since it was stolen I've had my eye on a Trek Rumblefish... I just can't find a gently used one near me!
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:24 PM   #22 (permalink)
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idk but my first mtn bike ride was a full suspension, that just ate up terrain and I don't think a hardtail, x-country or single crown would have done very well...had a lot of confidence on that thing. Daughter found her used specialized demo 7 on pinkbike....got it for a steal in that seller had become preggers just after doing a bunch of upgrades and they just wanted out to make some room.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:24 PM   #23 (permalink)
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My one bit of advice from someone who is new to the mountain biking scene... If you know you want to do some legit trail riding w/ rocks, branches, etc., definitely just save up for a good full suspension.

I saved up some cash and dropped it on a Trek Cobia 29er hardtail, and while the bike rode great, as soon as I started getting in to some legit trails I was wishing for some forgiveness in the back end.

Ever since it was stolen I've had my eye on a Trek Rumblefish... I just can't find a gently used one near me!
As much as I would love to drop $$$ on a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR.... you can easily do "legit" trail riding with rock gardens, logs, etc with a hardtail.

you don't need a Full Suspension for getting over branches.

A full suspension won't be you up as much as a hard tail.
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Past Sat. did my first ever dh on barrowed Cove shocker with dual crown and protective eq....gnarls fun. Kids said they took me on fairly difficult intermediate trails, since I had never done it...I would not know any better and just have to go for it or puss out (they were hoping I'd die and they get some insurance $). Well shit my pantz...steeper than any stairs I've walked down, with just inches to clear the bars, rock ruts, trees and a few little jumps...a couple places there was no trail and the trails were half as wide as in Argo's clip. Apparently I killed it; only went over the handle bars once and hugged a tree mid-air while the bike kept going. Wish I'd done a gopro of it. Damm kids talked me in to trying more shit.

As Agro notes...its a total commitment thing...just drop and go...and don't lock up the wheels. My shoulders, forearms and hands are feeling it...and was surprised how out of breath I was for rolling down hill. The cross country stuff looks like a piece of cake compared to the dh stuff.

Daughter just put up some footy of this trail...its not me of course but my first evar dh trail.
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Looks like a ripper on the skis.
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