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    Downtube VIII vs VIII FS

    I think I have ruled out a Boardwalk 1, and decided to go with Downtube bikes, I was just looking for some opinion now. I want two of these bike, so me and my girlfriend can throw them in the trunk and take them up to the lake, down to the hills, or whereever else in the greater Ohio area. I think the terrain would be mostly flat and paved surfaces. Now I understand all the technical differences, but I want some opinion on the rear shock vs no rear shock. I am leaning tward the VIII with no rear shocks right now, but I just keep hearing about how comfy the VIII FS is. We are certainly not bike enthusiasts, we have a couple older mountain bikes and a tandem, but nothing with rear shocks. Do you waste any energy with them? Do you bounce up and down? The holder bracket and splash guards on the VIII are appealing also, so it looks like my decision is almost made. People just keep raving on how comfortable the VIII FS is though...lol.

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    We have both and love both. I am bigger and the FS seems to fit better. The wheel base may be longer.
    There are advantages to the regular model, namely the luggage rack. I put a Topeak beam rack on
    the seat post of my FS, but it only holds 20 lbs, whereas I can ride my kindergarten kid to the bus
    on the rack of my non-FS. I have not yet found a kick stand that works on the FS, but I hear
    you can find something. I am going to put an internal gear rear hub on one of the bikes, and if you
    are going to do that, it is more problematic on the FS because of the rear flex and chain sag, although
    it has been done in fine form by one of the fourm users here. Buy one of each, like we did! We are going to buy a third for our son, perhaps one of the later 2006 models.
    If you like rear suspension but don't want the other FS issues, get a suspended seat post
    like the Thudbuster or similar. You can also get different tires that give you a smooth but efficient ride
    without rear suspension. I am no expert yet, but I have been doing lots of reading and research
    in the past few months since getting our DT's.
    Hbob

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    I appreciate the reply, good write up.

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    @downtube1 Yan... your next option, the DT child seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maunakea
    @downtube1 Yan... your next option, the DT child seat.
    I love the idea, will add it to the list of future options.

    Thanks,
    Yan

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    I had a chance to ride, disassemble and travel with both 2005 versions. I am a big fan of the FS model, nothing available for the price is even close to it. If I were you I would get 2 FS models. I personally would rather ride more confortable (and longer) than cleaner. No shocks + 20" wheels = less time riding.

    Just my US$0.02

    Rafael

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    Never rode the FS, but the VIII is a soft ride and I find I'm lacking for nothing suspension-wise for on-road riding. I'm glad I opted for the NS with lower price and more accessories.

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