Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Professional, 2002 Lemond Zurich, Folders - Strida, Merc, Dahon, Downtube, Recumbent folder
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Originally Posted by yamcha
So now I am planning to replace it with a Downtube. I am debating between the full and front suspension models. Full suspension sounds pretty nice but everyone says you lose tons of pedal power because of the rear suspension. Can someone give me some advice?
Very sorry to hear of your loss. That's a bummer
They're both nice bikes, but the Full Suspension bike is pretty heavy. Also, I have never needed rear suspension - not for the roads I normally ride. I just don't like the pogo-ing that happens when you pedal at the same cadence as the natural frequency of the suspension.
The Front Suspension was my first Downtube purchase. Nice bike, great value. I upgraded the drivetrain (just for fun), and it became a great bike.
If you don't do touring, have you thought about the Mini? I have owned every one of Downtubes different frames, and the Mini is my favorite by far. The Mini has a light rear suspension, but you can tighten/stiffen it so it rides nicely.