got a Gravity 29 from Bikesdirect. I was VERY skeptical of any online bike..never done it. BUT, I really like it. Had the LBS tru the tires and adjust the disc brakes, but for under $400, single speed, aluminum w/ steel fork..put by Egg Beaters on it and it's really fun. WTB wheelset..I really like it. Rode mt friend's GT and I like mine better and he paid more via Nashbar.
Yeah, I've had that HardRock brand new since 1994 and it's been through every possible terrain and it's seen some changes - handlebars, seat, wheelsets, tires (obviously), but the travel on the Judy is minimal. Threw out all the shifting - gone. going single speed with a tensioner and 18 tooth bmx ring, going middle ring upfront (maybe 34 tooth?), so a weird 34x18 set up. The 29er is 33x18.
I race road mostly, done some 'cross, but love the downhill speed on a mtb so thinking trying DS. don't have full susp for downhill, nor the guts to jump off cliffs. how can I get more travel off the Judy?