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Old 07-26-07, 11:48 AM   #1
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New guy from Northern Michigan

Hello everyone,

I'm in Traverse City, a small town on the lake in Northwest Michigan. Ten years ago I used to mountain bike regularly but got out of it due to some injuries and now I just cruise around town on my bikes and ride to work occasionally.

Anyways, the trails are calling me and I am going to start riding singletrack again. There is a great trail right down the street from me.

I'm looking for a new mountain bike and not sure whether I should go hardtail or full suspension. Hoping people here can help me out with that decision.

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Old 07-26-07, 11:57 AM   #2
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Hi Greg, all I can tell you is that I enjoy riding on my old Fuji Thrill (circa 1985), but I don't have old injuries to contend with. I suspect that it has a lot to do with the style of riding--my trails are fairly tame, but full of steep hills, so a hardtail works just fine. If I had a lot of drops and potholes though, I'd probably be looking at some suspension.

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Ooh, Traverse City. Cherries.... yummy. Welcome.
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I love Traverse City. I tour the state every year on the Michigander, and that's my favorite place we stop at. Well, actually Grayling is more fun, but Traverse city is a very close second.

Anyway, full suspensions are nice. They can be pricey though, especially if you get a light one. My best advice is if you do get a FS, go ahead and order 4 bushing kits now, because bike companies tend to take absolutely no pride in their past or pleasing their customers, so at the 5 year mark they quit making such parts. The 5 year thing also applies to suspension rebuild kits, so I'd get those from the get go as well. I learned that the hard way with my Giant.
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Hello everyone,

I'm in Traverse City, a small town on the lake in Northwest Michigan. Ten years ago I used to mountain bike regularly but got out of it due to some injuries and now I just cruise around town on my bikes and ride to work occasionally.
Ahhhh yes.... good ol' TC! Being from Traverse City, I assume you've probably been privy to the very popular and much ballyhooed Iceman Cometh mtb race (...or more correctly stated: mtb party) every November? Nice race, great terrain, even better party atmosphere! I've raced it twice. Kicked my ***** both times... although not as bad the second time... and it's a blast. My wiife will be trying the Sluch Cup race this year.

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Anyways, the trails are calling me and I am going to start riding singletrack again. There is a great trail right down the street from me.

I'm looking for a new mountain bike and not sure whether I should go hardtail or full suspension. Hoping people here can help me out with that decision.

Greg
As far as HT or FS, the most basic/common advice given is to ask yourself what is your preferred style or primary terrain for riding. If you plan on hitting the bike paths, smooth(er) trails, and/or trails without a lot of technical features (rocky, rooted climbs/descents, log piles, rock gardens, etc.) then a HT would make the most sense. If you plan on riding aggressive, technically challenging trails, or freeriding, then the FS would probably the bike of choice.

The TC area has a lot of elevation changes. With a lot of climbing, sometimes a HT is a better choice due to not as much movement in the bike's rear (i.e. rear suspension energy loss issues). But there are FS designs out there that offset any energy loss issues with greater traction or wheel contact with the ground. Then, of course, there's the 29er aspect as well - bigger wheel, better traction and better momentum on climbs (IMHO).

Bottom line... try out as many bikes as you can. Don't limit yourself to what someone tells you. Instead, let your body and riding style tell you what you like. You've obviously ridden bikes before, so listen to what your body tells you.

Happy shopping!

Hope that helps,
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Used to live in Petoskey and travel to TC for Holiday shopping. Oh the memories. . .
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