NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Just wanted to throw in my $.02. Full suspn bikes are not only heavier, but believe it or not, not durable enough. Take a look at most trials riders. They're on hard tails. Why? They hold up better on big-drops. Full-suspn will compress the shock and then bottom-out. With all the individual moving parts, on big drops, something will fail! For the type of riding you described, take a look at some of the new "urban assault" bikes out there. They're the new rage, most all the manufacturers are making em now. They're heavy, but almost indestructable. I like the Specialized P3 or the GT Ruckus. I've seen the Trek, but I'm not a big fan of Trek's (no real reason), plus there are a bunch of small builders with sweet bikes such of COVE and Spooky. I also really like the Kona's and the Norco's. There are a ton to choose from. As far as forks, Marzocchi has the best fork for this type of riding. It's heavier than Rock Shox or Manitou, but will hold up better and is a smoother ride. If you can afford the Z-1 go for it it's awesome, or try the Z-3 same fork just no external adjustment.
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