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Old 08-14-05, 10:26 PM   #1
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So, I've decided - my next bike will have full-suspension.

I went up to Downieville this weekend and rode the Downieville Downhill. I went with a friend, and we did two runs down the mountain. For the first run, I rode my hardtail and for the second run, I rode the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Disc that he rented.

Wow! That thing soaked up rocks and bumps so I felt like I was floating. It was awesome, I could go SOOO fast on that bike. The only thing I didn't like was that the bottom bracket seemed a bit low. I was hitting the pedals in palces I wouldn't have on my hardtail.

But damn, that was a fun trail, and even more fun on a full-suspension bike. We did34 miles of downhill, and I completely wore out my hands from gripping and braking. My fingers are sore today. I crashed once, scraped my knee a bit and bruised my arm, but I'll be fine in a few days. The trail is awesome, I want to go ride it again.
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Old 08-14-05, 10:57 PM   #2
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Well, I know what you mean. I want my next bike to be a fs bike too, but as of now, I can't afford it.
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You will have to relearn how to pedal and use your pedals. Suspension when it dips drops the bb down. It may feel low, but I doubt it is. (in face with that bike it is high compared to dh bikes)
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My next bike will be full suspension, but it won't be in a few years time or when i have the money. I can't see myself with another hardtail. I've decided to use my hardtail for light off road and road riding and the fs for more aggressive riding on the trails.
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ya and you need to relearn more then pedaling. jumping, manuals, clearing objects are all much different then with a hardtail. if you thought you hit alot with that bike you should try mine, i think my BB is 12 maybe 13 inches high. i hit my pedals on lots of stuff, its hard not too when the trail i ride on you have to pedal up a hill every now and again and theres roots everywhere.
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You have a dh bike. Your bb is going to be lower (hopefully) than his enduro.
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I just got an FS about a month ago. Although I'm enjoying the downhills more what I really like is the control I have on the uphills. My ht is still faster on fireroad and smooth trails but around here we have a lot of rocks and roots.
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