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Old 09-23-05, 04:10 AM   #1
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Newbie: Spring vs. air shock

I checked out a $500.00 Giant mtb with the big-assed truck spring and it seemed real bouncy. I noticed that the more expensives mtbs have that little air shock for the rear suspension. Do they work that much better than the "bed spring"?
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Well the little air shocks are for soft tails, meaning they only have about 1 inch of travel in the rear. It sounds like The Giant bike you were talking about has a long travel, making it FS. So they are two difrent types of bikes if i'm getting your post right.
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A $500 full suspension bike is to be avoided. Your question implies that the Giant you tried had a rear spring. Is that what you meant?
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A $500 full suspension bike is to be avoided. Your question implies that the Giant you tried had a rear spring. Is that what you meant?
Yes. I'm wondering if those rear suspensions that look like car shocks are that much better than the coil springs?
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Those are two different bikes designed for two totally different purposes. The second one isn't just a coil, it's a coil over shock and it's generally used in heavier duty suspension setups. Cheap FS may have a similar setup or may actually be just a coil (no shock) but they are likely just crap.

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I assume your looking for a Mtb. What kind of riding were you thinking of doing?
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