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    No one rode rigid and i'm glad they didn't. And front suspension IS a must on some sections of that course!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Selector
    hey thanks for the video... how fast do you say they were going on the initial sprint?
    Wouldn't have a clue. I'm guessing just over 30km/hr.


    Quote Originally Posted by badsac
    Does anyone race on rigids anymore? Looking at that track, suspension seems almost a waste. I only got off a rigid onto an 06 xtc2 recently, and be buggered if I can go as fast.
    I did not see one rigid in that race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    No one rode rigid and i'm glad they didn't. And front suspension IS a must on some sections of that course!
    Why are you glad?

    A must? What do you think people did before suspension? Just ride around on the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badsac
    Why are you glad?
    Because they would have struggled on a rigid on a long race without it.
    A must?
    For an event that will qualify you into the Commenwealth Games, yes.

    What do you think people did before suspension? Just ride around on the road?
    Not at all, i'm not saying anything about the past, i'm talking about this particular race.

    Sorry to offend you, but it would be silly in my opinion for any of these pro races to choose a rigid fork over a suspension fork in a race like this. They choose it for a reason.
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    I'm not offended. Just an "old school" fella trying to work out why I'm slower around my local XC loop on my new xtc2 than I was on my old rigid. And reasoning that if the track is smooth enough, which that track looks like it could have been (just from the images), would anyone do an XC race on a rigid anymore. Or are all you kids just to soft to take a bit of jiggling anymore?

    And just wondering if the reason they choose suspension is just because it's the done thing. Thinking outside the box and going back to a rigid could give someone an advantage depending on the track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badsac
    I'm not offended. Just an "old school" fella trying to work out why I'm slower around my local XC loop on my new xtc2 than I was on my old rigid. And reasoning that if the track is smooth enough, which that track looks like it could have been (just from the images), would anyone do an XC race on a rigid anymore. Or are all you kids just to soft to take a bit of jiggling anymore?

    And just wondering if the reason they choose suspension is just because it's the done thing. Thinking outside the box and going back to a rigid could give someone an advantage depending on the track.
    I doubt if anyone riding the selection race for the Commonwealth Games would ride FS just because it's the "done thing". Their coaches might possibly express themselves with the understated politeness for which Aussies are renowned. And relatively smooth or not, at their speeds, the hands, wrists and arms would take a fair old hammering on rigid

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    Exactly what atbman says, 7 laps on an extremly hard 7km course on a rigid would put your body under a lot of strain. Especially on the rock garden where you roll down just like rolling down steps, doing that on a rigid again and again while racing is going to put a lot of strain on some of your body parts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sS-bEn
    Riding with a rigid on the rock garden wouldn't be all to good. You would need at least some kind of suspension.
    As we just said above...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    Exactly what atbman says, 7 laps on an extremly hard 7km course on a rigid would put your body under a lot of strain. Especially on the rock garden where you roll down just like rolling down steps, doing that on a rigid again and again while racing is going to put a lot of strain on some of your body parts!
    Meh. Just ride the bumps. Rock gardens aren't a drama on rigids. It's not like they're freeriding or anything. Look at the limitations of their bikes. Wish you had of taken some pictures of these boulders they were running over so I could judge for myself.

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    Its more try riding 6km of XC, very difficult and in some parts slow without these obstacles. Then if to ride 7 laps without stopping isn't enough, i'm sure the agrevation of bumps and a rough ride + the amount of strain it would put on your body + the amount of leg strength they would need to shock absorb (you need to absorb the shock whether it be front fork susp or your legs). Of course you could ride it rigid, but why would you when you have the choice of a Fox 80mm front fork?

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    Yeah, but that awesome feeling of your finger joints separating from the constant jarring means you wouldn't be focussing on your burning lungs and legs.

    Nah, just stiring. I know there's no way anyone would ride rigids if they had a choice. I'm just pissed cause I've gone from an ok rider on my old thing to a bum on the new bike. I'll sort out how to get on with the fork one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopper
    The guy at my LBS has a really schmick rigid singlespeed with light components, this bike is lighter than his oldish kinda cheap road bike
    where is your LBS hopper? I use tha aldgate one
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