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    My Newbie Questions

    ok, here are my questions that have been bothering me ever since i found mountain biking.

    1. What's the difference between only suspension in the front and suspension in both the front and the back? Outside of the obvious please!

    2. Does the number of gears matter???

    3. Why do some bikes say "10 speed" but only have 5 gears??

    These are the questions that have been on my nerves for days. Thanks for looking and hopefully awnsering some of these questions.

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    10spd can mean two things. To a cyclist, it means 10 gears in the back. To your average person who doesn't know bikes it means 2 in the front, 5 in the back so 2x5=10 possible gear combinations.

    Number of gears does matter, the more gears, the more options you have to keep a consistent pedaling rate over various terrain, and you have more gears to go fast when its easy and to gear down when it's hard.

    Front suspension vs. dual suspension is an endless debate I won't even touch.
    commuter turned bike mechanic turned commuter (also a Velocity USA employee, but this is my personal account)

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    Front suspension bikes are usually lighter, 'faster', better climbers and cheaper. Used mainly, but not limited to XC riding, dirt jumping etc. Dual Suspension bikes are usually heavier, a lot more exepesive, absorb the shock at the rear aswell as the front so they are more capable of handleing rougher terrain. Downhill and All Mountain bikes can come with dual suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    Front suspension bikes are usually lighter, 'faster', better climbers and cheaper. Used mainly, but not limited to XC riding, dirt jumping etc. Dual Suspension bikes are usually heavier, a lot more exepesive, absorb the shock at the rear aswell as the front so they are more capable of handleing rougher terrain. Downhill and All Mountain bikes can come with dual suspension.
    +1, Can't top that response.

    By the way Blastedapollo, one question you did not ask that is very important, where to purchase a bike? I think you will find the great majority of BF members will recommend that you purchase from a Local Bike Shop, but then you probably know that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon
    Front suspension bikes are usually lighter, 'faster', better climbers and cheaper. Used mainly, but not limited to XC riding, dirt jumping etc. Dual Suspension bikes are usually heavier, a lot more exepesive, absorb the shock at the rear aswell as the front so they are more capable of handleing rougher terrain. Downhill and All Mountain bikes can come with dual suspension.
    that's possibly the best simple explanation that i've ever heard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrizz
    that's possibly the best simple explanation that i've ever heard
    So what's the best rear suspension syste-*clamps hands over mouth before unleashing troll*

    Whew ... close one.

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