I have recently taken up the art of mountain biking after several years of hiatus, and unfortunately when I was purchasing my bike I was unaware of the advances that have arisen in the sport itself. Comming originally from a hardtail XC bike, i decided to purchase a 04 Norco Fluid 3, thinking that an all mountain approach would be my best bet to cover all aspects of my ride. After riding for about 1 month i realized that the bike that I just bought is very undersized in terms of suspension. There is very little XCing going on, everything is either Freeride or DH. The current set up is as follows:
Norco Fluid 3
Rear: Fox Vanilla R
Front: EXR Pro
I believe that this set up gives me about 4" and 4", and I was hoping that I would be able to get away with something much greater maybe 7"??? But, I dont know the first thing about changing the suspension on a bike let alone wheither or not this bike has the capability to handle any more than it already has. If someone could please help educate me on the do's and donts of this It would be much appreciated.