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Join Date: Mar 2000
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There are so many variables that you can't really answer with a specific year.
For example a brand new '07 low end suspension bike is still crap compared to a high end design with smart shock technology. i.e. Brain, terralogic...etc.
I am and have always been a big fan of a Horst 4-bar suspension design bike. It's about as efficient as they come and the new shock technology only improves performance.
I'd use that as a starting point (Specialized Stumpjumper FSR or their ilk).
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