I'm looking at three bikes, Jamis Dakar Sport, Jamis Dakar XC, and the Jamis XLT 1.0
The XC has about 100 mm of travel, while the XLT has 125 Sounds like about another inch to me. Someone said the more you ride the more travel you'll want in shocks. On the other hand, cross country can be long miles, and a stiffer shock system with less travel might be more efficient and appropriate.
What say Bike Gurus?