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Old 10-07-07, 09:12 PM   #1
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Big difference between fs and ht for xc racing

I just bought a 2007 Bianchi Mutt 7700. I plan to start racing XC races in my area. I was wondering what is the big difference between fs and ht for racing. It just seems like a fs wouldnt be as fast as a ht. I know they probably are alot smoother through rough terrain. Also the fs that is compared to my ht in components is $1000 more atleast. My friend is planning on buying a bike and is asking the same questions.
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Old 10-08-07, 09:54 AM   #2
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Is there really a big advantage to riding full suspension?????????
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Old 10-08-07, 10:24 AM   #3
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depends on where you ride, and how you ride. I race on a full suspension most of the time because it allows me to stay seated more over rough stuff, which saves a lot of energy. That said, for many race courses throughout the country, a hardtail is faster. Racing in colorado, I wish I had a HT most of the time, but when I race in New England all summer, I'm glad I have the FS Since I don't have 2 bikes, FS is the best choice for me.
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A FS bikes takes some momentum away especially if you are standing and really cranking hard. The momentum is going down instead of pushing you forward, so yes a hardtail is a faster bike. Uphills I find you need to stay seated and just crawl you way up with a FS bike especially if it is rough. You have to let the suspension work for you. Downhill on rough terrain there is no comparison to a FS.
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A FS bikes takes some momentum away especially if you are standing and really cranking hard. The momentum is going down instead of pushing you forward, so yes a hardtail is a faster bike. Uphills I find you need to stay seated and just crawl you way up with a FS bike especially if it is rough.
Not all FS bikes do that
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