Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
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I like smaller companies b/c:
1. I root for the underdog as long as I like the performance
2. The average "thug" hasn't heard of Jamis.
3. It's nice to be different.
I don't feel mislead though. The average dually today is much better than the top shelf one 10 years ago. My old Super-V was 28-30 lbs., was super inefficient (coil boingy), and only had a little over 2" of travel up front. My XLT was 32lbs, but was much more efficient, plush, and tough compared to the Super-V.
Buy a bike that suits your terrain best. If that's a hardtail, so be it. If you have alot of DH and rocky madness...stick with the dually. Duallies are much more fun IMO. I have a hardtail b/c of all the climbing that I do compared to the shredding-gnar rockgarden stuff that all you spoiled bikers are blessed to have.
If you're gonna get a dually, get a Heckler. There are only 2 bearings and they're big ones that will last a while. It's a good tough frame.