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Old 07-09-08, 11:11 PM   #1
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I have been looking for a full suspension bike the last month or so. I have test rode a few of the big names. Giant reign felt very cramped in the cockpit. I liked the Norco Fluid 2 in a medium. The kona dawg feels pretty good in 18", today I tried a specialized Pitch. I liked it. Here is where I am having some concern. I have been riding a GF tassajara 17 1/2. I really like the longer tt. I tried a small Pitch, too cramped. They did not have a medium. I tried the large Pitch and it felt great. I even had some standover with it. I am 5' 7", would that large Pitch be the one? Or is the sales guy just trying to make a sale. On a side note, these bikes are all 07 models.
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I have been looking for a full suspension bike the last month or so. I have test rode a few of the big names. Giant reign felt very cramped in the cockpit. I liked the Norco Fluid 2 in a medium. The kona dawg feels pretty good in 18", today I tried a specialized Pitch. I liked it. Here is where I am having some concern. I have been riding a GF tassajara 17 1/2. I really like the longer tt. I tried a small Pitch, too cramped. They did not have a medium. I tried the large Pitch and it felt great. I even had some standover with it. I am 5' 7", would that large Pitch be the one? Or is the sales guy just trying to make a sale. On a side note, these bikes are all 07 models.
You yourself said the bike felt great. Where's the problem? We all fit bikes differently; if you like the feel of it, and are comfortable, then it fits.
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If you like the G2 geometry, why not look at another Fisher? The Fat Possum should have comparable travel to the bikes you're looking at, and the HiFi has slightly less at 5". Both of those bikes have less complicated rear suspension designs than the bikes you mentioned though, and I'm not sure if you're sold on whatever Horst or four-bar or whatever other suspension designs that I can't keep up with that those other bikes have. I also don't know how they would compare component and price-wise, but it might be worth a look.

It's hard to say based on just your height what size bike you need. A large Pitch for 5'7 rider sounds too big to me...I'm 5'3 and a small Enduro felt absolutely ginormous, and 4 inches for a similar bike two sizes bigger sounds weird to me, but everyone's body is built differently and everyone's riding style is different, and if that bike fits you, then that's the bike you want. Would you be able to demo it to see how it feels on a trail?
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This being the first time on a full suspension, I was wondering if there was something I should be aware of geometry wise. I have read on a few forums that full suspension bikes have a more upright sitting position. I dont know if I should get used to that or not. I realize we are not all small, medium or large, there are variances. Torso length, inseam, arms, etc..
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Zepher, I would love to buy another Gary Fisher. I dont like the idea of carbon fiber on them though. Sure its probably all in my head, but its there. Horst link, what ever other types are there are I am not really leaning one way or the other.
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I have read on a few forums that full suspension bikes have a more upright sitting position. I dont know if I should get used to that or not.
Well that's a rather blanket statement. I'm more upright on my Norco One25 than on my Yeti AS-R. The bikes you're looking at will feel more upright than your Tass, considering they're all-mountain bikes. But go to the shop with the Pitch, ask to look at an Epic, flip the stem and drop the bars...and you're not going to be upright.

EDIT: My bike has a CF swingarm, which is the same setup as a lot of the HiFi's. I was originally hesitant at first, but everyone I talked to seemed to reassure me that it would be fine. Eventually, dminor will drop into this topic and remind everyone that people have downhilled on CF. Also, the Fat Possum is all aluminum, I believe.
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Zepher, I would love to buy another Gary Fisher. I dont like the idea of carbon fiber on them though. Sure its probably all in my head, but its there. Horst link, what ever other types are there are I am not really leaning one way or the other.
Just FYI, the Fisher 29er squad, the best of the best, has been racing on Superflies for years. I think a pair of CF tubes in the rear will be fine.
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